Report Three for the 13th Festival of Fantastic Films
August 30th to September 1st, 2002, Renaissance Hotel, Manchester, England..
Publishing Date: July 2002
Director John Hough joins our guest list
film Director John Hough has joined
our list of Guests of Honour. British born, John directed many genre
movies including The Legend of Hell House (1973), Twins of Evil (1979),
The Watcher in the Woods (1980), The Incubus (1982), A Distant Scream
(1984), Black Carrion (1984), Czech Mate (1984), American Gothic (1987),
Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988). John also worked in television
before breaking into film, where some of his credits included The
Avengers and The Saint.
Other guests confirmed.
Mel Welles will be with
us for the whole weekend.
Film music composer John has written the music for many notable fantastic movies including - Study in Terror (1965), Doom Watch (1972), Satan's Slave (1976), Jules Vernes Rocket to the Moon (1967), People That Time Forgot (1977), Greystoke: Legend of Tarzan (1984), The Final Countdown (1980), Trog (1970), King Kong Lives (1986), Inseminoid (1980) etc.
Writer Frederick wrote the novel upon which the 1964 movie 633 Squadron was based. At the Festival we will be showing Devil Doll (1963) in which Frederick and our good friend Richard Gordon were both involved.
Novelist and TV screenwriter of such fantastic fare as Chimera, Bugs and Oktober, will be with us to act as interviewer and joint master of ceremonies, along with Stephen Laws.
Writer of many classic chillers such as Ghost Train, The Wyrm, The Frighteners and Gideon, Stephen will perform as interviewer and joint master of ceremonies with Stephen Gallagher.
Actress Janina has been a regular and popular attendee at the Festival for a number of years now. Janina appeared in Day of the Triffids, Dracula, Hands of Orlac and in Paul Cotgrove's Greenfingers.
Ramsey is one of the UK's top horror writers, his work includes The House on Nazareth Hill, Ghosts and Grisly Things, The Last Voice They Hear and Meddling With Ghosts. His novel The Nameless was filmed by Spanish Director Jaume Balaguero. Ramsey will be hosting his now Infamous Auction, an item not to be missed, with rib tickling quips and critiques on the lots as they pass through his hands.
We are still awaiting a definitive reply from Udo Kier, but as time goes by it looks as if Udo will not be joining us at this year's Festival.
Producer Richard started his company, Gordon Films, over 50 years ago. He began by importing and distributing British and other foreign films in the U.S. He later moved into production, but goes without screen credit on some of his early films, including the Boris Karloff movies The Haunted Strangler and Corridors of Blood. Richard produced Devil Doll, for which our Guest Frederick Smith wrote the screenplay.
Norman J. Warren
Editor, Writer and Director whose work includes Horror Planet, Inseminoid and Satan's Slave. Norman will with us for the whole weekend.
On the Saturday of the
Festival we will have a Dealers Room and Film Fair, open from 10 am.
to 4 pm.
Ramsey Campbell will be
the auctioneer for the Festival Auction.
As usual with a month to go the final programme is still in formation, but this will give you a good idea of the way the programme is looking. But remember some items may not happen and we cannot be sure all the events etc. will take place exactly as laid out here.
FRIDAY 30th August: Early arrivals can catch all 12 episodes of Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe, or Hammers classic 1958 movie Dracula.
The official Opening Ceremony will start at 7.30 pm. The movies so far picked to follow are Last House on the Left in 35mm, The Mole People, Uzumaki, The Flesh and the Fiends, The Whip and the Body and The Saragossa Manuscript. We will also be showing at least five Independent Shorts:- Nebulous Dawn, Reconcilers, First Light, Incredibly Strange People and Fusion 21. Guest of Honour John Scott will be on stage at around 10 pm, followed by his movie The People That Time Forgot.
SATURDAY 31st August:
Starts with Gerald Price giving an illustrated talk on The Fantasy
Films of the 1920's. The Independent feature Dark Heaven, the classic
Topper Takes a Trip. These are followed by The Amateur Movie Competition,
and the Independent feature Sauls Pupils. Our Guest of Honour Mel
Welles will be on stage at 2 pm. preceded by his film The Little Shop
of Horrors. The award winning Donnie Darko. Ramsey Campbell's Infamous
Auction will take place at 4 pm. We also have a Drive-in Double bill
of Screaming Skull and The Giant Leeches. At 6 pm Saxon Logan will
be on stage with his film Sleepwalker. Guest of Honour John Hough
will be interviewed on stage at 10 pm. preceded by his film
SUNDAY 1st September: Starts with the 35mm presentation of Anguish, also showing will be Ghost of Thomas Kempe, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Richard Gordon's Fiend Without a Face, and Haxan. at 12 Noon we will have the 35mm presentation of Company of Wolves. 2 pm see our Guest of Honour Frederick Smith on stage followed by his film Devil Doll. The Closing Ceremony will start at 8 pm and include Awards and Prize giving, plus the raffle draw. The End of Festival Party will commence at 10 pm and will include The Great Fantastic Movie Quiz with prizes plus, we hope, a few surprises.
A number of slots in the programme have not yet been finalised, we are awaiting the movie production companies letting us know which new films they will let us have.
If you have not already
registered for the Festival we would advise you to do so as soon as
possible. It is suprising how many people think they have registered,
but have not. If in doubt check with Tony Edwards on 0161 707 3747
or e-mail me at [email protected].
Full attending membership
is GBP 65. This entitles you to all Progress Reports, Programme
Booklet, Badge and attendance to any of the events and films over
all three days of th convention.
Bed and Breakfast rates
at The Renaissance are GBP 60 per night for Single or GBP 75 for a
Twin or Double room.
How to get to the Festival
Arriving by car.
From the NORTH of Manchester. If you come in from this direction (across the Pennines) you'll be on the M62, changing briefly into the M60. Come off at junction 17 and turn left onto the main road into Manchester (A56) which is Bury New Road. Just keep straight on this road and directly onto Deansgate. You'll pass Manchester Cathedral on the left and see the 12 storey hotel on your right.
Arriving by train.
Arriving by air.
HAMMER FILMS - The Bray Studio Years.
Norman J. Warren in association
with Donald Fearney of F.G.S. Productions are presenting a one day
Hammer Festival at the Cine Lumiere in London, 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
on Saturday, October 12th 2002.
- Stanley Baker, Leo McKern.
Special signings during
the day with invited guests, including Geoffrey Toone (Terror of the
Tongs), Brook Williams (The Plague of the Zombies), Yvonne Monlaur
(Brides of Dracula), and a host of other Hammer guests who will be
attending throughout the day.
"HAMMER FILMS - THE BRAY STUDIO YEARS"
You'll have the opportunity to buy a copy of this comprehensive history of Hammer Films in the golden days at Bray Studios between 1951 and 1966, and Wayne (Editor of " The House That Hammer Built") will be on hand to sign your copy of the book.
Tickets for this special Hammer Films event are GBP 20.00 per Person, and are available from:-
Mr. Donald Fearney, 25, High Hill Ferry, Bakers Hill, London. E5 9HG.
State the number of tickets
you require, and list names if you are purchasing tickets other than
for yourself - admittance to the venue will not be permitted without
Send Festival e-mail to Tony Edwards: [email protected]
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