Abertoir: Cardiff 2017

Once again, Abertoir, Wales' International Horror Festival, is uprooting from mid-Wales to take over Chapter Arts Centre's Halloween line-up!

Best of all, if you want to come for the full day, you can get a day pass for only £20! Find that and all the booking info you need on Chapter's website HERE. You can call Chapter (029 2030 4400) to book tickets too. Read on to see what's in store...

Sunday, October 29th
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

1:30pm PSYCHO (15)
4pm 78/52 (15)
6:15pm HABIT + Q&A (18 tbc)

Bad Film Club: The Mangler

(Tobe Hooper, USA 1995, 105 mins)

What better way to commemorate the legendary horror director Tobe Hooper than with a special, affectionate p*ss-take of one his, er, classics – The Mangler. Starring genre stalwarts like Robert Englund and Ted Levine, The Mangler is a film unlike any other, in that it’s about an old laundry press that kills people. Join comedians Nicko and Joe for an uproariously entertaining live commentary to this horror disasterpiece.

Habit + Q&A

(Simeon Halligan, UK 2017, 90 mins)

Manchester. Michael divides his time between the job center and the pub. A chance meeting with Lee, an introduction to her Uncle Ian and a heavy night on the lash lead to a job working the door at a Northern Quarter massage parlour. After witnessing the violent death of one of the punters, Michael experiences blood-drenched flashbacks and feels himself being sucked into a twilight world that he doesn't understand but that is irresistibly attractive. When he eventually finds out what goes on in the room below Cloud 9, Michaels' life will never be the same again.

Habit is a modern, urban horror film which considers the malaise of struggling city life through the lens of bloody horror. Directed by Simeon Halligan (Splintered, White Settlers) and starring Jessica Barden (In the Dark Half), Elliot James Langridge (Let’s Be Evil, Hollyoaks) and Roxanne Pallett (The Violators, Emmerdale), prepare to witness a fresh new angle on the British horror film.

The film will be follwed by a Q&A with director Simeon Halligan and lead actor Elliot James Langridge!



(Alfred Hitchcock, USA 1960, 109 mins)

Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) is desperate to run away with her lover, Sam (John Gavin). Seizing an opportunity when she sees it, Marion steals a large sum of money from her work and sets to driving across country to join Sam. Before she can reach her destination Marion is consumed by guilt and resolves to return home and face the consequences. A heavy rain storm takes her off the road, and she pulls in to stay of the night at the Bates Motel.

Ground-breaking in 1960 and still retaining its ability to shock and thrill, a chance to see Alfred Hitchcock’s horror masterwork on the big screen is not to be missed.



(Alexandre O. Phillippe, USA 2017, 91 mins)

An unprecedented look at the iconic shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, the 'Man behind the Curtain', and the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema. In 78 setups and 52 cuts, the deliriously choreographed two-minute shower sequence in Psycho ripped apart cinema’s definition of horror. 

78/52 is much more than a simple making-of. With black-and-white film-geek reverence, director Alexandre O. Philippe breaks down this most notorious and essential scene shot for shot, enlisting the help of film buffs and filmmakers alike—including Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Karyn Kusama, Eli Roth, and Peter Bogdanovich.