A NEW season of films at The Courtyard in Hereford aims to introduce a new generation to gothic horror after securing £8,000 in funding from the British Film Institute to programme a season of events and screenings to celebrate classic Gothic cinema.

The season opened yesterday with a double-bill screening of Dracula and The Mummy, and will continue with films ranging from the chilling classics Nosferatu, The Wicker Man, Don’t Look Now and The Elephant Man to the more light-hearted (but no less classic) Shaun of the Dead. There’s even something for the kids with Monster House.

The Courtyard is also planning one-off events to complement the screenings such as a silent screening of Nosferatu with live piano accompaniment at Hellens Manor, a Zombie chase involving contestants and volunteer zombies followed by a screening of Shaun of the Dead along with free entry to a post-film outdoor zombie disco at The Jailhouse as well as talks from film culture experts surrounding some of the screenings.

The Elephant Man will be introduced by a talk from Professor Ian Conrich, a respected author on horror films, while a showing of the 2006 animated children’s film, Monster House, will be preceded by a workshop for seven to 12-yearolds to get in touch with their inner monsters.

The Courtyard is offering a Gothic Go-get-’em offer – all Gothic screenings and events are included in its Film Fanatics discount offering 20 per cent off if you book for two screenings/ events, or 30 per cent discount for three.

For full details and to book, call the box office on 01432 340555


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