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Vampire film festival moves from Transylvania to Lauderdale House

Series of events for horror fans in north London next month

27 June, 2019 — By Tom Foot

Judy Matheson in peril during a terrifying scene in Twins Of Evil

BLOODLUST film fans from around the globe are heading to the biggest vampire festival in the world… at Lauderdale House.

The International Vampire Film Festival is moving from Count Dracula’s historic heartland in Transylvania, Romania, to the rarified Waterlow Park venue, billed as “overlooking Highgate Cemetery”.

There will be a two-day conference tied into a series of films, Q&As and parties at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley and venues in Camden Town.

Highlights include a Q&A with Interview With A Vampire producer Stephen Woolley, who won a Bafta for outstanding contribution to cinema this year, and the BBC’s Mark Kermode will be on stage discussing Kathryn Bigelow’s film Near Dark.

Two “Bond Girls” – Live and Let Die actress Maddie Smith and The Spy Who Loved Me’s Caroline Munro – who starred in several horror films – will attend, while fellow Hammer horror actress Judy Matheson be talking on stage about her role in the cult classic Twins of Evil.

Ms Matheson, who lives in Kentish Town, told the New Journal: “It is one of big cult things, Hammer horror, and there will be four of us ‘Hammer Screen Queens’ doing signings and then Bruce Hallenbeck is coming over from the United States.

He will be giving a lecture and talking with us about extracts from all our films. Caroline Munro in my world is a really big deal – she was in Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter.”

Judy Matheson

She added: “In Twins of Evil one of the twins is evil, the other one is the vampire. Peter Cushing deals with them both.”

The conference at Lauderdale House brings together “vampire experts and creatives from film, literature and games for a series of talks, debates, readings and masterclasses”.

After three days of hellraising, there will be a masque ball at the Birdcage Cabaret venue in Camden Market, Camden Town.

There are dozens of events taking place between July 10-13. For more information visit ivfaf.com

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