British Gothic Double Bill (15)

‘It’s in the trees! It’s coming!’

Gothic Manchester pays homage to the great tradition of double-bill horror by bringing you two of the finest British gothic horrors of the1950s: the beautifully restored Dracula from Hammer and the classic and rarely shown Night of the Demon. Join us for an evening of classic scares selected from the British Film Institute’s season Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film. This event will be preceded by a special introduction.

Dracula (15)
Dir Terence Fisher/GB 1958/ 82 mins
Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Michael Gough

Maligned and misunderstood by critics on first release, Hammer’s bloodily beautiful reworking of Dracula has grown in reputation over the decades and is widely regarded as the definitive film adaptation of Stoker’s novel. A new digitally remastered version, including newly rediscovered footage which was originally banned by the British Board of Film Classification in 1958.

Night of the Demon (PG)
Dir Jacques Tourneur/GB 1957/ 95mins
Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Nial MacGinnis

Jacques Tourneur’s gripping, intelligent and eerily entertaining classic tale of witchcraft has been digitally remastered in high definition by the BFI National Archive from 35mm negatives, and screens here in a version considerably longer than the original British release.

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