Fans of 1980s and 1990s era horror movies know the name Nicholas Vince well. The actor portrayed the ghastly and intimidating Chatterer Cenobite in Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II. He also played Kinski in Clive Barker’s cult hit Nightbreed. Now, the horror convention circuit staple is bringing his “monstrous world” to the stage in a new one-man play. Here’s the full scoop from this morning’s press release:
I AM MONSTERS! charts Vince’s life from a monster-obsessed child, born undershot, through to an out of the closet actor, propelled to fame by Clive Barker’s groundbreaking films. He speaks openly about being a bullied outsider, the life-threatening operation to reconstruct his face, his battle with being gay in Thatcher’s Britain and reveals what it takes to be a monster. He will also be reading extracts from his favourite horror classics.
Vince said today: “This show is about my fascination with the monsters I first read as an 8-year-old in The Golden Treasury of Myths and Legends, and later, the classic horror novels and films, and how they helped me deal with being bullied at school, through my facial reconstructive surgery and a near death experience to the fun we had making the films. I’ve told the stories about the challenges of makeup on Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, Hellbound and Nightbreed over the years, but I hadn’t put them in the context of the times we filmed in and been able to celebrate the profound effect they’ve had on me and so many people.”
Clive Barker added: “Nicholas Vince has played monsters both bizarre and blood-thirsty, and has brought both his life-long passion for horror and his immense skills as an actor to every role. Now, in this extraordinary confessional, we meet the man behind the terrifying masks, as he traces his journey from a troubled youth to a man who now embodies creatures known world-wide, Nick charms and chills us, mingling the witty and the nightmarish, So go see the man who laughs behind the mask. He has such tales to tell.”
Performances: October 8th thru 10th at 7:00 pm.
Venue: Pleasance Theatre, Carpenters Mews, North Road, London N7 9EF. Tickets are now on sale at https://www.pleasance.co.uk.
Ironically, Vince recently appeared in Dread’s Book of Monsters where he played–a human! You can give the trailer and synopsis for that film below.
Sophie’s 18th birthday becomes a bloodbath when monsters descend upon her house and start to devour the party guests. The teen and her friends must soon rally together to send the party crashers back to hell.
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