“The foulest stench is in the air, the funk of forty thousand years. And grizzly ghouls from every tomb are closing in to seal your doom.”
As Christopher Lee read out the final words of 1983’s seminal music video “Thriller”, anyone who had watched what preceded it, knew they were experiencing history. A full cinematic experience, Michael Jackson and director John Landis broke new ground in redefining what music videos could be. However, it would be the often replicated, never bettered dance routine that would prove to be a timeless staple on what was truly a tipping point for popular culture.
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, The New Black Film Collective, in partnership with Birkbeck, University of London, The British Film Institute, Film London and NUSHO present the THRILLER WEEKENDER, three days of specially selected films and culminating in a re-enactment on the ‘Thriller dance’. This will take place on March 14th-16th at Picture House Stratford East, Salway Rd, London E15 1BX.
In addition, the weekender will look at horror from the perspective of Black Hollywood, with screenings that Wesley Snipes’ action take on the Vampire genre with Blade Trilogy, a slavery ghostly twist with Beloved (starring Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover and Thandie Newton) & Candyman.
The weekend will be closed with a Eddie Murphy comedy double featuring the Disney movie Haunted Mansion and Vampire in Brooklyn, directed by Wes Craven
Films will be accompanied by interactive workshops ranging from make-up to costume to give visitors an exclusive insight on what making a classic horror film involves.
This programme is part of the wider BFI Season Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film, a celebration of the medium’s ability to reveal our darkest fears and desires.
Priscilla Igwe, Director of The New Black Film Collective, commented: “as with a great deal of mainstream cinema, the Black presence often remains hidden in the shadows but our culture, too, has a rich history of what goes bump in the night and we are pleased to have the support of BFI and Film London to bring you our tales of the unexpected.”
To book tickets and download the programme, visit www.tnbfc.co.uk.