The Dark of the Matinee

The Dark of the Matinee

A season full of thrills, chills, smiles, tears, scares and buckets of blood, with films from across the service that are set in the cinema or theatre and inspired by ‘The Last Matinee’, ‘The Dark of the Matinee’ highlights the refuge that the cinema can be for us, but also all the scary things that could happen in there… once the lights go down.

So, get your run to the snack bar done before the trailers start, turn your phone off - not just to silent -  scooch down low in your seat and get ready for a collection of films that will remind you why you love the movie theater experience so much, but also maybe make you realise that its dim, sticky-floored confines could also make the perfect hunting ground.

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The Dark of the Matinee
  • The Last Matinee

    2020 • Italy • Directed by Maximiliano Contenti

    A trip to the movies takes a deadly turn in this stylish neo-giallo love letter to classic slashers that will send your popcorn flying and have you diving behind your seat!

    A cold, wet day. A declining cinema. All you want is to get out of the rai...

  • Theater of Blood

    "Re-Animator: The Musical" lyricist Mark Nutter on adapting the cult classic for musical theater.

  • Blood Theatre

    1984 ・ United States ・ Directed by Rick Sloane

    An old movie house plagued with a history of unexplained tragedies is reopened with new hopes, but bloody history repeats itself once again.

  • The Flesh and Blood Show

    1972 ・ United Kingdom ・ Directed by Pete Walker

    Billed as "An Appalling Amalgam of Carnage and Carnality," Pete Walker's The Flesh and Blood Show is an homage to the blood-splattered, sex-smeared theatre known as the Grand Guignol. Still haunted by an especially tragic production of Othello, a ...

  • Dead End Drive-In

    1986 • Australia • Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith

    One of Quentin Tarantino’s favourite directors, Brian Trenchard-Smith was a key figure in the Ozploitation movement, responsible for The Man from Hong Kong, Stunt Rock, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits… and dystopian cult classic Dead-End Drive In!

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  • Tale of Cinema

    Tale of Cinema uses the trope of a film within a film to tell two stories, that of a depressive young man (Ki-woo Lee) who forms a suicide pact with a friend (Ji-won Uhm); and the tale of a filmmaker (Kim Sangkyung) who sees a film that he believes was based on his life, and who meets the actress...