By Newgate Productions, Oct 28 2016 08:50AM
The Halloween weekend is upon us and we’re sure you’ve got plans but if not, here are some ideas from us…
STAY IN. LOCK THE DOORS…
There’s a plethora of classic horror films to feast your eyes on but at this time of year, naturally we always turn to the British horror pictures that inspired us. You could certainly do no worse than firing up Dracula: AD 1972. The penultimate of Hammer’s cycle of Dracula films, this sees the action move to the contemporary world of swinging London and its hip and happening nightlife as depicted by people who, respectfully, probably didn’t spend that much time in nightclubs. It might not be the best Dracula film in the world but it’s far from the worst and as is always the case, any film with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in is usually better than a film without them.
The classic Cushing/Lee partnership can also be seen in The Curse of Frankenstein, the first of Hammer’s Frankenstein films and the film that cemented the company’s relationship with gothic horror. Christopher Lee’s Creature is horrific but also sympathetic, impressive when encased in all that makeup and only your eyes to work with.
For more from Christopher Lee, The Wicker Man is good choice. It might be an obvious classic now, but that wasn’t the case on release and it’s a film with a production history almost as interesting as the finished product. It’s eerie, beautiful to look at and the score is something special with its mix of funky guitars and folk music.
Finally, there’s Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors. It’s the first of Amicus’s portmanteau horror films and is made up of five short stories depicting the potential lives of the five men who share Dr. Terror’s train compartment. Our favourite has to be the disembodied hand that pursues Christopher Lee’s arrogant art critic, but the film should also be watched for Roy Castle’s adventures in Jazz…
GO OUT AFTER DARK…
If you don’t want to stay in, you could always venture out in onto the streets. If you’re in the capital, the London Horror Festival reaches its climax on 30th October. Now in its sixth year and a staple on the London fringe theatre scene, this is the place the Monster Hunters started back in 2011. Our original live production staged adventures which we then adapted back in series 1 and we went back with a second show in 2012, so we have a big soft spot for it. The festival is now based at the Old Red Lion Theatre and this weekend it plays host to Dandy Darkly, The Vienna Experiment and Philipp Oberlohr’s acclaimed show Séance. Tickets and information can be found here.
London, York and Edinburgh are also home to the Ghost Bus Tours. Board their spooky black routemasters for a chilling and funny tour of the horrific past of these cities. You might even see a familiar face from The Monster Hunters!
…LISTEN TO THE MONSTER HUNTERS
In preparation for our return, why not listen to all 22 episodes of The Monster Hunters? Binge watching is quite the thing these days, so why not binge listening? It has the advantage that you don’t have to stay in one place and you could always carry cue cards with simple bits of conversation on them (‘I’m fine, how is you sister?’ or ‘Can it, I’m listening to The Monster Hunters’, that sort of thing) if you absolutely have to see other people. If you prefer it with pictures, print out pictures of Roy and Lorrimer’s faces, make your friends wear them whilst you listen. It’s like actually being there!
We’ll see you very soon for episode 1 of the brand new series!