Bloody films that could haunt your nights out

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Sheffield’s Showroom Cinema will become scare central again this autumn as the Celluloid Screams horror film festival returns.

Running October 26-28 the city centre venue will again host premières, previews and special guests.

And among the highlights is The Cabal Cut of Clive Barker’s monster epic Nightbreed.

A turbulent production, the film released in 1990 was a far cry from Barker’s original novella, with many significant scenes excised by the film’s producers.

They were presumed lost for more than 20 years, but then the footage surfaced in the form of two separate workprints and has been integrated with scenes from the original theatrical version to create The Cabal Cut – a fully fleshed-out monster epic that captures Barker’s original vision in vivid detail.

Restoration director Russell Cherrington and cast members Simon Bamford, Nick Vince and Hugh Ross will be in town for a Q&A session after the screening.

Other nerve-rattlers scheduled for the weekend include Cronenbergian body-horror Cell Count, surgery-themed Excision, Canada’s Manborg, vintage Italian shocker Opera and Brit flick Before Dawn.

Director Todd E. Freeman will answer questions after the UK première of Cell Count, and British film Before Dawn will see actor/director Dominic Brunt talk about his tale of a couple in turmoil amid a zombie epidemic.

American Sundance Film Festival hit Excision follows troubled teen Pauline’s unhealthy obsession with surgery while Canadian flick Manborg is a “riotously entertaining sci-fi horror.”

Dario Argento’s baroque gem Opera – in which a young opera singer is stalked by a deranged fan – gets a 25th Anniversary screening.

Festival passes cost £60/£50 via 0114 275 7727 or