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 couple of 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. Now, they're going even bigger with their celebration of iconic cinema, hosting their very own festival: the Cult Weekender.
The weekender opens on the evening of Friday 15th March with a double bill of classic horror, featuring A Nightmare On Elm Street and its sequel Dream Warriors. Saturday afternoon is all about Indiana Jones, while the evening will be taken over by scenes of violence and torture in noughties Asian "extreme" masterpieces Oldboy and Battle Royale. Rounding the festival off on Sunday is the rare chance to catch two favourites from Japanese animators Studio Ghibli screened 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.
– Friday –
Freddy vs Nancy double-bill
Doors open 6pm, A Nightmare On Elm Street starts 7pm, Dream Warriors starts 9pm (30-minute interval in between)
Director Wes Craven's 1984 horror classic A Nightmare On Elm Street spawned one of the genre's most iconic villains in the form of Freddy Krueger, and one of its most popular heroes in Nancy Thompson. See the two battle it out in the original film followed by 1987's Dream Warriors, widely regarded as the best of its sequels.
– Saturday –
Indiana Jones double-bill
Doors open 12pm, Temple of Doom starts 1pm, Raiders of the Lost Ark starts 3:30pm (30-minute interval in between)
Head out on two adventures with Harrison Ford's gallivanting archeologist as he heads out in search of a sacred stone and enslaved children in North India (Temple of Doom) and takes on the Nazis (Raiders of the Lost Ark).
Extreme Asian Cinema double-bill
Doors open 6pm, Oldboy starts 7pm, Battle Royale starts 9:30pm (30-minute interval in between)
The 2000s saw a boom in cult horror, thriller and crime films from East Asia reaching UK cinemas. Spend Saturday night in the at times uncomfortable company of two of the most notable films from this era: Japanese horror-action-thriller-satire Battle Royale (2000), in which a high school class are stranded on an island and told only one of them may leave alive, and Oldboy (2003), part of Park Chan-Wook's so-called "vengeance trilogy" that tells the story of a man released from prison after fifteen years and given five days to solve the mystery surrounding his capture and release.