Welcome to Halaloween: A Muslim Horror Film Festival 2023
What is Halaloween? Halaloween screens horror films from across the globe that were made by, for, or about Muslims, to understand: “What scares Muslim audiences? Are horror movies halal?” This year’s 2023 film festival will be in-person and online, screening one film a week for the first half of the month of October, and culminating in two in-person screenings at the State Theatre, on Tuesday October 24th and 31st at 7:30 PM. The festival is free in person and online–but make sure to reserve tickets! Some films may not be available in certain countries. Films will be unlocked online each week of October, and viewers will have the week to watch each film. We are inclusive of everyone's film needs: from new horror fans who close their eyes through most scary movies, to those who love the gore–we've got films for everyone! Check the Halaloween Horror Rating in the description of each film for its scariness rating. Halaloween is brought to you by the Global Islamic Studies Center and cosponsored by the African Studies Center, Arab and Muslim American Studies, Asian Languages and Cultures, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum, the Department of American Culture, the Department of Film, Television, and Media, Institute for Research on Women & Gender, the Middle Eastern Studies Department, the Women's and Gender Studies Department, and Shudder.
Featured From Last Year's Festival:
Halaloween Roundtable: Muslim Horror in the 21st Century
On Thursday, October 28th, from 4-6 PM ET the Global Islamic Studies Center hosted a Halaloween panel discussion on Muslim horror, the use (and misuse) of Islam and the Quran in the horror genre, feminist politics in horror, and how each region differs in its creation of horror films. This panel featureed experts and scholars: Dr. Karla Mallette, Dr. Kristian Petersen, Sena Duran, Dr. Alireza Doostdar, and Dr. Alicia Izharuddin.