Thrillers season to hit QUAD screens this winter!

12 October 2017

Running from late October to late December, QUAD will be stepping into the world of femme fatales, serial killers, assassins, hostage situations, wire-tapping, snipers, political intrigue and good old-fashioned crime films. There will be fifteen films drawn from the archives, the BFI Thriller nationwide season and the touring programme States of Danger and Deceit from HOME in Manchester. Then in January 2018 QUAD will be launching Crime Time as a monthly dose of crime cinema. 

Buy a CRIME TIME UNLIMITED THRILLS ticket for £50 and see everything in the season! Films included are as follows:

Blood Simple: Director's Cut (15)

Screening 27 & 28 October.

A new 4k restoration of the debut film by the Coen Brothers (FargoNo Country For Old Men). Texas private eye Visser (M. Emmet Walsh) is hired by bar owner Marty (Dan Hedaya) to kill his unfaithful wife (Frances McDormand) and her lover (John Getz). Matters quickly spiral out of control. Full of razor sharp dialogue; a predilection for lethal and futile violence; ironic, fatalistic humour; and an inventive focus on the tragicomic lives of idiosyncratic misfits. 

The Wages Of Fear (12A) S

Screening 30 & 31 October.
Four shady characters find themselves thrust together on a dangerous job driving two trucks of highly volatile nitro-glycerine to a remote oil field. Tension builds between the men as they inch their way over the treacherous mountain roads, in the knowledge that the slightest jolt could have explosive consequences. Henri-Georges Clouzet more than earns his title as the ‘French Hitchcock’.

The Conversation (12A)

Screening 3 & 4 November.

Gene Hackman plays Harry Caul, a surveillance expert, tasked with recording a couple with cold professional distance by an unknown client. But what he captures raises unsettling, deadly questions. Wrestling with the echoes of the past, Caul is tormented by past mistakes. Released within years of the Watergate scandal, The Conversation is a telling document of the paranoid 70s.

Z (15) S

Screening 6 & 7 November.

Jean-Louis Trintignant plays a magistrate assigned to investigate the supposed accident death of a left-wing politician, memorably played by Yves Montand. In the course of his work he uncovers a series of deceits and lies that attempt to hide the real political motivation of the killing. Pulse pounding political thriller Z remains one of the most influential political thrillers of all time. 

Sorcerer (15) 

Screening 10 - 12 November.

A spin on Henri-Georges Clouzet’s magnificent Wages Of Fear, 1977's Sorcerer is set on a South American jungle, where a desperate four man team must transport a volatile cargo of nitroglycerine over 200 miles of treacherous terrain in order to stop a potentially disastrous oil fire. With an outstanding score by Tangerine Dream, enter a world where this was the age defining film and Star Wars was merely a forgotten gem!

The Man On The Roof (Cert TBC) S

Screening 13 & 14 November.

The Man On The Roof, featuring the character Martin Beck from the long running series of novels by crime writers Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, is a great example of a 1970’s Scandi-crime film. Here Beck, played by Carl-Gustaf Lindstedt, and his team investigate a brutal murder in a hospital, encountering stories of police brutality as they progress, which in turn leads to a thrilling climax on the rooftops of Stockholm. 

The Silence Of The Lambs (15)

Screening 17 & 18 November.

Based on the Thomas Harris novel, it features Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster in arguably their most famous roles. Foster is young, shrewd FBI trainee Clarice Starling, assigned to interview – and bait – brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer Dr Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins) whose gruesome insights are required to help catch murderer Buffalo Bill. Only the third film to sweep all the top categories at the Oscars. 

The Hitch-Hiker (12A)

Screening 20 & 21 November.

Based on the case of psychopathic murderer Billy Cool, the story begins with two friends (Edmund O’Brien and Frank Lovejoy) taking a fishing trip. Picking up a hitchhiker (William Talman), they quickly realise their mistake as he forces them on a grim road trip, fleeing a killing spree. A terrifyingly real ride into the heart of darkness and a favourite of Martin Scorsese.

The Last Seduction (18) 

Screening 27 & 28 November.

John Dahl’s neo noir features an all-time great femme fatale in Bridget Gregory (Linda Fiorentino). Self interested and willing to achieve her ends by any means, she washes up in Beston, a tiny town in New York State, having made off with the ill-gotten gains of a drugs deal. She soon ensnares Mike (Peter Berg) into her web and starts living a suburban life. Needless to say her hardboiled past catches up with her.

Don't Torture A Duckling (18) S

Screening 1 & 2 December.

This rather wonderful film is a great example of the ways in which a popular form, here the giallo style of violent thriller, can be used to critique institutions. A series of murders of young boys takes place in a rural village where suspicion falls on those residents that are different and considered outsiders. Rumour has it that director Lucio Fulci was blacklisted due to his critical representation of Italy’s powerful social institutions.

The Day Of The Jackal (15)

Screening 4 & 5 December.

Based on the best-selling novel by Frederick Forsyth. Fred Zinneman’s legendary film explores the attempts of a right-wing paramilitary group to assassinate French President General De Gaulle following the independence of Algeria. Boasting a career-defining performance from Edward Fox and replete with many political twists and turns, Day Of The Jackal is one of the best thrillers of the 1970s. 

The Vanishing (15) S

Screening 8 & 9 December.

During a routine rest stop in an idyllic road trip, two young lovers are separated. Bafflement turns to panic for Rex (Gene Bervoets) as he realises his partner has truly vanished. The film follows Rex as he searches for Saskia (Johanna ter Steege) after her mysterious disappearance. He remains desperate, even years later, to find out what happened. A supremely disturbing psychological thriller built from a nightmare premise. 

The Lost Honour Of Katharina Blum (12A) S

Screening 11 & 12 December.

Co-directed by Volker Schlondorff and Margarethe von Trotta, this is a key political film of the New German Cinema. Set in a climate of fear and paranoia, Angela Winkler plays the young woman of the title whose life is slowly destroyed following her innocently meeting a man who is suspected by the authorities of being a political activist.  

The Big Heat (15)

Screening 27 & 28 December.

Police sergeant Bannion (Glenn Ford) is investigating the suicide of a corrupt cop, then is suddenly ordered to stop the investigation. Driven to unravel the mystery, Bannion continues probing until an explosion meant for him kills his wife. He resigns from the force, interrogates the gangster moll Debby (Gloria Grahame) and takes his battle against underworld boss Lagana (Alexander Scourby) to a life or death confrontation.

In A Lonely Place (PG)

Screening 29 & 30 December.

One of the true classics of the noir psychological thriller and featuring one of the finest Humphrey Bogart performances. Bogart plays the intense Dixon Steele, a screenwriter with a hair trigger temper who finds himself a suspect when Mildred, a hat check girl he knows, is murdered. Bogart turns to his neighbour Laurel (Gloria Grahame) for an alibi...


This season features selections from States of Danger and Deceit: European Political Thrillers in the 1970s, a touring season presented by HOME, Manchester. Programme curated by Andy Willis, Reader in Film Studies at the University of Salford and Senior Visiting Curator: Film at HOME, produced by Rachel Hayward, HOME’s Film Programme Manager, and coordinated by Jessie Gibbs, HOME Film Team.

Presented with the support of the Independent Cinema Office and BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.