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We had a fantastic time this year and everyone who came and supported the festival made it the busiest one yet, so thank you!
The winners are as follows:
AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST NEW FEATURE
1st Place: Sightseers
2nd Place: American Mary
AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST CLASSIC FEATURE
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
MELIES D'ARGENT WINNER FOR BEST EUROPEAN SHORT FILM plus ABERTOIR PRIZE FOR BEST SHORT FILM
1st Place: Nostalgic Z
2nd Place: Love Bug
3rd Place: Attack of the Brain Suckers
Also special thanks to Dan Griffiths for the winning bid in our charity auction of "Dr Phibes" ale:, proceeds to the British Royal Legion.
And finally, if you liked our poster, courtesy of our artist Peter Stevenson, a downloadable high res version can be found by clicking HERE :-)
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Abertoir is proud and honoured to be an adherent member of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation. With some 20 festivals represented, on the European continent as well as supporting members in Asia and North-America, and a joint audience of approximately 600.000 spectators, the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (EFFFF) has become one of the most powerful tools to promote the originality and creativity of the European fantasy film industry.
Present in 16 countries, it has developed a tight network of festivals that allows films to reach foreign audiences more easily and offers them a potential visibility among the public, press and professionals that it cannot find in film markets.www.melies.org Read the Full Story
1765: Joseph Curwen, an evil warlock, is burned at the stake, his last dying words cursing the village of Arkham who hunted him down. Over a hundred years later, a distant relative, Charles Ward, arrives at Arkham with his wife to inherit Curwen's castle.
They find the villagers horribly disfigured, a result of the curse, and are warned against going any further. Nonetheless, the Wards visit their castle, and soon find the power of Joseph Curwen is far from extinguished.
This is a rarely seen entry in Price and Corman's work, and screening in 35mm contains all of the luscious cinematography that we have come to expect. Interestingly, distributors AIP marketed this film as part of their Edgar Allan Poe canon, taking the title from one of Poe's poems. Yet well-versed horror fans will notice the story actually belongs to HP Lovecraft, from “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward”.
Vincent Price has always relished in theatrical acting, and his ability to carry a story single handedly is never more present than in this short film from 1970. The Sphinx is part of a series of one-man “stage shows” shot for television under the title An Evening Of Edgar Allan Poe. Told exactly word for word as Poe wrote them, Price managed to bring these classic words to life in his own inimitable way.