Halloween movie season gets under way as Sharjah International Film Festival returns to Aljada

14 October 2020

Watch a packed calendar of spooky movies this week and enjoy an evening of Arabic culture with the screening of five short films targeted at young people

Movie Nights at Aljada is getting into the spirit of the Halloween season by hosting family-friendly fright nights at Sharjah’s only drive-in cinema.

As the clock ticks ever closer to Halloween itself (31 October), the cinema will screen a wide range of ghoulish and ghostly films, with this week’s highlights including children’s animated classic Monster House, Tim Burton’s supernatural tale Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and comedy horror film Goosebumps.  

Also returning to Movie Nights at Aljada for the third time is the Sharjah International Film Festival (SIFF). Following two successful outings, SIFF will screen a carefully curated selection of five Arabic-language short films, targeted at young people, from 8pm on Thursday October 22.

Featured films from SIFF include 1-0, from Egyptian-Emirati director Nada Alazhary, A Picture and Once Upon a Time in the Desert, both of which were directed by Kuwait’s Dawood Shuail. Booger, directed by the UAE’s Abdulrahman Al Madani, and Zainab, from Bahrain’s Mohammed Ebrahim, complete the line-up.

All movies at the drive-in cinema at Madar at Aljada, Muwaileh, Sharjah, start at 8pm except on Fridays when two films are shown back to back starting at 7.30pm. The cinema is free to enter, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cinemagoers can also select from the 18 different types of delicious cuisine at popular food truck park Zad either by visiting the drive-thru prior to entering the cinema, or by ordering via the dedicated website and the meals will be delivered directly to their cars in a safe and contactless manner.

Here’s the lowdown of what’s in store this week at Movie Nights at Aljada from Sunday 18 October to Saturday 24 October:

Sunday 18 October 2020
8pm: Braveheart
(1995, 2h 58 min)
Scottish warrior William Wallace leads his countrymen in a rebellion to free his homeland from the tyranny of King Edward I of England.

Monday 19 October 2020
8pm: Enchanted
(2007, 1h 47 min)
A young maiden in a land called Andalasia, who is prepared to be wed, is sent away to New York City by an evil Queen, where she falls in love with a lawyer.

Tuesday 20 October 2020
8pm: Rocky Balboa
(2006, 1h 42 min) 
Thirty years after the ring of the first bell, Rocky Balboa comes out of retirement and dons his gloves for his final fight against the reigning heavyweight champ Mason 'The Line' Dixon.

Wednesday 21 October 2020
8pm: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
(2016, 2h 7 min)
When Jacob (Asa Butterfield) discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.

Thursday 22 October 2020
From 8pm Sharjah International Film Festival
(directed by Nada Alazhary, 10 min)
A Picture (directed by Dawood Shuail, 15 min)
Once Upon a Time in the Desert (directed by Dawood Shuail, 7 min)
Booger (directed by Abdulrahman Al Madani,  12 min)
Zainab (directed by Mohammed Ebrahim, 17 min)
9.30pm: Monster House (2005, 1h 31 min)
Three teens discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.

Friday 23 October 2020
7.30pm: Goosebumps
(2015, 1hr 43 min)
A teenager teams up with the daughter of young adult horror author R. L. Stine after the writer's imaginary demons are set free on the town of Madison, Delaware.
9.30pm: The Dark Knight Rises (2012, 2h 44 min)
Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.

Saturday 24 October
8pm: Little
(2019, 1h 49 min)
A woman is transformed into her younger self at a point in her life when the pressures of adulthood become too much to bear.
The full schedule of movies and timings and further details about the cinema can be found both on the dedicated Movie Nights at Aljada website and the Aljada website, as well as Aljada’s Facebook and Instagram social media channels.

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