Dundead Halloween Films Until Oct 31, Dundee Contemporary Arts
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.