Holy Terrors: a collection of Weird Tales by Arthur Machen, programmed by Lee Broughton in association with Mark Goodall.
Very much in the tradition of the BBC’s classic Ghost Story for Christmas plays, Holy Terrors is a stylish portmanteau period horror film that features six stories by the Victorian master of ‘weird fiction’ Arthur Machen (1863-1947).
Machen’s most notorious story ‘The Bowmen’, in which British forces defeat the German army at Mons in August 1914 with the help of spectral archers from the Battle of Agincourt and the story ‘The Happy Children’, which is set in Whitby in 1915, feature alongside four equally uncanny and confounding Machen tales. In keeping with Machen’s love of the town, Holy Terrors was shot on location in Whitby, North Yorkshire.
Holy Terrors’ co-director, Mark Goodall, will introduce the screening.
Dir: Julian Butler and Mark Goodall, 2017, UK, 1h 15min, Cert 15.
Stars: Timothy Greenwood, Joyce Branagh and Jon Preece with an original musical score composed by David Chatton Barker.