FOLLOWING on from the earlier edition this year, Night Visions festival is taking over Helsinki’s Maxim and Kinopalatsi cinemas over Halloween, from 30 October to 3 November to be precise.

Offering more than 30 offerings, the festival showcases a range of horror, fantasy, science fiction and action flicks – many of them not to be seen on Finnish screens otherwise.

Top additions to this year’s programme include Filth, based on Irvine Welsh’s novel, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s much-lauded porn addiction comedy Don Jon.

Feeling peckish?

Cannibalism rears its head for this edition, with Jim Mickle’s We Are What We Are arriving straight from Cannes. Lord of Darkness also gets its chompers around a fair share of its fellow man, with director Ricky Wood also present at the somewhat

intriguing Night Visions Culinary

Cinema + Dinner. Bringing together food and cannibal movies might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but rest assured the crew at Night Visions will be staging something memorable.

Elsewhere, the Kaleva gets a remake in Sampo, with a restored 35 mm version of the Finnish-Soviet co-production from director Aleksandr Ptushko screening. Meanwhile, local boy gone Hollywood Renny Harlin’s horror-thriller The Incident will also be shown.

Maximum Halloween 3013
30 October-3 November

And finally, if you want to get your foot a tapping, then keep an eye out for A Band Called Death, the the Festival Audience Award-winning doco at SXSW charting the true pioneers of punk, under the moniker of ­– you guessed it – Death. Full programme available online.

James O’Sullivan