The Blair Witch will haunt Stirling’s historic Tolbooth as the building offers the perfect spot to watch some iconic Halloween witch movies.

The former jail and courthouse is the scene of many gruesome tales, and it will showcase some modern takes on tales of witchcraft and evil in the run up to Halloween.

The movie screenings are part of a variety of witch-themed events that Stirling Council is hosting this year, including a free two-week exhibition dedicated to Stirling’s history with witch accusations and a family friendly lantern parade.

There will be several film screenings in the Tolbooth, beginning with the Witch Finder General on October 26th, Hocus Pocus on October 27th and The Blair Witch Project on Halloween night.

Witchfinder General

  • The Tolbooth, 26th  October, 8pm - Certificate 15

A disturbing tale of evil set during the English Civil War. Matthew Hopkins is appointed Witchfinder General and is empowered to travel the countryside with his henchmen and collect a fee for each witch from whom he extracts a confession - a policy which is exploited to the full.

Hocus Pocus

  • The Tolbooth, 27th October, 2pm - Certificate PG

After moving to Salem, three teenagers explore an abandoned house and accidentally free a coven of evil witches who once lived in the house. With the help of a magical cat, the teenagers must steal the witches' book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal.

Blair Witch Project

  • The Tolbooth, 31st October, 7:30pm – Certificate 15

Found video footage tells the tale of three film students who've travelled to a small town to collect documentary footage about the Blair Witch, a legendary local murderer. Their project takes a frightening turn when the students lose their way in the woods and begin hearing horrific noises.

Convenor of Stirling Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, Councillor Chris Kane said: “Stirling’s own history is rich in tales of alleged witchcraft and our Halloween celebrations, from the family lantern parade through to the Witching Hour exhibition, will delve deep into our past to bring these tales back to life.

“These movies offer a different take on the history of witch accusations, showcasing the culture of fear and panic over witchcraft that also spread across America and England, while delivering thrills and chills for all the family.”

Vice Convenor, Councillor Maureen Bennison, said: “These tall tales of witches and witchcraft offer a fun and frightful take on some old legends, providing entertainment for all the family and also some serious scares for the adults.

“With its own horrid history, the Tolbooth is the ideal location to host these movie screenings as our Halloween celebrations look to bring life to the tales of witchcraft and magic which have their roots firmly planted in the Stirling’s past.”

The events being held at the Tolbooth offering a modern take on tall tales of witches and ghosts include:

  • October 16th – November 2nd - The Witching Hour (Exhibition), Free
  • October 24th - The Witching Hour (Panel discussion)
  • October 26th - Witchfinder General (movie)
  • October 27th - Hocus Pocus (movie)
  • October 31st - The Blair Witch Project (movie)
  • November 1st - Stirling Queen (new musical programme)
  • November 2nd - Halloween ceilidh, 2pm
  • November 2nd - Stirling’s Halloween Lantern Parade, Port Street, 5pm

For more information please see www.stirlingshalloween.co.uk and www.stirlingevents.org.

 

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