Preview – GOTHIC: The Dark Heart of Film at the Showroom Cinema

Halloween is almost upon us, and as if by black magic the wonderful Showroom cinema are launching a Gothic film strand as part of the BFI’s Gothic season. From now until January, there’s enough horror and romance to sate your darkest desires.

For the horror fans, there are classics such as Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby and Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now, two films which are as brilliantly scary now as they were 40 years ago. Then there’s three slices of Hammer Horror for your delectation, The Curse of Frankenstein, Dracula and The Mummy.

The Showroom’s excellent horror festival Celluloid Screams join in for a Night of the [Un]Dead from midnight until 8am. Four horror movies are being shown back to back, culminating in Peter Jackson’s Braindead, after which we can all go home and not sleep.

For those of you who want to see some living people, discussions and talks will be held by leading experts on all things Gothic. Michael Brooke will present and discuss the work of renowned animator Jan Svankmajer, while the University of Sheffield’s own Paul Bareham and Dr Andrew Smith will talk about Hammer Horror like men possessed.

Not even children are safe from this spate of Gothic cinema, with Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and the superb Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit sneaking into the Showroom’s Saturday Club.

“The Gothic season brings the best ghouls, monsters, witches and a host of other fiends to our screens,” says Joan Parsons, the Showroom’s Senior Programmer. What’s she most looking forward to? “Night of the Demon, an absolute monster classic with great tunes from Eccentronic Research Council after the screening.”

So dig out your blackest clothes, bring all your weirdest friends and turn up to the Showroom in a horse-drawn carriage for some spookily scary screenings. Tickets are available from the Showroom Box Office, on 0114 275 7727 or at Or send a raven with the cash in its beak.

The season is already in full swing and it is on until the end of January. 


the Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row, Sheffield.

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