GUEST OF HONOUR
Despite being a prolific actress, Catriona is most loved and respected for her time in the Italian horror industry being the lead actress in Lucio Fulci's classics The House by the Cemetery, The Beyond and City of the Living Dead. She may otherwise be recognisable from an appearance in Hawk the Slayer. Most recently, Catriona has returned to embrace her iconic status as a horror star by taking on various newer projects, including The Theatre Bizarre, last year's short film Employee of the Month and the soon to be completed feature Chimeres.
Gavin Baddeley is an English writer specialising in the devilish and decadent, Gothic and macabre, with a special interest in the darker fringes of history. In addition to penning numerous books in these areas, he’s written for numerous, diverse periodicals and newspapers, ranging from The Observer and Knave, to Metal Hammer and Medieval History magazine. While researching his first book, Lucifer Rising, Baddeley was made an honorary priest by the 20th century’s leading Satanist, San Francisco’s ‘Black Pope’ Anton LaVey, and has subsequently made numerous media appearances and advised sundry bodies as a leading expert on the dark arts. He is also an honoured friend of the Abertoir Horror Festival, from which he will never be able to leave escape…!
Steven is a writer, cinematographer and director who shot to acclaim on the festival circuit with his dark cult hit Mum and Dad. He is the co-director of Nottingham’s own horror festival Mayhem and his second feature Dead Mine gets its second UK screening at Abertoir.
Russell Cherrington is a filmmaker and senior lecturer at the University of Derby. He has written three features for Seraphim Films and is a lifelong friend of Clive Barker. Russell was instrumental in restoring Nightbreed to the longer version we see today.
A professional actor for over 30 years, Simon worked for Clive Barker as the Butterball Cenobite in the first two Hellraiser films and created the role of Ohnaka in the 'Nightbreed'. More recently he worked with Jonas Armstrong as Derek in 'The Book of Blood' for Matador Pictures. He recently finished filming 'Dead of the Nite' with Tony Todd, and is due to start filming 'The 4th Reich' in the Ukraine during 2013.
Nick is best known for his work as the Chatterer Cenobite in Cliver Barker's Hellraiser and Hellraiser II. He played Kinksi in Nightbreed and has also written for Marvel Comics (Warheads, Mortigan Goth, Hellraiser and Nightbreed). He has recently published a book of short stories What Monsters Do.
Hugh is an accomplished theatrical actor who has a thriving career on stage, film and television. His TV appearances include Absolutely Fabulous, Between the Lines and as Major Mungo Munro in Sharpe's Gold, Sharpe's Battle and Sharpe's Sword. As well as playing Narcisse in Nightbreed, his film work includes appearances in The Iron Lady, Dorian Gray, Bronson, Hannibal Rising, Patriot Games and Trainspotting.
A request from his local film society in Brecon to accompany “Metropolis” set Paul onto a career in silent films, and since 2001 he has given over two hundred performances throughout England and Wales. He is the regular accompanist for the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales and has written over fifty film scores ranging from classic silent comedies to newly commissioned 'silents' and recently discovered prints from the early years of the last century. This will be Paul's fifth appearance at Abertoir and as usual he will be giving a short illustrated talk before performing his newly commissioned score for Tod Browning's "The Unknown"."
PROFESSOR PETER HUTCHINGS
Peter Hutchings is a respected academic who has written a number of books and articles on British film, television and international horror cinema. He is also an expert on the science fiction genre and has a continuing interest in sensational popular cultural forms. He is currently a professor at Northumbria University.
DR RUSS HUNTER
Russ Hunter is a Lecturer in Film & Television at Northumbria University and has written on various aspects of Italian horror cinema. He is the co-editor of a forthcoming edited book on the cinema of Dario Argento and is currently working on a book on the history of European horror cinema. Russ has also published in numerous film encyclopaedias and reference guides.
DR JAMIE SEXTON
Jamie Sexton is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at Northumbria University. His research is mostly concerned with alternative forms of film and other media, particularly cult cinema and independent cinema. He is currently co-editor of the book series Cultographies.
DR PAUL NEWLAND
Paul Newland is Lecture in Film in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University. He has published widely on British cinema and representations of landscapes.
Dellamorte is a confirmed lifelong horror obsessive, even his DJ name comes from an Italian zombie film! When he's not watching ghoulish movies however, he can be found exploring music of every sort. A DJ for 16 years, he plays regularly in London and founded internet station Barricade Radio.
Doctor Caligari are a new pyschobilly band from the outskirts of Cardiff, with songs inspired by a life long love of horror movies, lust and rock n' roll. What originally began as a solo project by guitarist and song writer Johnny Horror has evolved into an active band, featuring Mr. E (formely of popular Steam Punk band Ghostfire) on vocals.
Songs range from the frantic "Corpses in Her Bed" and "The Dirt Dead" to the deliberatly slow paced and sleezy offering of "She Likes It Spooky", having earned positive reviews and fans across Europe and the United States, their self entitled E.P will be available from Halloween. With a complete line up and passion for blood, guts and gore, Doctor Caligari are set to take to the psychobilly stage.