Classic Horror Campaign
To celebrate February’s Women In Horror Month the Classic Horror Campaign is teaming up with Shock Horror Magazine and the Roxy Bar and Screen to present a classic horror double bill showcasing two very different performances from two great actresses. The Female Psychos Double Bill takes place on Sunday 17th February from 2pm and kicks off with Strait-Jacket (1964) a William Castle classic featuring a high camp performance from Hollywood legend Joan Crawford. This is followed by a much grittier shocker from British director Pete Walker, Frightmare (1974) featuring a tour-de-force performance from the always excellent Sheila Keith.
You can buy your tickets now from WeGotTickets for only £6 for both features! You may also be able to buy tickets on the door on the day from 1:30pm – if there are any left! Not only that, but we will be giving away some free issues of Shock Horror Magazine and lots of fab horror prizes as part of Cyberschizoid’s popular horror quiz! So why not join us for a glass of Classic Horror Champagne in the relaxed surroundings of one of London’s best boutique cinema venues. Be there…and be scared!
After a fun-packed and successful 2012, the Classic Horror Campaign is looking forward to a whole host of classic horror events, festivals, film screenings, competitions and much more full gloss gore in 2013!
First up is the special guest appearance of sexy Hammer Horror star Caroline Munro in detective series Midsomer Murders on ITV1 Wednesday 2nd January. The episode is entitled Death and the Divas and is a homage to classic horror films of the 60′s and 70′s.
In February we celebrate Women In Horror Month with a whole host of features and articles as well as our Female Psychos horror double bill screening at the Roxy Bar and Screen on Sunday 17th February. We’ll be screening Strait-Jacket (1964) starring Joan Crawford and Frightmare (1974) starring the wonderful Sheila Keith. You can buy tickets here! Grab them now before we sell out!
Our next horror double bill screening at the Roxy Bar and Screen will take place on Sunday 24th March so keep an eye out for full details. In the meantime, we would love your feedback on which classic horror, sci-fi and fantasy films you’d like us to show on the big screen so please feel free to give us your suggestions. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on Twitter @horrorcampaign or on our Facebook Page!
The Classic Horror Campaign now has a regular column in the pages of Shock Horror Magazine, who also sponsor our film screenings so please pop over to their website and order a copy of the latest issue – featuring our look at classic horror Christmas films!
August is a huge month for the Classic Horror Campaign as we celebrate British Horror Month and will also hopefully be hosting another Frighten Brighton Classic Horror Film Festival. Last year’s Frighten Brighton was a massive success taking place at Brighton’s popular Komedia entertainment venue and featuring special guest host Emily Booth, the UK’s leading scream queen!
We are also pushing to reach 3000 signatures on our petition to bring back BBC2′s classic Saturday night horror double bill seasons! Television has become so bland in the last decade that it has become impossible to find any of the classic old horror films being screened anywhere, even on the BBC. Years ago, BBC2 would screen regular horror double bills on Saturday nights which featured cult movies from Universal, RKO, Hammer Films and beyond. If you’d like to see these films back on the box, please sign this petition and tell your friends to do the same!
We shall also be looking forward to heaps of fangtastic events and film festival happenings during 2013 which should be of interest to all classic horror fans. There are going to be ongoing events from those wonderful people at the London Film Memorabilia Conventions. Every two months they hold events at London’s Central Hall Westminster which feature a mix of dealers from all over the world specialising in vintage and modern film and television memorabilia – film stills, monster magazines, rare dvds, movie posters, autographs and various special guests. Last year alone the guests included Honor Blackman, Caroline Munro, Valerie Leon, Linda Hayden, David Warner and Yvonne Romain to name just a few. Saturday 26th January sees film and TV star Francoise Pascal (Mind Your Language, Incense For the Damned) as the special guest with a Cult TV event planned for March!
Other events of interest include the Scala Beyond film festival (always full of classic horror screenings – including our own!), Film Four’s FrightFest (as well as new horror premieres they include many fangtastic fear film retrospectives), the Bram Stoker International Film Festival in Whitby and many more large and small classic horror film screenings across the UK.
Even though our campaign is to persuade the BBC (and the other major free-to-air television networks) to screen classic horror and cult movies regularly in primetime we just wanted to take this opportunity to big up one particular TV station in the UK. A huge thanks goes out to the increasingly popular Horror Channel (Sky channel 319 Virgin channel 149 Freesat channel 138) which is really flying the flag for classic horror these days with its regular screenings of Hammer Horror, Amicus anthologies, Pete Walker films and various other cult horror movies and TV shows. Classic Horror Campaign supporter Emily Booth is the face of the Horror Channel and she herself continues to champion the horror genre in all its forms; her television show Horror Bites is screened daily throughout the Horror Channel schedules.
Finally, a big thank you to all our fans, supporters, friends and followers for continuing to spread the word, help the campaign and sign our petition. Without the following people (and each and every one of you reading this) the Classic Horror Campaign would not be able to survive and thrive! Special thanks go to – Filmbar70, the team at Roxy Bar and Screen, Dr Karen Oughton, Sarah James, Niall Bailey, Weegzilla, Dean Geoghegan, Shock Horror Magazine, Westminster Film Memorabilia Conventions, April Chaplin, Amanda Norman, Emily Booth, Eileen Daly, Caroline Munro, Shane Briant, Neil Mitchell, Hemlock Books, Penny Dreadful, Elliot Wilson, Dominic O’Brien, Mark Satchwill, Pete Shorney and many more – you know who you are! A happy new year to all of you – here’s to a fangtastic 2013!