Classic horror screenings at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum
Date Posted: August 11, 2016
The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum plays host to two nights of classic rural horror with screenings of the Village of The Damned and the Witchfinder General on the 25th August and 30th August from 7pm.
Presented by FilmHubNI, National Museums Northern Ireland, the British Film Institute and Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive the two films will be shown in the atmospheric setting of the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. Each night the audience will have an opportunity to wander through the beautiful parkland on which the museum is situated and discover the charming period cottages, farms, schools and shops.
Before each feature presentation there will be a screening of footage from Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive. Focusing on the theme of folk traditions, this material will include films newly digitised as part of the BFI’s Britain on Film. Britain on Film is supported by Unlocking Film Heritage awarding funds from The National Lottery
Wolf Rilla’s Village of The Damned will be screened on the 25th August and is set in the isolated village of Midwich where a brood of blonde-haired children, eyes glowing like burning coals, exhibit frightening powers. The screening will be introduced by writer and historian, Dr Robert Curran, who will discuss the strange lore and legends that influenced the film.
The 30th August sees Vincent Price takes centre-stage in the Witchfinder General (1968). Almost half a century after its release, Michael Reeves’ cult classic continues to divide audiences. Before the screening of Witchfinder General, bestselling author Martina Devlin will discuss the research for her novel The House Where It Happened, a fictionalised account of the events of 1711 at Ireland’s only mass witchcraft trial.
Tickets for each screening are £7.