LOOKING for something different this Valentine’s? Well maybe the Braid Arts Centre in Ballymena has just the thing for you, with their drive-in movie night at the Ballee playing fields from 7.30pm on Valentine’s night.
Presented as part of the BFI’s gothic season, the evening will treat viewers to a double-bill of ghoulishly good horror movies, My Bloody Valentine (1981) and Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula) (1992). Viewers will be able to enjoy both films from the comfort and relative safety of their own vehicles.
Not to be confused with the stodgy below-par 2009 3D remake, George Mihalka’s original 1981 version of My Bloody Valentine, released during the height of the slasher genre’s popularity in the early 1980s has become somewhat a cult genre classic. Heavily inspired by other popular slasher films, such as Halloween (1978) and Friday the 13th (1980), famously the film had nine minutes cut from its runtime due to the excessive amount of violence and gore onscreen.
Coppola’s Academy Award winning vision of Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a wonderfully stylized and gothic extravaganza. That features a seductively powerful central performance by British actor Gary Oldman as the infamous Transylvanian Count and Anthony Hopkins’s memorably over the top portrayal of vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing.
Tickets for the double-bill are priced at £10 per car and can be purchased directly from the Braid’s website or by contacting their box-office on (028) 25635900.