We get emails all the time about this event or that event taking place across the country and do our best to pass on the info to our readers. Today a note about the third “Spooktacular” in Keene, New Hampshire, landed in our mailbox, and we have to say that it sounds completely badass!
From the press release:
Ferocious female vampires feast upon Keene, NH, at The Colonial Theatre’s SPOOKTACULAR 3, to be held Saturday, October 24, 2009. Curated by Saturday Fright Special, New Hampshire’s first home-grown horror host show, the cornerstone of the event is a rare 35mm screening of the 1960 Hammer horror classic Brides of Dracula, starring Peter Cushing. The SPOOKTACULAR will also feature additional Hammer and other vintage monster movie trailers and other fearsome film goodies too frightful to mention, horror DVD and T-shirt giveaways, and an original Brides of Dracula sketch from renowned artist S.R. Bissette. The costumed cast from Saturday Fright Special will introduce the film, and live “vampire brides” will hand out free vampire fangs to the first 50 patrons.
Here’s a synopsis of Brides of Dracula: A disciple of Dracula unleashes a plague of vampirism upon a small village, turning the students at a school for girls into a den of vampire vixens. Peter Cushing stars as Professor Van Helsing, who arrives on the scene to once again do battle with his ferocious fanged foes. Brides of Dracula was the second film in Hammer’s long-running Dracula series, combining the elegance of European cinema with the thrills of the classic Universal monsters, with lavish sets and costumes presented in glorious color. Despite the lack of Christopher Lee in the iconic title role, it is considered by many to be the best of Hammer’s vampire films.
“After the smashing success of our screening of King Kong vs. Godzilla in April, we wanted to offer monster movie fans another opportunity to see a great vintage horror movie with a bit of old-time showmanship,” says Mark Nelson, Saturday Fright Special curator for the event. “We saw folks from 7 to 70 having a blast watching the old trailers and enjoying the rare opportunity to see a quirky film from long ago on the big screen. People came from all over New England to attend the last Spooktacular, and we’re hoping that the event continues to grow into a regional destination for both film fans and folks who like a fun night out at the movies.”
Audience members are encouraged to come in costume to help add to the pre-Halloween atmosphere, and a prize will be awarded for the audience favorite for best costume.
Tickets are on sale now ($10 general admission). For more information or to purchase tickets, call The Colonial Theatre Box Office at 603.352.2033 (toll free at 800.595.4849) or visit TheColonial.org.
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