Hunchback of Notre Dame, Usher Hall, 31 October, Edinburgh

Jonathan Melville 22 September, 2013 0
Hunchback of Notre Dame, Usher Hall, 31 October, Edinburgh

Each year at Halloween, Edinburgh’s Usher Hall organises an evening dedicated to chilling attendees to the bone – for 31 October 2013 they’ve selected the 1923 silent film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Hunchback at the Usher HallSet in 15th century Paris, the story involves a hunch-backed bell-ringer, a gypsy queen and a plot to stir-up a peasant revolt for personal gain. Sit on the edge of your seat as the tension mounts.

Hunchback was Universal’s “Super Jewel” of 1923 and was their most successful silent film, grossing over $3 million. The film is most notable for the grand sets as well as Lon Chaney’s performance and spectacular make-up as the tortured bell-ringer of Notre Dame.

The film elevated Chaney, already a well-known character actor, to full star status in Hollywood, and also helped set a standard for many later horror films.

The audience is encouraged to dress as characters from the film, gypsy style or 1920’s garb.

Tickets are now on sale and cost £12 each, visit www.usherhall.co.uk or call the box office on 0131 228 1155.