Birmingham FearFest 2017

It is with deep regret we announce this event has had to be postponed until further notice. All ticket-holders are being refunded in full.

Birmingham FearFest

28th May 2017, the Gunmakers Arms, Bath Street, Birmingham, B4 6HG

Remember the days when conventions were run by fans for fans, with an actual programme and opportunities to chat with film folk over a pint, rather than stand in line to buy an autograph? The Birmingham Horror Group certainly does, which is why we’re organising our own, with real guests, panels and screenings. Why not make 28th May the day we all get back to what it was about horror which attracted us in the first place?

BOOK NOW! Tickets are just £15.00 each (plus booking fee) via our Eventbrite page.


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.

Eileen Daly
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 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.

David Hastings
Co-director, The House of Screaming Death; Lightbeam Productions

Carl Timms
Director, Still; Dark Matter Films

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.

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


Doors open.

Independent Film-making Forum
With directors Norman J Warren, David Hastings and Carl Timms.

Four Decades of Fantasy Tales
With editors Stephen Jones and David Sutton.

Threatre of Blood
A screening of the 1973 Vincent Price classic.

Surprise Guest Q&A and Signing
…with someone connected to Theatre of Blood!

Eileen Daly Presents
Eileen herself introduces one of her movies.

Guest of Honour Spotlight
British horror director Norman J Warren.

Independent Film Showcase
Featuring the Birmingham premiere of House of Screaming Death, Carl Timms’ award-winning Still, and more!

Doors close. Till next time!

Please note we will be screening material which is unsuitable for minors.


(Photo by Neil Brittain)

The Gunmakers Arms, 93 Bath Street, Birmingham B4 6HG.

Recently reopened by the city’s Two Towers Brewery, this historic pub is fast establishing a strong reputation for hosting social gatherings, comedy gigs, film shows and the like. As well as the two bars at the front of the building, it boasts a large meeting room (our dealers’ space), a yard with its own stage and the separate brewery building (where we’ll be presenting the main programme).

Getting there: Bath Street is a short walk from city centre bus, metro and rail links (the nearest station is Birmingham Snow Hill, which has a direct link to London Marylebone). If you’re driving to meetings, there’s free on-street parking on Sundays immediately outside and nearby.

The Gunmakers Arms on Google Maps