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Hammer Horror Heads to Download Festival

Hammer films have partnered with Liquid Death Presents Download and will be screening some of their classics at the rock and metal music festival.

Hammer Films at Liquid Death Presents Download

The first-ever collaboration will feature Hammer Films' celebrated night frights screenings, showcasing classic fan favourites and its latest release. Additionally, to commemorate the unholy collaboration, an exclusive, limited-edition T-shirt will be available for festival attendees. It’s a match made in hell!

“Uniting the dark forces of horror cinema and rock and metal music, Hammer Films and Liquid Death Presents Download Festival bring a bone-chilling collaboration that will thrill fans with exclusive fright night screenings, killer limited-edition merchandise and flash by Old Sarum Tattoo.”

In addition to the cinematic experience, Hammer Films is teaming up with Old Sarum Tattoo, marking Old Sarum's 11th year at Download Festival. This collaboration will offer exclusive Hammer horror flash tattoo designs, created specifically for the festival. Each person who gets tattooed will receive a cobranded Hammer Films and Old Sarum Tattoo sticker, celebrating this unique experience.


The exclusive Hammer Films T-shirt will be available only at Liquid Death Presents Download Festival for a limited run, making it a must-have collector's item for fans of horror, rock, and metal. This collaboration promises to deliver an extraordinary fusion of music and movies, setting a new standard for festival experiences.

"We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Liquid Death Presents Download Festival for the first time and bring our iconic horror films to a legion of devoted fans. Celebrating our upcoming 90th anniversary with a presence at Liquid Death Presents Download Festival allows us to connect with fans who share a passion for the dark and dramatic, much like our films. As the torchbearers of horror, we can't wait to offer a unique blend of horror and metal with our exclusive screenings and limited-edition merchandise. Prepare to be immersed in the sinister world of Hammer horror as we bring the chills and thrills to the heart of the festival." – Jonathan Lack, COO at Hammer Films.

Download is already boasting one hell of a line-up, so having Hammer Horror there is going to be something special. The festival will take place at Donington Park from 12th to 16th June 2024. As part of this unique partnership, Hammer Films will bring a spine-chilling cinematic experience to festival goers with screenings of its legendary cult horror films, including Dracula, The Mummy and The Curse of Frankenstein.

Liquid Death Presents Download XXI line-up

Liquid Death Presents Download Festival 2024 line-up

"Liquid Death Presents Download Festival has always been about more than just the music; it's about creating unforgettable experiences for our fans. Partnering with Hammer Films, a legendary name in horror, brings an exciting new dimension to this year's festival. Our fans are in for a treat with the fright night screenings, exclusive Hammer Films T-shirt, and now the addition of bespoke tattoos from Old Sarum. It's the perfect way to get ready for Hammer's 90th anniversary in November with us. Truly, this partnership is a match made in hell." - Andy Copping, Festival Booker for Liquid Death Presents Download Festival and Promoter for Live Nation.
Hammer Films
"It's an honour to partner with Hammer Films at Liquid Death Presents Download Festival this year. Our team is excited to bring exclusive Hammer horror flash designs to life, offering fans a unique way to celebrate their favourite horror classics while enjoying the festival. With our history of collaborations with major brands and artists, this partnership is a natural fit and we look forward to adding a touch of horror to the festival experience." – Darren Hubbard, Owner of Old Sarum Tattoo.

Additionally, Hammer Films will be launching its own online shop in the second half of the year, offering exclusive collectible items for fans. This new venture will provide a platform for fans to purchase unique memorabilia and limited-edition merchandise, further solidifying Hammer Films' connection with its dedicated fanbase.

 

You can check the full festival schedule below. Hammer’s carefully curated programme promises to captivate both horror aficionados and metal and rock enthusiasts. Each night features a double bill with a distinct theme, ensuring there's something for everyone.

 

Wed 12th June

From First Frights to Modern Nightmares

Kicking off our festivities, we dive into the roots of Hammer Horror with The Quatermass Xperiment, followed by our latest release, Doctor Jekyll This night bridges the gap between our pioneering past and innovative present.

 

21:30 – The Quartermass Xperiment

The Quartermass Xperiment

Professor Bernard Quartermass’ manned rocket ship returns to Earth, but two of the astronauts are missing and the survivor seems ill and unable to communicate.

 

23:30 – Doctor Jekyll

Doctor Jekyll

A modern re-imagining of the infamous Dr Jekyll from Robert Louis Stevenson's 1886 novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Dr Nina Jekyll made herself a fortune in the pharmaceutical industry, rubbing shoulders with the elite and becoming a household name. But her success came at a cost, and after scandal forced her out of the spotlight she now lives in seclusion with her demons. In need of an assistant, Jekyll hires Rob - an ex-con straight out of rehab, trying to get back on his feet. However, it soon becomes clear that there are evil forces at play, and Rob's wits are tested in a game of cat and mouse with a mysterious and manipulative entity.


You can read my full review of it HERE.

 

Thurs 13th June

Sci-Fi Shockers

Thursday brings a double dose of sci-fi horror with X The Unknown and Quartermass 2. Fans of the genre won’t want to miss these classic shockers that set the standard for science fiction in cinema.

 

21:30 – X The Unknown

X The Unknown

A radioactive mud like creature terrorises a small Scottish village.

 

23:30 – Quartermass 2

Quartermass 2

Professor Quartermass, trying to gather support for his Lunar colonisation project, is intrigued by mysterious traces that have been showing up.

 

Fri 14th June

Classic Creatures Unleashed

Friday’s theme celebrates legendary creatures of Hammer films. Experience the eerie chills of The Abominable Snowman and the timeless terror of The Mummy.

 

21:30 – The Abominable Snowman

The Abominable Snowman

A kindly English botanist and a gruff American scientist lead an expedition to the Himalayas in search of the legendary Yeti.

 

23:30 – The Mummy

The Mummy

In 1895, British archaeologists find and open the tomb of Egyptian Princess Ananka with nefarious consequences.

 

Sat 15th June

Vampire Legends

On Saturday, we delve into the world of vampires with Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter and the iconic Dracula. Witness the evolution of vampire lore as only Hammer Films can present.

 

21:30 – Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter

Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter

A master swordsman, former soldier, and his hunchbacked assistant hunt vampires.

 

23:30 – Dracula

Dracula

When Jonathan Harker rouses the ire of Count Dracula for accepting a job at the vampire’s castle under false pretences, his friend Dr Van Helsing pursues the predatory villain.

 

Sun 16th June

Frankenstein’s Legacy

We close our festival experience with a tribute to Frankenstein. Sunday’s double bill features Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell and The Curse of Frankenstein, showcasing the enduring impact of the classic tale.

 

21:30 – Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell

Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell

Baron Victor Frankenstein hides out in an insane asylum so that he may continue his experiments in re-animating the dead along with Dr Simon Helder- another crazed inmate who has been institutionalised for conducting such experiments.

 

23:30 – The Curse of Frankenstein

The Curse of Frankenstein

While awaiting execution for murder, Baron Victor Frankenstein tells the story of a creature he built and brought to life- only for it to behave not as he intended.

 

For more info about Liquid Death Presents Download and how to get tickets, head over to their website HERE. For the latest on Hammer Films head over to their website, Facebook, Instagram, X, Tik-Tok or YouTube Channel.

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