Dun­dead Hal­loween Films Un­til Oct 31, Dundee Con­tem­po­rary Arts

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Dun­dead, the DCA’s reg­u­lar slot for cult favourites and new and clas­sic hor­ror movies, ramps up the gore and dev­il­ish hokum for Hal­loween week, with to­day see­ing an af­ter­noon screen­ing of 1993 Dis­ney film Ho­cus Po­cus.

Though panned at the time (“a film des­per­ately in need of self-dis­ci­pline”, said vet­eran critic Roger Ebert), Kenny Ortega’s movie about a das­tardly trio of witches in­ad­ver­tently res­ur­rected by a teenage boy in Salem, Mas­sachusetts, has since be­come a cult favourite – and a fam­ily one too. As well as Bette Mi­dler as the head witch, it stars a barely-recog­nis­able Sarah Jes­sica Parker and fea­tures a young Thora Birch as a candy-guz­zling trick-or-treater.

Also fea­tur­ing to­day is Mandy, the new film by Panos Cos­matos star­ring Ni­co­las Cage, pic­tured be­low right, as an ac­tor who is de­pend­ably star­tling –for good rea­sons or oth­er­wise. On Tues­day (Oct 30), there’s a screen­ing of Beetle­juice, Tim Bur­ton’s odd­ball clas­sic about a re­cently-de­ceased cou­ple (Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin) who haunt a young­ster (Winona Ryder) and her par­ents while on Hal­loween it­self there’s Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead. A game-changer in the hor­ror genre, the low-bud­get 1981 movie went on to spawn a vast fran­chise. It is as grue­some as it is in­flu­en­tial – def­i­nitely not for the squea­mish or those feel­ing vul­ner­a­ble.

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