Says organiser 10th Planet: “With great regret, due to contractual problems Hammer Horror Day has been postponed until 2015. We are sorry for any inconvenience. All refunds will be given over the next week.”
In the meantime, Hammer fans might want to turn their gaze towards an official event that’s happening in Westminster on Saturday 8 November.
Below is my original article about the event that 10th Planet planned to run.
This September – Saturday the 20th, to be precise – fans of classic British horror will be gathering in Slough for Hammer Horror Day, an event that celebrates the macabre side of the legendary British studio’s output.
Held at the Copthorne Hotel and organised by 10th Planet Events – best known for its Doctor Who conventions and signings – the bash has so far attracted a guest list of nine actors who’ve appeared in Hammer productions such as The Curse Of The Werewolf, The Vampire Lovers, Twins Of Evil, Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb and Vampire Circus – as well as many other cult films and TV series (check the IMDb links below for their full filmographies).
- Caroline Munro
- Caron Gardner
- Damien Thomas
- Lalla Ward
- Madeline Smith
- Mary Collinson
- Patricia Quinn
- Yvonne Romain
- Valerie Leon
In addition to the Hammer guests, there are bonuses in the shape of Lesley Scoble and Teri Scoble (from 1960’s Village Of The Damned), and Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer and lyricist Leslie Bricusse (Doctor Dolittle, Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory) – who also happens to be the husband of Yvonne Romain, giving him a Hammer connection by marriage!
Entry to the event costs £15, which gets you access to all of the day’s on-stage interviews, plus the merchandise room and autograph sessions. It also entitles you to one autograph from a guest of 10th Planet’s choosing (yet to be revealed). You can, of course, meet and get signatures from as many guests as you like, but note that charges will apply.
There’s also the chance to have your photo taken professionally with any of the guests. Each photo costs £10 and will be available to collect later in the day.
The Copthorne Hotel is 1.3 miles from Slough railway station. Fast trains from London Paddington take just 16 minutes; slower ones 31 minutes. The route from the station to the venue is easy – it’s a 25-minute walk, the bulk of which is straight road, and there’s pavement all the way. For driving directions from the M4, M25 and M40, download this handy PDF, supplied by the hotel.
For up-to-date info about Hammer Horror Day, and to order entry and photoshoot tickets, visit the 10th Planet site. If you can’t make the event but fancy getting your hands on some autographs, you can order those there too.