Screening: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Venue: Braid Film Theatre, Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena
Welcome to Fright Club.
We just hosted our very first ever Fright Club screening at the Braid Arts Centre in partnership with the Braid Film Theatre and we have to say that we couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out. We sold over 50 tickets for this debut screening and honestly that was a fantastic turnout.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) is a very important film to me. It was one of the first horror film franchises that I ever saw (thanks to my older sister) and has really stayed with me ever since that first viewing. I think maybe Dream Warriors or Dream Master might have actually been the first Freddy film that I saw on VHS back in the day but once I realised that these films were actually sequels, I was eager to seek out the original and very quickly became obsessed with it. That obsession has lasted nearly 30 years.
For those Fright Club members in attendance, not only did they get to celebrate 35 years of Freddy Krueger by watching the original and best Elm Street flick projected on a large wall in the company of fellow horror fans but we also had loads of cool props and photo opportunities including a replica of Nancy Thompson’s infamous phone and a handmade replica of the Elm Street signpost itself.
One of the things we definitely wanted to do when starting Fright Club was to try to have each screening linked to a charity. We managed to get in contact with someone who was raising money for NI Children To Lapland. This charity raises much needed funds for children with life changing illnesses and send them to Lapland. I think you’ll agree it is a very worthy cause. We were also giving out free popcorn and an amazing raffle prize containing some awesome artwork from artist Lauren Rankin and a one of a kind Freddy Krueger plush made specifically for this event.
A massive thank you to everybody who bought tickets and came out to this debut screening. This was on Halloween evening and we know there is a helluva lot of competition so we appreciate all the love. We hope to see you soon at a future screening and please keep supporting us by following our official TWITTER account.
Peace & love. Gav & Danny