Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Brooklyn Observatory (543 Union St., Brooklyn)
In late 1969, as Swinging London entered its terminal phase, reports began to emerge of a tall, malevolent entity prowling the decaying gothic splendor of London’s Highgate Cemetery. Wielding stakes, crucifixes, garlic bulbs and a lot of crushed velvet, a group of local youths invaded the cemetery in search of the supernatural; newspapers quickly picked up on the story and so the legend of Highgate Vampire was born.
In this heavily illustrated presentation, Mark Pilkington looks at the many themes and influences – cultural, social and geographical – that made the appearance of The Vampire an eerie inevitability. Armed with a wealth of stories, photographs and film clips – from Hammer classics and Pathe newsreels to period television and Mondo obscurities – Mark will add flesh to the bones of this undying monster.
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