The Bram Stoker International Film Festival, based in the historical town of Whitby in North Yorkshire, enters its second year with style boasting a line-up of twenty feature films (with a massive seventeen of these world or British premieres) as well as eighteen short films.
Amongst the films the Festival is proud to be showing are the much-discussed giallo-flavoured film Amer (2010), Tomo’o Haraguchi’s monster mayhem flick Death Kappa (2010) and, in the spirit of Whitby’s links to the most famous vampire story in the world, some bloodsucking fiends in Renfield: the Undead (2010), Charmante Mira (2009) and animated fun in Dracula: 4D (2010)!
The Festival is also showing director Robin Hardy’s cut of British horror classic The Wicker Man (1973), and the man himself will be on hand to discuss not just this, but to give a sneak preview of The Wicker Tree…
This year, the Bram Stoker Festival pays a special homage to classic British horror – namely the inimitable Hammer Studios – with a presentation of five classic films (The Devil Rides Out, Dracula, Prince of Darkness, Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde, Captain Cronos, Vampire Hunter & The Devil Rides Out) with special access to the Hammer art exhibition with its impressive selection of original posters, prints and photos!
Stars Ingrid Pitt, Martine Beswick, Vera Day and Caroline Munro will also be in attendance alongside Hammer historian Marcus Hearn, Robin Hardy, author Gavin Baddeley and Miss Emily Booth (who will be hosting the 2010 film awards ceremony), as well as numerous directors who will be introducing their films.
Shane Briant, star of cult Hammer films Demons of the Mind and Frankenstein & the Monster from Hell will be a guest of honour at this year’s Bram Stoker International Film Festival.
Briant, along with Sir Christopher Lee, is the last leading man from the golden age of Hammer Films and this will be his first appearance in the United Kingdom for 25 years. The festival, held annually in Whitby – where Count Dracula first landed in England – is the first horror/cult film convention Briant will have attended in this country.
“It will be so exciting to return to the UK after so many years away,” said Briant who has lived in Australia since 1983, “and I really look forward to visiting Whitby and meeting my original Hammer co-stars and loyal fans. I am currently working on a short film about Bram Stoker and where better to shoot it than in the place where the Dracula legend began? This is a very exciting festival and I can’t wait to get my fangs into some Yorkshire fish ‘n chips!”
The festival runs from October 14th-17th and for more information including a running schedule and a detailed programme, please visit the website: