Scary Halloween Screenings in Edinburgh
29 October 2014
One of the best ways to spend Halloween has to be watching a scary movie and Edinburgh has a fang-tastic line-up of spooky screenings across the city. Take a look at our selection of some of the best spine-chilling and blood-curdling entertainment on offer.
[Image: Cameo Cinema]
“Who you gonna call?” There’s only one right answer to that question… Ghostbusters is back for its 30th Anniversary and showing at Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre on 29th October. Enjoy this silly ghost busting caper on the big screen all over again, lapping up Billy Murray’s classic one-liners, the OTT 80s special effects and, of course, the slime.
Also showing at Vue Omni Centre is Alien and Aliens Directors Cut Double on 31st October.
Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle caused a storm when he brought Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein to the stage, with formidable acting talents Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. The actors took turns to play the Monster and the Doctor, enthralling audience with each interpretation of the roles. The National Theatre Live Encore recording of Cumberbatch as the Monster and Miller as the Doctor will be shown at Cineworld Fountain Park on 30th October – ideal viewing to get you in the mood for Halloween.
The recording of Miller as the Monster and Cumberbatch as the Doctor will be shown at Cineworld on Tuesday 4th November.
Strap yourself in for a spine-chilling Scary Movie Double at Summerhall on Halloween. First up is David Cronenberg’s cult classic Scanners with a live re-scoring by Edinburgh electronic trio The Southern Tennant. If you can uncover your eyes for more, this will be followed black and white chiller Night of the Demon.
The Usher Hall is giving film fans a treat this Halloween with a special screening of the 1920’s classic silent film The Golem. The film will be accompanied by organist Donald MacKenzie, playing on the Usher Hall's grand organ. 1910 short trailer film, Frankenstein will also feature on the night, while a live jazz band entertain guests playing before and after the films. The audience are encouraged to get into the spirit of things by donning 1920’s garb or Halloween fancy dress.
It wouldn’t really be Halloween without John Carpenter’s 1978 fright fest Halloween. Still the original and best, the movie has been restored and remastered for this special screening, exclusive to Odeon Cinemas. Take plenty of friends with you if you choose to see this iconic horror flick and make sure you hold onto each other tight.
Another cult movie is being offered up at the Filmhouse with a screening of Night of the Living Dead on Halloween. While zombies are currently dominating our TV screens thanks to The Walking Dead, this 1968 black and white classic is often credited as popularising the genre. It may not have had the budget of The Walking Dead but Night of the Living Dead has stood the test of time with all the thrills and chills you’d expect from a stomach churning zombie fest.
Film4’s Fright Fest is coming to the Cameo for the first time on 1st November. The line-up of films is a frightful delight for any Horror movie fanatic with Scottish premiers of ABCs of Death 2, The Pact II and Last Shift, as well as a special preview of The Editor. If you consider yourself to be a real aficionado of the genre then this is a night to be missed.
Also showing at Cameo Cinema is The Exorcist Directors Cut on 31st October.