GUEST OF HONOUR
NORMAN J WARREN
Although he made his debut as a feature director with the gritty drama Her Private Hell (1967), Norman J Warren is known best for the string of British horror and science fiction movies he launched with Satan’s Slave (1976, aka Evil Heritage), followed by Prey (1977, aka Alien Prey), Terror (1978), Inseminoid (1981) and Bloody New Year (1987, aka Timewarp Terror). In 2016, he announced his first movie in 30 years, a thriller set within London’s Chinese community (you can watch him discussing it here); it’s currently in post-production, but Norman is generously taking time out to join us at the Birmingham FearFest.
A generation of British horror fans grew up with Eileen as the face of the Redemption video label, but it was her acting talents on display when she took the lead role in Razor Blade Smile (1998), as vampire assassin Lilith Silver. Eileen’s extensive film career also includes Demonsoul (1995), Cradle of Fear (1998), Monsters of the Id (2007), Unrated: The Movie (2009), Braincell (2010), The Turning (2011, aka Zombie Lover) and The Amityville Asylum (2013). More recently, Eileen’s stepped behind the camera and will be presenting one of her own productions.
STEPHEN JONES and DAVID SUTTON
Back in 1977, in this very city, Steve and David launched Fantasy Tales, one of the most influential magazines in horror history and a showcase for fresh and veteran talents alike, such as Ramsey Campbell (the Birmingham Horror Group‘s own honorary president), Clive Barker, Dennis Echison, Joel Lane and Thomas Ligotti, plus an array of artists which included Jim Pitts, Dave Carson and JK Potter. Since then, they’ve co-edited the legendary Pan Book of Horror Stories and worked on many projects independently, but they’ve chosen the inaugural Birmingham FearFest to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of that very first collaboration.
Co-director, The House of Screaming Death; Lightbeam Productions
Director, Still; Dark Matter Films
SPECIAL SURPRISE GUEST APPEARANCE AND Q&A
The FearFest weekend coincides with the 106th anniversary of the birth of a true horror legend, the Merchant of Menace, Vincent Price. Not only are we marking the occasion by screening the 1973 gorefest Theatre of Blood, there’ll be a special appearance by someone directly connected to this classic movie. Whilst we cannot disclose his – or her – identity at this stage, we can guarantee you’re in for a real treat.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TO DEALERS:
Whether you’re a full-time dealer or a horror fan who needs to create shelf space for new Blu-ray purchases, we are setting space aside for you. Better still, space is FREE, although you will need to be a FearFest member to access programme items. It’s on a first-come, first-served basis; just e-mail us (with “FearFest Dealers” in the subject line) via RoseOfEibon@GMail.com.