Report Two for the 13th Festival of Fantastic Films
August 30th to September 1st, 2002.
Publishing Date: May 2002
In Memoriam - Harry Nadler 1941 - 2002.
It was with stunned disbelief and a sinking heart that I was informed of the death of Harry Nadler on the 1st of March.
I had known Harry for
over 40 years, but you only needed to know Harry for 40 minutes to
Harry lived and breathed
movies, he had a large collection of 16mm prints and needed only the
slightest pretext to offer to project them for you. He never really
took to the new fangled video and DVD, 1950's fantastic movies were
his favourite along with musicals.
Although my heart is heavy with his loss, my spirit soars with the many happy memories I have of Harry.
It is with a great deal of sadness that I write this entry for our progress report, because no matter what we do or say about this year's event, we will all miss the hustle and bustle that was Harry Nadler.
I had only known Harry for about 13 years (albeit seemed longer) but he became like Tony Edwards and originally Dave Trengove, part of my current life, we all spoke and argued regularly, but like all like-minded people we remained friends, and it is as a friend that I will miss Harry most.
Sure we were heavily involved as a trio in the Festival but even that was often a pleasure because after all the effort of organising the event and the frequent discussions, and even more frequent differences of opinion we got on well.
I shall miss Harry, but knowing him I believe he will be watching us and giving us his pennyworth (even though we may not be able to hear it) Enjoy yourself Harry wherever you are.
We should like to take this this opportunity, along with Harry's family of thanking all those who turned up at his funeral to give him such a well attended and memorable send off.
The Festival will continue, as we believe it is what Harry would have wanted, and it will be a fitting tribute to him and his love of cinema and people. He got no greater pleasure than seeing friends enjoying a movie, or just talking about fantastic films.
We would also like to thank all those who have offered to help with this year's Festival, and will be calling on you to help fill the chasm.
GUESTS OF HONOUR.
Prior to his Hollywood
career, New York born Mel Welles held a variety of jobs, including
work as a clinical psychologist, writer and radio deejay. After some
stage work, he wound up in Hollywood, where he made his first film
'Appointment in Honduras', in 1953. He appeared as Jules Deveroux
in Roger Corman's 1957 movie 'Attack of the Crab Monsters'.
John hopes to be with us for the 13th Festival. John's work has of course not been confined to genres in which we specifically celebrate - but he has written the music for some notable movies of the Fantastic type - 'Tell Tale Heart' - 'Horror at Party Beach' - 'Study in Terror' - 'Doomwatch' - 'Satan's Slave' - People that Time Forgot' - 'Greystoke: Legend of Tarzan' - 'The Final Countdown' - King Kong Lives' - 'Inseminoid' etc.
Some time ago our good
friend Richard Gordon suggested that we invite Frederick to the Festival
We have asked Udo to attend
this year's Festival. He has said he would be delighted, but cannot
at the moment give us a definite commitment as he has much work in
the pipeline. He has said he will contact us nearer the date. Here's
hoping, Udo has had a fantastic career in the genre. He has appeared
in 'Mark of the Devil', 'Flesh for Frankenstein', 'Blood for Dracula',
'Suspiria' and of course 'Blade'.
We hope to announce other guests as we approach the Festival dates, keep an eye on our website for the latest information:
PR3 will contain more info and is due out end of June/early July.
After Gerald's great reception
at last years Festival, he will be back with at least two programme
The second item will be
'The History of Monogram and PRC'. A look at the output of this poverty
row studio from the Lugosi features such as 'Devil Bat', 'The Apeman',
'Return of the Apeman, 'Voodoo Man', 'Bowery at Midnight'; to Karloff's
involvment in 'The Ape' and the 'Mr. Wong' series.
2002 sees the 100th anniversary
of Melies 'A Trip to the Moon'.
2002 also sees the 25th anniversary of Spielberg's 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Peter Hyams' 'Capricorn One', Donald Cammell's 'Demon Seed' and of course George Lucas's 'Star Wars'.
