Horror Channel star announced as festival guest

Emily Booth
Emily Booth

A WELL-KNOWN name in the world of screen horror is the latest guest announced for October’s Ingrid Pitt Queen of Horror Festival.

Emily Booth presenter and actress, regularly presents for the Horror Channel, and has starred in cult films including Evil Aliens, Doghouse, Pervirella, and Cradle of Fear. She is also a regular on the horror festival circuit, though is delighted to be involved in the first horror festival in her home town.

“It is about time because I have always thought Hastings is unique, it’s steeped in history,” she said.

“It’s got a great haunted history, it’s got quite a bloody history, and I think that in terms of the atmosphere in and around the Old Town it’s fantastic.”

The festival is being held in memory of hammer horror legend Ingrid Pitt who died in 2010, and will take place in and around the Old Town from October 26 to 28.

It will feature screenings, a film competition, and a masquerade ball, among other events. At the festival Emily will be screening her film Evil Aliens, hosting a horror quiz, and will also be involved with the Haunted Hastings tour, which forms part of the festival programme.

Of Ingrid Pitt herself she said: “She was a goddess, and she has got a huge fan base.

The films that she was in are the films lovingly referenced in Lesbian Vampire Killers.”

Although Emily is involved with modern rather than classic horror, she remains a fan of the entire genre.

She said: “I have been watching horror movies since I was 12, and I am so passionate about the genre.

“I think it is the best genre in terms of exploring the human psyche.

“The chance to see old films on the big screen is quite a rare treat in itself. All modern horror owes something to those old films.”

For information and tickets visit pittofhorror.com.