Reel Steel are known for bringing much-loved and rarely-shown films back to the big screen, for new audiences to discover for the first time and for others to enjoy all over again. Over the past few years they've screened everything from Enter the Dragon to mark Bruce Lee's 75th birthday to John Carpenter’s The Thing on its 35th anniversary – all in the beautiful surroundings of the 1920s picture palace on Abbeydale Road. Join them this March for their second Cult Film Weekender – one big celebration of iconic cinema.
The festival opens on the evening of Friday 13th (eek!) with a double bill of classic horror. Saturday afternoon is all about anime with the rare chance to see a favourite from Japanese animators Studio Ghibli screened in 35mm, while the evening will be taken over by scenes of law and order with another double bill that includes the very rare chance to see Robocop in 35mm. Rounding the festival off on Sunday is a second chance to catch a Studio Ghibli film in 35mm.
Tickets are on sale for each screening and double bill individually, and there'll be food and a bar open throughout the event.
A full-weekend ticket – giving entry to ALL films over the weekend – also includes a 35mm projection tour at the Abbeydale Picture House, ahead of one of the two Studio Ghibli screenings.
– Friday –
Original Horror Classics double-bill: Friday the 13th / The Evil Dead
Doors open 6pm, film starts 7pm (with 30 minute interval)
What better way to open a weekend of cult cinema than with a 40th anniversary screening of Friday the 13th? Released in 1980, this definitive slasher horror spawned a franchise and dozens of imitators. It follows the terrified residents of Camp Crystal Lake as they contend with a vengeful stalker.
The Evil Dead (1981) meanwhile is the low-budget horror movie that roared across cinema screens and changed the speed of fear forever – and made a cult legend out of Bruce Campbell in his iconic role as the lethal, wisecracking character Ash. It tells the tale of a group of friends who, while at a cabin in the woods, encounter an unspeakable evil upon discovering the Book of the Dead.