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Hammer Gothic

Hammer’s recent return to British period gothic horror with The Woman In Black has won over a generation of cinema-goers and put Hammer back in the popular conscious. Maybe it’s just that particularly Hammer concern with vengeance that runs through from Hammer's earliest films to the recent Susan Hill adaptation that keeps the audiences coming back. This weekend we celebrate classic Hammer gothic.

The thread includes rare big-screen outings for The Man In Black, Shadow Of The Cat and Captain Clegg, possibly the first UK cinema screening ever for The Tales Of Frankenstein TV pilot, the European HD premiere of The Quatermass Xperiment, and the European premiere of the brand new extended cut of Ted Newsom's acclaimed 1994 documentary on Hammer - Flesh And Blood.


Flesh and Blood

Flesh and Blood - The Hammer Heritage of Horror

12.30 Friday 15 June
A new extend cut of Ted Newsom’s authorised history of Hammer that brings together rare archive material, and new interviews with alumni of genre.


The Quatermass Xperiment

The Quatermass Xperiment

19:30 Friday 15 June
The return to earth of a manned rocket missile brings an unexpected horror – contamination by an alien lifeform.


Captain Clegg

Captain Clegg

13:00 Saturday 16 June
Captain Clegg is a glorious gothic Hammer swashbuckler with a sublime ensemble cast headed by Cushing’s duplicitous title character. Beware the marsh phantoms!


The Man in Black

The Man in Black

15:00 Saturday 16 June
Based on the long-running BBC Radio serial, this is one of Hammer’s earliest mystery thrillers, with plenty of gothic overtones.


Tales Of Frankenstein

Tales Of Frankenstein: The Face in the Tombstone Mirror

Showing with The Man in Black
The Baron’s latest creation is complete, but unresponsive. Enter a terminally ill, and desperate man, looking for help from the infamous scientist, and the predictably disastrous result.


The Shadow of the Cat

The Shadow of the Cat

16:15 Sunday 17 June
A rather more successful tale of vengeful moggies than The Uncanny and sporting first class star turns from Morell and Shelley, not to be missed on this very rare 35mm outing.



Curated by Robert J. E. Simpson

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Robert J.E. Simpson is a film historian, writer, publisher and the editor of Diabolique magazine. He works as the official archivist for the company and recently oversaw the transfer of the Hammer script collection to De Montfort University.