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Horror film history of Kensal Green Cemetery
One of the big seven cemeteries, Kensal Green Cemetery has been an inspiration to horror directors. The gothic and historic location is the backdrop to brutal murder in “Theatre of Blood” (1972), a solemn memorial in “Secret Ceremony” (1968) and the power of a Mummy in “The Awakening” (1980)
Horrors of the Battersea Funfair
In the 1950s Battersea Park opened it’s own Funfair, and once it did the horror filmmakers came running. Horror films – including “The Mutations” starring Donald Pleasance and “Gorgo” London’s 1969 answer to Godzilla – used the bright lights of the funfair to contrast with dark stories, that is until the Battersea funfair had a real-life horror of its own.
Betty Davis plays a nightmarish Nanny here at 30 Chester Terrace
The elegant flats off Regents Park are home to a sinister nanny and maid played by Bette Davis in “The Nanny”. Listen to this viewpoint to hear about this lesser-known of Davis’ horror films which inspired a generation of evil babysitters, nannies and caretakers.
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The Everyday Heroes of Postman’s Park – ‘A brave Fireman’
Recounts the story of Fireman George Lee who, in 1876, lost his life while attempting to save people from a fire in St John Street, Clerkenwell.