Saturday 26 May 2018

Classic Horror Nights with Madeline Smith!

The delightful Madeline Smith, a good friend to this blog, will be appearing at a special screening of one of best remembered horror films next June. The Colchester Arts Centre will be showing the 1974 film Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell on 7th June.

Starring the legendary Peter Cushing as Baron Victor Frankenstein and Shane Briant as Dr Simon Helder, Madeline co-stars in the role of Sarah "Angel" Klauss. There are reliable supporting turns from the likes of Norman Mitchell, Sydney Bromley and Michael Ward, all familiar Carry On faces. Also look out for David Prowse, playing the monster for the second time on screen. The film was directed by Terence Fisher and produced by Roy Skeggs for Hammer films.

The film will be followed by a special Question and Answer session with Madeline herself, as she discusses the making of the film, her co-stars and her wider career. I know from experience just what a warm, delightful and eloquent person Madeline is so it is bound to be a lively and thoroughly entertaining evening. 

Madeline is best known to comedy fans for her appearances alongside the late great Frankie Howerd on film and television as well as her role as Mrs Pullitt in Carry On Matron. Other film roles have included Theatre of Blood, The Vampire Lovers and the James Bond epic, Live and Let Die. On the small screen Madeline has appeared in the likes of The Persuaders, The Two Ronnies and All Creatures Great and Small. 

Doors open at 7pm with the film beginning at 7.30. And the rule at the door is "pay what you can afford" which I think is lovely. 

I interviewed Madeline for the blog back in September 2016 and you can read that here

And last June I attended a special illustrated talk from Madeline on her life and career and you can read all about that here

Find out more about this special evening and about the Colchester Arts Centre here

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