The Exorcist film to be screened inside Leeds abbey ruins on Halloween

A still from the film The Exorcist. Picture by PA Photos.
A still from the film The Exorcist. Picture by PA Photos.
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Some of the most terrifying horror films ever made will echo around Kirkstall Abbey this Halloween.

Brave cinema goers are being invited to one-off screenings of haunting movies including The Exorcist and The Blair Witch Project inside the medieval abbey ruins from Friday October 31 to Sunday November 2.

Outdoor cinema specialists Sneaky Experience will set up a giant projector screen alongside horror storytelling, alarming actors and night-time ghost tours telling the tales of the ruins which date back to the 12th Century.

Light-hearted daytime family screenings will also give children the opportunity to be entertained inside the historic Cistercian monastery during screenings of Monsters Inc and ParaNorman, which will be accompanied by apple bobbing, face painting and treasure hunts.

Julia Benfield, director of Sneaky Experience, said: “Kirkstall Abbey has been at the top of our Halloween venue wish list for some time now.

“Screening some of the best horror movies of all time in such an atmospheric location, combined with a truly scary experiences for our audience – it’s a horror fan’s idea of heaven, or should I say hell?”

The Exorcist will show at Kirkstall Abbey on Friday October 31 from 6.30pm to 10.30pm, before the monument hosts ParaNorman on the Saturday from 1pm to 4pm and then John Carpenter’s 1978 classic Halloween from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.

On the Sunday Monsters Inc will show from 1pm to 4pm before The Blair Witch Project runs from 6pm to 9.30pm, during which guests can take part in a tour of the abbey woods to hunt for the Blair Witch themselves.

A licensed bar and food stalls will feature at all the screenings, while all guests are encouraged to get into the spirit of things by donning ghoulish fancy dress whatever the weather.

Evening show viewers are also urged to bring a torch and blanket along.

This is the second time the company has set up its big screen at Kirkstall Abbey, having shown Monty Python and the Holy Grail there earlier this year alongside sword fights and live llamas, but its Halloween showings promise to be a much more gruesome affair.

Evening tickets cost £12, while daytime films are £3.50 and full weekend passes are £25. A family pass for 2 adults and 3 children will cost £15 and allows access to both daytime shows.

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