This autumn, we embark on a journey into the monstrous as we celebrate horror on film. Radical and provocative, horror has provided a community for those excluded from the mainstream since the inception of cinema; forcing audiences to confront their darkest thoughts and offering a platform to marginalised voices.

Our season of films will focus on the creatures that linger long after the closing credits, which have haunted our screens and dreams for over a century. Exploring five iconic mythical figures: the vampire, the ghost, the zombie, the witch and the beast; we will chart how the monsters of horror have made physical the anxieties of their times, and how we react when faced with the monster within.

As well as the classics of the genre, we will shine a light on some forgotten gems from world cinema, celebrating 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 experience the fear, the joy and the outright terror of the mythical monsters of film.

Programmed by writer and broadcaster Anna Bogutskaya, writer Kelli Weston, and BFI programmer Michael Blyth, the season will play from October to December at BFI Southbank, in cinemas nationwide and on BFI Player.

Four special commissions by leading regional horror film festivals Abertoir, Celluloid Screams, Grimmfest and Mayhem have already been confirmed. The commissions are supported in partnership with the BFI Film Audience Network.

The full programme will be released on 8 September.

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