Events 2018

Animat perform The Last Man On Earth

Musicians, producers and DJs Mark Daly and Michael Harding have been working together as Animat since 2005. They specialise in developing and performing new soundtracks to cult films and have played live at cinemas, festivals and other venues throughout the UK. They are revisiting their acclaimed live soundtrack to The Last Man On Earth, one of Vincent Price's most underrated films. Animat's soundtrack is played live with a mixture of their own original brand of dubby downtempo and an eclectic selection of tracks from their DJ archive.

Camp Abertoir Valentine's Prom Night

Dust off those garms and get ready to strut your stuff as we offer up a real mish-mash of two of our slashers at our Valentine’s Prom Night! There’ll be fine era-appropriate tunes with a sprinkling of horror spun by resident DJ Dellamorte, as well as the usual Abertoir-style surprises...!

Campire Creepers

From master of horror Alexandre Aja, the director of films such as The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha, and Horns, comes an original anthology series that brings classic campfire stories to life in stunning Virtual Reality. Produced by Oculus and Future Lighthouse, Campfire Creepers invites viewers to join the fire circle at a summer camp called Camp Coyote as a group of kids take turns telling spooky tales. Inspired by cult classics like Creepshow and Tales from the Crypt, every episode of Campfire Creepers is a wild ride that will have you laughing and screaming in equal measure.Episodes 1 and 2…

Cut and Run: An Introduction to the Slasher Film


Want to know why so many films depict teens being murdered on national holidays? Ever wondered what would motivate a dentist to kill? Need to figure out why there are so many slasher film porn parodies? This talk will chart the progression of the slasher film from its origins, through its hey-day in the 80s, up to the present. Along the way, we’ll revisit the bad dancing, wild special FX, and bizarre homicides that make the slasher a fan-pleasing staple of horror cinema.

Do Serial Killers Really Exist?


Tracing back the ancestry of the manical murderer through horror film and fiction, from the mad axemen of macabre cliche, to the franchise slashers of the video era, and the suave homicidal geniuses found in modern TV box sets, we look at how much such - purportedly realistic - monsters were grounded in reality, and whether the antics of flamboyant fictional mass killers have ever inspired actual atrocities. Finally, exploring the twilight zone between fact and fable, we look at how far horror fiction has influenced how we the general public, law enforcement experts - and even the perpetrators themselves…

Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3D


We love a bit of fun here at Abertoir, and we racked our heads to come up with a great way to host another offsite screening. We looked at lakes in the middle of forests, we thought about boats, we thought about all night-camping! Then we had a brainwave - one of the most entertaining Friday the 13th instalments is Part 3, a brilliantly exploitative rollercoaster ride of old-school 3D silliness that’s particularly important for being the first film in which Jason Vorhees dons his iconic hockey mask. So where to show this? Believe it or not, we’ve found a…

Nicko and Joe's Bad Film Club

Comedians Nicko and Joe know terrible cinema better than anyone, and we like to drag them here in order to demonstrate some true cinematic shit for you, complete with their own, very special, very silly live commentary. Regulars know what to expect by now – verbal abuse, free sweets and a truly terrible film!

Pub Quiz

The Abertoir Pub Quiz is a chance to win some fabulous goodies, and to show off your film knowledge! Don’t expect any sense of coherence, but expect plenty of impossible questions, plenty of drinks…and if you’re lucky, plenty of prizes too!

Scala Forever!


It's no secret that we love a good exploitation cinema here at Abertoir - in fact we even themed a whole festival around them a few years back when we looked at New York's 42nd Street. But what of more home-grown gems? London was home to our very own jewel in the crown of exploitation exhibition with the Scala, an exceptionally atmospheric repertory cinema with its mysteriously rumbling auditorium and resident cats. People travelled from all over the country to have their minds blown by its alchemical mix of double-bills and all-nighters, specialising in horror, cult movies, kung fu, LGBT+,…

Sean S. Cunningham Filmmaking Masterclass

Sean S. Cunningham has made an incredible impact in the film industry. His films are loved by fans, and even studied by students: there’s no denying the importance his movies have made in the horror genre. Sean started his career with low budget filmmaking, and in this special masterclass he will share with us his secrets to making films on a tight budget and making them count. If you’re interested in becoming a filmmaker, or simply want to learn about the world of low budget filmmaking, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear from a real-life movie…

Sean S. Cunningham in conversation with Stephen Thrower

Sean S. Cunningham is a name familiar to horror fans worldwide – the man behind such legendary films as The Last House on the Left, House, DeepStar Six, and of course Friday the 13th. We are honoured to welcome Sean to the Abertoir stage to talk about his fascinating career, from his low budget filmmaking beginnings through to holding top position amongst horror fans, in an insightful interview led by author and journalist Stephen Thrower.

Silent Shorts Vol. IV

Once again, we’ve teamed up with the wonderful silent film pianist Paul Shallcross to mine the seemingly inexhaustible realms of Silent Horror to produce a programme featuring the best of the malevolent and macabre from early cinema. Each of the four films will be accompanied on the piano by Paul whose scores have been specially written for Abertoir. As usual Paul will give illustrated introductions to the films and these will include some of the unintended and amusing happenings which escaped the directorial eye. This will be the first time in the world that Silent Short Vol IV will be…

The Elvis Dead

Rev up the Delta and come on a trip to a cabin in the Tennessee backwoods via Graceland, to witness cult classic horror movie Evil Dead 2 reinterpreted through the songs of Elvis Presley. Every now and then an idea strikes that seems extremely absurd and yet at the same time bizarrely fitting. This loving tribute concert to the sequel to the ultimate in gruelling terror and the King of rock ‘n’ roll is just such an idea!