Live Read of Un-filmed Hammer Horror Announced for MAYHEM FESTIVAL

Written by Iain Robertson Monday, 17 August 2015

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A live stage reading of an un-filmed Hammer script will be one of the centerpieces of this year’s Mayhem festival. The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula was written by legendary Hammer writer/producer Anthony Hinds in the late 1960s but never adapted for the screen.

Actor and film historian Jonathan Rigby, author of the English Gothic: Classic Horror Cinema 1897-2015 and Christopher Lee: The Authorised Screen History, will act as the narrator and be accompanied by a group of actors to bring to life this never-seen-before Hammer Dracula story.

The Unquenchable Thirst of Dracula, which was written for Christopher Lee, sees the Count escape to India, where his evil influence is just as insidious and powerful. Anthony Hinds, who wrote the script, was the son of Hammer Films co-founder Will Hammer and was famous for his work on The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), The Phantom of the Opera (1962) and The Evil of Frankenstein (1964).

This is a completely unique event for Mayhem,” explains festival Co-Director Chris Cooke, “and a great pleasure to work with horror expert and film historian Jonathan Rigby. He’s also a talented actor and will be perfect as our narrator, taking a live audience by the hand and leading them into Gothic darkness. Hammer Films have never felt more important to the history of British cinema, so this is a great opportunity for an audience to imagine a piece of classic cinema that sees Count Dracula resurrected before their eyes.”

Mayhem Film Festival takes place on October 15th – 18th at Nottingham’s Broadway Cinema. Besides the live read, this year’s programme also features Aaaaaaaah!, the directorial debut of Sightseers star Steve Oram, and Karyn Kusama’s (Jennifer’s Body) The Invatation, with many more films to be announced. For more information and to book your tickets, please visit


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