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Kent Halloween fright night film screenings for adults this October including IT, Psycho and The Woman in Black

By Angela Cole

There'll be no sitting back and relaxing at these cinema screenings - just edge-of-your-seat frights and some over-the-top dancing, all in honour of Halloween.

Dover Castle has a series of drive-in screenings, running from Thursday, October 26 to Sunday, October 29.

On Thursday, October 26, the outrageously indulgent Rocky Horror Picture Show (18) will be screened. In Richard Brien's surreal musical, sweethearts Brad and Janet discover the eerie mansion of Dr Frank-N-Furter and meet a host of wild characters, including a rocking biker, played by Meat Loaf, and Frank-N-Furter's ultimate creation - the muscle bound Rocky.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

On Friday, October 27, The Woman in Black (PG13) will have you jumping out of your seat. A young lawyer (Daniel Radcliffe), traumatised by the death of his wife, is sent to a remote village to order the affairs of a deceased client. But beware the Woman in Black...

Daniel Ratcliffe in The Woman In Black. Picture: Momentum Pictures
Daniel Ratcliffe in The Woman In Black. Picture: Momentum Pictures

On Sunday, October 29, Bram Stoker's Dracula (18) features Gary Oldman as sinister Count Dracula in Francis Ford Coppola's unmissable adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic novel.

The showings cost £36 per car, with gates opening at 6pm, and films starting at 7pm To book, call 01304 211067 or visit english-heritage.org.uk/dovercastle There is also a family-friendly Hocus Pocus screening on Saturday, October 28.

Alfresco Events, which has held two years of popular family screenings, is also holding a Halloween showing this year.

Taking place at Kings Hill Sports Park, on Sunday, October 29, will be the 1990 original of Stephen King's IT. Prepare for some real frights as gates open at 7.45pm, with the film starting at 8.30pm.

There will be free parking and tickets cost £12 online or £15. To book visit alfrescoevents.co.uk Earlier in the day there will also be family-friendly screenings of Room on the Broom and Hocus Pocus.

Tim Curry in IT (1990)
Tim Curry in IT (1990)

Canterbury's Gulbenkian is showing some frightening films for five days leading up to Halloween itself on Tuesday, October 31, mixing horror classics with new releases.

On Friday, October 27, there will be a special 30anniversary release of Clive Barker’s directorial debut Hellraiser (18), which launched a hit franchise and created one of cinema’s most formidable figures of Pinhead.

On Saturday, October 28, the iconic horror film Psycho (15) comes to the drive-in cinema setting. Be transported back to the 1960s to see Alfred Hitchcock’s horror classic featuring the disturbed Norman Bates.

Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise in IT Picture: PA Photo/Warner Bros
Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise in IT Picture: PA Photo/Warner Bros

On Tuesday, October 31, it's time to see the creepy clown IT (15). Not for the faint-hearted but perfect to hunker down and watch on the spookiest night of the year.

It costs £8.70 for the Hellraiser screening, £25 for a car for the Psycho screening with a maximum of six in a car, and £10 for deckchairs, and £8.70 for IT.

A scene from Psycho directed by Alfred Hitchcock
A scene from Psycho directed by Alfred Hitchcock

For details and to book visit thegulbenkian.co.uk or call 01227 769075. There is also a family-friendly Harry Potter screening on Saturday, October 28.

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