Newman’s hor­ri­ble choice

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More hor­rific news. Our good friend Kim Newman – sub­ject of a meaty fea­ture in last week’s is­sue – will, this weekend, be cu­rat­ing a se­ries of films in Meet­ing House Square as part of the Bram Stoker Fes­ti­val. Among the fea­tures play­ing, we find Guy Maddin’s avant garde Drac­ula: Pages from a Vir­gin’s Di­ary, Andy Warhol’s de­ranged Blood for Drac­ula and Terence Fisher’s mildly saucy The Brides of Drac­ula.

“From 1922, when FW Mur­nau adapted Bram Stoker’s novel freely as Nos­fer­atu, A Sym­phony of Ter­ror, Drac­ula has been a re­cur­rent pres­ence in the cin­ema,” Newman notes. “In­deed, the char­ac­ter has es­caped from his orig­i­nal cre­ator and be­come a fix­ture in ev­ery­thing from gothic horror to chil­dren’s car­toons, with sump­tu­ous literary adap­ta­tions and drive-in ex­ploita­tion pic­tures along the way.” For more, see bram­stok­er­fes­ti­val.com.

: Cathy Brady’s Wasted won Best Ir­ish Short at the first IndieCork Fes­ti­val last weekend.

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