Glasgow's CCA reopens with #WeirdHorror season

After an extended closure, the vital multi-arts venue is finally up and running again, and for starters it’s got four nights of #WeirdHorror planned to mark the Halloween season

Article by Jamie Dunn | 19 Oct 2018
  • Anya Taylor Joy as Thomasin in The Witch

Yesterday we received the wonderful news that Glasgow’s CCA – along with Saramago Cafe Bar, Welcome Home and Aye-Aye Books – will reopen to the public this weekend following a long and extended closure since the devastating fire at the neighbouring Mackintosh Building and O2 ABC.

The first week of events includes an exhibition from Kari Stewart and Shireen Taylor, gigs with Teenage Fanclub and Rachel Sermanni – and four nights of horror from Matchbox Cineclub, Glasgow’s cult cinema purveyors who have a quartet of #WeirdHorror on offer to get you in the mood for All Hallows' Eve.

This four night Halloween pop-up kicks off with The Lair of the White Worm (25 Oct), the camp-tastic horror romp from the mighty Ken Russell featuring baby-faced Hugh Grant and Peter Capaldi, and Amanda Donohoe as a batshit snake-woman dominatrix. Even more eccentric is Blood and Donuts (26 Oct), Holly Dale’s skew-whiff vampire tale about a blood-sucker who’s awaken from years of sleep to hang out at a crumby donut shop.

The weekend contains more recent weird horror too. Currently packing them in at cinemas is bloody Nicolas Cage revenge flick Mandy from Panos Cosmatos, and #WeirdWeekend gives you a chance to catch that director's little-seen first feature from 2010, Beyond the Black Rainbow (27 Oct). Like Mandy, Beyond the Black Rainbow is set in 1983 and is similarly hallucinatory, having been dubbed a “Reagan-era fever dream inspired by hazy childhood memories of midnight movies and Saturday morning cartoons.”

The mini-season comes to an end with Robert Eggers’ extraordinary period horror The Witch (28 Oct), which follows a 15th century New England family that’s been cast out of their Puritan community for heresy and begin to collapse in on themselves after the mysterious disappearance of their youngest child. Kate Dickie, who plays the matriarch of this family in crisis, will be at the screening for a Q&A.

Full details of the #WeirdHorror micro-season below:

Ken Russell’s The Lair of the White Worm (1988) (co-screening with Pity Party Film Club) – 25 Oct, 7pm
Holly Dale’s Blood and Donuts (1995), with director Q&A (co-screening with She’s En Scene Community Cinema) – 26 Oct, 7.45pm
Panos Cosmatos’ Beyond The Black Rainbow (2010) – 27 Oct, 7pm
Robert Eggers’ The Witch (2016) with Kate Dickie Q&A – 28 Oct, 7pm

Tickets are £4 (+booking fee) a film or £10 (+booking fee) for a full weekend pass. Tickets are on sale now at www.cca-glasgow.com