Horror movie fan recruits famous names for day-long convention in Bournemouth pub

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AN unemployed fan of horror movies has recruited some of the genre’s famous names to take part in a day-long event in a Bournemouth pub.

The Cinema Surgery Horror Spectacular takes place this Sunday, January 19, at the Winchester on Poole Hill in Bournemouth.

Film stars Caroline Munro, Damien Thomas and Emily Booth will be at the event to meet fans and sell autographs all day, before a screening of two Caroline Munro films in the evening.

The event was conceived by Gary Baxter, 37, and grew out of the horror film nights he used to enjoy with friends. He hopes he could start a business organising similar events.

Caroline Munro was the face of Lamb’s Navy Rum before starring in the Hammer horror films Dracula AD 1972 and Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter.

She went on to feature in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me before appearing in shockers such as Maniac, The Last Horror Film and Slaughter High.

“I’m quite excited about it. It sounds great because they’ve got all sorts of different people,” she said.

“I love people.

“I’m a people person and if people bother to turn up and come along and meet you, I think that’s what it’s all about,” she added.

One of the movies to be screened is the recent short film The Landlady, in which Caroline plays a villain.

“After all these years that I’ve been in the business it’s a strange thing to still be working,” she said.

“I’m enjoying it. It’s different from when I was young. It’s a young person’s game but there are so many talented British directors and producers out there.”

Caroline is one of the few stars to have worked with all three of the leading horror stars of the era – Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Vincent Price.

“They were such amazing men. I was very lucky to have worked with all three of them,” she said.

Organiser Gary Baxter is due an interview at the job centre to discuss turning fan events into a business.

“I don’t have much money, I’m on the dole, so I thought ‘How can I do this without spending too much money?’,” he said.

“I got the guests through meeting them and asking them personally if they would come and do it.”

The line-up

Sunday’s event starts with a movie and TV memorabilia fair, from 10am to 4pm, including DVDs, records, books, magazines, posters, stills, clothes and collectibles.

Admission costs £3 on the door.

Other guests include Richard Gladman, editor of Space Monsters Magazine, and Bournemouth’s Fwah Storm, award-winning creator of Reload Comics.

From 5-8pm, there will be a screening of Caroline Munro’s shocker Slaughter High as well as her recent short film The Landlady, plus a panel discussion about slasher films. Admission costs £5 on the door.

Details are at the Facebook page for Cinema Surgery.

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