Our friends at the Plaza in Stockport are hosting a special screening of THE EXORCIST on the 31st Oct.
The perfect way to celebrate Halloween. To book tickets go here
Weve been told there will also be a paranormal tour of the historic venue after the screening! Well be along to offer scary merchandise and a few prizes for the night!
THE EXORCIST (USA, 1974, 122 min, Dir: William Friedkin)
Stockport Plaza, 31st October, 7.30pm
An actress starts to notice dramatic and disturbing changes in the appearance and personality of her 12 year old daughter. Elsewhere, a young priest experiences a crisis of faith…
Grimm Up North are delighted to be supporting our fiendish friends at the Plaza in their “Halloween Special” screening of “Wild Bill” Friedkin’s confrontational and controversial film of William Peter Blatty’s classic novel. Very much a product of its post-Vietnam, Post-Watergate era, and tapping squarely into Nixonite, Republican America’s paranoia about the collapse of the traditional family unit – absent fathers, single mothers, rebellious, foul-mouthed sexually-aware teenaged girls – this seminal, seminary-inspired satanic panic shocker has lost little of its power to unnerve, unsettle, and seduce. Easy enough to point out the film’s Catholic-Conservative religious-political subtext, but whether one is a believer or not, there remains something dark and dangerous here. Perhaps it is simply Friedkin’s skill in using all the techniques of cinema to scare us, coupled with Blatty’s intense exploration of his own, very personal demons. Or perhaps it is… something else entirely. Surrounded by dark legends of ill-luck attaching to those who worked on it, of audiences becoming hysterical, fainting, vomiting; variously banned, buggered about with, butchered, and ballyhooed over; the favourite film, and personal obsession, of critic Mark Kermode, who claims, somewhat unnervingly that it is a different film every time he sees it, THE EXORCIST is a classic example of film maudit – a cursed film. And what better way to experience it than in the splendid, and spooky surroundings of Stockport Plaza?