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You've never had it so horrific. By some unholy alignment of the spheres and schedules, Halloween film events burst out across the nation this week like ravenous maggots from a rotting corpse. This year, as an added gruesome treat, the usual seasonal events are made a little bit darker by the looming shadow of the BFI's ongoing Gothic season, which hosts several horror screenings and special events across the country.

Elsewhere there are some brilliant, atmospheric and alternative locations on offer for horror fans to be scared in, and one of the gloomiest settings in the land must surely be the ruined Kirkstall Abbey, on the outskirts of Leeds city centre, a genuinely gothic (and genuinely chilling; you'll need to bring a warm jacket »

- Steve Rose

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