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The Classic Horror Campaign is very excited to bring you some fantastic news direct from the Bram Stoker International Film Festival taking place in Whitby, North Yorkshire from 24th – 27th October. Not only is this going to be the biggest genre film festival in the UK this year featuring numerous world and UK premieres of the very best new horror films from around the world but there will also be a separate screening room devoted entirely to classic sci-fi and horror B-movies! Life president of the festival, Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki will be bringing you the Sultan’s Sci-Fi Suite dedicated to the best (and worst!) monster movies and creature features from yesteryear.

In the build-up to the Bram Stoker International Film Festival the Classic Horror Campaign will be bringing you regular news and previews of the classic films that Sultan and his crew will be bringing you throughout the festival starting with two giant ant invasions – THEM! and Empire of the Ants! And that’s not all – Space Monsters Magazine will also be there covering the event so you’ll be able to buy copies of issue one and two direct from editor Cyberschizoid! Issue one features both THEM! (1954) and Empire of the Ants (1977) as well as a look at the Top 10 Giant Bug Movies!

THEM! (1954) is the ultimate classic monster flick featuring giant insects. Created by atomic radiation, the giant ants in this movie are a masterpiece of fifties special effects and the black and white photography lends the film an effective atmosphere of menace and foreboding. Directed by Gordon Douglas and starring Edmund Gwenn, James Whitmore, James Arness and Joan Weldon this is one classic sci-fi movie that mustn’t be missed!

Empire of the Ants (1977) stars Joan Collins and Robert Lansing in a much cheesier production loosely based on a story by H.G. Wells. As Trever Talbert says in issue one of Space Monsters Magazine “the late 70’s ambience is as thick as the smell of Hai Karate as bell bottoms face off against mutant picnic pests in the tropical swamps!”

Buy your tickets for the festival and events HERE!

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This news has come through from Tony Earnshaw, organiser of this year’s Fantastiq Festival of Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror in Derby.

The first Fantastiq monograph is a 20-page centenary tribute to that gentle man of horror, Peter Cushing. Illustrated with portraits and behind-the-scenes photographs, it includes a complete filmography and features contributions from filmmakers and co-stars such as Bernard Cribbins, Kate O’Mara, Peter Sasdy, Kevin Connor, Peter Duffell, John Hurt and Val Kilmer.

Limited to just 250 copies, this one-off publication is available for £5 including P&P in the UK, and £10 including P&P elsewhere in the world. Tony is taking pre-orders now. Payment by bank transfer, cheque and Paypal. Send your order to: tony@reelsolutions.co.uk.

Here is the programme for this year’s festival…

FANTASTIQ – THE FESTIVAL OF FANTASY, SCI-FI AND HORROR
AUGUST 9-11 2013

Friday 9th August
1pm Hammer House Of Horror Double Bill
2pm From The Vault: Heavy Metal (15)
3pm Bug (15)
4pm Orson Welles’ The War Of The Worlds
5:30pm Ghostwatch (adv 15)
6:00pm Preview – Upstream Color (15)
7:15pm Stephen Volk In Conversation
8:00pm From The Vault – Heavy Metal (15)
8:40pm Book Signing Whitstable
9:30pm Spectral Press Presents…Dracula (12A)
10:00pm House (Hausu) (15)

Saturday 10th August
10:45am From The Vault: Silver Bullet (15)
11:00am The AckerMonster Chronicles
1:00pm Dez Skinn In Conversation
1:15pm Corruption (adv 12A)
3:00pm Jason And The Argonauts (U)
3:15pm The Sorcerers (15)
4:45pm Johnny Mains On John Burke & The Sorcerers
6:00pm The Beast Must Die (15)
6:30pm Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (U)
8pm Paul Annett In Conversation
8:30pm From The Vault: Silver Bullet (15)
9:30pm Preview – Kiss Of The Damned (cert tbc)

Sunday 11th August
11:00am From The Vault: The Black Belly Of The Tarantula (15)
11:30am Horror Tour Of Derby with Darrell Buxton
1:30pm Dr Who And The Daleks / Daleks: Invasion Earth Double
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2:00pm Filmmaker’s Forum Panel Discussion
4:00pm Zombie: The New Undead (adv 18)
5:30pm Cinema Retro Presents…Vampire Circus
6:00pm Orson Welles’ The War Of The Worlds
7:15pm Robert Young In Conversation
8pm From The Vault: The Black Belly Of The Tarantula (15)
8:45pm Closing Night Preview – John Dies At The End (15)

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