Blood & Celluloid: Vampire Film Festival (Sat 15 Oct)

Blood & Celluloid: Vampire Film Festival (Sat 15 Oct)

Sep 12, 2022 | News

Join us on Saturday 15th October 2022, between midday and midnight, for an all-day celebration of classic vampire films. Supported by the BFI, Blood and Celluloid: Vampire Film Festival features five films exploring different themes within the vampire film genre, with screenings introduced by special guests and experts on vampires in culture. Festival pass holders will get admission to all five screenings, as well as complimentary food from our pop-up bakery and complimentary drinks, including Bloody Mary cocktails. 

Festival passes (limited to 60) are now SOLD OUT, but tickets to individual screenings are also on sale (£8 Pay Less / £9 Standard / £10 Pay More). Purchase tickets to individual screenings by CLICKING HERE.

“Vampire stories hold a bloodied mirror up to the fairytales we tell ourselves, giving us permission to be monstrous. After living in our tombs for the last few years, this festival seeks to show what it is to be inhuman, to grasp for light in a world of darkness. We live in a world haunted by monsters, but maybe you can find some beauty and humanity in these ones.”
Ben Attfield, Blood & Celluloid: Vampire Film Festival Programmer

Films showing throughout the day include:

  • Neil Jordan’s atmospheric adaptation of Anne Rice’s mould-breaking novel Interview With The Vampire, introduced by Dr Sam George and Dr Bill Hughes from the Open Graves, Open Minds Project (University of Hertfordshire).
  • Prolific French horror director Jean Rollin’s elegantly crafted erotic tale of female vampirism, Fascination, introduced by by Professor Patricia MacCormack (Professor of Continental Philosophy at Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge).
  • Tony Scott’s stylish cult classic The Hunger, starring Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie as chic vampire lovers, introduced by film critic and film programmer Dr Anton Bitel (University of Oxford).
  • Abel Ferrara’s gloriously gloomy yet gorgeously shot look at urban decay and human fallibility The Addiction, starring Lili Taylor and Christopher Walken.
  • And closing the festival will be Jim Jarmusch’s stylish and atmospheric modern masterpiece Only Lovers Left Alive, starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as two vampire lovers coming to grips with humanity’s decline.

Festival Schedule – Saturday 15th October 2022
11:00: Doors open for registration
12:00: Interview With The Vampire (1994) + Q&A
15:00: Lunch break
15:50: Fascination (1979)
17:50: The Hunger (1983)
19:30: Dinner Break
20:30: The Addiction (1995)
22:00: Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Tickets to individual screenings can be purchased by clicking on the film titles in the schedule above.

 

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Plan your visit

Our beautiful art deco inspired auditorium can be found just off East Oxford's Cowley Road. We are open 7 days a week. We open the cinema and box office 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of each film, and the Box Office then closes 10 minutes after the film starts. We don’t show adverts, just a couple of trailers, so don't be late as the film itself starts very close to the advertised time!