Celluloid Screams, Sheffield’s very own horror film festival, is back for its tenth year this weekend – just in time to get you sufficiently spooked for Halloween.
The scares start with the opening gala on Thursday evening, featuring Nicolas Cage's latest film Mandy, followed by a Halloween party and a midnight screening of the new Halloween on the eve of its nationwide release, giving you the first chance to witness the return of Michael Myers as he terrorises the town of Haddonfield once again.
Other highlights over the weekend include Knife + Heart, starring Vanessa Paradis as a ruthless producer working in the gay porn industry, who tries to win back the affections of her ex-girlfriend by embarking upon her most ambitious film yet – until members of its cast are brutally murdered one by one. Assassination Nation follows four instagram-obsessed teenage girls (played by Odessa Young, Hari Nef, Abra and Suki Waterhouse) as they're flung into the middle of a modern-day witch hunt when the town of Salem’s residents are victim to a widespread data hack. The closing gala on Sunday features the black comedy Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through the Gateway Chosen By the Holy Storsh, following a sweet, small-town couple with big dreams, giddily embarking on building their new life until they learn of the real price for their house: a cult leader committed suicide in their bathtub and his devotees routinely break in to carry out the same ritualistic act. Followed, naturally, by a closing night karaoke party.
Between all that, there'll be plenty of other gruesome, nightmarish and bizarre scenes, and of course the Celluloid Screams secret film. See the full programme and get ready for a weekend of frights.