Our ninth Abertoir is definitely our most exciting yet! Six days of films, talks, Q&As, music and theatre awaits you, at Wales’ national horror festival. This year, we’ll be paying tribute in our own unique style to the 1980s to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Video Recordings Act, so as we shamelessly embrace the 80s, here’s a bigger sneak peak at what we’ve got in store… Passes are now on sale!
We have two guests of honour this year!
The first is known to most people as Greg Preston in the BBC TV series Survivors, but to us he’s also adored for his leading roles in Zombie Flesh Eaters, Contamination and Zombie Holocaust. IAN MCCULLOCH will be entertaining us with his brilliant anecdotes throughout his well-travelled career. He’ll also be taking part in a Q&A with our second guest of honour, the fabulous Italian director LUIGI COZZI, after a screening of their wonderful film – and one-time video nasty – CONTAMINATION.
We’ll be opening the festival in style with a very special 3D screening of Vincent Price’s classic HOUSE OF WAX. Converted from the original 3D elements to a digital format, the film has never looked so good! Throughout the six days of the festival, we’ll be hosting our usual selection of pre-release films and old-school favourites before closing with the riotous crowd-pleaser DEAD SNOW 2!
SILENT SHORTS VOL. 2
Our favourite silent film pianist Paul Shallcross is returning with a brand new collection of silent horror shorts from the early 20th century, with scores especially commissioned by Abertoir. Expect disembodied arms, disembodied heads, crocodiles on roofs and even an appearance from Buster Keaton himself, in another thoroughly entertaining and barking mad collection of the weird and wonderful.
NICKO AND JOE'S BAD FILM CLUB
Comedians Nicko and Joe will be returning to Abertoir for their usual brand of acerbic wit and mockery as they guide us through their live commentary of another 80s classic that probably should have gone the way of shoulder pads and mullets...
And here’s some more info on some of the things we’ve already announced…
THE VIDEO NASTIES
Professor MARTIN BARKER, who was one of the highest profile defenders of the video nasties, will be giving an exclusive presentation all about his role fighting the government, the media and Mary Whitehouse herself. He’ll be looking at how the whole sorry affair came about, exposing the lies and fabrications, and sharing with us his own personal experience of the time.
To complement this, our regular contributor GAVIN BADDELEY takes us on a thrilling tour back in time through the most lurid examples of history’s tawdry tabloid outrage and lynch mob censorship, while Dr JOHNNY WALKER and MARK MCKENNA take a look at exactly why and how the video nasties phenomenon have shaped today’s popular culture.
THE ABERTOIR EXPRESS!
We change tracks and divert the 80s theme as we take over The Vale of Rheidol Steam Train! As part of the festival, we’ll be offering an atmospheric Edwardian steam train journey, drinks, storytelling and a screening of the Peter Cushing /Christopher Lee classic HORROR EXPRESS on the platform itself!
After a 30th anniversary screening of GREMLINS, we’re working alongside DJ group The Leisure Hive to present LAST NIGHT A DJ TOOK MY LIFE, an 80s inspired music night that promises to mash-up, mix and remix classic horror themes with the kind of proven floor-fillers that you might expect to hear in a 1984 disco – includes a full size LED dance floor! 80s fancy dress strongly encouraged!
HP LOVECRAFT’S: THE TEMPLE
We’re also looking forward to this year’s theatre show, THE TEMPLE, a claustrophobic and atmospheric adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft’s undersea tale of possession and madness, devised and performed by actor Michael Sabbaton.
THAT’S NOT ALL!
There are plenty more things planned, plenty of guests we’ve got lined up, and plenty of surprises we won’t reveal just yet…but we’re shaping together another splendid festival this year, and we look forward to welcoming you back!