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Friday 28th April

12:00pm:

The Amazing Mr. Blunden (U) 

UK 1972 100m. Dir: Lionel Jeffries. 

Mrs Allen and her young children Lucy, Jamie and Benjamin are given a chance to escape their squalid London flat and become caretakers of a derelict country house. There they discover the friendly ghosts of two children who died in the mansion a century earlier. A magic potion enables the children to travel back in time to attempt to save their new pals. This second film directed by Lionel Jeffries (The Railway Children) is a charming adventure tale, full of thrills and spills to delight the whole family. 

“After living in the shadows of The Railway Children for so long, it's time that Jeffries' 'neglected classic' was afforded the same place in the cultural consciousness of viewing audiences” - Eye For Film

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12:30pm:

Cold Eyes Of Fear (18) 

Italy/Spain 1971 95m. Dir: Enzo G. Castellari.

Lawyer Peter (Gianni Garko) picks up an Italian girl named Anna (Giovanna Ralli) and takes her back to his uncle’s London home. Lying in wait are two ex-convicts who intend to revenge themselves on Peter’s uncle, who they blame for their time spent in jail. A tense game of cat and mouse develops in this highly effective giallo thriller features some unique cinematography and a fine score from the legendary Ennio Morricone. 

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2:15pm:

Dark Star (PG)

USA 1974 83m. Dir John Carpenter.

In the far reaches of space the small crew of the Dark Star spend their days paving the way for colonisation of star systems. 20 years into their mission and with only each other for company they have begun to go stir-crazy. As their mission draws to a close they must face various challenges including faulty ship equipment, a runaway alien, and a bomb with a strong grasp of existential philosophy. The debut film of genre legends John Carpenter (Halloween) and Dan O’Bannon (Alien) is a smart comedy featuring some big laughs and fantastic performances, with O’Bannon’s role as the loony Sgt Pinback the standout. 

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2:30pm:

Worst Fears (18) + Introduction

UK 2016 97m. Dir: Keith Claxton.

The greater part of our fears lies below the surface of awareness, embedded in the terrors of our unconscious. It’s easy to turn away from the part we can see, like a child pretending it’s not there. But if we start pulling the threads and disturb where our fears have taken root, we risk dragging our worst nightmares into the light... Worst Fears is a compendium of seven nightmarish tales produced by the legendary British horror writer and Fantastiq guest David McGillivray. 

David McGillivray will be joining us at this screening to introduce his film.

"There isn’t a single segment that doesn’t feel accomplished and stylishly achieved" - Starburst

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4:30pm:

FantastiCozzi - PREVIEW (Adv 12A)

Brazil 2016 72m. Dir: Felipe M. Guerra.

Italian filmmaker Luigi Cozzi was a science fiction and horror fan who broke into the film industry as an assistant to Dario Argento before going on to make his own low budget films including cult classics like the Alien inspired horror Contamination, and the David Hasselhoff starring Star Wars “influenced” epic Starcrash. He is also the man who had Lou Ferrigno punch a bear into outer space in his adaptation of Hercules for the legendary trash-maestros Cannon Films. This documentary charts the extremely likeable Cozzi’s ups and downs in the film industry with a great deal of wit and charm.

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4:45pm:

Terror (18) + Introduction

UK 1978 84m. Dir: Norman J. Warren.

Film director James Garrick (John Nolan) has produced a film about Mad Dolly, a witch who made a deal with the devil to gain vengeance on those who sought to execute her. Garrick insists the film is based on his own family history and when a series of mysterious and gruesome deaths occur after a preview screening it seems he is more right than he ever knew. This second collaboration from Fantastiq guests Norman J. Warren and David McGillivray took inspiration from Dario Argento’s Suspiria to create a stylish chiller which features some extremely effective set pieces shot in gorgeous swathes of colour. 

This screening will be from a 35mm print from Norman J. Warren's personal collection and introduced by Norman J. Warren & David McGillivray.

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6:00pm

Walls Of Progress: The History Of Street Art

Featuring a screening of

Wall Writers (Adv.12A) 

USA   2016   77 mins. Dir: Roger Gastman

Wall Writers explores the rise of Graffiti and Street Art. Before artists like Banksy and Shepard Fairey becames recognized names, there were the graffiti pioneers who were responsible for adding such things as the first ever crown or arrow to their moniker beginning the evolution of style. Exploring the early graffiti writing and the creators, the culture that drove them to write and the new technology of spray paint that made it possible. Narrated by John Waters, Wall Writers features unprecedented access to TAKI183, CORNBREAD, and other legendary writers and features archive footage from the late 60s and early 70s, a time when underprivileged city kids refused to remain in the shadows.

