The Electric Cinema in Birmingham (the UK’s oldest working cinema) is renowned for its monthly cult film nights. Now the Electric is hosting its very first Shock & Gore fantastic film festival (Friday 1 July to Sunday 3 July) featuring classic horror, cult favourites, brand new chillers and blood-drenched schlock.
For Vincent Price fans based in the Midlands who want their very own Vincentennial fix (the master of the macabre’s 100th birthday is being celebrated this year), Shock & Gore will be screening William Castle’s classic 1959 shocker, The Tingler, in a brand new digital print. But this will be no ordinary screening, as audience members will be treated to a totally interactive experience that will bring the Tingler to dramatic life in the cinema screen itself! Welcome back, Percepto!
And if you really want to scream your lungs out, then there’s also a chance to catch Price in one of his best-ever horror roles, as the real life 17th-century rogue Matthew Hopkins in Witchfinder General, one of the finest British horrors ever made. Directed by the late, great Michael Reeves, this historical drama sees Ian Ogilvy playing a young soldier seeking revenge against the sadistic Hopkins after his lovely wife-to-be (Hilary Dwyer) suffers under his will. Not to be missed.
The Tingler screams again on Sunday (3 July) at 6pm; while Witchfinder General is showing on Saturday (2 July) at 3.30pm and Sunday (3 July) at 1.30pm. Prices (£6.80, £4.70 concs, £12 sofa).