Halloween Film Night, Tufnell Park

Written by: Sophie Taylor

Can’t be arsed to host a party, get dressed up or aimlessly wander the streets this year? Decided to stay in and watch a scary film but can’t find the energy to pick one? Afraid of people throwing eggs at your face because you forgot to get some Haribo in?

Sounds about right. For those of you too lazy to organise something / don’t want to stay in doing nothing, Tufnell Park Film Club have generously organised a halloween screening on Monday 31st. Because they know their stuff, you can expect a cracker of a horror show. Plus, Nigel and Wayne have taken a special trip to the sweet shop just for you. #treatsnottricks. 

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Tufnell Park Film Club host film screenings above the Star pub on Chester Road, usually every other Tuesday. Their catalogue of cinema follows an ever-changing line of cult, classics and forgotten gems rather than spinning on a rotating roster. This means you’ll never see the same film twice and may get to watch something you’ve been meaning to catch for years: after each screening you will be kindly asked to vote for the next film. They occasionally host tributes and Q & As with directors, and always introduce each screening.

The film du Halloween this year is Stockholm-based cinematic triumph, Let The Right One In. Set in the early 1980s, this eerie tale of first love was first written as a novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist who was given a rare chance to write the screenplay too. Score! Director Tomas Alfredson’s trademark diffused visual style is melancholic and multi-award winning, with good reason. This is much more than your standard Vampire movie. 

“A spectacularly moving and elegant movie, and to dismiss it into genre-hood, to mentally stuff it into the horror pigeonhole, is to overlook a remarkable film.” Washington Post

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Seen it? You’ll know it’s worth a revisit, particularly in the red curtained surrounds of Tufnell Park Film Club on a night when the veil between the living and the dead is at it’s thinnest… 

Haven’t seen it? Get thee to The Star on Monday around 7pm, scoff their signature smoked applewood burger (with 20% film club discount) and bring your pint upstairs for ‘one of the best films of recent years’. 

Tufnell Park Film Club at The Star, 47 Chester Rd, N19 5DF

Let The Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, Sweden, 2008), Monday, October 31, 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Photos by Mike Barry.

Read our interview with the men behind Tufnell Park Film Club here.

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