A Curious Invitation present London Month of the Dead
DEATH LINES - London's Cinematic Horror History
A talk at the Dissenters Chapel with Lauren Barnett
Sunday the 24th October 2021 at 3:30 pm

A treat for all cinephiles, horror fans, and lovers of London lore as Lauren Barnett reveals the capital’s role in the evolution of horror cinema, inspired by the city’s dark histories, labyrinthine architectures, atmospheric streetscapes, and uncanny denizens. In this illustrated talk, Lauren will unmask the chilling stories founded in Chelsea, Notting Hill, Westminster, Bloomsbury, Covent Garden, and the East End, along the haunted banks of the river Thames, and down into the depths of the London Underground railway.

She will weave together London’s tales and take you to magnificent, eerie, and sometimes disconcertingly ordinary corners of the city, unearthing the literature, legends, and history behind classics like Peeping Tom and An American Werewolf in London, and lesser-known works, such as mind-control melodrama The Sorcerers; Gorgo, Britain’s answer to Godzilla; tube terror Death Line; and Bela Lugosi's mesmeric vehicle The Dark Eyes of London. Tinged with humour, social critique, and more than a few scares, Death Lines will reveal the hidden and often surprising relationship between the city and the dark cinematic visions it has evoked.

Tickets £12 including a 20% donation toward a host of restoration projects at Kensal Green Cemetery. Please click here to purchase.

Lauren Barnett
Lauren Jane Barnett is a freelance writer and lecturer interested in how we visualise death and dying. She has been published in journals and art magazines including HARTS & Minds and Photomonitor and leads guided walks inspired by horror cinema. Her walking guide of London’s horror movies is coming out in 2021 with Strange Attractor Press. For more information you can visit her website at http://laurenjanebarnett.com.

Image Credit - London Slums by Gustav Dore. Public Domain courtesy of the Wellcome Collection.
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