The greatest celebration of dark culture in the UK, The Bram Stoker Film Festival, will be starting next Thursday.
This year’s festival dates are: 22nd – 25th October 2015
It is now in its 6th year and has quickly expanded into one of the biggest and most unique genre festivals in the country.
Originally devised as a means to show off Bram Stoker’s undeniable influence on horror cinema and literature the festival has grown into a celebration of all things dark and macabre.
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Please note, the Movies, Artistes and Special Guests playing at the Bram Stoker International Film Festival and the running order are subject to change without prior notice.
THURSDAY 22 OCT – SPA PAVILION WHITBY
Irish/English duo VNV Nation have persistently leaped from strength to strength, over the years, emerging as a powerhouse in the alternative electronic rock and industrial scenes. Their unique sound blends thematic lyrics and emotive vocals with influences from electronic music, indie, rock, dance music, classical and much more. The music can range from hard-hitting beats to indie-electronic anthems to haunting ballads to symphonic orchestrations. VNV Nation have also earned incredible acclaim for their energetic live shows and gained a fanatical worldwide following.
Founded in early 2008, UK based Dark Synth-Pop duo Method Cell have quickly gained a reputation as one of the more exciting, innovative electronic acts to emerge out of the UK underground scene. Combining high energy harmonics and bittersweet lyrics with an under-layering of a much darker tone, Method Cell prove there’s more to a band’s sound than the generic style of stereotyped Industrial.
FRIDAY 23 OCT – SPA PAVILION WHITBY
Fields of the Nephilim is the creation of vocalist and front man Carl McCoy, a seeker of the greater truth, who sprang from humble beginnings in south London. Brought up in a religious environment, Carl became familiar with the stories of the Watchers and Nephilim at a very early age. Unquestionably, this influenced his decision to pursue a creative career in art and music which embraced the world of the occult and portrayed the apocalyptic climate of the American Wild West, typified by Spaghetti Westerns such as those of Italian film director Sergio Leone.
Salvation‘s enduring knack for alternative pop shines through their body of work, showing why they were always a live favourite, casting a little light in the wake of their darker contemporaries. Whether you are an old friend or a curious listener, we hope you enjoy their warped magic.
Arcane Winter are a new goth band from Nottingham featuring members and former members of Every New Dead Ghost, The Realm and Midnight Configuration. With influences as diverse as Chrome and Hawkwind to Killing Joke and Siouxsie and The Banshees their sound is a different take on early gothic rock. Already having been dubbed “a gothic grand guinol” Arcane Winter mix traditional positive punk attitudes with a gothic sensibility to sublime effect.
SATURDAY 24 OCT – SPA PAVILION WHITBY
Gothminister was formed by Bjørn Alexander Brem in Oslo, Norway, in 1999. After releasing the debut album “Gothic Electronic Anthems” in 2003 and receiving fantastic reviews in both German and international press, and Metal Hammer UK headlines read “the undead are reborn“. With the new album the music of Gothminister is more than ever about heavier guitars and dark metal. The electronic elements are still there, but more in the background, to make room for fantastic orchestral pompous moods.
Five deformed rock n’ roll monsters from Liverpool, UK. Zombina and the Skeletones mix garage punk and girl-group pop with spooked out B-movie sonics. They’ve shared stages with Wednesday 13, The Misfits, The Damned, The Meteors, Kid Congo Powers, The Primitives, Shonen Knife and the Horrors – to name but a few, and have been invited to drag their blood spattered live show as far out as Finland, Sicily, Greece and the Czech republic!
Dawn of Oblivion are goth, metal and aggressive. They master both slow, eerie songs as well as fast rockier ones. Their albums and have received much praise in Sweden, where the press often compare them with Paradise Lost or Type O Negative. Hit the scene with their debut album “A Fervent Prayer” in 1994 and has since evolved to include both an industrial and metal dimension to their music. On M&A Music Art they have so far released the albums “Yorick“, “Mephisto’s Calling” and “The Final Chapter” as well as the EP’s “Haunted” and “Ikaros“. 2012 will see the re-release of their debut album “A Fervent Prayer”, originally released in 1994 on Strontium. Guitarist Stefan Rosqvist also has a solo project on Liquid Note Records.
Yokai Demon Drummers are a Taiko (Japanese style drumming) group influenced by the dark and mysterious side of Japan’s mythology, history, folklore, demons and spirits (Oni and Yokai), as well as Kaidan, Japan’s ghost and horror stories. The performances are atmospheric, dynamic and energetic with a strong presence of theatrical flair. Along side the big taiko drums we use other taditional Japanese instruments and percussion. This is all played to a backing of haunting and atmospheric synths.
Direct from the USA, Lisa Starry presents for your delectation, a unique performance from the Blue Silver Woman!
SUNDAY 25 OCT – SPA PAVILION WHITBY
Scorpius Dance Theatre‘s requisite haunt of the Fall season, A Vampire Tale, is tersely touted as “the ‘Nutcracker of Halloween“. Voted BEST MODERN DANCE PRODUCTION by Phoenix New Times, Scorpius reprises this signature cult classic every October in Phoenix, AZ, making 2012 the ninth year running for the show. Created by award-winning choreographer, Lisa Starry, A Vampire Tale indulges audiences with all the trimmings…DARK and SEXY drama, QUIRKY and COMEDIC episodes, and VISUALLY STUNNING aerial feats. This very popular, ever-evolving, original dance production pre-dates all the current pop-culture vampire phenomena; however, Scorpius is quite happy (and feels privileged) to be riding this vampire wave.
Joe Black. Gin drinking cabaret darling, musical comedy misfit, acid tongued ringmaster and Bram Stoker International Film Festival favourite. Living somewhere between the stages of music, theatre and comedy, Joe Black takes an audience firmly by the hand and guides them into a place where the strange and unusual reign supreme.
No stranger to the absurd, Joe Black creates a world where the shocking is the sublime and the ridiculous is the beautiful.
Paul Koudounaris is an author and photographer from L.A. He is a well-known figure in the field of macabre art and art history. He is member of the Order of Good Death (a death acceptance organization founded in 2011 by mortician and author Caitlin Doughty).
Over the last 30 years The Marsden Archive has become widely recognised as a unique picture library, containing a collection of atmospheric black and white photographs spanning over 40 years.
Annabel Lecter – The Conjurer’s Kitchen
Engineers Of Desire – Quill and Quiver – Mr Charles
Adam Burn, Andrew Smales, Angela Chalmers, Joy Green, Karen Ruffles
Mara Acoma, Miguel de Melo, Morwenna Catt, Neal Harvey, Neil Dee, Patricia Shaw
Sianead Sullivan, Si Mulgrave, Stephen Butcher, Sir Digby Nevermoor’s Bloomin’ Horrors
The Jackson Twins
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