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Past Society Events in 2021
Friday 15th - Sunday 17th October 2021
Frankenstein in Bath
Originally scheduled in 2020 (twice!)
We finally made it to Bath on the third attempt, where we looked in detail at its Frankenstein connections.
When we last visited in 2006, relatively little was known about Mary Shelley's time in the city, and the circumstances around her writing much of the novel there.
Now thanks to Sir Christopher Frayling and others, we know a lot more, and it was finally acknowledged in 2018, the bicentenary year of the novel's publication, with a plaque in front of the Pump Room. The building where Mary lodged while she was working on the novel was demolished later in the 19th century to build an extension to the Pump Room, which now houses the entrance to the Roman baths. Fittingly, the basement of the original building still survives, and is now an electricity substation!
Saturday 2nd October 2021
The Films That Never Were: Hammer’s Unmade Film Scripts
An illustrated talk by Dr. Kieran Foster
Kali, Devil Bride of Dracula; Vampirella; Vlad the Impaler; and Nessie are just a handful of over a dozen film projects from Hammer Studios that never got beyond the planning stage.
Kieran has studied all the unmade films' scripts and other materials held in the Hammer Archive at De Montfort University.
He shared with us his insights into Hammer's ongoing difficulties throughout the late 1960s and the 1970s, and highlighted a number of fascinating 'what ifs' in the studio's history.
This talk was originally scheduled in 2020, and it was good to finally be able to hold it, with a huge turnout of over 40 members!
Saturday 14th August 2021
A picnic on Hampstead Heath
Thankfully blessed with warm and dry weather, a very impressive turnout of 23 members and guests spent a convivial afternoon picnicking on Hampstead Heath, which started with readings from Dracula concerning the mysterious reports given by local children of encounters with a "Bloofer Lady" on the heath.
Our Chair Julia Kruk reading from Dracula on Hampstead Heath
Some of the children apparently carried bite marks on their necks as a souvenir of the encounter!
The lady in question was, of course Lucy Westenra......
Saturday 24th July 2021
Originally intended as our New Year meeting to tie in with our now postponed Germany trip, we finally screened the 1939 Universal Studios classic Son of Frankenstein, which features both Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, with Basil Rathbone in the title role.
The wonderful Bela Lugosi as Ygor ushers Boris Karloff's "Monster" off stage at our screening
This was our first regular Society meeting since March 2020, and it was wonderful to finally see members get together face to face again after such a long COVID-19 pandemic-enforced hiatus!