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Jamie Lee Curtist hides behind a door frame in the horror film Halloween.

Film

Halloween (15)

  • 1h 31m

Free

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Attributes

  • Duration 1h 31m
  • Type Mainstream Film

USA | John Carpenter | Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasance


On a cold Halloween night in 1963, a young child named Michael Myers brutally murdered his teenage sister, Judith. He was locked away for 15 years. But on October 30, 1978, Michael escapes. He returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looks for his next victims.

Join us for an introduction and discussion with Rebecca McCallum, host of Talking Hitchcock, following Peeping Tom 2.00pm Sunday 29 October to find out more about this fascinating story.

Screening as part of Cinema Unbound: The Creative Worlds of Powell + Pressburger, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. bfi.org.uk/powell-and-pressburger.

The Birth of the Slasher

1960, the birth of a decade, the population a little younger, clothing (and arguably morals) a little looser. Amongst the bright colours and confidence of swinging London something else was being born – the slasher film. Two British filmmakers Michael Powell and Alfred Hitchcock found inspiration in the shadow selves and began a genre revolution. Psycho, resolutely an American myth, something terrible lurking in the liminal countryside places, was a huge success. But earlier in the year Powell had released Peeping Tom, queasily voyeuristic and set in the streets of Soho, perhaps too close to home for the London critics at the time whose hatred of the film’s sex and violence effectively killed Powell’s career. Now regarded as one of the most influential and stylish horror thrillers, we can look at these two together and reflect on an exciting time for genre film. Join us for a discussion with Rebecca McCullum, host of Talking Hitchcock to find out more about this fascinating story.

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