10.45AM - SUNDAY 30th - CAPTAIN KRONOS: VAMPIRE HUNTER

 

Director: Brian Clemens. Cast: Horst Janson, Caroline Munro, John Cater, Ian Hendry, Wanda Ventham. UK 1972. 91 mins.

When a young maiden is drained of blood in the village of Durward, Captain Kronos is summoned to find the root cause. With his hunchback and gypsy dancer assistants in tow, Kronos traces the bloodsucker curse in the Hammer cult swashbuckler where ‘The Avengers’ TV series writer Brian Clemens made his directorial debut. Devised by The House of Horror to be first in a comedy adventure cycle featuring the evil-fighting hero, and starring prominent Scream Queen Caroline Munro, this rapier-witted, cleverly constructed and freewheeling mix of serial antics and Grand Guignol was one of Hammer’s best shots at 1970s rebranding.

1.20PM - SUNDAY 30th - HAWK THE SLAYER

Director: Terry Marcel. Cast: John Terry, Jack Palance, Shane Briant, Patrick Magee, Ferdy Mayne. UK 1980. 90 mins.

The Kitsch Klassic is back on the screen where it belongs! Thrill to John Terry as handsome Hawk saving witches from pig farmers. Boo nasty Jack Palance as his one-eyed evil brother Voltan when he kidnaps a nun and puts her in a cage. Cheer as Hawk enlists a group of misfits to save her, including a brawny giant, an elfin archer, a conniving dwarf and a mystical blind enchantress. An awfully good sword and sorcery fantasy unlike any other, honestly! And one the filmmakers are hoping to make a sequel to if they can raise enough money.

3.50PM - SUNDAY 30th - YOUR VICE IS A LOCKED ROOM AND ONLY I HAVE THE KEY

Director: Sergio Martino. Cast: Edwige Fenech, Anita Strindberg, Luigi Pistilli, Ivan Rassimov, Daniela Giordano. Italy 1972. 92 mins.

A keynote Giallo from Euro-thriller maestro Sergio (TORSO) Martino, starring the undisputed Queen of Italian Erotica Edwige Fenech, and rife with the genre’s beloved elements – substance abuse, gratuitous sex, hippie communes and bloody homicide spaghetti style.  A burnt-out novelist haunted by the memory of his dead mother makes life miserable for his humiliated wife. When his mistress is found slashed to ribbons, the crime initiates a series of gory slayings that drives everyone to the brink of deranged insanity. Edgar Allan Poe meets Giallo in this alluring exploitation classic suffused with a decadent ambience, calculating cruelty and perverse twists.

6.40PM - SUNDAY 30th - HELLRAISER

Director: Clive Barker. Cast: Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence, Clare Higgins, Doug Bradley, Sean Chapman.  UK 1987. 93 mins.

Popular horror writer Clive Barker proved he could direct with scintillating charnel house style in the film version of his novel ‘The Hellbound Heart’. A surreal, claustrophobic and graphic shocker laced with perverse chills, when an Oriental puzzle box is opened it leads the various owners to thresholds of sensual pleasure and pain. There lurk the Cenobites, leather-clad, disfigured angels from hell, whose sadism knows no bounds, especially the one they call Pinhead. Full of fearful flair and outrageous imagery, Barker’s cult sado-masochistic delight brought a sobering atmosphere to late 1980s horror and became a bona-fide genre classic.

9.15PM - SUNDAY 30th - THE REFLECTING SKIN

Director: Philip Ridley. Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Lindsay Duncan, Jeremy Cooper, Sheila Moore, Duncan Fraser. UK 1990. 96 mins.

Philip Ridley's first feature film The Reflecting Skin remains one of the most distinctive and original debuts in British Film. Visually ravishing and - like all Ridley films (The Passion of Darkly Noon, Heartless) - a breathtaking mash-up of genres and tonal shifts, this 'nightmare of childhood' is open to endless interpretation. Set in a mythical 1950s rural Idaho, 8 year-old Seth is confronted by the horrors of mortality when he meets the seductive killers driving a black Cadillac, and the mysterious ‘vampire’ lady Dolphin Blue.  Confronting us with our own primal fears of the dark - with luminous photography and a sumptuous soundtrack - Ridley's visionary and haunting film exerts a unique and timeless hypnotic pull.

 

 

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