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Classic Horror Double Bill to show this August Bank Holiday, with an undead twist (NEWS)

On Bank Holiday Sunday August 29th, a double-bill of classic horror will hit Sheffield's historic Abbeydale Picture House - NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968), back-to-back with DEMONS (1985). The film which started it all, Night of the Living Dead from horror master George A. Romero is the midnight hit that became one of the most influential films of all time. A tale of a group of strangers trapped in a farmhouse who find themselves having to defend against a horde of zombies, this vision of 1960s America literally tearing itself apart re-wrote the rules of the horror genre and quietly broke new ground by casting a black actor (Duane Jones) in its lead role. The film which set the template for the zombie genre, and with a social narrative still relevant to this day, see this iconic film back on the big screen...

We then follow unsuspecting members of an audience to the cinema, in one of the best horror films of the 1980s - DEMONS. While attending a midnight screening of a mystery film, the horror onscreen begins to mirror reality when a demonic curse turns members of the audience into undead monsters. Trapped in the cinema, they must find a way to escape the building, as they quickly realise the doors are locked from the outside, and they now must fight for survival against a growing horde of monsters. Co-written and produced by horror master Dario Argento (Suspiria), Demons takes the trademarks of Giallo horror and combines it with over-the-top 80s excess and a kick ass soundtrack (including Billy Idol, the Scorpions, Go West and Motley Crue) - the result is delirious and demented fun, and arguably one of the best horror films of the decade... in other words, we can't recommend this film enough.

Taking place at Sheffield's historic Abbeydale Picture House - a Grade II listed 1920s Picture Palace Cinema - bringing the sense of occasion to match bringing these classic titles back to the big screen.

Bank Holiday Sunday August 29th

Tickets - £9

Doors open 6pm 7pm - Night of the Living Dead 8:30pm – interval 9pm – Demons

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