5 Must-See Films screening at Celluloid Screams 2021

This Thursday (21st October) marks the return of Celluloid Screams, the premiere horror and genre film festival at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield for its 13th year.

If you are unsure what to see, here’s a handful of selections to whet your appetite –


Antlers is one of the those films we seem to have been waiting forever for, having been delayed over a year because of the pandemic.

In an isolated Oregon town, a middle-school teacher and her sheriff brother become embroiled with her enigmatic student, whose dark secrets lead to terrifying encounters with a legendary ancestral creature who came before them.


We got the chance to see Offseason earlier this year at the SXSW Online edition.

The latest feature for Mickey Keatings (Carnage Park) takes a woman to a mysterious town after receiving letter, before coming engulfed in a living nightmare.

From the outset, it feels like we are in the hands of an unreliable narrator in Ava, as she investigates the desecration of her mother’s grave. Slowly we get to learn her backstory and realises that all is not what it seems.

Offseason is stylish and does offer something different with a chilling and intense finale.

Broadcast Signal Intrusion

Take a leaf straight out of the finest conspiracies of The X Files lore, Broadcast Signal Intrusion is a fascinating mystery which draws you and doesn’t let you go.

Video archivist James, who is putting himself into his work to get over a recent trauma, uncovers a conspiracy from a series of sinister pirate broadcasts.

Slick and engrossing, Broadcast Signal Intrusion could turn out to be one of the best genre films of 2021.

The Thing That Ate the Birds

Sophie Mair (Ella, And the Baby Screamed) and Dan Gitsham (Ella, And the Baby Screamed) have teamed up for the chilling short film The Thing That Ate the Birds.

Set in the North Yorkshire Moors we follow a small isolated family as they discover that something has been feasting on the local bird community.

The Thing That Ate the Birds surprisingly plays its hand early but packs plenty into its 11 minute running time, with enough exposition and hints at a wider plot to easily fill a small feature film.

Utterly chilling.


The closing film of Celluloid Screams is Julia Ducournau’s follow-up to the critical acclaimed Raw.

Following a series of unexplained crimes, a father is reunited with the son who has been missing for 10 years. Titane: A metal highly resistant to heat and corrosion, with high tensile strength alloys.

Titane wowed audiences at Cannes earlier this year, scooping the prestigious Palme d’Or gong.

Find out more about Celluloid Screams 2021.

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