With Halloween just around the corner, we’re stepping into the dark side of dreams this month on SBS 2, with bedtime stories that will make you dread falling asleep. Tune in every Wednesday from 8:30pm.
SBS Movies

29 Sep 2016 - 12:48 PM  UPDATED 19 Oct 2016 - 2:54 PM

Wednesday 5 October

Event Horizon

8:35pm, SBS 2

UK, USA, 1997
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Mystery
Language: English, Latin
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan
What's it about?
Director Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil franchise, Alien vs. Predator) takes us on a nightmarish scarefest that's been described as "The Shining in space". Set in the year 2047, this underrated sci-fi/horror gem follows a group of astronauts sent to investigate and salvage the long lost starship "Event Horizon". The crew of the "Lewis and Clark", along with the man who designed the vessel (Sam Neill), soon discover the truth behind its disappearance - and something even more terrifying.

Event Horizon Review


10:25pm, SBS 2

UK, 2007
Genre: Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Michelle Yeoh, Chris Evans, Rose Byrne
What's it about?
A mission to save humanity becomes a mission to save it from itself in Danny Boyle’s dazzling, nail-bitingly tense Sunshine. It is the year 2057, the Sun is dying and mankind’s last hope lies with the crew of the Icarus II spaceship, whose mission is to deliver a nuclear device designed to reignite the sun. Boasting a prestigious cast including Cillian Murphy and Michelle Yeoh, and a terrific screenplay by Alex Garland (Ex Machina), Sunrise poses the question: does mankind really deserve saving?


Wednesday 12 October

Dead Ringers

8:30pm, SBS 2
Watch now at SBS On Demand

Canada, USA, 1988
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Genevieve Bujold, Jeremy Irons, Heidi von Palleske
What's it about?
David Cronenberg continued his exploration of body transformation and mutations in his disturbing, brilliant classic. Inspired by a true events, Dead Ringers is the story of identical twin gynecologists - both played by Jeremy Irons, in an extraordinary performance - who share everything, including a thriving clinical practice and the same women. But their relationship deteriorates when Beverly, the most sensitive of the twins, starts falling for Claire, a patient with whom they'd both been sleeping.

Dead Ringers review: Cool, clinical and confrontational
Read more: David Cronenberg: Matters of the Head and Horror


10:40pm, SBS 2

Canada, 1983
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Language: English
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: James Woods, Deborah Harry, Sonja Smits
What's it about?
Let yourself be swallowed up by this other cult classic from Cronenberg, where a mysterious underground TV station is transmitting programs which show the torture of actual victims. When Max (James Woods), a cable programmer, discovers the macabre station, he sets out to find the people responsible, and discovers that whoever watches the show succumbs to hallucinations and an incurable disease. Soon his world spins out of control as he becomes addicted to it. 

Read more: David Cronenberg: Matters of the Head and Horror


Wednesday 19 October

The Beach

UK, USA, 2000
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller, Adventure
Language: Croatian, French, Swedish, Thai, English
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Virginie Ledoyen, Guillaume Canet
What's it about?
In Danny Boyle's (Trainspotting) adaptation of Alex Garland's eponymous 1996 bestseller, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a brash young American traveller searching for a secret island paradise off the coast of Thailand. With his newfound friends, a French backpacking couple, he soon finds a self-sufficient community living in harmony with nature. But the utopia soon turns into a hellish nightmare. Three years after the mega success of Titanic, Leo once again proved his talent on this journey to a deceptive paradise.

The Beach review

Jacob's Ladder

10:45pm, SBS 2

USA, 1990
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Horror
Language: English
Director: Adrian Lyne
Starring: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Pena, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven
What's it about?
Directed by Adrian Lyne (9½ Weeks, Fatal Attraction) and written and produced by Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost), this mind-bending, nightmarish psychological horror thriller is a bonafide cult classic. Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) plays a Vietnam vet, haunted by war and the death of his child in a car accident. When he starts experiencing horrific flashbacks, hallucinations and panic attacks, he struggles to distinguish reality from his dreams.

There's going to be a 'Jacob's Ladder' remake


Wednesday 26 October


8:35pm, SBS 2

Canada, 2014
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: Italian, English, French
Director: Clif Prowse, Derek Lee
Starring: Clif Prowse, Derek Lee, Baya Rehaz
What's it about?
This refreshing example of the found footage genre should cure you of your nagging travel bug for a while. It follows two best friends who embark on a world trip of a lifetime, which they film on their video blog. But their tour takes a dark and bloody turn when one of them contracts a mysterious illness after a one-night stand. Prepare for a terrifying and suspenseful ride, as the two have to race to find out what it is and how to cure it before the sickness consumes him completely.


10:05pm, SBS 2

USA, 1976
Genre: Horror, Drama
Language: English
Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, John Travolta
What's it about?
Carrie is Brian De Palma's brilliant and scary adaptation of Stephen King's bestseller about a shy young girl (Sissy Spacek, recently seen as the Rayburn matriarch in Bloodline), who not only has to contend with a religious fanatic mother at home, but also with the cruel taunting of her bullies at school. When Carrie finds herself the victim of yet another humiliation at the school's senior prom, the wrath she unleashes on her peers is devastating. 


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