Celebrating the release of new British horror film Ghost Stories – starring Martin Freeman – Phoenix is screening a season of seven horror films and a talk by local ghost expert David Bell in April.

Spectres on Screen runs all month and includes a selection of new and old horror classics  – from the bizarre to the obscure – offering the perfect introduction to those interesting in exploring this increasingly popular genre.

The season begins with The Ghost of Mrs Muir (U), a romantic fantasy about a young widow and the ghost of a sea captain (Fri 6 – Sun 8 Apr).

A double bill of classic BBC ghost stories follows on Wed 11 April with the M.R. James’ adaptation Whistle and I’ll Come to You and Dickens’ chilling tale The Signalman (PG). The films will be introduced by David Bell, local ghost expert and author of Leicestershire Ghost Stories.

Dead of Night (PG), an Ealing Studios horror with a clear influence on Ghost Stories, screens on Tue 17 April.

Running for a week from Fri 20 – Thu 26 April, Ghost Stories (15) tells the story of a ghost-sceptic professor who embarks on a terror-filled journey aftering stumbling upon the long-lost cases of three inexplicable hauntings.

Recently the recipient of multiple awards for his film The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro’s stunning gothic horror The Devil’s Backbone (15) screens Fri 27 April.

Ending on a lighter note, the iconic ‘80s Ghostbusters (12A) is on Sat 28 and Sun 29 Apr.

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Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Great Central, John has been actively involved in Leicester's creative community for over a decade - promoting shows and releasing records under the name Robot Needs Home. He is a director of Handmade Festival, and ex member of the band Maybeshewill.

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