We will be showing some of the anniversary films, if you have a favourite write and let us know. You can write to Tony Edwards, 95, Meadowgate Road, Salford. M6 8EN, or Email me at [email protected]
The Weird the Wonderful and the Obscure
Ramsey Campbell will be
showing and introducing many weird, wonderful and obscure movies over
the weekend. Titles to be considered are 'I Vampiri' Mario Bava's
1956 debut as a director, widescreen, Italian with subtitles. 'Black
Sabbath', the original Italian edit with subtitles. 'The Flesh and
the Fiends', widescreen, uncut "Continental" version. 'The
Curse of the Doll People' fifties Mexican, dubbed in English. 'The
Screaming Skull' and 'The Giant Leeches' as a drive-in double bill
complete with adverts and such. 'Godmonster of Indian Flats' and 'Bloody
Pit of Horror', two jaw dropping and often hilarious seventies independents.
'Sakuya', Slayer of Monsters', Japanese fantasy, English subtitles.
'Castle of Blood', a Barbara Steele rarity, uncut.
We are planning to introduce
you to the 'Baby Cart' series of Japanese films.
Independent and Amateur Movie Competitions.
We will be holding an
Independent movie competition, and an amateur movie competition. These
have become quite popular over the past few years, and we expect our
usual glut of entries.
Closing date for entries is strictly 31st July 2002.
Film Fair/Dealers Room.
This year the Dealers
Room/Film Fair will be on the Saturday, that is August the 31st.
Ramsey Campbell will be
wielding the gavel once again in his infamous auction with his usual
gusto, mad rantings and occasional pearls of wisdom, on the Saturday
of the Festival.
End of Festival Party.
We will be holding an
end of Festival party on the Sunday, that is the 1st of September,
starting at about 10 p.m.
The 'King Kong' trip to
the Plaza at Stockport was the winner of our 'Best of the Fest' award.
The Bradford Decision.
As you probably read in
PR1 we are not transferring the Festival of Fantastic Films to Bradford.
The Bradford Fantastic Films Weekend.
In collaboration with the organisers of the annual Manchester based Festival of Fantastic Films the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford is proud to present its first weekend of classic chillers, over the weekend of May 25th and 26th 2002.
A Packed 48 Hours.
A packed 48 hours uses all three of the Museum's cinemas and the vaults of TV Heaven to screen the best of the filmed works of Edgar Allan Poe, M.R. James and Shirley Jackson, with stars such as Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Deborah Kerr, Dana Andrews and Peter Wyngarde battling the forces of darkness in their various forms.
We are delighted to be able to present a collection of rare screenings, not least the old favourites 'Night of the Demon' and the "one-day version of 'The Wicker Man' - we hope to welcome Wicker Man director Robin Hardy to Pictureville to discuss the films ever growing cult status.
70 mm, 3-D and TV Heaven.
John Carpenter's magnificently
frightening 'The Thing' also gets a rare outing on 70mm.
DIARY OF EVENTS
SATURDAY MAY 25th
KEY (C) = Cubby Broccoli
Cinema. (TVH) = TV Heaven Theatre.
10.15 The Stone Tape (TVH)
12.00 The Quatermass Experiment [episode 1] (TVH)
12.45 Quatermass II [episode 2] (TVH)
1.45 House of the Long Shadows
2.30 The Haunted Palace (C)
3.00 The Haunted Castle 3-D (IMAX)
4.00 The Innocents
4.30 The Abominable Dr. Phibes (C)
6.00 Night of the Eagle
6.30 Three Cases of Murder (C)
8.00 Night of the Demon
8.30 The Masque of the Red Death (C)
10.15 The Hound of the Baskervilles (TVH)
12.30 Beasts [episode 3 - Baby] (TVH)
1.45 Dr. Phibes Rises Again
3.00 Cat People (C)
3.00 The Haunted Castle 3-D (IMAX)
3.45 The Wicker Man + Screentalk - with Robin Hardy
4.30 Curse of the Cat People (C)
6.00 Darklands + Screentalk - with the director Julian Richards
6.00 The Thing From Another World (C)
8.00 The Haunting
8.15 The Thing 70mm
Bradford National Museum
of Photography, Film and Television Box Office: 01274 202030
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