Genre films to watch out for at the London Film Festival

Here are all the genre films you should watch out for at London Film Festival

Dramas may dominate awards season, but you can always rely on the London Film Festival to bring us some of the best – and often weirdest – horror, sci-fi and fantasy films to watch out for. Here are some of the highlights from this year’s programme, and how to watch them.


All The Gods In The Sky

Director: Quarxx

Cast: Jean-Luc Couchard, Mélanie Gaydos, Thierry Frémont

Country: France

A man turns to otherworldly forces to free himself and his disabled sister from their difficult lives, at which point things take a nightmarish turn.

Monday 15 October 9pm, Picturehouse Central

Tuesday 16 October 6pm, Rich Mix Cinema

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Director: Daniel Goldhaber

Cast: Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh, Melora Walters

County: USA

Erotic cam girl Lola finds herself logged out of her account, and yet ‘Lola’ is still live online, entertaining her fans. Who is her mysterious doppelganger, and what do they want?

Saturday 20 October 6.15pm, Curzon Soho Cinema

Sunday 21 October 3.30pm, Prince Charles Cinema

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The Cannibal Club

Director: Guto Parente

Cast: Ana Luiza Rios, Tavinho Teixeira

Country: Brazil

A rich married couple secretly kill and eat their hired help. But they become the prey when they stumble across a secret about the head of their cannibal club.

Wednesday 17 October 6.30pm, Vue Leicester Square

Friday 19 October 9pm, Rich Mix Cinema

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Knife + Heart

Director: Yann Gonzalez

Cast: Vanessa Paradis, Nicolas Maury, Kate Moran

Country: France-Swizerland-Mexico

A gay porn producer (Paradis) has to contend with a homicidal psycho determined to bump off her cast, one by one.

Friday 12 October 11.59pm, Prince Charles Cinema

Saturday 13 October 3pm, Vue Leicester Square

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Director: Panos Cosmatos

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache

Country: USA/Belgium

Nicolas Cage’s girlfriend gets kidnapped by a Satanic cult, so he hunts them down to exact revenge. But this is no typical piece of revenge torture porn. This is very, very weird, and seriously unsettling.

Friday 12 October 6.10pm, Rich Mix Cinema

Wednesday 17 October 6.10pm, Prince Charles Cinema

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May The Devil Take You

Director: Timo Tjahjanto

Cast: Chelsea Islan, Pevita Pearce

Country: Indonesia

When her father is struck down with a mysterious illness, Alfie and her step-siblings return to his home to find the cause of the illness – yep, it’s a malevolent spirit.

Wednesday 17 October 8.45pm, Curzon Soho Cinema

Thursday 18 October 3.30pm, ICA Cinema

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The Nightshifter

Director: Dennison Ramalho

Cast: Daniel de Oliveira, Fabíula Nascimento

Country: Brazil

A mortician with the power to talk to corpses learns about dangerous secrets in his own life from a dead crime lord. He soon learns it’s best to let dead bodies lie.

Saturday 13 October 5.40pm, Odeon Tottenham Court Road

Sunday 14 October 3.15, Rich Mix Cinema

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Director: Rahi Anil Barve, Adesh Prasad

Cast: Sohum Shah, Mohd Samad

Country: India

A young man in search of a fabled family treasure awakens his witch great-grandmother and releases and otherworldly force.

Wednesday 1o October 8.45pm, Vue Leicester Square

Thursday 11 October 6pm, Vue Leicester Square

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Director: Bill Oliver

Cast: Ansel Elgort, Patricia Clarkson, Suki Waterhouse

Country: USA

Two identical young men leave each other daily reports on their lives as this strange, subtle sci-fi film gradually reveals their connection to each other.

Sunday 14 October 8.40pm, Prince Charles Cinema

Tuesday 16 October 3.15pm, BFI Southbank

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Director: Ali Abassi

Cast: Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff

Country: Sweden

A border guard with the ability to literally sniff out crime meets a potentially sinister man to whom she is immediately and fiercely attracted. This is based on a novel by the author of Let The Right One In, so expect a beautiful and wise fantasy.

Thursday 11 October 5.30pm, Embankment Garden Cinema

Friday 12 October 2pm, Cineworld Leicester Square

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House Of My Fathers

Director: Suba Sivakumaran

Cast: Bimal Jayakodi, Pradeepa

Country: Sri Lanka

A man and a woman from warring villages have to venture into the forest of the afterlife to free their villages from a curse that has rendered the women infertile.

Saturday 20 October 3.30pm, Vue Leicester Square

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Sorry To Bother You

Director: Boots Riley

Cast: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Steven Yuen

Country: USA

In an alternate reality, telephone salesman Cassius experiences success when he discovers his ‘white voice’, but it leads him to a world of corruption.

Friday 12 October 2.15pm, Embankment Garden Cinema

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BFI London Film Festival runs from 10-21 October 2018. Get more information here