Raising the curtain in August, the BFI is taking Britain to the dark heart of film with Gothic, a huge project celebrating one of Britain’s biggest cultural exports, Gothic Cinema. With an abundance of demons, vampires and bumps in the night, the extensive history of gothic film will be explored through four themes: Monstrous, The Dark Arts, Haunted and Love is a Devil. At four months, this is the longest season for the BFI yet, featuring over 150 titles and 1000 screenings taking place all over the UK. The season isn’t stopping at just cinema, promising UK wide theatrical and DVD releases, an education programme and a new BFI Gothic book.
“Britain will be filled with dread and fuelled by lust,” said Heather Stewart, the BFI’s creative director.
“Gothic has never been more potent or popular, reflecting the turbulent times we are living in, our deepest fears and hidden passions.”
With events ranging from a Monster Weekend of film, visits to historic haunted buildings, and must-see gothic films for teens, the BFI season has something for all fans of gothic horror, in all parts of the country. For a full listing of events, see the BFI website.
During the BFI’s gothic season, Red Rattle is having its own celebration of the much-loved, most-filmed gothic character of all, Dracula, with a double-release of two vampire volumes, ‘Dracula’s Midnight Snacks’ and ‘Telegraph for Garlic. These titles will be launched in London on 19th September, more details coming soon.
See the BFI’s spine-tingling trailer below: