Part of the Classic British Horror
October has been leading up to this…A double bill of horror to end the Classic British Horror Season and, of course, Hallowe'en!
The cult classic An American Werewolf in London will be screened at 9.30pm, and following this at midnight is the terrifying ghost film, The Haunting.
Come dressed to horrify, enjoy Bloody Marys and the Star and Shadow's very own Slaughter Tod cocktail (in honour of the North-East's very own horror actor), hang out with your friends, chat, dance, trick or treat and prepare yourselves for what's to come…
Seats are limited, so come early to avoid disappointment! Doors open at 8pm until the end of the night. One film: £4/£3; double bill party: £7/£5.
9.30PM: AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981, Dir. John Landis, 97min, Certificate: 18)
Although not a pure British horror (a British/American partnership) An American Werewolf in London is one of the most memorable 1980s horror/comedies to come out of our foggy moors. A cult classic!
Two American students backpacking across Europe wander across English moors at night, against the warnings of the locals, and are attacked by a… well… could it be…?
See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3FTkAS15zk
The soundtrack, the make-up, the dialogue and the plot make this the ultimate werewolf film.
And here's some facts for you: Director John Landis made Michael Jackson's Thriller and Black or White videos; the Academy of Motion Pictures were so impressed by the make-up effects that they invented a new category at the Oscars specifically to award it (Outstanding Achievement in Make-up, which still exists today); lots of familiar british faces appear throughout, so don't hide behind your hands!
11.59PM: THE HAUNTING (1963, Dir. Robert Wise, 112min, Certificate: 12)
"You may not believe in ghosts, but you cannot deny terror."
They say that this is the scariest British ghost film ever made (please note that this is the original and not the remake, which isn't scary at all!).The Haunting is another British-American partnership.
Researching paranormal activity and the existence of ghosts, Dr Markway investigates Hill House - a mansion with a history of insanity and violent accidents.
He brings with him three others and together they fall victim to the house.
No blood and gore, no slashers, no beasts - just pure mental terror through cinema magic. This is what Hallowe'en is all about - sleeping with the lights on!
11 Oct 2009, 7:30 p.m.
To start our Classic British Horror Season in style, we will screen the quintessentially British 'Dracula'! Brought to you by Hammer House of Horror in the 1950s, starring Christopher Lee as the blood sucker and Peter Cushing as possibly the best cinema Van Helsing! Don't dare see it…alone! Plus special guest: Cultural historian extraordinaire, Gail-Nina Anderson, will introduce and lead a discussion after the film.
Film: Peeping Tom (1960)
18 Oct 2009, 7:30 p.m.
The second in our Classic British Horror Season, from the 1960s. A British masterpiece, Peeping Tom is a psychological thriller/horror, which explores voyeurism and violence, Michael Powell’s extraordinary film is the story of a lonely psychopathic cameraman—his childhood traumas, sexual crises, and murderous revenge as an adult. Plus special guest: Ken Robinson, Psychoanalyst (British Psychoanalytical Society) will lead a discussion after the film
25 Oct 2009, 7:30 p.m.
Five unfortunate people find themselves lost in a vault with a mysterious crypt-keeper as their host. As each is told the story of their last moments, we look on in horror… DEATH LIVES in the vault of horror! Plus special guest: Professor Peter Hutchings, Professor of Film Studies at Northumbria University and expert in British Horror, will introduce and lead a discussion after the film.