Screams on Screen at The Capitol

Fri 16th February, 2024 – Sat 17th February, 2024
The Capitol
113 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Price: $10–$15
A spooky two-day program descends on the iconic theatre, with screenings of David Lynch shorts, The Babadook and an experimental short about drunk Caucasian women – all in celebration of art, horror and everything in-between.

Over two nights in February, ACCA and RMIT Culture present a program of film, music, art and discussions centred on the spooky, rebellious and transgressive driving forces behind the horror genre.

Screams on Screen is an extension of ACCA’s current exhibition From the Other Side, which delves into the world of horror beyond cheap thrills and scary movies. Hinging on the idea of the “monstrous-feminine”, the exhibition considers the power of horror to transgress and rebel against tired tropes of the genre, from witches and hags to bad mothers and possessed women.

The Friday February 16 program is all about stories of impulse, longing, craving and lust, centred on a screening of Ana Lily Amirpour’s 2014 debut feature A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night – an Iranian vampire spaghetti western. Also screening is a series of experimental shorts, including local artists Liang Luscombe and Cara Benedetto’s Leave (2023), which uses puppetry to explore representations of Caucasian women and drunkenness on screen; stop-motion animator Isabel Peppard’s 2012 short Butterflies; and two rare shorts from iconic director David Lynch: The Alphabet (1968) and Six Men Getting Sick (Six Times) (1966) – which is exactly what it sounds like.

On Saturday February 17 there’s a 10-year anniversary screening of one of the most influential Aussie horror films of the 21st century, Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook (2014). And spook-seekers will be treated to a 4K restoration of Ann Turner’s Australian folk-horror masterpiece Celia (1989), followed by a live discussion with the director. There are also shorts from Kyle Edward Ball, and Hayley Millar Baker’s beautifully haunting The Umbra, originally commissioned for the Shadow Spirit exhibition at RISING.

Browse the full program and buy tickets to attend both evenings for $15.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with ACCA.