You Can Watch Scary Films This Halloween In Some Of Bristol’s Spookiest Venues

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer


From the dark den of Redcliffe Caves to the creepy Arnos Vale Cemetery.

Returning this year is the much-loved Bristol Film Festival with top titles screened in the most unique – and apt – spaces. This Halloween, if you’re feeling brave enough you can watch scary films in possibly some of the spookiest places in the city including Redcliffe Caves and Arnos Vale Cemetery, or Bristol Museum & Art Gallery if those spaces give you the creeps.

Running from October 20 to November 5, Bristol Film Festival will be screening dark and spooky favourites at multiple Bristol venues starting with Batman, Corpse Bride, Sleepy Hollow, Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice at Arnos Vale Cemetery. Bristol’s very own necropolis will be hosting two nights of screenings dedicated to the master of gothic fantasy, Tim Burton. Enter this fascinating space after hours, get a drink from the pop-up bar, then make your way to the beautiful Anglican Chapel to take your seat, and enjoy the show.

Or why not venture underground to snuggle up (or cower away) deep within Redcliffe Caves watching the latest instalment of the festival’s Horror In The Caves series? Enter through the military tent on Redcliffe Wharf, grab some refreshments to steel your nerves, and step foot inside one of Bristol’s most unusual and exclusive locations for another season of classic and contemporary horror movies.

With films including Frankenstein, The Thing, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Dracula and The Babadook being screened at Redcliffe Caves, you’re in for an unforgettable cinema experience. Plus,  following a delayed cinema release, Bristol Film Festival will be screening A Quiet Place Part II as part of their Horror In The Caves series. And for extreme horror enthusiasts, the penultimate film shown in the caves is the restored Director’s Cut of The Exorcist, with 12 minutes of additional footage.

Plus, for the first time this year, there will be a limited number of spaces on 10-15 minute pre-screening tours of Redcliffe Caves. Simply collect a torch then venture far deeper than the ’Screening Cave’ and learn more about the history of this fascinating Bristol landmark.

As well as showing a wide selection of spooky films, Bristol Film Festival will also be screening numerous movies across a range of venues in the city. Choose from the likes of UP at Clifton Observatory, Jurassic Park at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, AIRPLANE at Aerospace Bristol or Interstellar at The Planetarium, among many others.

From October 1 to 3, you can catch cult and dark fantasy favourites: from Donnie Darko to Dr Who and the Daleks, from The Big Lebowski to The Breakfast Club, and an obligatory annual screening of Labyrinth. Plus, look out for the festive films being screened this December. To find out the full Bristol Film Festival programme and to book tickets for screenings head to the website here.

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