Some fantastic news has come out of the UK, as Nottingham’s Mayhem Film Festival announced that film historian Jonathan Rigby and a crew of actors will be performing a live stage reading of the unproduced Hammer screenplay The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula as part of the fest!
Written by legendary Hammer writer and producer Anthony Hinds back in the late ’60s, and intended as another vehicle for Christopher Lee, The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula unfortunately never made it in front of the camera.
At Mayhem, Rigby – author of English Gothic: Classic Horror Cinema 1897-2015 and Christopher Lee: The Authorised Screen History – will act as narrator for the reading, backed up by a troupe of actors as they bring the characters to life on the stage.
The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula sees the titular Count flee to India, where he continues to spread his evil influence.
Mayhem co-director Chris Cooke says, “This is a completely unique event for Mayhem and a great pleasure to work with horror expert and film historian Jonathan Rigby. He’s also a talented actor and will be perfect as our narrator, taking a live audience by the hand and leading them into Gothic darkness. Hammer Films have never felt more important to the history of British cinema, so this is a great opportunity for an audience to imagine a piece of classic cinema that sees Count Dracula resurrected before their eyes.”
Mayhem Film Festival takes place from October 15-18 at the Broadway cinema, Nottingham, UK. Early Bird passes for the festival are now available at the discounted price of £55. You can get more information, and book your passes, at the Broadway Cinema website.