Frightarama, the all-night horror marathon, returns to Phoenix
Bring blankets, sleeping bags, crucifixes, garlic, silver bullets, teddy bears, whatever you think will get you through till dawn.
Bottomless coffee will be available for just £2, and food will be served all night.
This year’s uncanny offering includes Danny Boyle’s 2002 zombie hit 28 Days Later, Nicolas Pesce’s unnerving debut The Eyes of My Mother (2016), a mystery horror film, Mel Brooks’ comedy-horror Young Frankenstein (1974) and close the night with the classic Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
The screenings will be complemented with scary short films, and themed food and drink in the Phoenix Café Bar. Attendees are encouraged to wear fancy dress for the chance to win prizes.
Tickets for the event are £25, including all films and a breakfast butty at dawn. Tickets are available online or via the box office on 0116 242 2800.
Due to adult content this event is suitable for those aged 18 and above only.
Phoenix programme manager Jake Harvey said: ‘We can’t believe Frightarama is seven this year. We’ve loved giving people the opportunity to see old favourites, or something they may not have seen before, on the big screen and this year is no different. Highlights are definitely The Eyes of My Mother and the mystery film we have in store for them.’
Co-organiser Alan Morton added: ‘It just isn’t Halloween anymore until you’ve stumbled home to bed at 9am after a night at Phoenix watching terrifying films with fellow horror fans. The event has such a fantastic atmosphere and it’s a great chance for people to see Phoenix in a different light.’
The evening starts with Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, starring Cillian Murphy as Jim, a man who wakes up alone in London, falls in with a band of survivors, falls out with a band of soldiers, then reaps his terrible revenge.
Next, the deeply unnerving The Eyes of My Mother, starring Kika Magalhães, Will Brill, and Olivia Bond as a young woman who indulges her darkest desires after a tragedy visited upon her family.
It’s 3am, and as you begin to question your life choices, rest assured we’ll provide a horror Mystery Film that will be suitably appropriate for that witching hour of the morning.
To help wake you up, or perhaps just lighten your terrified mind, our penultimate film is Mel Brooks’ comedy-horror Young Frankenstein, starring Gene Wilder as Doctor Frankenstein (that’s Fronkenshteen) who inherits his famous grandfather Victor’s castle and picks up his macabre work.
After breakfast, A Nightmare on Elm Street plays tribute the horrors of the night and now day to come. Starring Robert Englund as the iconic Freddy Krueger, whatever you do: Don’t. Fall. Asleep.