Most fitting for the Halloween weekend, Alice Cooper appeared at the BFI Southbank on Friday 28th October to discuss horror films. Attendees were treated to Alice Cooper make-up sets on their seats, and a selection of his music before the event began. Interviewing Cooper was Alan Jones, veteran film writer and FrightFest founder.
Cooper enthusiastically discussed his horror movie favourites from his youth. He also talked about the films that influenced him in terms of appearance and stage show. Clips from What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and Barbarella were screened, with Cooper illustrating why these films were important influences.
As well as elaborating on some of his favourite horror movies, Alice Cooper also talked about his acting career. He discussed working with Robert Englund on Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, where he played the father of the notorious horror villain. Cooper also mentioned another film he made called Monster Dog, which sounds like a must see.
The evening was concluded by a screening of Halloween, introduced by Cooper. I was lucky enough to attend a drinks reception after the event, where I was thrilled to get a chance to meet Alice Cooper. In person, he was congenial and happy to talk to everyone. Our brief discussion extended to talking about our shared birthday, as well as our mutual love of The Haunting.
Many thanks to the wonderful team at the BFI for extending their hospitality.