Halloween at the Nerve Centre sees a creepy cinematic festival of spine chilling screenings, horror shorts, Vampires and comedy roasts as well as the premier of a live haunted cinema experience - The Devils Donkey!
Running from Friday 25th October to Sunday the 27th October, the weekend of events will showcase a full programme of cinema from Ones to Watch Young Programmers titled REVAMP – The Evolution of Vampires on Screen, supported by Film Hub NI.
Classic Vampire films on the big screen will include Nosferatu, The Horror of Dracula, The Lost Boys, From Dusk Til Dawn and closing with a special comedic roast of Twilight on Sunday night with some of Northern Ireland’s top comedians.
Events kick off on Friday 25th October at 6pm with a talk by John Francis Kavanagh, PhD Horror Studies Ulster University titled The History of Vampires on Screen and followed by a showcase of original horror shorts from Ulster University Cinematic Arts students.
In addition to the talks and screenings, the Nerve Centre has got a real Halloween exclusive, thanks to support from Derry City and Strabane District Council - The Devils Donkey Haunted Cinema Experience!
The last remaining copy of the infamously cursed film ‘The Devils Donkey’ was recently unearthed in the ruins of a burnt down ice cream factory in Guatemala and the Nerve Centre will hold the first public screening of the film since 1948 in the Haunted Cinema.
The Devil’s Donkey – Haunted Cinema Experience written by comedian Peter Davidson will feature live performers alongside the exclusive screening of this “long lost” horror classic.
Friday 25th October, 6pm
The History of Vampires and Ulster University Horror Shorts Showcase
Join John Francis Kavanagh PhD Horror Studies Ulster University for a talk on the history of vampires on screen followed by a showcase of horror shorts from the Cinematic Arts students at Ulster University. Free Admission but booking essential. Tickets here
Friday 25th October, 8pm
Crypt Classic: Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter’s wife. The original giant of German Expressionist horror film and a seminal moment for horror cinema, F.W. Murnaus Nosferatu is a rare treat on the big screen.
“It’s not just a great horror movie. It’s a poem of horror, a symphony of dread, a film so rapt, mysterious and weirdly lovely it haunts the mind long after it’s over”. Chicago Tribune
Tickets: £2.50 + booking fee. Cert 12A. Tickets here
Saturday 26th October, 1pm
Crypt Classic: The Horror of Dracula
Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire’s castle under false pretences forcing his colleague Dr. Van Helsing to destroy the predatory villain when he targets Harkers loved ones. A Hammer horror classic with an epic cast including Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.
“A film that deserves recognition as one of this country’s finest horror movies, a sexually charged Gothic nightmare featuring standout performances from Hammer stalwarts Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing”. Top Critic.
Tickets: £2.50 + booking fee. Cert 15. Tickets: here
Saturday 26th October, 3pm
Teen Screams: The Lost Boys
After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires. Joel Schumacher’s iconic 80s classic starring Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland and Corey Haim.
“The Lost Boys remains a supremely watchable example of something the 80s did right”. Empire
Tickets: £2.50 + booking fee. Cert 15. Tickets: here
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October 6pm and 7pm nightly
The Devil’s Donkey - Haunted Cinema Experience
Written by comedian Peter Davidson, the film will feature live performance alongside an exclusive screening of this “long lost” horror classic. Expect a scare or two, as this is an interactive jump-filled cinematic experience presented as part of the Nerve Centre’s Halloween offerings. Duration: 40 mins, Age Restriction: 10+
Tickets: £4 per person/Family of 4 Ticket: £12.00 plus booking fee. Tickets: here
Saturday 26th October, 9pm
Late Night Frights: From Dusk til Dawn
Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly see temporary refuge in a truck stop populated by Vampires with chaotic results. Written by Quentin Tarantino and starring George Clooney and Harvey Keitel.
“A deliriously trashy, exuberantly vulgar, lavishly appointed exploitation picture, this weird combo of road-kill movie and martial-arts vampire gorefest is made to order”. Variety.
Tickets: £2.50 + booking fee. Cert 18. Tickets: here
Sunday 27th October, 12pm
Tiny Bites Cinema: Hotel Transylvania
Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teenage daughter.
“A fast, funny and wildly inventive animated tale with enough laughs and heart to appeal to audiences of all ages”. Toronto Star
Tickets: £2.50 + booking fee. Cert U. Tickets: here
Sunday 26th October, 9pm
Comic Bites: Comedians Vs Twilight
Bella Swan moves to Forks and encounters Edward Cullen, a gorgeous boy with a secret. - A panel of comics rip a bite out of the iconic Twilight movie live on stage.
“Twilight is mad, bad and deeply unwholesome to know, and perhaps, in its serious way, the most entertaining teen film since 10 Things I Hate About You” The Guardian
Tickets: £2.50 + booking fee. Cert 12A. Tickets: here