Your guide to spooky and scary film screenings in London around Halloween 2019.
Halloween films at the Prince Charles Cinema
Leicester Square's beloved Prince Charles Cinema kick starts its run of horror films as early as September. Browse the full programme of the Thrillers and Killers and Monsters, oh my! season for well-known scarers and more niche gems. Our picks include a horror movie marathon running through the night (18 October), a John Carpenter all nighter (18 October) and a teen horror movie marathon (19 October) spanning the 1996-2000 glory years of that particular sub-genre.
The Exorcist, The Thing and Rosemary's Baby all feature in the classic horror marathon (19 October/26 October), while films from the last 15 years are the speciality at the modern horror event (26 October). Finally, all seven of Wes Craven's Nightmare on Elm Street slashers are shown in a terrifying all-nighter (25 October).
Halloween film screenings in a masonic temple, Liverpool Street
Inside the Andaz London Hotel on Liverpool Street is hidden a Victorian masonic temple. Temple Cinema hosts regular screenings here, and this autumn it turns its attention to horror flicks.
The season runs from August-November, but Halloweeen scare-hunters are treated to a screening of Psycho on 31 October. Kick back among opulent marble pillars and watch that shower scene unfold.
Halloween films at the Clapham Grand
'A Halloween costume is never underappreciated' is the motto at the Clapham Grand this year, where The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Hocus Pocus take centre stage.
There are two chances to do the time warp, at events on Friday 1 November and Saturday 2 November. On both nights, the film is shown in HD on 25ft screens, with added entertainment from a host team, plus confetti and balloon drops, themed cocktails and an afterparty.
On other dates (Tuesday 29 October and Wednesday 30 October), the venue transforms into a haunted theatre for screenings of Hocus Pocus. Unleash your broomstick and don your witch costume for the screenings, along with live themed entertainment, and more balloon drops and ghoulish cocktails.
Keith & Paddy's Movie Fest at Alexandra Palace
Luna Cinema's Halloween offering takes the shape of Keith & Paddy's Movie Fest.
Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness take to the stage at Ally Pally's Victorian Theatre, paying homage to their favourite films and celebrating all that is great about 80s cinema, culminating in a screening of the ultimate Halloween classic… The Lost Boys.
There's also a post-screening 80s inspired DJ set, playing all the greatest songs from the era, with a Halloween twist.
Zodiac Film Club at The Curtain
The Blood on Satan's Claw is the scary movie of choice for Zodiac Film Club's Halloween screening at The Curtain hotel on 31 October. The 1971 film sees a group of teens acting very strangely when a mysterious corpse is dug up in the fields of a picturesque village.