Can a fright at Crich Museum bring the horror fans to our tramway village?
CRICH Tramway Village is hoping a new film shot there will boost visitor numbers after a "terrible" summer affected by heavy rain.
British-made horror movie Sightseers sets several key scenes at the Derbyshire open-air museum and has now gone on release in cinemas across the country to strong reviews.
Now staff are hoping interest in the film will lead to an increase in gate receipts as inspired film fans satisfy their curiosity.
Key to this might be the way the film uses the museum as a setting.
Glynn Wilton, manager of development and exhibitions at Crich, said filming took place in October last year.
He said: "They came to us with the idea of filming in the museum. In the story, the characters want to tour the country, stopping at various attractions so, instead of using the museum as a period setting, they actually visit it in the film as a museum, which is a bit different."
The film tells the story of Chris, who wants to show Tina his favourite attractions in England. These include Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct in North Yorkshire and the Keswick Pencil Museum but Chris's anxiety about litterbugs, noisy teenagers and caravan sites sends him into rages which propel the journey in a violent direction.
It is the third film directed by Ben Wheatley, who directed low-budget British chillers Down Terrace and Kill List.
It was released in UK cinemas on Friday and has already garnered nominations for the British Independent Film Awards, including Wheatley as best director.
Reviews have so far been strong, with the Independent rating it four stars out of five and the Guardian calling it "cold, withering and weirdly moving."
It has also been featured several times on Radio 4 and on BBC1's Film 2012 show.
What many of the reviews have in common are references to the tramway museum and Mr Wilton is hoping the exposure will bring visitors to the county.
He said: "It has been a terrible summer for all attractions in Derbyshire with the heavy rainfalls. We have suffered here so we are looking forward to the surge in interest from the film's release."
He said it was not the first time the museum had been used for filming.
"We had Billie Piper here filming A Passionate Woman, and then, going back, it was used as a setting for Women In Love with Oliver Reed," he said.
"But the difference this time is that, rather than a generic setting for a period film, it is actually being used in the present day as a visitor attraction.
"It is referenced by name in the film and that is something really exciting."