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3 June 2011

Classic Hammer Horrors and Peter Sasdy at 10th Fantastic Films Weekend, Bradford 10-12 June

Next weekend (10-12 June 2011) sees the 10th annual Fantastic Films Weekend (FFW) at the National Media Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire, and this year's event promises screenings of several classic Hammer horrors as part of the programme. 

The 10th FFW is decidedly retro in tone, with a series of screenings to mark the centernary of the birth of Vincent Price, and to mark the passing of Hammer veterans Roy Ward Baker and Ingrid Pitt. The festival takes place across 3 screens at the venue, including rare 70mm screenings, archive television, special guests and more.

Peter Sasdy, the director of Hammer's Taste The Blood Of DraculaHands Of The Ripper and Countess Dracula will be in attendance on Friday 10 June, while director Jonathan Miller will be appearing on Sunday 12. 

The full programme is available to download in pdf form from here.

The complete Hammer programme is as follows:

Friday 10 June
Hands Of The Ripper, 7pm
Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires, 7.30pm
Peter Sasdy In Coversation with Tony Earnshaw, 9pm

Saturday 11 June
The Plague Of The Zombies, 10.30am
The Vampire Lovers, 2.30pm
Lust For A Vampire, 4.30pm
Twins Of Evil, 6.30pm

Sunday 12 June
Countess Dracula, 6.15pm

The museum also holds the make-up collections of Phil Leakey and Roy Ashton as part of Insight, including many pieces connected with their work on Hammer films, and can be viewed by appointment. The National Media Museum also recently acquired the complete personal collection of Ray Harryhausen (One Million Years B.C., Jason and the Argonauts, Clash of the Titans), and highlights will be on display in the Insight lobby throughout the festival.

A range of ticket options are available including single film entry and weekend passes. Full details on the festival are available on the National Media Museum website, here.

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