BFI announces dates for major new horror film season ‘IN DREAMS ARE MONSTERS’

BFI has today announced dates for IN DREAMS ARE MONSTERS: A SEASON OF HORROR FILMS, a major new Blockbuster project which will run at cinemas UK-wide and online on BFI Player from 17 October to 31 December 2022.

IN DREAMS ARE MONSTERS will be a major UK-wide film and events season charting how the monsters of horror have made physical the anxieties of their times, and how we react when faced with the monster within.

Programmed by writer and broadcaster Anna Bogutskaya, writer Kelli Weston, and BFI programmer Michael Blyth, the season will be structured around five mythical archetypes of horror – the vampire, the ghost, the zombie, the witch and the beast. It will focus on how horror has been the most radical, provocative genre since the very inception of cinema, the politicised nature of the genre and how it includes and celebrates ethnically diverse filmmakers and queer voices.

IN DREAMS ARE MONSTERS will throw open the doors, inviting everyone, whether established fans, curious individuals or even those unconvinced that horror films are for them, to find the right horror for them, experience the riches of the genre and engage with the ideas it provokes.

The full programme for IN DREAMS ARE MONSTERS will be announced on 8 September and will feature:

A headline season of films, discussions and immersive events at BFI Southbank

Events and screenings around the UK in partnership with the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN), including four special commissions by leading regional horror film festivals including:

A “Night of the Cat” exploring the mythology behind the Bakeneko (monster-cat), presented by Mayhem (Nottingham)

A nationwide event celebrating the Blaxploitation Horror genre, presented by Abertoir (Aberystwyth) in partnership with the Bristol Black Horror Club

A ghostly, immersive live cinema experience, presented by Celluloid Screams (Sheffield) in partnership with Live Cinema

A symposium revisiting monsters movies, and their makers, old and new, presented by Grimmfest (Manchester)

A touring programme in partnership with Independent Cinema Office (ICO) and BFI FAN

A major collection of films available to stream across the UK on BFI Player

Re-releases of a classic Horror title by BFI Distribution and BFI Home Entertainment

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