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Not long now until the next Fantastic Films Weekend at the National Media Museum (NMeM), based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. I'll certainly be popping along on at least one of the days just got to wait for the finalised film program before I commit.

Details so far, as outlined in the latest newsletter...

SPECIAL GUESTS

This year the FFW welcomes more Guests of Honour than ever before. Our line-up includes Jenny Agutter, Peter Duffell, Jimmy Sangster, Piers Haggard, Harry Kumel, and our good friend Robert Fuest, who makes a return visit after a hugely enjoyable appearance in 2006. Each guest is connected with a particular screening, so delegates can look forward to 'An American Werewolf in London', 'The House That Dripped Blood', Hammer’s 'Dracula' (screened in digital), 'Blood on Satan’s Claw', 'Daughters of Darkness' and a double-bill of 'The Abominable Dr. Phibes' and 'Dr. Phibes Rises Again'!  All guests appear subject to work (and other) commitments.

WIDESCREEN SHOCKERS

Thanks to the ever-growing 70mm archive here at the National Media Museum, the FFW has access to an incredible range of widescreen movies. Our links with the widescreen community means we can also cherry pick from prints held by Universal, Warner Bros and others. We are planning to screen John Carpenter’s 'The Thing', Peter Hyams’ 'Outland' and Tobe Hooper’s 'Poltergeist'. If the strand is well-received it may become a regular fixture of the weekend.

OTHER FILMS

We hope to present a range of established classics alongside newer product from emerging filmmakers, so look out for Georges Franju’s 'Les Yeux sans visage', Terence Fisher’s 'Dracula' (in digital), a package of classic short films and 'I Am Legend' on the giant IMAX screen. There are also plans to present the 'Grindhouse' double-bill as it was originally intended.

HAMMER MAKE-UP EFFECTS ON SHOW

The National Media Museum holds the archives of Hammer make-up supremos Phil Leakey and Roy Ashton. We hope to present a modest display of some of this unique material during the FFW.

www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/fantastic
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Looks like a fantastic line-up as usual. I just wish I could be at more than one screening at once. It is so annoying having to miss one must-see screening to see another - if only it could be over two weekends!
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Website has been updated...

http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/fantastic/index.asp

"This year the line-up includes the Tarantino/Rodriguez Grindhouse double-bill, the ultimate Cushing/Lee pairing in Dracula, Daughters of Darkness, Eyes without a Face, Blood on Satan’s Claw and John Carpenter’s The Thing in 70mm with an exclusive video introduction from Carpenter himself. Our guests will be cult filmmakers Harry Kümel, Peter Duffell, Piers Haggard and Robert Fuest"
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Here's the festival programme  :P

Friday
12.00 Brain Dead TBC
1.00 Count Dracula (Pt 1)
2.00 The Nightmare Man (Pt 1)
2.00 Spine Tingler!
2.15 Vampire Diary
3.00 Schalcken the Painter
4.00 Black Christmas
4.15 Vigilante
6.00 Outland 70mm
6.15 An American Werewolf in London
8.15 The Mist
8.45 Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows

Saturday
11.00 ...And Now the Screaming Starts!
11.30 Scars of Dracula
1.00 Maelstrom (Episode 2)
1.00 The Abominable Dr. Phibes
1.30 Malpertuis
2.00 The Day of the Triffids (Pt 1)
3.00 Dr. Phibes Rises Again!
3.00 Z for Zachariah
4.00 Savage Streets
5.00 Screentalk: Robert Fuest
6.00 Poltergeist 70mm
6.15 The House That Dripped Blood
8.15 Screentalk: Peter Duffell
8.30 The Thing 70mm + intro by John Carpenter

Sunday
10.15 Cat People
11.00 The Most Dangerous Game
12.00 Short Films
12.30 Dracula (digital)
1.00 Chiller: Toby
2.00 Blood on Satan's Claw
2.00 Children of the Stones: Into the Circle
2.30 Grindhouse double-bill
3.00 Frankenstein
4.00 Screentalk: Piers Haggard + Robert Wynne-Simmons
5.30 Daughters of Darkness
6.15 Terminator 2: Judgement Day 70mm
7.30 Screentalk: Harry Kumel
8.45 Hell's Ground

Weekend Pass £40 (£35 concs)
Day Pass £20 (£15 concs)
Grindhouse/Dr. Phibes double-bills £10 (£7 concs)
BTW. Passes do NOT include IMAX titles
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FYI: 'Frankenstein' is the little known 1980 television version with Carrie Fisher, while the 'Count Dracula' is the 1977 Louis Jourdan version, although seemingly only the first part.

I'll certainly be there on the Saturday and Sunday is tempting, although I hope that Hammer's Dracula and Blood on Satan's Claw do not overlap.
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Latest news...

ROBERT FUEST DROPS OUT; JENNY AGUTTER (HOPEFULLY) DROPS IN

We are sad to announce that Robert Fuest, creator of the Dr. Phibes films, has been forced to cancel his appearance at the 7th Fantastic Films Weekend due to ill health. Bob has been advised by his doctor not to travel and sends his sincere apologies to those of you who were planning to meet him next week. Naturally we are all very disappointed but we send Bob our very best wishes. Should any of you wish to send cards or messages of goodwill then we will forward them.

Another special guest, Jenny Agutter, is hoping to re-schedule her work on a new TV series in order to join us over the course of the weekend. Jenny was originally planning to attend FFW in connection with the Friday night screening of An American Werewolf in London. Depending on her availability we will ask her to fill the slot vacated by Bob Fuest. Jenny’s visit remains unconfirmed.
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So, is anyone else going?

I'm going to be there on the Saturday to watch ...And Now the Screaming Starts!, Malpertuis, The House that Dripped Blood and The Thing.

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I'm going. I'll be watching 'Scars Of Dracula' and the 'Dr. Phibes' double bill. Can't get a babysitter so will have to head home at about 6pm.

I might be tempted to watch 'And Now the Screaming Starts' instead of 'Scars' if it can be confirmed that it's a 35mm show.

Do you know if it is Tim?
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Not sure, but I've never seen them show anything on DVD if that is what you are concerned about (if they are, I will probably skip out and come to see 'Scars' instead  :o )
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Not sure, but I've never seen them show anything on DVD if that is what you are concerned about (if they are, I will probably skip out and come to see 'Scars' instead  :o )

I'll make my mind up on the day, I've not pre-booked anything yet.

Might see you in the bar at some point Tim!
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I ended up watching 'Scars Of Dracula' and the 'Dr. Phibes' double bill. 'Scars' was bloody awful, a lot worse than I remembered it being, but still, it was nice to see it in 35mm on the big screen.

'Phibes' was excellent though and well worth the trip out, again both prints were vintage 35mm prints which added loads to the ambiance. Great little trip out, just wish I could've stayed longer and watched a couple more films.

Also nice to finally meet R-T-C Tim! Would've been nice to have had a longer chat, maybe next year.  :'(
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