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.