The best Halloween films and where to find them in Brighton

Evil creatures are cropping up all over the place right now, and it’s not just because Halloween’s coming either. If you, like us, prefer your blood-sucking vampires and malevolent spirits safely confined to the screen, here’s where to find scream-ings of some of the best Halloween films of all time.

Suspiria at Fabrica

Dario Argento’s terrifying cult classic Suspiria (the 1977 version not the 2018 remake) is being shown at Fabrica as part of a night of horror from Brighton-based film collective ProjectOurs. Yes, there’s a lot of blood and death as American dancer Suzy discovers there’s something sinister afoot at her new German dance school, but the film’s surreal stylings and unnerving soundtrack make it a far more interesting watch than you might expect. It’s with good reason that many people hail it as one of the best horror movies ever made.
Friday 27th October; 7pm
40 Duke Street, Brighton, BN1 1AG

The Shining at The Duke of York’s

Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, one of the greatest horror movies ever made (who cares what Stephen King thinks), is playing at the Duke of York’s this October. And they’re screening the original cut. We’ll never get tired of Jack Nicholson’s creepy descent into madness, not to mention that famous “Here’s Johnny” scene from the tense 1980 psychological horror, that’s meant we’ve always steered clear of isolated hotels.
Saturday 28th October, 9.30pm and Tuesday 31st October, 8.15pm
Preston Road, Brighton BN1 4NA

Beetlejuice at Cineworld

Somehow it’s the 35th anniversary of the Michael Keaton fun ride that is Beetlejuice. This iconic comedy horror from the genius mind of Tim Burton features a stellar cast and we still love it. Roll on Beetlejuice 2. They’re also showing The Exorcist sequel The Exorcist: Believer (we can’t believe it will match the original though).
Saturday 28th October; 7.30pm and 9.50pm
Brighton Marina, Brighton, BN2 5UF

Hocus Pocus at Odeon

Another anniversary edition, another film making us feel old. It’s the 30th anniversary of Hocus Pocus, the family-friendly film that sees the awakening of three hilariously horrific witches (including SJP and Bette Midler) who were offed in the 1600s. It’s also the 20th anniversary of Freaky Friday – the Lindsay Lohan remake, not the OG one – which they’re showing on Sunday 29th at 10am. And for something altogether more horrific, they’ve got the seriously disturbing Saw X on Monday and Exorcist: The Believer on Tuesday.
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October at 1.20pm and Tuesday 31st October at 1.10pm
Kingswest, West Street, Brighton BN1 2RE

Poltergeist at White Wall Cinema

Stephen Spielberg’s creepy-as-hell 80s classic is a perfectly atmospheric Halloween-y watch that still gives us chills even though we know what’s going to happen. It’s a much simpler watch than you’d get in these CGI-laden days and, in our opinion, all the more effective for it. It’s had a 4k nip and tuck so it doesn’t look dated either. The gang at WWC are also showing satirical slasher comedy Bodies, Bodies, Bodies on Monday 30th October and 60s psychological horror Peeping Tom on Wednesday November 1st if you fancy them.
Tuesday 31st October; 7.40pm
Wagner Hall, 2 Regency Road, Brighton
, BN1 2RU