Unmade Dracula script sees light of day…

Hammer | October 13, 2017

Mark Gatiss directs The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula as part of Fright Night on Radio 4

Sherlock co-creator, Mark Gatiss, has directed an unmade Hammer Horror script set in 1930s India – The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula.

The cast includes Nikesh Patel, Meera Syal, Kulvinder Ghir, Anna Madeley, Ayesha Dharker, Raj Ghatek, Lewis MacLeod as Dracula and Michael Sheen narrates.

Mark Gatiss said: “What better way to celebrate Hallowe’en than with a lost Hammer movie? And not just any Hammer movie! Anthony Hind’s thrillingly titled ‘The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula’ is a wonderful, rich and atmospheric script and way ahead of its time – set in the 30s, a sort of ‘Heat and Dust and Fangs’! It was nearly made in the early 70s on location in India and I was thrilled to assemble a fantastic cast […]  to bring this forgotten gem to gory life.”

Stuart Oakes, CEO Hammer Films, said: “We’re delighted at Hammer Horror to see this wonderful script finally brought to life and to have its world premiere on Radio 4. We are a keen to develop a film version next as there’s so much in the writing and concept that can work for a modern audience. It’s re-imagining by Mark Gatiss here is just the beginning of a new future for the project.”

The script was adapted for radio by Mark Gatiss and Laurence Bowen of Dancing Ledge Productions.

Laurence Bowen said: “What a treat to find another lost treasure in this unmade Hammer Horror script, and who better to make it than the impresario of British horror: Mark Gatiss. Dracula still at large in 1930s India, combining forces with an ancient Indian blood cult which preys on victims in secret ancient caverns beneath an ancient palace. Welcome to Halloween 2017!”

The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 28 October 2017 at 14:30.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE...
Terrifying Halloween Movie Marathons

Bolt the door and don’t dare go outside – we’ve created some terrifying Halloween movie marathons to suit every horror fan’s tastes!

10 Scariest People Who Ever Lived

Meet history’s 10 most murderous real-life monsters in this week’s feature!

10 ways to kill a creature of the night

When the eternal battle between Good and Evil comes down to a humble scrap between you and a fiend, use these ten trusty tools to help ensure you give that denizen of the dark its just desserts!

The World According to Hammer

Through its 295 films and TV episodes Hammer has created monsters, cavemen, castles and crypts. But what if the world was actually like a Hammer film?

DBC Pierre’s top 3 Hammer films

DBC’s relationship with Hammer stretches back to earliest childhood.

  • SIGN UP FOR OUR EMAIL NEWSLETTER
    Be the first to hear about Hammer news and events...
  • BEST SELLERS