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Celebrate Halloween with big screams on Bristol’s biggest screen, as Forbidden Worlds Film Festival returns!

After their inaugural festival in May, which saw over 1,100 admissions, celebrating 40 years of local video shop 20th Century Flicks with a series of films from 1982, the Forbidden Worlds Film Festival returns with a horror-packed weekend dubbed ‘The Big Scream’.

Horror fans are invited to the South West’s biggest screen to view a selection of classic and cult horrors that includes a mixture of Halloween classics and bizarre curios celebrating the monstrous and the supernatural!

Well-known and celebrated titles include Sam Raimi’s gonzo horror-comedy Evil Dead II, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, the original 1978 Halloween from the legendary John Carpenter, and cult favourite Fright Night from 1985.

Horror fans will also be able to see some under-screened spine-tinglers including Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester in Bride of Frankenstein, Vincent Price in The Tingler, the unclassifiable Shaw Brothers insanity of The Boxer’s Omen in a brand-new restoration, martial arts star Sonny Chiba as a lycanthrope detective in the Japanese actioner Wolf Guy, golden age slasher The Slumber Party Massacre, and plenty more. Tessa Williams, of the festival programming team, had this to say:

“I am really excited that we’ve been given this opportunity to use the former Bristol IMAX again for a horror-themed festival for Halloween weekend. Horror is one of my favourite genres and we’ve programmed some absolute classics that aren’t often seen on the big screen. You especially won’t want to miss the original Halloween, which I believe is the greatest horror film of all time. I can’t wait to see it on the biggest screen in the city with the festival audience!”

Forbidden Worlds Film Festival, which is dedicated to screening repertory fantasy, action, science-fiction and horror films from around the world and celebrating the people that made them, will host their screenings at the former Bristol IMAX, situated in Bristol Aquarium, with its epic 19m x 15m screen.

All films will be projected from DCPs (Digital Cinema Packages) on a professionally installed Christie digital cinema projector. Please note these screenings will not fill the full size of the former Bristol IMAX screen. However, viewers are advised that the projected image size will still be very big!

There will also be other surprises for festival attendees including special introductions, guest speakers and, of course, the return of Forbidden Worlds festival beer courtesy of New Bristol Brewery

As it is the spooky season, attendees are more than welcome to dress up should they wish and there may be prizes for the best costumes! Also, in order to make the event more accessible, some films will be presented with descriptive subtitles for the d/Deaf and hard of hearing.

Pick up tickets here: forbiddenworldsfilmfestival.co.uk

You can follow Forbidden Worlds Film Festival on Twitter and Instagram!

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