CELLULOID SCREAMS FESTIVAL PASS 2017
Celluloid Screams: Sheffield Horror Film Festival,
Friday 20 – Sunday 22 October 2017, returns to Showroom Cinema for its ninth
edition, with a weekend packed full of the best new and classic horror.
Book from at the Showroom Box Office – 0114 275 7727, or
online by clicking the link on the right.
Celluloid Screams Standard Pass
£85/ £75 Concessions
£60 CINE 26
FULL festival programme
OPENING GALA: THE ENDLESS
Director: Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead | USA |
2017 | 1hr 51 mins |
We kick off our ninth edition with the latest
mindbending feature from Celluloid Screams alumni Justin Benson and Aaron
A decade after leaving their home at Camp Arcadia, an
isolated new age cult, brothers Justin and Aaron (directors Benson and Moorhead
stepping in front of the camera this time) struggle to make ends meet in their
normal lives. When a videotape arrives containing an invitation to revisit the
camp, the two brothers are drawn back towards their previous life, initially
enamoured once more with the seemingly idyllic existence that they used to
share. The longer they stay however, the more it becomes apparent that the
retreat and its surroundings are governed by strange and indescribable forces
that threaten the very existence of those who dwell within it.
Taking us further down the rabbit hole than ever
before, this latest expedition into the unknown showcases the directors’ knack
for innovative storytelling and subverting genre conventions. Like Resolution
and Spring before it, The Endless further cements the status of Benson and
Moorhead as two of contemporary genre cinema’s most prodigious talents.
Screening with GREAT CHOICE
BORLEY RECTORY (with special guest director Ashley
Director: Ashley Thorpe | United Kingdom | 2017 | 70
The tale of the haunting at Borley Rectory is a
legendary one, which caught the imagination of the general public in the 1920s.
Stories about the rectory and its spectral inhabitants circulated between
intrigued parties in hushed tones for decades but it wasn’t until The Daily
Mirror newspaper printed an account of the phenomena witnessed by paranormal
investigator Harry Price that the building’s supernatural reputation really
began to take hold. Price’s investigations form the basis for Ashley Thorpe’s
extraordinary film, which is pitched as “an ultrasound of a haunting”: a
beautifully realised artifact documenting the house’s various occupants
throughout its history, both living and dead.
Over six years in the making, Ashley Thorpe’s visually
stunning tale of “the most haunted house in England” is unlike any horror film
you’ve seen in recent memory. Combining live action, rotoscoping and digital
animation techniques, Borley Rectory is a fascinating and enthralling experience
that is as haunting as the events it depicts.
We are delighted to welcome director Ashley Thorpe to
Celluloid Screams for a Q&A after the film.
Screening with LATCHED + CRESWICK
Director: Trent Haaga | USA | 2017 | 93 mins
Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler) is a sucker for a pretty
face. Dominated by his dangerously beautiful girlfriend Liza (AnnaLynne
McCord), he duly accedes to her every whim. However, poor Chip lands himself in
a whole heap of trouble when he reluctantly agrees to assist Liza with the
robbery of $68,000 from her sugar daddy. This theft leads to a blood-splattered
and increasingly outrageous sequence of events, as Chip tries desperately to
find a way out of his chaotic situation and return to the simple life he once
From director Trent Haaga, 68 Kill is a lurid black
comedy which will take you on a murderous road trip; pure trailer-park trash
with a sleazy punk rock edge, and plenty of violent shocks along the way.
Screening with KISSES + MISTER POPULAR + BORN AGAIN
I REMEMBER YOU
Director: Óskar Thór Axelsson | Iceland | 2017 | 105
Based on Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s best-selling novel,
this supernatural scandi-noir is certain to send a shiver down your spine.
An elderly woman hangs herself inside a church in the
remote Westfjords of Iceland, which leads to an investigation into a number of
strange deaths of elderly people in the region. Freyr, the new psychiatrist in
town discovers that the deceased woman was obsessed with the disappearance of
his 7-year-old son, who vanished without a trace three years prior. Across the
bay in an abandoned village, three city dwellers are restoring a house when a
series of supernatural occurrences begin to unfold. These two stories gradually
intertwine and it turns out that the disappearance of a young boy decades
earlier may hold the key to uncovering the truth.
Screening with THE MAN WHO CAUGHT A MERMAID + DRIP
Director: Simeon Halligan | United Kingdom | 2017 | 90
Manchester, the present. Michael divides his time
between the job centre and the pub. A chance meeting with Lee, an introduction
to her Uncle Ian, and a heavy night on the lash, lead to a job working the door
at Cloud 9, a seedy massage parlor. After witnessing the violent death of one
of the punters, however, Michael starts having increasingly blood-drenched
dreams. Are they flashbacks or fantasies? Little by little, he finds himself
being sucked into a dangerous twilight world that he doesn’t fully understand –
but which he finds irresistably attractive. Addictive, even.
