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29 August 2017

100 Years of Horror Cinema Festival


The Albany Picture House would like to invite you to a festival celebrating 100 Years of the Horror Film. Every Tuesday night in October will see scares being screened from across the rich history of the horror genre, concluding – appropriately - on Halloween, with a special showing of the classic and influential expressionist masterpiece Nosferatu, accompanied by a live orchestra. Many of the films in the festival have a local connection to Coventry and Warwickshire.

Tickets are £6 for each of the films, £12 for Nosferatu, or save £11 by buying a ticket for all of them for only £25!

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Tuesday 3 October 2017, 7.30pm
Filmed in Persian, it depicts a mysterious girl, clad in a chador, who quenches her ravenous thirst for blood among the crime ridden streets and communities of an industrial town. One day she encounters Arash, a hardworking young man who cares for his addict father and is being harassed by local criminals. Original and understated, this modern vampire story is both stylish and atmospheric. With Subtitles.

 

The Haunting (1963)

Tuesday 10 October 2017, 7.30pm
A week later offers a screening of The Haunting, a British psychological horror from 1963. When a group of people are invited by a paranormal investigator to stay in an allegedly haunted house, any skepticism about the supernatural soon turns into fear in this incredibly scary adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. The exterior location for the house was filmed at the wonderfully gothic setting of Ettington Park in Warwickshire. Directed by Robert Wise and adapted from the 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, this is psychological horror at its finest. Indeed, you may wish to hold hands with the person you are sitting next to...

 

The Omen (1976)

Tuesday 17 Oct 2017, 7.30pm
A wealthy American ambassador (Gregory Peck) secretly adopts a child when his own is stillborn, unbeknownst to his wife (Lee Remick). Some years later a number of mysterious deaths surround the family and ominous warnings from a local priest lead the ambassador to question whether it is possible that his child Damien could actually be demonic. The Omen also features actress Billie Whitelaw, who was born in Coventry, in a terrifying role as Damien's evil nanny. With its overblown choral score and elaborate set-piece deaths, The Omen would go on to influence many future horror films.

 

Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary (2002)

Tuesday 24 October 2017, 9pm (note late start)
A unique horror adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula that's quite unlike anything you've ever seen. A visual treat by Canadian director Guy Maddin, which recalls the early expressionist films, this silent epic featuring music by Mahler takes the form of a ballet with undead horrors amidst the sumptuously shot dance.

 

Nosferatu (1922)

Tuesday 31 October 2017, 7.30pm
Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (or simply Nosferatu) is a 1922 German Expressionist horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. One of horror cinema's most iconic films, this silent expressionist - and unauthorized - version of Dracula features artistic cinematography and chilling scenes. The vampire Count Orlok seeks to relocate to a new residence and becomes fascinated by his estate agent Hutter's wife. This wonderfully macabre and highly influential film is presented with live orchestral accompaniment from Coventry born composer Philip McConnell and his talented group of local musicians from Orchestra Da Camera.

We start our evening at 7.30 pm with a showing of the Edison Studios’ short film “Frankenstein”, written and directed by J. Searle Dawley in 1910. Then Philip will present extracts from his score, with commentary and explanation. After a short interval, it’s on to the screening of Nosferatu. An experience not to be missed.

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