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Cult and classic horror hits the big screen for the 10th
Annual Fantastic Films Weekend, taking place June 10-12 at the National Media
Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.
The festival offers the chance to watch a mix of new,
favorite, retro and cult flicks on the big screen. This year’s event will also
celebrate the 100th birthday of Vincent Price, with a “Vincentenary” tribute
showcase of his work, from EDWARD SISSORHANDS (Sunday, June 12, 11 a.m.) to
BLOODBATH AT THE HOUSE OF DEATH (Friday, June 10, 1 p.m.). The fest launches on
Friday the 10th with the new South African zombie movie THE DEAD (9:30 p.m.);
that night’s Midnight Screamer is the director’s cut of THE EXORCIST.
“Fantastic Films Weekend aims to bring audiences closer to
some of their favorite scary movies,” says the event’s artistic director Tony
Earnshaw, “and we encourage people to get the real horror experience by
watching these films in the cinema, especially if they’ve only ever seen them
on DVD before. We’ve been lucky to receive film introductions from horror
legends, including the author of THE EXORCIST, William Peter Blatty, which will
be read out prior to several screenings over the weekend.”
Special guests Peter Sasdy, director of COUNTESS DRACULA,
HANDS OF THE RIPPER and NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT, and Jonathan Miller, director of
WHISTLE AND I’LL COME TO YOU, will be taking part in Screentalk interviews and
answering questions from the audience; HANDS will be screened at 7 p.m. prior
to Sasdy’s on-stage interview on the 10th. Miller takes part in a Q&A and
interview on the 12th with Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, an authority on
British Gothic horror, following a free screening of WHISTLE AND I’LL COME TO
YOU (5:30 p.m.). Other notable films include HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN (Saturday,
June 11, 9 p.m.) and LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH (Sunday, June 12, 11 a.m.),
with an introduction by director John Hancock.
Fantastic Films Weekend will also honor the memory of two
industry favorites who died last year: director Roy Ward Baker and legendary
Hammer horror actress, Ingrid Pitt, who will be remembered with several
screenings of their work, including THE VAMPIRE LOVERS (Saturday, June 11, 2:30
p.m.), which stars Pitt and was directed by Baker, followed by LUST FOR A
VAMPIRE and TWINS OF EVIL. Also showing is the 1981 original CLASH OF THE
TITANS; fans are in for an extra treat as models created by Ray Harryhausen,
including Medusa from CLASH and a skeleton from JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, will
be exhibited outside Insight, the Museum’s Collections and Research Centre. In
addition, FFW is screening several vintage titles from the Museum’s own film
archive, among them THE STUFF, WHEN A STRANGER CALLS, HORROR EXPRESS and
For more information and ticket info, visit the National
Media Museum’s official site.
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