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Back in the cinema this year, Manchester's première horror film festival has a fantastic line-up with films from all around the world, including some which have already been making a splash on the festival circuit. ET - The Extra Terrestrial star and all round genre legend Dee Wallace is the guest of honour, and there will br a series of special events and parties. After the in-person event, there will be a virtual event for those who couldn't make it, with virtual events adding to the fun.

Some films are yet to be announced, so please bear with us as we add details here.

The live festival runs from 7 to 10 October and the virtual version runs from 14 to 17 October.

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Shot In The Dark
Shot In The Dark
Two years ago, William Langston made a mistake that would affect the course of his life. Now, with a killer loose in his home town and his circle of friends falling away one at a time, William faces his greatest fears as well as his own mortality.
Two Witches
Two Witches
A matriarchal witch passes on her sinister inheritance to her grand-daughter, triggering horrific curses.
On The 3rd Day
On The 3rd Day
After a car crash which damages her memory, a woman desperate to find her son goes looking for answers.
We're All Going to The World's Fair
We're All Going to The World's Fair
A teenage girl becomes immersed in an online role-playing game.
Father Of Flies
Father Of Flies
A vulnerable young boy finds his mother pushed out of the family home by a strange new woman, and he must confront the terrifying supernatural forces that seem to move in with her.
Night At The Eagle Inn
Night At The Eagle Inn
Fraternal twins spend a hellish night at the remote inn their father disappeared from the night they were born.
Night Drive
Night Drive
A ride share driver's life is turned upside down after an unexpected series of misfortunes.
Slapface
Slapface
A boy deals with the loss of his mother by creating a dangerous relationship with a monster rumoured to live in the woods.
Motherly
Motherly
Kate and her daughter Beth live alone in an isolated farmhouse in the woods, but when Kate slowly begins to suspect that something sinister is happening, her motherly instincts are put to the test.
The Beta Test
The Beta Test
A man's life starts to fracture after he receives an unusual invitation.
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Jane Schoenbrun on intentional ambiguities and We’re All Going To The World’s Fair
Exposed to the elements
Jeremiah Kipp on bullying, ambiguity, and directing Mike Manning and August Maturo in Slapface
A matter of instinct
Craig David Wallace and Lora Burke on Motherly
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