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ONE of the most controversial British slasher movies ever made is set to be screened at a former Conwy chapel later this month.

Peeping Tom - which was vilified by audiences and critics when first released - will be shown in the town's Tabernacl chapel as part of a horror fest.

The movie, made by renowned director Michael Powell in 1960, was credited with being the first slasher film, featuring Karlheinz Bohm as a deranged serial killer filming women as he murders them. Furious critics at the time described it as "the nastiest film I have ever seen," and, "it's a long time since a film disgusted me as much as Peeping Tom - beastly picture".

The movie is blamed for destroying Powell's career, but in later years it has attracted a cult following and been reevaluated as a "masterpiece", by among others director Martin Scorcese.

However, the setting of the cinema in a 19th Century place of worship could reignite complaints from former parishioners who have argued it is wrong to show horror films in a old church.

Steve Swindon, CEO of TAPE, the group putting on the horror festival, said: "I think the event as a whole contributes in so many ways to the local community and has created some amazing and lasting experiences for audiences and individuals taking part.

"The positive, year-round impact of this festival is what motivates us to continue to give our time, for free, to this event.

"We're hoping for good audiences as the venue is great, it brings folks into the town."

Other films being shown over the next three weeks as part of the Chapel of Horror event include a premiere of a new audio-only adaptation of American director Herk Harvey's 1962 experimental oddity, Carnival of Souls.

On Saturday, November 11, the event will see the 25th anniversary screening of Sleepwalkers - a film about modern-day vampires who prey on young women.

This will be followed by the Texas Chainsaw Massacre - banned in the UK up until 1999. The movie follows a group of friends who fall victim to a family of cannibals while on their way to visit an old homestead.

The final weekend will show Ravenous - a 1999 black comedy horror-suspense film which revolves around cannibalism in 1840s California - on Saturday, November 18.

The free month-long Coastline Film Festival set up to celebrate film and community will get underway on Monday, November 6, and will run throughout November across a number of venues. It will host several film workshops, masterclasses, projects and opportunities for festival-goers to develop skills and gain training in the film industry.

All films as part of Chapel of Horror will be screened at 7.30pm and are strictly for those over the age of 18.

The former chapel, off Lancaster Square, is now run as a community venue by the owners of the Gwynfryn Bed and Breakfast.

Ahead of the initial Chapel of Horror festival launch two years ago, former minister Lord Roger Roberts of Llandudno described the event as "the equivalent of having a funfair in a graveyard". | Tickets are available to buy on the door or from TAPE on Berthes Road, Old Colwyn. Peeping Tom will be shown on Sunday, November 19, at 7.30pm.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Nov 4, 2017
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