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PRINCE OF DARKNESS

Series

Series Name
Mining Review 16th Year

Issue

Issue No.
1
Date Released
Sep 1962
Stories in this Issue:
  1. 1FLYING IN
  2. 2PRINCE OF DARKNESS
  3. 3WHITER THAN WHITE
  4. 4(Untitled record)

Story

Story No. within this Issue
2 / 4
Summary
BFI synopsis: The Jayrick Film Society of Mansfield complete their second horror film.
NCB Commentary - "There’s a vampire at the bottom of your coal pit", even if director, Jack Davies, isn’t all together satisfied with its girl-carrying technique. It’s all part of the day’s shooting by the Jayrich Film Society which numbers amongst its members many men and women from the coal industry. This is their second horror film - an epic called "Prince of Darkness".
Dracula is played by Eddie Newby, a faceworker at Bentinck Colliery and talking of faces, this is how he puts it on. Sylvia Hancock, a miner’s wife plays the tremendously feminine lead and recording the effects is a matter of all hands to the frying-pan.
In the cutting room, director Davies, and the Society’s Secretary, Jeff Stocks, the Manager’s Clerk at Cotes Park Colliery go to it. Bit by bit, the picture comes together.
Going on location often causes some surprise to bystanders which, I suppose, is only natural when you consider the nature of the costumes and the props.
Good-luck to the Jayrich Film Society.
Researcher Comments
Commentary recorded at Kays Carlton Hill on 30th July 1962.
Keywords
Organisations; Entertainment and leisure; Cinema
Written sources
British Film Institute Databases   Used for synopsis
Film User   Vol.16 No.193 November 1962, p595.
The National Archives COAL 32   /13 Scripts for Mining Review, 1960-1963
Credits:
Production Co.
Documentary Technicians Alliance
Sponsor
National Coal Board

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