Prepare for atechnicolour world of fright and mystery, zombies and music, voodoo and carnival riot as the Day of the Dead hits London's Rich Mix this November 1st and 2nd including screenings of classic Mexican horror films, live music acts, DJs, dance, immersive theatre performances and more at the Dia de los Muertos Experience, where we'll be celebrating the afterlife in all its ghoulish glory.

Supported by Film Hub London which is led by Film London and part of BFI Film Audience Network (FAN), and presented by De Skalon Public Relations in partnership with Movimentos, the Dia de los Muertos Experience forms part of the the nationwide BFI blockbuster project, GOTHIC: The Dark Heart of Film.

The Devil´s Backbone
(El espinazo del diablo, Guillermo del Toro)
late-night screening, Friday 1st November, 11.15 pm

From Mexican master of horror, Guillermo del Toro, whose first two features, Chronos and Mimic quickly established him as a director to watch, comes The Devil's Backbone (El espinazo del diablo, 2001) one of his most frightening and emotionally layered films.

Set during the final week of the Spanish Civil War, it tells the tale of a twelve-year-old boy, Carlos (Fernando Tielve) who, after his freedom-fighting father is killed, is sent to a haunted rural orphanage full of terrible secrets. Del Toro expertly combines gothic ghost story, murder mystery, and historical melodrama in a stylish mélange that, like his later film, the now legendary Pan's Labyrinth, reminds us the scariest monsters are often the human ones.

The Black Pit of Dr M
(Misterios de ultratumba, 1959)
Saturday 2nd November, 7 pm

The Mexican zombie classic, The Black Pit of Dr M (Misterios de Ultratumba, 1959) Federico Méndez´s authentically gothic tale of two doctors who make a horrifying pact in order to explain the secrets of the afterlife, beautifully shot in eerie black and white, will set the spine-chilling atmosphere for a night in which anything could happen.
Phoro courtesy of Alameda Films.

Following the screening of the The Black Pit of Dr M, we guarantee to raise the dead from their sleep with the ultimate Day of the Dead party! With a supernatural soundtrack from G-Bop Orchestra and the Latin American big band sounds of Voodoo Love Orchestra, a twist on traditional Day of the Dead dance and theatre performances featuring performers and costumes from Mandinga Arts Project and Critical Masquerade, Lucha Libre horror film visuals, DJs Cal Jader (Movimientos) back to back with Oscar Arroyo (Chilango), Mexican face-painting and more, this promises to be one unforgettable fright-filled fiesta.

Ghoul, zombie or lucha libre wrestler, come as you dare, fancy dress welcome!

Cal Jader's Dia de los Muertos experience mix by Movimientos on Mixcloud

Film Screening: The Devil's Backbone (El espinazo del Diablo, Guillermo del Toro 2001)

Film Screening: The Black Pit of Dr M ( Misterios de ultratumba, Fernando Méndez, 1959).
Live Acts:Voodoo Love Orchestra, G-Bop Orchestra.
DJs: Cal Jader (Movimientos), Oscar Arroyo (Chilango)
+ special guest performers and dance.