Friday, 1 November 2019 at 5:30 pm – Friday, 1 November 2019 at 10:00 pm
Halloween Horror Movie Night – Clive Barker Double Bill
Date: Friday 1st November 2019
Time: 6pm – 10pm, doors open 5.30pm
Location: 70 Oxford St, Manchester, M1 5NH
Tickets: Free – Available here
Organised by Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes, Dr Sorcha Ní Fhlainn and Grimmfest
This year, the Gothic Manchester Festival have joined forces with Grimmfest, Manchester's festival of fantastic film to bring you the ultimate Halloween Movie Double Bill. On the evening of Friday the 1st November 2019, we take Number 70, Oxford Road for a night dedicated to the work of Clive Barker.
We kick things off with a special introduction to Barker's work from Dr Xavier Aldana Reyes, Reader in English Literature and Film and a founder member of the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies at Manchester Met.
Followed by CANDYMAN, Bernard Rose's 1992 screen adaptation of Barker's short story 'The Forbidden'. Fusing urban legend and social critique, and rooted in the dark history of slavery in the American south. This grim fairy tale made a horror movie Icon out of actor Tony Todd and was groundbreaking in its confrontational treatment of racial attitudes in the USA. It's no coincidence that Jordan Peele (GET OUT, US) is producing the remake right now.
And of course, there was only one way to finish: HELLRAISER (1987), Barker's most famous creation, adapted from his own novella THE HELLBOUND HEART. A perverse, blackhearted fantasia, born from the world of S&M, and taking the pursuit of pleasure through pain to a literally hellish conclusion, it introduced the world to the Cenobites; Pinhead, Chatterer, Butterball, and the rest; “Explorers in the further regions of experience. Demons to some. Angels to others.” Now 32 years old it's still as original and disturbing as it was upon initial release.
There will be a licensed bar and a Grimmfest stall selling Halloween themed goodies on the night.
This event is part of the 7th annual Gothic Manchester Festival which is themed on 'Gothic Times'. This year the festival will span the whole of October with a whole range of events exploring the Gothic throughout time for you to get involved in.
The Manchester Gothic Festival is organised by the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. Find out more details and our full events schedule on our website: mmu.ac.uk/english/gothic-studies/gothic-manchester-festival/