THE 1980s hit movie Ghostbusters will be screened in an Accrington churchyard as part of a film festival next year.

Around 100 movie fans will be able to watch the paranormal comedy projected on a giant screen outside St James Church in the town centre on Friday, March 13.


Starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Sigourney Weaver, the film follows three unemployed parapsychology professors who set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

And later that night, a horror film will thrill an audience at Accrington Town Hall, as part of the Pennine Film Festival.

Chair of the Accrington Town Team, Coun Clare Cleary, said planning was still in the early stages.

She said: “We are hoping to show Ghostbusters in the early evening, and then show a scarier film later on.

“We will have a replica Ghostbusters car, and some food stalls. The idea is to get people into town.”

An early suggestion for the film to be screen at the town hall is said to be William Friedkin’s supernatural horror The Exorcist , although organisers believe the title may be too ‘risque’.

The 1973 movie shows the exorcism of a 12-year-old girl by two priests, and includes several graphic scenes.

Organisers also hope to host a question and answer session with writer and director Mike Hodges, who is perhaps best known for 1971 flick Get Carter, which stars Michael Caine.

The Pennine Film Festival is Accrington and Rossendale College’s annual festival, which is aimed at developing and inspiring young and new filmmakers.

Next year’s festival will be the seventh.

Festival director Stephen Murphy, speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph in March, said: “We are already starting to plan next year and are looking to build the festival to include even bigger and better things.”

He could not be reached for comment yesterday.