The Classic Horror Campaign has a special and unique treat for you all today. Our resident artist, the multi-talented Mark Satchwill, has presented us with an exclusive painting to represent our upcoming Frighten Brighton Classic Horror Film Festival! Featuring our stunning special guest Emily Booth and images showcasing each of the classic horror films we’re screening on Saturday 11th August this truly is a beautiful piece of art. We took some time to speak to Mark about his work, his love of classic horror and Frighten Brighton.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH MARK SATCHWILL
Q. How did you become an artist? Did anything in particular inspire you?
I enjoyed drawing and painting from a young age and decided that was
what I wanted to do with my life. I was very much inspired by films,
movie posters, book and album covers – “commercial” art rather than
classical or modern art.
Q. What appeals to you about classic horror films?
I think, and I’m generalising, that more love, care and imagination
went into the classic horror films. Of course there were the cheap
exploitation films too (and they have their own merits!) but the
classic films often took their inspiration from literature and had
more depth than a lot of the dross that gets put out in the name of
horror these days.
Q. What inspired this particular Frighten Brighton image?
Well, I knew Emily Booth was appearing, and which films were being
shown, so was thinking of how to feature them all in the one image. I
saw the photo of Emily in the PVC gloves and thought, rather than do a
montage style image, let’s put the heads of characters from the films
on the ends of her fingers! I wasn’t sure it would work so sketched it
out and liked it, so created the finished image
Q. Why do you support the Classic Horror Campaign?
Well, there are several reasons; it’s partly nostalgia – I remember
those double bills on Saturday nights during the Summer on BBC2. It
was so exciting to finally see many of the films I had read about in
books. I was lucky enough to have fairly easy going parents who
allowed me to stay up and watch them! Another reason is that we rarely
see any of these films on the main channels any more (though The
Horror Channel has done a great job over the last couple of years). We
can’t all afford enormous DVD collections. For some reason flicking
through the listings and noticing that one of your favourite horror
films is on TV later is very different to choosing a DVD to watch. The
other reason is many younger horror fans aren’t familiar with many of
these classic movies. I was asked the other day by a younger guy who
considers himself a horror fan if Hammer was the director or the film
company! He hadn’t heard of Argento or Fulci either! Sacrilege!
Q. Do you have a favourite horror film or character?
I love the anthology films like Tales From The Crypt and From Beyond
The Grave. The Bride of Frankenstein, Suspiria, Carrie; too many…
Q. Do you have any favourite horror movie posters by other artists?
I love Graham Humphreys’ work, great colourful style. Two particular
posters I’ve always loved are the original King Kong poster and one
for a film called Not Of This Earth – never seen the film but love the
Q. Why should horror fans attend the Frighten Brighton Classic Horror
Because it features five classic movies, a chance to mingle with other
horror fans and it will be great fun!
The Frighten Brighton Classic Horror Film Festival takes place on Saturday 11th August from 12 noon at the Komedia Brighton. Horror hosts Cyberschizoid and Scare Sarah will be joining forces with scream queen Emily Booth to introduce Mad Love (1935), Cat People (1942), Them! (1954), Plague of the Zombies (1966) and Phantasm (1979) to a packed house of petrified punters – all for only £15 for an all-day pass! There will also be horror merchandise on sale from Hemlock Books as well as lots of ghoulish free giveaways throughout the day!
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