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1 October 2017

Picture House: 100 Years of Horror

The Albany Picture House: 100 Years of Horror 

You won’t remember this, but you’ve probably seen it in the archives: a Silent Movie with a live orchestra playing the soundtrack.

You can enjoy this amazing experience for yourself on Halloween Night when the classic black and white film “Nosferatu” closes our season celebrating “100 Years of Horror” with a live orchestral accompaniment to this chilling iconic masterpiece.. We are showing a classic every Tuesday night in October, including three films with local links. We are offering a “season ticket” that lets you see all five films on offer for just £5 each (saving £9).

SEASON TICKET
ALL FIVE FILMS FOR
JUST £5 EACH (SAVE £11)

A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT (1976)
Tue 3 Oct - 7.30pm

With a title that sends a shiver down the spine, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night depicts a mysterious girl, clad in a chador, who quenches her ravenous thirst for blood amongst 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 stylish and atmospheric modern vampire story adds real bite to our season. Filmed in Persian with subtitles.

THE OMEN
(1976)
Tue 10 Oct - 7.30pm

I was petrified by this film when I first saw it. It features the late Coventry-born Billie Whitelaw who terrifies in the role of an evil nanny. Baby Damien is secretly adopted by the wealthy American ambassador (Gregory Peck) when his own is stillborn, a feat he manages without his wife’s knowledge (Lee Remick). Some years later a series of mysterious deaths afflicts the family and ominous warnings from a local priest lead the ambassador to question whether it is possible that Damien could be demonic. With its overblown choral score and elaborate set-piece deaths, The Omen went on to influence many future horror films.

THE HAUNTING (1963)
Tue 17 Oct - 7.30pm

The exterior location for the allegedly haunted house was filmed at Ettington Park in Warwickshire. When a group of people are invited by a paranormal investigator to stay, any scepticism about the supernatural soon turns into fear in this incredibly scary adaptation of “The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson.  Directed by Robert Wise, this is psychological horror at its finest.  You might wish to hold hands with the person you are sitting next to . . . even if you’ve never met before!

DRACULA: PAGES FROM A VIRGIN’S DIARY (2002)
Tue 24 Oct - 9pm (note late start)

A unique horror adaptation of Bram Stoker's “Dracula”, which is 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. Why this choice? Well, it’s a great film of course but it fits into our programme perfectly: first, we’re showing this in the week that Ballet Theatre UK premieres their new production of “The Little Mermaid”, and second – well spot the link yourself . . .

NOSFERATU (1922) WITH LIVE ORCHESTRAL ACCOMPANIMENT

One of horror cinema's most iconic films, this unauthorised silent expressionist version of Dracula features artistic cinematography and chilling scenes.  When the hideous vampire Count Orlok relocates to a new residence he becomes fascinated by his estate agent Hutter's wife.

This wonderfully macabre and highly influential film is presented with live orchestral accompaniment. The composer, Philip McConnell, a Coventry kid now based in Canada, was Artistic Director of the Canadian Sinfonietta and then composer-in-residence with the Toronto Sinfonietta in 2003. He has brought together a talented group of local musicians from Orchestra Da Camera to bring his 2006 score to life.

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.

 

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