WITH Cheshire residents being asked to find new ways of enjoying Halloween this year, how about a trip to your cinema with your bubble?

Knutsford Curzon is showing the British seaside-based horror laced flick Saint Maud, but a word of warning, it comes with a rating of 15, so it's not one for young families.

Saint Maud (15)

The brightly-lit arcades of a nameless British seaside resort bear witness to a brutal tug of war between faith and fanaticism in writer-director Rose Glass's striking debut feature.

Live-in nurse Maud (Morfydd Clark) arrives at the home of Amanda (Jennifer Ehle), a famous dancer now frail from illness and trapped in her grand, isolated house.

At first Amanda is intrigued by this religious young woman, who provides distraction from her failing health. Maud, in turn, is bewitched by her new patient. But Maud is not all that she seems.

She is tormented by a violent secret from her past and by ecstatic messages she believes are directly from God.

She becomes convinced she has been sent to Amanda not simply as a nurse, but to serve a divine purpose.

As her grip on reality slides out of control, Maud's care turns into a deadly mission to save Amanda's soul, by any means necessary.

Showing on Saturday at 9pm.

Over at the Rex in Wilmslow, there is something for all the family, including both the silly and a the sinister. As well showing Saint Maud (Friday, 20.00, Saturday, 20.15 and Sunday, 18.30) they are offering:

Knutsford Guardian:

Hocus Pocus

Bette Middler and Sarah Jessica Parker star in this Walt Disney classic from 1993.

A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.

300 years have passed since the Sanderson sisters were executed for practicing dark witchcraft.

Returning to life thanks to a combination of a spell spoken before their demise and the accidental actions of Max, the new-kid-in-town, the sisters have but one night to secure their continuing existence.

Friday, 17.30 and Saturday, 11.45 & 17.00.

Knutsford Guardian:

The Shining

The Stanley Kubrick masterpiece sees Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becoming the winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer's block.

He settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions.

As Jack's writing goes nowhere and Danny's visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel's dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorising his family.

Friday, 20.30 and Saturday, 17.30

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Shaun of the Dead

Shaun (Simon Pegg) is a 30-something loser with a dull, easy existence.

When he's not working at the electronics store, he lives with his slovenly best friend, Ed (Nick Frost), in a small flat on the outskirts of London.

The only unpredictable element in his life is his girlfriend, Liz (Kate Ashfield), who wishes desperately for Shaun to grow up and be a man.

When the town is inexplicably overrun with zombies, Shaun must rise to the occasion and protect both Liz and his mother (Penelope Wilton).

Friday, 18.00 and Sunday, 16.00

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Joaquin Phoenix stars in an Oscar-winning turn as forever alone, failed comedian Arthur Fleck, seeking connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City.

Arthur wears two masks - the one he paints for his day job as a clown, and the guise he projects in a futile attempt to feel like he's part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker.

Saturday, 19.45