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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.


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
Film Festival?

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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Emily Booth

Horror fans throughout the UK can rejoice as sultry British scream queen Emily Booth is co-hosting the Frighten Brighton Classic Horror Film Festival on the spooky south coast this summer! Emily is well known for her TV show Horror Bites on the Horror Channel as well as her many acting roles, horror film festival appearances and sexy photo-shoots!

The Classic Horror Campaign’s very own horror host Cyberschizoid was lucky enough to track down Emily for a chat and get her opinions on classic horror films, Frighten Brighton and much more!

Don’t forget to order your all-day passes for Frighten Brighton here for only £15 before they sell out!


Q. Many of your fans are aware that you love classic horror films as well as the contemporary horror scene. Which of the films showing at Frighten Brighton are you most looking forward to seeing?

A. That’s a hard one because they’re all brilliant and appealing in different ways but on a personal level as many of you probably know by now (!) I have a big place in my heart for Cat People – although I watched the 80′s version when I was a young girl and fell in love with that one so am less familiar with the 1942 original – I’ve seen bits of it but never the whole film (I know – naughty!) I love a return to animalistic states – a profound theme in horror films and the fact that this film was way ahead of its time, subtly telling a story of burgeoning female sexuality during a very repressed time – there are just so many levels to that film and it’s so haunting and moody! So I’m really looking forward to that! But also ‘Them!‘ will be fun as one of the original films tapping into the fear behind nuclear testing and mutations – it will be so refreshing and fun to see the old school special effects.

Q. Remakes are always a controversial subject particularly amongst horror fans, but what female character would you love to play in a horror film remake?

A. Oh God that’s hard too! I know it’s not strictly a horror character but as The Wicker Man is one of my all time favourites I’d love to play Willow the Landlords daughter! But Britt Ekland was brilliant in that role and I don’t think I could top her! I love the strange seduction scene where she seduces him with her pagan witchy charm – even though he can only sense her – not see her -  one of the most erotic scenes in film to date I think….. but also – I’d love to play a real animal character so something along the lines of The Reptile would be amazing! To do a very slithery sexy version of that role….. so if anyone wants to do that with me come and say hello and we’ll talk!

Q. Juggling a horror career with being a young mum must keep you extremely busy but what aspect of your working life do you enjoy the most?

A. I was filming my show Horror Bites for the Horror Channel yesterday and I love being back at work – but there are of course new challenges – namely getting enough sleep which I never do – I’ve not slept properly for 9 months now! So it’s hard trying to look good and fresh when you are in front of the camera! But I just enjoy getting back to being ‘pre – baby me’ for a day, it means I have more to talk about than nappies.

Q. OK, a fun question now! In a fight, who would win – Pinhead or Freddy Krueger?

A. Well obviously Freddy would play a lot dirtier than Pinhead – who at the end of the day is a rather middle class chap who likes a good conversation! So Freddy might win that one purely on slashing skills – although Pinhead does have some rather nasty chums he could bring along for the fight!

Q. Finally, why should horror fans come to the Frighten Brighton Classic Horror Film Festival?

A. Because we owe vintage horror everything! Every horror we see today has probably taken its inspiration from one of the classics. but also because they are just good films on their own merit, the classic horrors were the first films to really manipulate the senses using atmosphere, tension and shock scares and it feels so good to step back in time to revisit an era that will never be repeated ever again. These films are a slice of history, are incredibly stylish and classy and I’m so pleased these precious gems are being kept alive and appreciated by a whole new generation. 

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