What’s Showing

Thursday, 31 October

NOSFERATU

Thursday 31 Oct, 6.00pm

DIRECTOR F W Murnau | STARRING Max Schreck, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schroder | GERMANY 1922 | 93 mins | PG

Few films have had a more profound and lasting impact on the horror genre than Murnau’s prime example of German Expressionism, directed to evoke unsettling chills with a strong visual appeal. This unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ features symphonic lighting, rhythmic editing and horror imagery that has been copied endlessly ever since. The most celebrated sequence – Orlock climbing the stairs to Ellen’s boudoir, his menacing outline casting terrifying wall shadows – remains unparalleled in the horror hall of fame. Accompanied by Neil Brand, Gunter Buchwald & Jeff Devonport. Also showing on Saturday (see below).

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NIGHT OF THE DEMON

Thursday 31 Oct, 8.30pm

DIRECTOR Jacques Tourneur | STARRING Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis, Maurice Denham | GB 1957 | 95 mins | PG

From its opening scenes at Stonehenge to its railside finale with a sensational fire demon, this classic ‘50s chiller really delivers. Helmed by Jacques Tourneur, who had worked with producer Val Lewton on a string of RKO pictures in the early 1940s, Night of the Demon (aka Curse of the Demon in the US) is a masterpiece of suggestion. Dana Andrews is the sceptical American scientist battling a malevolent British occultist (MacGinnis) who has the power to raise demons to destroy his enemies. Introduced by Tony Earnshaw.

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Friday, 1 November

WITCHFINDER GENERAL

Friday 1 November, 6.00pm

DIRECTOR Michael Reeves | STARRING Vincent Price, Rupert Davies, Hilary Dwyer | GB 1968 | 87 mins | 15

From the maverick short-lived British director Michael Reeves comes this classic tale of witchcraft, torture and obsession against the back drop of the Civil War. Set in seventeenth century East Anglia. Witchfinder General is a fictionalised account of real-life witchfinder, Matthew Hopkins. Roundhead Richard Marshall, hears that the family of his soon to be bride, Sarah, have been targeted by Hopkins and Sarah’s uncle, the local Catholic priest, killed. Richard plans his revenge and leaves the field of battle to pursue Hopkins and his assistant. A great performance from Vincent Price, the autumn mists and rural setting and the added brutality of the extraction of confessions ensure a lot of creepiness – a well‑established cult classic.

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THE DEVIL RIDES OUT

Friday 1 November, 8.30pm

DIRECTOR Terence Fisher | Starring Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Nike Aright, Leon Greene | GB 1968 | 96 mins | 15

Adapted from the novel of outstanding British horror writer Dennis Wheatley’s novel by the late, great Richard Matheson, this is a classic Hammer production. In the depths of the English countryside, the Duc de Richleau welcomes his old friend Rex Van Ryn who has flown to meet him. They soon realise that their young friend Simon Aron has become involved in a satanic cult and that Tanith Carlisle is about to be baptised by cult leader Mocata to serve the Devil. The Duc, proficient and knowledgeable in black magic, with Rex as an ally, abduct Simon and Tanith expecting to save their souls but Mocata summons the Angel of Death and the Goat of Mendes to help him in a battle between the good and the forces of evil.

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HAXAN: WITCHCRAFT THROUGH THE AGES

Friday 1 November, approx 6.15pm and 8.45pm

DIRECTOR Benjamin Christensen | STARRING Oscar Stribolt, Clara Pontoppidan | Sweden 1922 | 83 mins | 15

A rare chance to see the silent Haxan, a fascinating investigation into the ancient rituals and the history of witchcraft. Banned in many countries for its nudism and cruelty, Haxan is now highly regarded. Christensen blends documentary and drama into this investigation of the persecution of witches down the ages. An investigation that has strange echoes for today.

‘The film remains a masterpiece of the horror genre, a horrifyingly vivid record in striking lights and shades of diabolism and satanic practices from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century.’ Ephraim Katz, International Film Encyclopedia

Haxan is showing in the Chapter House on Friday only, at approximately 6.15 & 8.45. Free for ticket holders of Witchfinder General or The Devil Rides Out.

HAXAN is free (no booking required) but you will need a ticket to one of the other films showing on Friday in order to gain entry to the venue.

 

Saturday 2 November

NOSFERATU

Saturday 2 November, 5.30pm

A second chance to catch the original dracula film with live accompaniment, this time from John Sweeney. This screening is a Junior Gothic Event, aimed at families with younger children with tickets just £6 each.

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BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

Saturday 2 November, 8.30pm

DIRECTOR James Whale | STARRING Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Elsa Lanchester | USA 1935 | 75 mins | 12A

This deliciously gruesome sequel sees the matchless Karloff returning as the monster, and imbuing his role with both horror and emotional nuance under James Whale’s careful direction. But this time he has a partner – a female counterpart created by a reluctant Frankenstein at the behest of the demented Dr Pretorious. But after his bride-to be spurns the monster’s advances, tragedy and destruction await. With Lanchester playing both the Bride, and Mary Shelley herself in a clever framing narrative, THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN re-establishes the standard for monster-movies set by its predecessor.

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Sunday 3 November

THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC

Sunday 3 November, 6.00pm

DIRECTOR Carl Theodor Dreyer | STARRING Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley | Denmark | 97 mins | PG

Dreyer’s magnificent portrayal of the great French patriot and martyr Joan of Arc. Having successfully led French forces against the British invaders, Joan is captured by the French loyal to Britain. Accused by the church courts of heresy she fights for her life against cross examination and torture. With the backdrop of Kirkstall Abbey, already over 200 years old at the time of the events, the unique atmosphere will make this an electrifying, one-off event of a classic silent film, one of the greatest of the era. Piano accompaniment by Stephen Horne.

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THE INNOCENTS

Sunday 3 November, 8.30pm

DIRECTOR Jack Clayton | STARRING Deborah Kerr, Pamela Franklin, Martin Stephens, Michael Redgrave, Peter Wyngarde | GB 1961 | 100 mins | 12A

Based on Henry James’s Turn of the Screw, Jack Clayton created a very atmospheric and disturbing tale in exquisite black and white CinemaScope. In an isolated Victorian mansion, and with a niece and nephew to care for, their uncle decides hires a governess care for the children. At first Miss Giddens thinks the stories of the children are just imagination but gradually they take on a more sinister reality and she becomes convinced that the spirits of the former governess and valet are possessing the children. A truly scary movie.

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