To celebrate the festive season we at Hellfire chose some of our favourite Christmas-themed golden oldies to screen at the “Ho Ho Hellfire” Christmas Special at Lime Bar Cafe in Folkestone.Caroling it’s way to the big screen was – unsurprisingly – ‘A Christmas Carol’ (aka Scrooge). The 1951 festive fantasy feature, starring Alistair Sim as the wily old Ebenezer Scrooge, is widely considered to be the best and most definitive version of any Charles Dickens adaptations.
Next on the playlist was Miracle on 34th Street. Although John Hughes did a marvellous job with the 1994 version starring Richard Attenborough and Mara Wilson we chose to screen the 1947 version instead. Edmund Gwenn’s portrayal as Kris Kringle showed us why Christmas still has that magical mystical feeling, even if it was all in black and white! But that just adds to to enchantment of classic movies.
Finally, by audience request, we screened Blackadder’s Christmas Carol, a hilarious parody of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
So that just leaves us to say everyone at Hellfire would like to wish you a Merry humbug-free Christmas and a very Happy New Year. We’ll see you in January!