Fear of missing out or “FOMO” has probably never been more appropriate than in the month of Halloween in a year that’s played out like a horror movie!

While social distancing has prevented many regular events from happening, it’s inspired movie critic Stephen “Spling” Aspeling to launch and host Bingeing with Spling. The stay-at-home watch party concept has turned into a digital movie night festival with one attendee describing it as the “best movie night in… ever”!

A brand new concept

While there’s nostalgia to the idea of going to a cinema with a box of popcorn, health protocols around the recent pandemic have made the experience less appealing. People are surrounded by screens of all sizes these days and with the rise of streaming platforms, it’s so much easier (and safer) to find the best seat in *your* house for movie night.

Coming this Halloween

This month’s Bingeing with Spling event is takes place on Halloween (31 October) and starts from 6:30pm (GMT+2).

Join other movie fans from almost anywhere with an internet connection, a screen and a phone to tweet along! Being the month of horror, Spling was prompted to stage the event at FrightFan.tv with the fresh horror film, The Cleaning Lady.

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The main feature

The title may innocuous, but once you’ve set your eyes on the chilling trailer you’ll see it’s more in-line with its influences… Psycho, The Thing and Audition. Directed by Jon Knautz, the psychological horror grapples with a love-addicted woman who hires a cleaning lady with a dark secret. The creepy, dark and twisted film stars Alexis Kendra, Rachel Alig and South African-born actor, Stelio Savante.

Special guests

Beyond the main feature, Spling has a number of special guests lined up. Joining in the watch party and going behind-the-scenes with exclusive interviews, you’ll be able to get the inside story on The Cleaning Lady from Stelio Savante, Rachel Alig and Jon Knautz themselves!

The watch party opens with local horror comedy short film, It’s Complicated, directed by Grant De Sousa who will be sharing his thoughts too. Also joining us is prolific South African horror author, Joan De La Haye, who will be closing the watch party with an adults-only bedtime story at midnight.

The Cleaning Lady horror movie (Image supplied)

How to participate

But wait… there’s more! Beyond the jam-packed movie line-up, special features and exclusive interviews, Spling will introduce the event, serve up cool movie trivia and get people chatting on Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp with live commentary and movie games.

You’ll be able to win prizes, engage with special guests and enjoy movie banter with other attendees. The best comments of the night will make the round-up on Monday and you can stand a chance of winning a prize by simply using the hashtag #BingeingWithSpling on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram on the night!

To stay tuned for updates or more information, follow SplingMovies across socials

You’ll be able to track the event overview on splingmovies.com, which will be updated with links during the course of the night.

Bingeing with Spling is all about movies and fun, so invite your friends to join you online, dress up for the occasion, get the popcorn popping and make it a brilliant night in. To join this epic movie night festival, you don’t even need a ticket or subscription. You will need a credit card to rent The Cleaning Lady and Videoman from FrightFan.tv – both for just R50!