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Frankenstein Forever Season: Frankenstein Conquers the World
November 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Furankenshutain tai chitei kaiju Baragon introduced by film critic, author and broadcaster Kim Newman, and followed by the Ultimate Frankenstein Pub Quiz
Frankenstein Conquers the World, known in Japan as Frankenstein vs. Subterranian Monster Baragon, is a kaiju film with special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. During World War II the heart of Frankenstein’s monster is transported from Germany to Japan, where it arrives in Hiroshima. On the day that it arrives, however, the United States drops the atomic bomb on the city. Fifteen years later, a vagrant child is found by doctors at a hospital in Hiroshima. The child soon draws interest when he begins growing, and soon becomes larger than a car. Eventually, the child becomes the size of a building, and escapes from the laboratory, but not before losing a hand. Studying the hand, scientists and doctors find that the boy possesses surprising regenerative qualities. After doing some investigating, it is discovered that the boy is actually the result of Frankenstein’s heart regenerating after being exposed to the radioactivity of the city’s bombing in 1945. The boy is subsequently named Frankenstein.
We are honoured that film critic, author and broadcaster Kim Newman will be joining us to speak before the film. Kim is a contributing editor to Sight & Sound and Empire magazines. His books about film include Nightmare Movies, Millennium Movies, Kim Newman’s Video Dungeon and BFI Classics studies of Cat People, Doctor Who and Quatermass and the Pit. His fiction includes the Anno Dracula series, Life’s Lottery, Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D’Urbervilles, An English Ghost Story, The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School and Angels of Music. His comics include Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland and Anno Dracula Seven Days in Mayhem. His most recent novel is The Haunting of Drearcliff Grange School. He has written for television (Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema), radio (Afternoon Theatre: Cry-Babies) and the theatre (The Hallowe’en Sessions), and directed a tiny film (Missing Girl). His official web-site is at www.johnnyalucard.com. He is on Twitter as @AnnoDracula
If that wasn’t enough, after the film we will be holding the Ultimate Frankenstein Pub Quiz. Get yourself into quiz teams. £1 entry per person on the night – prize for the winning team, and enjoy a few of our season special Frank-en-cocktails whilst you play!
This is the fourth film in our FRANKENSTEIN FOREVER season – a celebration of the cinematic legacy of Mary Shelley’s novel. Although there have been numerous straight adaptations of her gothic masterpiece, this season brings you some of the weirdest, wackiest and most bizarre films inspired by Shelley’s brilliant imagination. 2018 marks 200 years since the publication of Frankenstein.
Reckon you can survive all five screenings? Collect your season card at The Rocky Horror Picture Show and get a stamp at every film to get your exclusive FRANKENSTEIN FOREVER tote bag.
Tickets for the other films in the season can be purchased via our main Ticketsource page: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/deptfordcinema
The Rocky Horror Picture Show 2/11/18
Frankenstein Unbound 9/11/18
Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter 16/11/18
Bride of Reanimator 30/11/18
Deptford Cinema’ new film and book club will also be screening Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein alongside reading the original novel on Sunday 4th November.