Ghostwatch 25th Anniversary Screening & Q&A at Watershed on Friday 13th October 2017Posted on: 08 Oct 2017
Cult horror mockumentary Ghostwatch will get a special 25th Anniversary screening at Bristol's Watershed on, appropriately enough, Friday 13th October 2017.
Taking place the day before this year's Horror Con, the faux-reality chiller was first aired in the UK on Halloween in 1992. Directed by Lesley Manning and starring interviewing legend Michael Parkinson, Red Dwarf's Craig Charles and Blue Peter's Sarah Greene, it follows a TV crew reporting on spooky goings-on at a haunted house in North London.
It caused an absolute stir, besieging the BBC switchboard with a torrent of calls - it's estimated around 30,000 in an hour - from viewers clearly in a state of panic, fear and distress. As a result, the BBC banned it from being repeated for 10 years. Not since Orson Welle's infamous radio broadcast of War of the Worlds has a programme struck such fear and terror into the hearts of a nation.
Immediately following the screening will be a Q&A session with the creator of the show, Stephen Volk, who has since gone on to make a considerable name for himself and revered as the writer of the supernatural series Afterlife and the highly praised 2016 horror film The Awakening. Hurling the questions his way will be renowned and award-winning critic, writer and journalist of Empire film magazine, Kim Newman.
Hailed as a breakthrough in British TV horror, 25 years on it still has the power to scare the bejesus out of you and send shivers down your spine.
This event starts at 5.30pm. Tickets are £9 (£6.50 concessions) and can be purchased - if you're brave enough - here.
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