Gritty and gruesome, director Simeon Halligan’s third
feature is a blood-soaked tale delving deep into of the underbelly of the city,
where animalistic violence and savagery rule.
Screening with BON APPETIT + COUPLES NIGHT
Director: Tyler MacIntyre | USA | 2017 | 90 mins
Meet Sadie and McKayla, aka the ‘Tragedy Girls’.
Together, they run a website devoted to true crime. Their fascination with the
subject is boundless, and the girls soon find they’re no longer satisfied with
merely writing about violence, and decide to embark on a more ‘hands-on’
approach. Comedy ensues as the delightfully gruesome killings end up looking
like accidents, much to the girls’ frustration, as they crave recognition for
their murderous prowess. As their exploits attract attention to their small
town, the Tragedy Girls quickly become engulfed in the social media fame they
always dreamed of – but will their relationship survive it?
Tragedy Girls is a gory and entertaining bubblegum
chiller about exploitation in the digital age, friendship between sociopaths,
and the dangers of heavy gym equipment.
Screening with YOUR DATE IS HERE + MEOW
INSIDE NO. 9 – A SPECIAL ANTHOLOGY SCREENING (with
special guests Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton)
Director: Various | United Kingdom | Various | 90 mins
As is only fitting given that this is our ninth
edition, we are proud to present a special screening of Inside No. 9 – one of
modern television’s true gems.
Created by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton (the
minds behind Psychoville and 2 quarters of The League of Gentlemen) Inside No.
9 is an anthology series in the classic tradition of Tales of the Unexpected,
Hammer House of Horror and Beasts.
Part of the show’s success lies in its absolute
mastery of genre tradition and form. Whether it’s the folk horror of The Trial
of Elizabeth Gadge with its talk of witchery, imps and familiars, the
giallo-esque Private View or the chilling psychological drama of episodes such
as Tom & Gerri and The Understudy, Shearsmith and Pemberton clearly draw
upon an innate and encyclopedic knowledge of genre film and television history.
This knowledge and authenticity is perhaps most present in The Devil of
Christmas, a chilly alpine-set tale filmed through a 1970s lens (quite
literally, as the episode was filmed using vintage television equipment.) Their
love of horror is clear to see throughout their careers, in the grotesque
townspeople of Royston Vasey and the former patients of Ravenhill Hospital,
through to many of the characters that reside inside the various No. 9’s.
Our screening will consist of three episodes,
handpicked by the show’s creators. (We’re keeping the exact details of which
episodes you’ll see under wraps…)
We are delighted to welcome Inside No. 9’s writers and
creators, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton to Celluloid Screams to
introduce this special screening and to take part in a Q&A afterwards.
CELLULOID SCREAMS SECRET FILM
Director: ? | ? | ? | 90 minutes
Our annual secret film returns for 2017… Following on
from last year’s surprise screening of THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, we’ve selected
another top secret film that we think you’ll really enjoy.
As always, the film will be revealed mere moments
before it begins, so settle in and prepare for a surprise…
Screening with TEDDY BEARS PICNIC + THIRD WHEEL +
SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY MIDNIGHT GALA:
SUSPIRIA (40th Anniversary restoration – The CultFilms
tour of Suspiria 4K)
Director: Dario Argento | Italy | 1977 | 97 minutes
On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, we are proud
to bring Dario Argento’s masterpiece back to the big screen in its restored
American ballet student Suzy Banyon (Jessica Harper)
arrives in Freiburg, Germany on a dark and stormy night to join the ranks of
the prestigious dance academy, but soon discovers that the school is a façade
for something more sinister as a series of gruesome murders unfolds. With a
pulverising soundtrack by Italian prog-rock maestros Goblin and dazzling
Technicolor visuals courtesy of Director of Photography Luciano Tovoli,
Suspiria is an eye-popping assault on the senses, and its reputation as a
cornerstone of European horror is thoroughly well deserved. With a remake on
the way, there’s no better time to reacquaint yourself with this bona fide
Screening with BIRTHDAY + BELIAL’S DREAM
Director: Sion Sono | Japan | 2015 | 85 mins
Aboard a coach with her classmates on their way to
summer camp, young Mitsuko’s world is shattered as she’s plunged into a
horrific, gruesome situation. Lost, alone, and utterly terrified, she must find
a way to safety. Eventually she mysteriously stumbles into her life before the
incident, but how exactly did she get there? Why doesn’t she recognise anyone?
And where did all the men go? These questions will become the least of her
worries…and yours. Mitsuko must journey through a series of nightmarish
scenarios whilst fighting for survival, to discover the meaning of her very
Tag presents a deeply disorienting world, packed with
hallucinatory imagery and vivid action set pieces; a mind-bending fantasy
horror that will leave you questioning your own reality by the end.
Screening with ELDRITCH CODE + IT BEGAN WITHOUT
Director: Joe Lynch | USA | 2017 | 86
Climbing the corporate ladder has never
Derek Cho (Steven Yeun) is a young
workaholic attorney who is fired after being framed by a vindictive co-worker.
