31st October to 2nd November 2014

at Manchester Conference Centre


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Guest of honour in 2014


Yvonne Monlaur

Born in Pau, she is the daughter of a Russian count and a ballet dancer.
After appearances in 15 French and Italian feature films, Miss Monlaur arrived in England, accompanied her Mum as chaperone, to appear in the top international TV show The Third Man, which featured Michael Rennnie in the title role.
Her first British feature film was Inn For Trouble, the spin-off from the highly successful television comedy series, The Larkins.
However, horror called, with Circus of Horrors, opposite such genre alumni as Anton Diffring and Donald Pleasance.
But it was Hammer’s The Brides of Dracula (just released on Blu Ray) that really put her on Britain’s cinematic map.
Starring opposite David Peel as the vampiric Baron Meinster, her character Marianne Danielle had the good fortune to find that Dr Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) was on the trail of this particular undead nobleman.
The following year, 1961, she appeared opposite everyone’s favourite Dracula, Christopher Lee,  who played top villain Chung King in the Hong-King set Hammer production Terror of the Tongs.


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Judy Matheson


Films Include:

Crucible of Terror

Twins of Evil

Lust for a Vampire


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Luigi Cozzi    

Italian Director -


Dario Argento - Master of Horror,


Take All of Me, & Starcrash.

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Me Me Lai    


Eaten Alive,

Lost Cannibal World,

Crucible of Terror,

Revenge of the Pink Panther & The Element of Crime.

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Francesca Ciardi    



Cannibal Holocaust,

Farewell Moscow

Death Walks.

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Caroline Munro    



Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter

The Spy who loved me


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Richard Dyer    



Professor of Film Studies in Kings College, London

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Note: All guests listed are confirmed as attending - however, it is only fair to be aware that all appearances are subject to commitments - and the Festival organisers cannot be held responsible for any cancellations. Where this occurs it is policy to try to replace the guest with another; however, that is not always possible.
The festival has attracted numerous well known guests over the years a small selection can be seen by clicking on the link below

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