Spaghetti and Splatter


What is it about Italy that makes it the home of not just the giallo genre, but also the mecca for chic gore of every description, from cannibal gut-munchers to zombie flesh-eaters. Plundering a diverse range of ingredients, from history and culture, to religion and diet, our irreverent horror scholar Gavin Baddeley investigates the recipe which makes the Italians the undisputed maestros of the messy end of the horror genre.

  • Films
    Whet your appetite for the real meat of the festival; the films we’re screening for Abertoir!
  • Events
    We’ve got such sights to show you for our 2019 edition, folks, it’s gonna be a scream!
  • Guests
    See who’ll be joining us as our guests of honour, at this year’s Abertoir!
  • Short films competition
    Find out who’s in the running for our prestigious Abertoir prize and the Melies D'Argent!