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 18 to November 2, the Bristol Film Festival will be screening dark and spooky favourites at multiple Bristol venues starting with Addams Family Values, Coco, Us, Hotel Transylvania, Only Lovers Left Alive and Blade at Arnos Vale Cemetery. Meanwhile, The Bristol Improv Theatre will be hosting two fantastical screenings of horror-comedy-musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Or why not venture underground to cower deep within Redcliffe Caves? Sown here you can watch The Descent, The Invisible Man, Carrie, Pet Sematary, Misery, Doctor Sleep, [•REC], As Above, So Below, Cube, Don’t Breathe or House of Wax. 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.
Join Bristol Film Festival at St Mary Redcliffe for one of its most unique screenings of Spooktober on October 25. Showing the 1920 masterpiece The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, arguably ‘the first true horror film’, in the 800-year-old church. The grandfather of the horror genre will be accompanied by a live soundtrack from Bristol-based quartet Minima.
You’ll also find some lighthearted screenings this Halloween season, like What We Do In The Shadows at Averys Wine Cellars or Twilight at The Mount Without. On October 31, don’t miss out on the 50th anniversary viewing of the folk horror nightmare, The Wicker Man, at Bristol Museum. Other films include The Exorcist, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Lost Boys, Green Room and The Silence Of The Lambs.
Bristol Film Festival started back in 2015, providing a unique experience for cinephiles that lets them watch movies in some of Bristol’s most iconic locations. Over the years we’ve seen Top Gun under the wing of a Concorde at Aerospace Bristol and Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid at Clifton Observatory. To find out the full Bristol Film Festival programme and to book tickets for screenings head to the website here.