SCARE YOURSELF SILLY AT LONDON'S BEST HALLOWEEN MOVIE NIGHTS
From classic horror all-nighters to Rocky Horror parties, these Halloween events will have you shaking with delight
Whether you're up for a Rocky Horror show singalong, quoting every iconic line from Bill Murray and his Ghostbusters or cowering behind your fingers as Carrie's prom night turns into a bloodbath, Halloween movies have something for everyone. So round up your friends, chuck on a fancy dress outfit and get yourselves along to some of London's best horror movie nights this October.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Clapham's Victorian theatre will transform into a riot of leather, lipstick and fishnets as it hosts a screening of the campest horror flick of all time: The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Guests are encouraged to get dressed up, sing along to the movie's iconic soundtrack and throw down their finest dance moves, all fuelled by Cauldron Cocktails, Frank N Furter hotdogs and nachos. There'll be a Damn It Janet Dance Off, plus a prize for the 'Sweetest Transvestite Costume,' so don't expect to be able to sit back and watch the film in peace - this screening will be as raucous, camp and in-your-face as the movie itself.
And if you want to carry on the party into the early hours, your ticket also includes entry to the Grand's Halloween Party, which will see you through to 3am.
Tickets from £15
Doors 5:30pm (Movie begins 6:30pm) on October 29
Clapham Grand, 21-25 St John's Hill, London SW11 1TT
Adventure Cinema @ Osterley Park
The Lost Boys, Hocus Pocus, The Shining
Osterley Park's 16th Century Manor House is a fine backdrop for a trio of horror movies, and Adventure Cinema has lined up a suitably spooky line up of films for Halloween. They'll be kicking off with the vampires as Kiefer Sutherland and Corey Feldman star in 80s classic, The Lost Boys (Oct 29). They'll move swiftly on to witches for a more family-friendly affair, when Bette Midler and her Salem pals awaken in Hocus Pocus (Oct 30). And finishing up on Halloween itself, Stanley Kubrik's masterful interpretation of Stephen King's novel, The Shining (Oct 31).
It's all served up al fresco, so wrap up warm and let the Halloween movies leave leave you shivering with fear.
Tickets from £15
Doors 6:30pm (Sat 29 + Mon 31), 5pm (Sun 30)
Osterley Park and House, Jersey Rd, Isleworth TW7 4RB
Prince Charles Cinema
Classic Horror Marathon: The Exorcist, The Thing, The Shining, Suspiria, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Thanks to its seasonal programming, themed nights and movie deep-dives, the Prince Charles Cinema has a well-earned reputation as a venue for movie buffs. And true to form, they've pulled out all the stops for anyone wanting extra bragging rights come Halloween. Been to see a movie? Pah! Oh, you watched a couple of movies in a single night? Pathetic!
This is a Movie Marathon: An endurance event with popcorn.
The cinema will welcome guests inside at 9:30pm (Oct 22) and 11:30pm (Oct 29), where they'll stay, immersed in the finest Hollywood horror movies from yesteryear, for the next TEN hours. Yup, you heard that right. It'll be back-to-back guts, gore and spine tingling suspense as some of the world's most terrifying flicks battle it out to scare an ever-tiring crowd of movie lovers into submission. If movie marathons are your thing, Prince Charles Cinema's 'HorrOctober' season also serves up a 635 minute long Scream Marathon and a comparatively short 300-minute Nightmare on Elm Street (both Oct 1), a mystery evening of five 80s horror movies back-to-back (Oct 22) and the whole Evil Dead Trilogy on Oct 28.
Tickets £25 (£20 for members)
Prince Charles Theatre, 7 Leicester Pl, London, WC2H 7BY
The Rivoli Ballroom
Beetlejuice, Carrie, Ghostbusters, The Shining, Hocus Pocus, The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The gorgeous Rivoli Ballroom plays host to six Halloween movies across three nights, offering up a family-friendly early screening, followed by one for the adults later in the evening. Kicking off at 5pm on October 26, Beetlejuice gets an airing - a film which we maintain is criminally underrepresented in London's Halloween screenings - and is followed up by Stephen King's terrifying thriller, Carrie.
On October 27, Bill Murray and his Ghostbusters are the lighthearted face of Halloween, before Jack Nicholson sticks an axe right through all that family fun and pokes his head through the Rivoli door with The Shining.
And Friday night is all about the camp side of Halloween as Hocus Pocus shares a billing with The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Tickets from £8
Check website for doors as times vary. October 26 - 28