There will be a panel discussion around Graffiti and the Street Art movement with Baby J of Baby People, Dilk from Montana Shop Nottingham, Derby Graffiti Artist Sire, and Nottingham Street Artist Tim Onga moderated by Four Three Six's Andy McAllister. 

Special Offer: Under 25 year olds can attend this event for just £3.50!

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7:00pm:

Norman J. Warren & David McGillivray In Conversation

Norman J. Warren began his career in British cinema as the director of low budget sexploitation films in the late 1960s before quickly moving on to carve out a niche for himself in the horror genre with films like Prey, Terror and Insemnoid. David McGillivray was also prolific during this time working as a screenwriter on titles including House Of Whipcord, House Of Mortal Sin and Schizo and the two men worked together on the well regarded titles Satan’s Slave and Terror. Their work during this period was notable for departing from the established Hammer & Amicus template by being set in contemporary society, featuring younger lead characters and upping the sex and violence quotient.

We are delighted to welcome Norman J. Warren and David McGillivray to Fantastiq for an on-stage discussion of their lives and careers in horror.

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8:20pm:

Cold Eyes Of Fear (18) 

Italy/Spain 1971 95m. Dir: Enzo G. Castellari.

Lawyer Peter (Gianni Garko) picks up an Italian girl named Anna (Giovanna Ralli) and takes her back to his uncle’s London home. Lying in wait are two ex-convicts who intend to revenge themselves on Peter’s uncle, who they blame for their time spent in jail. A tense game of cat and mouse develops in this highly effective giallo thriller features some unique cinematography and a fine score from the legendary Ennio Morricone. 

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8:20pm:

Mindhorn (15) - PREVIEW

UK 2017 89m. Dir: Sean Foley. 

Washed-up actor Richard Thorncroft (The Mighty Boosh’s Julian Barratt) has fallen a long way since his career peak in the late 80s playing the lead role of a detective with a robotic eye which can “see the truth” in hit TV show Mindhorn. Having failed to make it big in Hollywood off the back of the show he has now been reduced to battling John Nettles for jobs on adverts for orthopaedic socks. But when a madman (Russell Tovey) begins a crime spree on The Isle Of Man and insists to the police that he will only deal with Mindhorn Richard spots an opportunity to reignite his career. A fantastic comedy featuring a host of familiar British actors embracing the absurdity of the concept, including Steve Coogan, Kenneth Branagh, Andrea Riseborough, Harriet Walter and Simon Callow. 

“There are such great gags, and it is acted with such fanatical gusto by Barratt that it's impossible not to root for this unlikeliest of heroes” - The Guardian

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8:30pm:

Satan's Slave (18) + Introduction

UK 1976 83m. Dir: Norman J. Warren.

Tragedy strikes young Catherine Yorke (Candace Glendinning) when a car accident leaves her orphaned. Taken in by her wealthy uncle, Alexander (Michael Gough), Catherine finds herself becoming accustomed her new luxurious surroundings and develops a friendship with her cousin Stephen (Martin Potter). But the unsettling hallucinations she suffers from suggest all is not what it seems. Is her uncle the benign figure he presents himself as or is she a pawn in a diabolical plan? This tense chiller combines the talent of two Fantastiq guests, director Norman J. Warren and screenwriter David McGillivray.

This screening will be from a 35mm print in Norman J. Warren's personal collection and introduced by Norman J. Warren and David McGillivray.

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10:30pm:

Nails (Adv 18) - PREVIEW

Ireland 2017 85m. Dir: Dennis Bartok.

Dana Milgrom (Shauna Macdonald, The Descent) survives a horrific car accident but is left severely paralyzed. Permanently linked to a breathing machine and only able to communicate through voice software, Dana becomes convinced that a malevolent presence named Nails is haunting her hospital room. As her grip on reality begins to crumble she must convince the hospital’s staff and her family that Nails is real and intent on destroying her. A terrifying and unnerving debut feature from director Bartok. 

“If you're looking for some honest to goodness scares, Nails is the ticket” - Screen Anarchy

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