Whilst being escorted from the premises, Derek’s exit is shortlived as he is
trapped inside when the entire building is quarantined due to a virus outbreak.
As the infection takes hold causing those affected to lose their inhibitions
and act out their most outrageous impulses, Derek must take on the entire
office for the chance to clear his name, get his job back and survive another
working day. In a cut-throat office environment full of uninhibited crazies out
for themselves, one man must work his way up to the top, by any means
If you’ve ever worked in a corporate
setting or pondered the potential use of office equipment as a deadly weapon,
Joe Lynch’s gleefully gory ode to office politics is made for you.
Screening with TICKLE MONSTER +
EARWORM + PARALYS
Director: Natalia Leite | USA | 2017 | 95 mins
Noelle (Francesca Eastwood) is a shy and withdrawn art
student. She has a hard time fitting in with her peers, so she’s thrilled when
she receives an invitation to a party from handsome classmate Luke. However,
the evening takes a devastating turn when Noelle is brutally raped.
After seeking help from various sources, Noelle
encounters hypocrisy, injustice, and a total unwillingness to address the
situation. Her frustration soon turns to anger, and Noelle decides to take
matters into her own hands. She sets out to avenge rape survivors whilst
channelling her rage into her artwork, creating dark and affecting pieces for
With a mesmerising performance by Eastwood, this
captivating revenge thriller tackles rape culture in modern society head-on
with a fierce and unflinching intensity. Though it does contain scenes that
some viewers may find upsetting, it deftly tackles the tough subject matter to
shine a spotlight on a very real issue.
Screening with SHORTCUT + UNDRESS ME
HELLRAISER (30th Anniversary screening - with special
guests Nicholas Vince & Geoff Portass)
Director: Clive Barker | United Kingdom | 1987 | 94
Join us as we open Lemarchand’s box and unleash Clive
Barker’s horror classic once more…
Frank Cotton’s pursuit of the limits of human
experience leads him to a mysterious puzzle box, which summons the cenobites, a
group of demonic entities who are committed to administer the extreme pleasures
he craves. After solving the puzzle, Frank is torn apart by hooks and chains at
the hands of the cenobites in the attic room of his house and later Frank’s
brother Larry and his wife Julia move into the family home to start a new life,
complicated by the fact that Frank and Julia were earlier involved in a torrid
affair. When a drop of blood resurrects Frank as a skinless corpse, Julia
becomes drawn into a cycle of murder and bloodletting to restore her lover to
his former self, until Larry’s daughter Kirsty (Ashley Laurence) discovers the
ungodly horrors that are taking place and comes face to face with the cenobites
In 1987, the landscape of modern horror was changed
forever with the arrival of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser. In the cenobites the
horror genre gained a group of strikingly unique and terrifying characters, due
in no small part to the performances of Doug Bradley, Nicholas Vince, Simon
Bamford and Grace Kirby, and the astonishing makeup effects by Bob Keen and
Geoff Portass. Thirty years on, Hellraiser’s visceral impact and complex ideology
remain as potent as ever, so sit back and relax… we have such sights to show
We are delighted to welcome cast member Nicholas Vince
(Chatterer cenobite) and special effects supervisor Geoff Portass to discuss
the production and legacy of Hellraiser in a Q&A after the film.
Screening with WE SUMMONED A DEMON
CREEP 2 (UK PREMIERE)
Director: Patrick Brice | USA | 2017 | 78 mins
Peachfuzz is back!
Sara (Desiree Akhavan) is a video artist whose primary
focus is creating intimacy with lonely men. After finding an ad online for
‘video work’ she thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams. She
drives to a remote house in the forest and meets a man claiming to be a serial
killer (Duplass). Unable to resist the chance to create a truly shocking piece
of art, she agrees to spend the day with him. However, as the day goes on she
discovers she may have dug herself into a hole she can’t escape.
The follow-up to 2014’s CREEP manages to be just as
tense and darkly funny as its predecessor. Starting off with a similar premise
to the first film, CREEP 2 soon morphs into an altogether different beast,
utterly unpredictable and always heading in a different direction to the one
Screening with CARAVAN + FLOW + DEAD HORSES
CLOSING GALA: BETTER WATCH OUT
Director: Chris Peckover | Australia / USA | 2016 | 93
Halloween may be just around the corner, but we
thought we’d look ahead to Christmas for our closing gala…
The festive season is upon us, and in quiet suburban
neighborhood, Ashley agrees to babysit for twelve year old Luke, an average kid
whose parents are out for the evening. With his best friend Garrett along for
moral support, Luke has lofty ambitions to prove to Ashley that he’s boyfriend
material, but plans to confess his feelings go awry when the house comes under
attack by unseen invaders. However, they soon discover that this is no ordinary
To reveal any more about the plot for this festive
shocker would be akin to opening your presents early - trust us, you want to
know as little as possible going in. What we can say is that this vicious
horror comedy is the closest thing to Home Alone meets Scream that we’ll
probably ever get.