Event Review: Jameson Cult Film Club’s Chill in the Chapel, Union Chapel Islington | Friday 29th October

Jameson Cult Film Club continued its annual Halloween horror movie-fest at Islington’s Union Chapel this past weekend. Spanning Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, cult movie fans would be treated to one iconic film from cinema’s past per night, along with Jameson’s legendary venue dressing and interactive experiences. Deadly Movies was there to soak up the atmosphere on opening night, being transported back to 1960s London for a screening of the 1967 Hammer sci-fi horror ‘Quatermass and the Pit‘. The film, a grand example of British cult sci-fi, concerns the discovery of crashed alien spacecraft beneath the fictional London tube station of Hobb’s End.

Fans were welcomed into the venue via the entrance dressed as the fictional tube station, complete with Hobbs End underground sign. Inside, Jameson’s customary hospitality entitles you to a couple of free whisky cocktails and mingling among the various dressed rooms and interactive ‘Quatermass and the Pit‘ performers. guests could partake in ‘brain experiments’ with characters from the film, walk around a full scale model of the crashed alien spacecraft, or recline with a cocktail amongst the decadent leather wing chairs and Chesterfield sofas.

When the movie started, guests took to their Chapel pews, either on the ground floor or, for those who used their initiative, up in the vast gallery, for an exceptional view of both screen and venue. The film was introduced by actors playing Professor Quatermass and Dr Roney, standing beneath the screen in this grand old Victorian Gothic building (which is still used for worship on Sundays). As the lights dimmed the audience revelled in this most eccentric piece of British cinema, as camp as it is wacky, as hysterical as it is creepy. The last 20 minutes especially had the audience glued to the film’s finale which, is very dark, foreboding, and almost hypnotising. For a cult movie screening at Halloween, this was spot on.

Following the film, viewers were invited back to, what really did feel like, the drawing room, for more drinks and deliberation over what the hell we had just witnessed. A wonderful night out, very entertaining, and a yearly diary must for film, cult, and horror fans. Guests on Saturday and Sunday were treated to a similar movie experience with all the trimmings, this time with screenings of ‘The Amityville Horror‘ (1979) and ‘Psycho‘ (1960) respectively.

You can find out more about Jameson Cult Film Club as well as future screenings here