This Hallowe’en, a stunning new restoration of Hammer’s classic Dracula will thrill audiences at over 70 cinemas across the UK thanks to the British Film Institute.
The Hammer studio’s most celebrated film, Dracula stars Christopher Lee in his first ever outing as the vampire Count. This was also the first version of Bram Stoker’s famous novel to be filmed in colour, lending greater emphasis than ever before to the physical aspects of horror.
“Of all Draculas,” says horror aficionado Kevin Jackson, “Christopher Lee is the most truly frightening.” But he is also suave, debonair and an accomplished seducer who awakens his female prey’s desire before they offer themselves as victims.
With its skilful blend of the erotic and the horrific, Dracula offers a richly satisfying big-screen experience – from the first appearance of the black-cloaked Count at the top of a flight of stairs, to the film’s breathtakingly choreographed finale.
31 October Hallowe’en Previews
• Cineworld Cinema – For list of venues nationwide visit www.cineworld.co.uk
• IMAX, London – This screening will be introduced by Dracula screenwriter Jimmy Sangster
• National Media Museum Bradford
• Derby Quad
• Watershed Bristol
• Screen on the Green
• Screen Reigate
• Screen Oxted
• Screen Winchester
Opens 2 November
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.