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28 June 2012

World premiere of restored THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN at CATH/DMU

The CATH Research Centre at De Montfort University, in collaboration with Hammer and Phoenix Square Independent Cinema, Leicester, proudly presents:

Hammer Has Risen From the Grave

A two-day retrospective graced with a galaxy of guests and screenings

Friday the 13th and Saturday 14th July 2012

This fantastic festival celebrates the forthcoming digitization of the Hammer Script Archive by the Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre at DMU. This unique resource will soon be made available for on-line academic study.

Screenings will include Hammer favourites and rarities, and will be accompanied by introductions from Hammer experts, and Q&As with stars such as Martine Beswick, Caroline Munro, Jacqueline Pearce and Madeline Smith, and film-makers such as John Hough. There will also be signings, memorabilia stalls, auctions and more. Special guest, Mark Gatiss, will close the event by introducing the world premiere of the newly restored HD transfer of the company’s seminal Gothic horror The Curse of Frankenstein (1957).

On Day One you will be able to have first pick of the memorabilia on sale and enjoy the screening of rare early Hammer films with continuity supervisor Renee Glynne. Master illustrator Graham Humphreys will be signing posters, and Hammer experts will share the fruits of decades of scholarship. Among the other films shown will be Quatermass 2 with Vera Day, Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde with Martine Beswick, Demons of the Mind with Virginia Wetherell (Bates), a feature-length documentary on Hammer’s vampire films and, at the end of the day, the stunning new HD restoration of Plague of the Zombies with Jacqueline Pearce, John Carson and the legions of the Undead.

Day Two will see Caroline Munro on stage for Captain Kronos, Madeline Smith for Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, and director John Hough for Twins of Evil, and other guests, such as Caron Gardner (The Evil of Frankenstein), will also introduce films and sign memorabilia. After the announcement of the winners in our auction of scarce and unique items donated by our guests, the day finishes with special guest, Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen, Sherlock, Dr. Who), presenting the world premiere of the HD restoration of the seminal The Curse of Frankenstein.

Only 200 Festival Passes are available at the Phoenix Square box office: choose from one-day tickets @ £42 (full) and £37 (Concessions) or two-day Festival Pass @ £75 (full) and £65 (concessions). So don't leave it too long before snapping up those in-demand tickets. Box office 0116 242 2800.

To book weekend and day passes online click here.

For further information abouy CATH click here.


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