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Valentine’s weekend. A time for murder, deadly potions and a young woman transforming into a zombie at the hands of a Haitian voodoo master, obviously.

And so it is that Newcastle Castle continues to stake a claim as one of the most intriguing new guerrilla film screening joints in town, with a canny Anti-Valentine’s showing of the very first feature length zombie film, White Zombie, alongside a special introductory talk by notable horror expert Mark Iveson, taking place on Saturday 13th February.

Best known for his turn as the definitive Count Dracula, the picture stars a mesmerising Bela Lugosi at the height of his fame. Released in 1932 just before the enforcement of strict censorship guidelines across American film, the wildly ambitious White Zombie combines a great horror atmosphere with a torturous plot and outrageously overwrought acting, leading to a critical mauling upon release and a fascinatingly bifurcated modern reputation.

The Castle’s Peter Cumiskey told us: “we screened the original film version of Dracula in November, so now we’re bringing a night dedicated to the most iconic vampire of all. Sinister and brooding with a penchant for enchanting beautiful ladies, it was a happy coincidence that one of the dates we had free was the night before Valentine’s Day!”

With tickets currently flying out, we recommend you grab yours quickly!

Anti-Valentine’s: Bela Lugosi Night takes place at Newcastle Castle on Saturday 13th February.

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