Hammer at 80: Westminster event announced

'A Hammer Film Production' title card from Dracula (1958)On Saturday 8 November, Westminster Central Hall in London will be hosting an event celebrating Hammer Films.

The British studio, famed for its classic horror output, was founded in 1934, making it 80 years old. To say ‘happy birthday’, a large cast of players from Hammer’s history will be gathering to meet fans, sign autographs and talk about their experiences making cult gems such as Vampire Circus and Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell.

Flyer for the 'Hammer at 80' event in WestminsterWith almost 60 guests booked so far – faces from both in front of and behind the camera – the event promises to be the biggest reunion of Hammer alumni in many years. A full list of guests can be seen on the official site, along with a programme for the day’s talks and links to buy tickets, which must be collected on the day.

Entry to the talks, plus a screening of a newly restored version of Vampire Circus, costs £25, which includes entry to the event itself (update: these tickets have now sold out). Entry on its own costs just £5.

The event will run from 10am to 6pm. Autographs will be charged for, with prices ranging from £10 to £20 each, depending on the guest. The official site has a full price list.

It’s worth noting that while Geoffrey Bayldon will be attending to meet and be photographed with fans, he won’t be signing autographs. And some guests will only be there for a portion of the day. Again, see the event site for details.

I’ll update this post when I have any more news.

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