Spooky ‘haunted’ house offer for film festival horror fans

Caption: Actress Tasha Connor as Sally Maynard in 'When the Lights Went Out'

Halloween may have passed but horror fans in Leeds can earn the chance to experience another extra special fright courtesy of the Leeds International Film Festival this week.

As part of the Fanomenon Yorkshire element of the festival which is currently ongoing, the horror film ‘When the Lights Went Out’ is being shown at Vue in The Light on Friday 9 November.

Set in Yorkshire in 1974 and based on a true story, the film impressed critics for its attention to period detail and offers arguably the scariest ghost story of the year.

The film’s producers are now offering members of the cinema audience the chance to experience the fear for real by spending a weekend in the actual ‘haunted’ house in Pontefract the story is based on.

Anyone attending the screening on Friday can enter a prize draw with the winners being selected at the end of the film. The house has a strong connection with the film as it was the home of director Pat Holden’s aunt when he was a child, and the property reportedly still has a ‘presence’ which resulted in the last visitors who attempted to spend the night leaving quickly.

The film itself has also enjoyed a spooky start, as it failed to play properly on its first two screenings at a cinema in London with an investigation into the equipment revealing no obvious explanation for the problems.

Director of Leeds International Film Festival Chris Fell said:

“We are delighted and very grateful to the producers of ‘When the Lights Went Out’ to be able to offer this fantastic prize which we know the horror fans in Leeds are going to love.

“The chance to spend the weekend in the reportedly haunted house this film is based on is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for film fans, so we look forward to finding out who is brave enough to give it a go!”

The Leeds International Film Festival runs until Sunday 18 November and features more than 150 feature films, over 130 short films and nearly 250 screening events.

Tickets and film festival passes can be purchased in person at City Centre Box Office (The Carriageworks, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD), over the telephone (0113 224 3801) and online (www.leedsfilm.com).

Presented by Leeds City Council, Leeds International Film Festival is supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union and the National Lottery through the British Film Institute and Creative England.

For more information about this year’s Leeds International Film Festival, visit the website at www.leedsfilm.com


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