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Film, Sat 30 Sep - Sun 1 Oct 2017

The great Fear in the Fens event

The great Fear in the Fens event


Town Centre,
Downham Market,
PE38 9

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Sat 30 Sep - Sun 1 Oct Fear in the Fens


A two-day classic horror film festival showing movies short films a classic horror tale and mini market for "frightful things " celebrating the ghostly heritage of the fens and fen landscape.

Split over two locations, the Downham Heritage Center and the Town Hall, both locations have all the facilities you would expect of venues open to the public light refreshments will be available on both days.

CULTure Babylon is delighted to welcome Robert Lloyd Parry as both a performer and a speaker at this year’s Fear in the Fens Festival. His Nunkie Theatre Company will be opening the festival with a performance of M.R. James' Casting the Runes.

If you've not had a chance to see Nunkie's candle-lit performances before, you are in for a treat as Robert Lloyd Parry will be performing one of James' most atmospheric stories.

This tale of a curse and creeping unease has inspired a number of film and television treatments, including Casting the Runes, Drag Me to Hell and, of course, the film we will opening the film festival with, Night of the Demon.

To preserve the intimate and atmospheric nature of Robert's performance, this will be held in the Discover Downham Heritage Centre. Seats are limited to 60, so book early!

The East Anglian landscape is unique... It has inspired feelings of dread and terror since Beowulf, the first horror story in English, was written here in the 7th century.

The master ghost story writer MR James also found East Anglia an appropriate setting for some of his most chilling tales. Later in the 20th century, filmmakers found it a perfect location for horror films such as Witchfinder General and The Tomb of Ligeia.

Our event acknowledges the role that East Anglian landscape has had in these dark dreams and explores both the fact and fiction of Fear in the Fens.

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Sat 30 Sep - Sun 1 Oct 2017 19:00 to 22:00
Held over two locations, the Downham Heritage Center and the Downham Market Town Hall.


Prices start at £7 for one off film events and various tickets such as VIP tickets are available.

Casting the Runes - 7.30pm Saturday Sept. 30th £10.00.

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