Cult horror film festival Grindfest 22 at the Regent Centre, Christchurch

THE cinephiles who brought old-fashioned celluloid back to Dorset are hosting a two-day festival of cult horror films.

Grindfest 22 will see seven genre favorites – including a mystery film – screened on 35mm film at the Regent Center in Christchurch.

It’s run by Dirt In the Gate, which has hosted a series of screenings of classic films at the site.

Grindfest begins Friday, September 9 with Quentin Tarantino’s script From Dusk Till Dawn, followed by the mystery film.

Saturday September 10, Creepshow 2, The Hunger, has Short Film Showcase, Rawhead Rex, Alien and horror comedy Maximum Overdrive, the only film directed by author Stephen King.

Darren Payne of Dirt in the Gate said: “We returned to regular 35mm screenings in October 2021 with Joe Dante’s Matinee as part of the Regent’s 90th birthday celebrations and are delighted to continue our partnership.

“A personal highlight of our recent programming was the screening of an original copy of An American Werewolf in London. Seeing the same projected impression that entertained audiences 42 years ago is a humbling experience and has garnered full audience engagement down to the last credit.

“Grindfest is the ultimate celebration of genre film presented in its original theatrical film format, something that has become increasingly difficult to view outside of key city locations since the massive rollout of digital projection ago. about 10 years. There is something very special about a film print, even with its imperfections that make each screening unique.

“The sourcing of films this year has taken us across the UK and beyond. Creepshow 2, for example, hails from the United States.

“It’s a real labor of love, but the feedback we get from our audience makes all the hard work worthwhile, especially the fans who travel many miles to see a rare film print screened.

“I am excited about this year’s lineup. Many films have not been seen theatrically in the region for decades, with some initially only released on video.

“Our Mystery Movie slot has been the talk of the town, but our lips are tightly sealed until the Regent’s curtains open! We’re also devoting a slot to new short films, which really excites me.

“It’s a throwback to when cinemas would schedule a short film to complement the feature film and was often a gateway for filmmakers to enter the film industry, so it’s a great way to find out something fresh and new in the classical repertoire.”

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