Bristol Film Festival returns from the 28 – 30 October for a weekend of Halloween horror in Redcliffe caves

Following its launch event back in March, Bristol Film Festival is screening a host of horror classics in the subterranean gloom of Redcliffe Caves next weekend. Die-hard horror fans will be pleased to hear that the ‘Horror in the Caves’ events are far from your average cinema screening – live actors will be creating their own frightful tale amongst the audience, and brave visitors will be invited to hear about the legend of ‘The Bride’. If gut-wrenching horror isn’t your thing, there’s a wealth of comedy films to keep you entertained. Here’s our top picks…

The Descent

Friday 28 October, 6pm

Follow the plight of six women who become trapped in a vast cave system, pursued by flesh-eating humanoids, after a climbing trip goes south – literally. As the women struggle to survive in the Godforsaken den, their sanity and friendships are pushed to the limits.

Following the immediate sell-out of the first screening time, this second showing of The Descent has been added to the programme – book quickly!

Beetlejuice

Saturday 29 October, 1pm

This comedy-horror cult classic tells the story of deceased couple Barbara and Adam Maitland, who enlist chaotic demon Betelgeuse (pronounced Beetlejuice) in an attempt at scaring away the new inhabitants of their house. A series of ludicrous events unfold in classic Tim Burton style: think surreal, incorporeal and truly hilarious.

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Shaun of the Dead

Saturday 29 October, 5.45pm

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost star as Shaun and Ed, a couple of best mates who inadvertently find themselves in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. As friends and family start dropping like flies, there can be only one solution: get to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all this to blow over.

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Scream

Sunday 30 October, 3.30pm

Wes Craven’s classic slasher fuses comedy, violence and satire to mock the clichés of iconic films such as Friday the 13th and Halloween. A group of high school students are pursued by Ghostface, an unnamed killer who ravages their town. But who is behind the bloody killings?

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The Exorcist

Sunday 30 October, 8pm

Make sure you’ve got your head screwed on for a screening of one of the most controversial and ground-breaking horror films of all time. Follow twelve-year-old Regan Macneil, whose increasingly disturbing actions prompt her parents to call a priest, in the hope of exorcising the demon within her.

Young Frankenstein

Sunday 30 October, 1pm

Enjoy the late, great Gene Wilder in one of his zaniest roles as Dr Frederick Frankenstein, whose morbid interest in corpse reanimation has terrifying – and hilarious – results. With the help of faithful assistant Igor (Marty Feldman), Frankenstein succeeds in creating his very own monster – but fails to predict the actions of the bemused creature, who escapes and begins to wreak havoc.

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To book tickets and view the full programme, visit the website bristolfilmfestival.com