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Horror In The Caves

Friday 20th October | DOORS: 20:30 | FILM START: 20:35 | APPROX END: 22:30

Bristol Film Festival returns to Redcliffe Caves this Halloween with 13 classic and contemporary horror movies to sink your teeth into. Pass through our military clearance and venture deep into the caves – there have been recent unconfirmed reports of inexplicable, possibly paranormal activity within the site’s many passages and chambers, and we’d like you to go first and check for us…

We’ll be selling a selection of ales onsite from our festival beer partner Wickwar Brewing, so whether you’re a horror aficionado, a thrill-seeker, or looking for something out of the ordinary, it’s the perfect setting… if you’re brave enough to stomach the venue!

The weekend begins with a Guillermo Del Toro double bill of Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone. 


2001 | 15 | 105 mins

In 1939, the final year of the Spanish Civil War, orphaned Carlos arrives at the Santa Lucia School, for orphans of the Republican militia and politicians. Gradually, Carlos uncovers the secrets of the school, both those of the caretakers and the mysterious, ghostly figure that walks the grounds.

Starring: Marisa Paredes | Eduardo Noriega | Federico Luppi | Fernando Tielve

Director: Guillermo Del Toro

Screenplay: Guillermo Del Toro | David Muñoz| Antonio Trashorras

Producer: Pedro Almodóvar | Guillermo Del Toro

THEY SAY: “It’s alternately a gut-wrenching portrait of childhood in a time of war and a skin-crawling, evocative nightmare […] it ultimately works so well because del Toro understands that at the core of every good horror story, whether explicit or not, lies a beating human heart.” – Bloody Disgusting, 2010

WE SAY: Del Toro considers this a companion piece to Pan’s Labyrinth, and although it’s not as well known in this country as the latter, it’s a powerful piece of cinema with more of a Gothic horror vibe than Pan’s dark fantasy. Moving, eerie, and with some of the best-timed jump scares in years.


  • The Underground Cinema is a strictly over-18 only venue. Our stewards reserve the right to refuse entry to those who they believe to be under 18 who cannot produce photographic ID. Refunds will not be issued if somebody who fails to produce ID is subsequently refused entry to the venue.
  • Due to the cave’s status as a protected environment, no food is permitted into the venue. Drinks will only be permitted into the venue in plastic containers.
  • Please be aware that drunken or abusive behaviour will not be tolerated in the caves. If an individual appears to be under the influence of alcohol, or is acting in a manner deemed inappropriate by our staff, they may be removed from the venue.
  • It is advisable to wear warm, weather appropriate clothing in the caves as well as sturdy, appropriate footwear. The caves can be cold, particularly at night, and are uneven underfoot in places.
  • Please follow the instructions of onsite stewards at all times, and remain on the clearly designated paths. Failure to do so may result in your removal from the premises. In the case of an emergency, please follow the instructions of event stewards at all times.

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