THE BRAM Stoker Film Festival arrives in Whitby this weekend as fans of horror gather to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Dracula author’s death.
The UK’s biggest genre film festival will see horror classics such as Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula or 80s flick The Lost Boys screened beside brand new British and international movies. Some of these new scream flicks will be premiered for the first time in the UK.
Now in its fourth your, organiser Mike McCarthy said that the event is going to be the biggest yet, adding: “I would like to personally thank all the team who work tirelessly for 12 months to produce the festival. No one involved in the festival receives any remuneration for their efforts and the festival is sustained by private investment. I would hope that the people of Whitby can get behind us and support this unique event.”
In addition to screening 33 horror flicks, live entertainment is also taking place and yesterday (Thursday) saw Dracula’s Alternative Fashion Bite showcase vamp fashion.
The show featured 12 alternative, goth and Steampunk designers, all showcasing their finest wares on the catwalk in support of St Catherine’s Hospice.
The popular Vampire’s Ball is also returning on Saturday evening, with an added twist this year as Whitby’s very own burlesque group is set to heat things up.
Melanie Liu’s dance troupe, which has grown out of a weekly burlesque class held at St John’s Ambulance Hall, are set to debut their act at the ball. Mel said: “I started running burlesque workshops in Whitby just under a year ago and from these sessions a troupe of fantastic dancers have emerged. They are utterly mesmerising and committed to the art.
“The troupe is called Vixenne’s Kittens and we are delighted to be performing at the Bram Stoker Film festival and absolutely ecstatic to be performing for Immortal and at the Met for Goth Weekend.
“It truly feels like an honour and because we are all locals and we love our town, we feel an element of pride too.
“We are now counting the hours til the performance and can’t wait to entertain with our macabre take on burlesque.
Mike explained that his event is rapidly growing in popularity and he is already taking reservations for 2013’s event.
However, he added that with this year’s festival coinciding with the anniversary of Bram Stoker’s death, this weekend is set to be truly horrifying. Mike said: “I would like to end with a quote from an American movie director who attended last year: ‘Thank you for a great experience, I know the time, effort and work to put together a festival like this takes. It is one of the best conceived festival productions on the planet. Whitby should be proud’.”
For more information about the film festival visit www.bramstokerfilmfestival.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (05602) 722983.