Today we want to pay tribute to the Festival’s long history focusing on what was the 1980 edition of the Molins Horror Film Festival, which at that time consisted of the famous 12 hours horror marathon.

The 80s are fashionable and recovering historic figures from that time is mandatory nowadays. There are a lot of examples from Turbo Kid movie, screened at this year’s MolinsHorror, to Kung Fury or the resurgence of the Back to the future and Star Wars sagas. But ¿What happens with the ones who keep on track since the 70s? That longevity deserves some kind of recognition and that is what we are doing today.

1980: VII Molins Horror Film Festival

By way of background, in 1980 where premiered important horror films like The shining (Stanley Kubrick), The Changeling (Peter Medak) or Friday the 13th (Sean S. Cunningham). Also that same year died the genius Alfred Hitchcock and “Il nome della rosa” by Umberto Eco was published. That same year 1980 Namco premiered in Japan its famous game Pacman and in Spain a referendum was held to accept Andalucía as a new “autonomía”. And at the local level that year the Secretariado de Danza de la Juventud Católica, the Agrupa and the Amigos del Camello gathered at La Peni’s bar to recover the idea of the Molins de Rei Carnival.

That edition of the Molins Horror Film Festival was held the 5th of July 1980 at 10 p.m. at Cine Joventut and the tickets could be bought at Estanco Margarit fom Molins de Rei. It had the famous performances, characteristic brand of the Festival, which consisted on a executioner that cut the tickets at the entrance with an axe. There was also a representation of a funeral and the screening had the assistance of Dracula itself. During the twelve hours horror marathon, which extended to fourteen hours, a conference by Profesor Kaydeda, historian and book author, was held focused on witchery and Satanism.

1980: VII Molins Horror Film Festival

Seven films were screened in collaboration with the Cine-Club and Grupo de Cinema in an event that ended around 10 a.m. on the next dayt, Sunday the 6th of July 1980. The chosen films where “Alien”, “Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht”, “Dance of the Vampires”, “Dawn of the Dead”, “The Hills Have Eyes”, “The Fury” and “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”.


The press of that time of course covered the Festival. Here you have some examples:

1980: VII Molins Horror Film Festival press coverage
1980: VII Molins Horror Film Festival press coverage
1980: VII Molins Horror Film Festival press coverage
1980: VII Molins Horror Film Festival press coverage

These are the details of the screened films at the “12 hores de Cine de Terror de Molins de Rei” of 1980:


Alien, el octavo pasajero

Original title: Alien
Year: 1979
Length: 116 min.
Country: Unites States
Director: Ridley Scott
Screenwriter: Dan O’Bannon
Music: Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography: Dereck Vanlint & Denys Ayling
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Yaphet Kotto, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, Ian Holm
Production: 20th Century Fox / Brandywine Production
Synopsis: The commercial vessel Nostromo receives a distress call from an unexplored planet. After searching for survivors, the crew heads home only to realize that a deadly bioform has joined them.



Nosferatu, vampiro de la noche

Original title: Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht
Year: 1979
Length: 106 min.
Country: West Germany (RFA)
Director: Werner Herzog
Screenwriter: Werner Herzog (Book: Bram Stoker)
Music: Popol Vuh
Cinematography: Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein
Cast: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Jacques Dufilho
Production: Werner Herzog Film Production. 20th Century Fox released.
Synopsis: Jonathan and Lucy live in Wismar and the Count wants a house there. Varna is a port on the Black Sea, close to Dracula’s castle.



El baile de los vampiros

Original title: Dance of the Vampires (The Fearless Vampire Killers or: Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck)
Year: 1967
Length: 111 min.
Country: United Kingdom
Director: Roman Polanski
Screenwriters: Gérard Brach, Roman Polanski
Music: Christopher Komeda (AKA Krysztof T. Komeda)
Cinematography: Douglas Slocombe
Cast: Jack MacGowran, Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate, Alfie Bass, Ferdy Mayne, Jessie Robins, Iain Quarrier, Terry Downes, Fiona Lewis
Production: Coproduction United Kingdom-USA; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Synopsis: A noted professor and his dim-witted apprentice fall prey to their inquiring vampires, while on the trail of the ominous damsel in distress.




Original title: Dawn of the Dead
Year: 1978
Length: 126 min.
Country: Unites States
Director: George A. Romero
Screenwriter: George A. Romero
Music: Dario Argento & The Goblins
Cinematography: Michael Gornick
Cast: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross, David Crawford, David Early, Richard France, Howard Smith, Tom Savini
Production: Laurel Group
Synopsis: Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.



Las colinas tienen ojos

Original title: The Hills Have Eyes
Year: 1977
Length: 89 min.
Country: Unites States
Director: Wes Craven
Screenwriter: Wes Craven
Music: Don Peake
Cinematography: Eric Saarinen
Cast: Susan Lanier, Robert Houston, Martin Speer, Dee Wallace, Virginia Vincent, Lance Gordon, Michael Berryman
Production: Blood Relations Co.
Synopsis: On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack.



La furia

Original title: The Fury
Year: 1978
Length: 118 min.
Country: Unites States
Director: Brian De Palma
Screenwriter: John Farris
Music: John Williams
Cinematography: Richard H. Kline
Cast: Amy Irving, Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Carrie Snodgress, Charles Durning, Fiona Lewis, Andrew Stevens, Carol Eve Rossen, Rutanya Alda, Joyce Easton, William Finley, Jane Lambert, Dennis Franz, Andrew Stevens, Daryl Hannah, Laura Innes
Production: 20th Century Fox
Synopsis: A government agent is determined to come to his son’s rescue when a sinister official kidnaps him to harbor his extremely powerful psychic abilities.



La invasion de los ultracuerpos

Original title: Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Year: 1978
Length: 115 min.
Country: Unites States
Director: Philip Kaufman
Screenwriter: W.D. Richter (Novel: Jack Finney)
Music: Denny Zeitlin
Cinematography: Michael Chapman
Cast: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright, Art Hindle, Lelia Goldoni, Kevin McCarthy, Don Siegel, Tom Luddy, Michael Chapman
Production: MGM
Synopsis: In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion.


1980: VII Molins Horror Film Festival

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