What to watch at Halloween

IT’S HALLOWEEN NIGHT, and rather depressingly there’s a notable absence of new horror in cinemas this week. With that in mind, we’ve asked a group of film lovers to pick their own favourites to recommend for your viewing instead. But be warned, these are not films for the faint-hearted…

The horror... the horror...

The horror… the horror…

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Check out “Romero and Juliet” on the Norwich Film Festival blog!

So I wrote for the Norwich Film Festival about Warm Bodies, and why it ain’t half bad… I’m not going soft. You can check out the whole thing by clicking the linked extract below! Let me know what you reckon!

Warm Bodies is a film which until recently I somewhat snobbishly avoided. In defence, the trailer and release date seemed geared toward putting me off. It appeared to be a gimmicky, insufferably saccharine rom-com; something especially intolerable when you are single. However, let me be first to admit I was mistaken.

Adapting Isaac Marion’s novel of the same name, writer/director Jonathon Levine crafts a clever, almost feminist, satire of one of Hollywood’s most embarrassingly prevalent tropes. The manic pixie dream girl – a trope which in the modern world should be considered as out of date as the rotting flesh on a walking corpse – reduces the role of female characters to that of a prop. They are fictions, bereft of their own aspiration and agency. They are inventions geared purely toward teaching deep, soulful young men to re-evaluate and embrace life…

Seriously, I love how this film was so obviously trying to knife Stephenie Meyer’s misogynistic legacy!

Dawn of the Red

Should the virus be transmitted by bites? Do the undead eat animals? Can zombies run? None of these trivial debates will be answered here.
This Halloween, Jack Brindelli and friends take a fresh look at a rotten genre, examining the surprisingly political medium of the zombie film.
Strap yourselves in for thrills, spills and gore galore – and you never know you might even learn something along the way…

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A good horror film leaves you checking over your shoulder after it's over.

A good horror film leaves you checking over your shoulder after it’s over.