FORBIDDEN WORLDS FILM FESTIVAL – 13th-15th May, Former Bristol IMAX Cinema

A new genre film festival is coming to Bristol to celebrate 40 years of 20th Century Flicks!

1982 was a big year for film

That year, Bristol’s beloved video shop, 20th Century Flicks, opened its doors for the first time. Over the past forty years, it has survived the transitions from VHS to DVD to streaming, and remained a key fixture in the city’s cultural landscape. To this day, you can still rent out discs and tapes, or hire one of its two private cinemas.

Also in 1982, film fans were treated to a huge number of genre classics on the big screen – and so we hit upon an idea…

To celebrate 20th Century Flicks turning 40, a new film festival will come to Bristol in May. Forbidden Worlds will be a three-day event, dedicated to genre cinema with a particular focus on some of the classics and curios that emerged in 1982.

Hosting the event is the former Bristol IMAX, situated in Bristol Aquarium. Originally opened in 2000, this venue has tiered seating for 315 persons and is site to an impressive 19m x 15m screen – truly a big screen experience!

Confirmed screenings include Ridley Scott’s science-fiction classic Blade Runner; Australian post-apocalyptic masterpiece Mad Max 2 (the perfect opportunity to watch on the big screen and see how it compares to Fury Road); Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper’s supernatural chiller Poltergeist; Basket Case, the film that may have influenced Malignant; Roger Corman’s gleefully gory Alien rip-off Forbidden World; John Frankenheimer’s criminally underseen martial arts movie The Challenge, starring Scott Glenn and Japanese acting titan Toshiro Mifune; bizarre Taiwanese fantasy adventure Thrilling Bloody Sword that plays out like the weird love child of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Masters of the Universe; plus two children’s faves from 1982, The Dark Crystal and The Secret of NIMH. Additionally, we will also be showing Hammer’s Dracula A.D. 1972 to mark the 100th anniversary of Christopher Lee’s birth.

When: 13th-15th May 2022

Location: Former Bristol IMAX Cinema, Bristol Aquarium

Tickets: Ticket and weekend/day passes now on sale


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