Horror Festival
of Wales

14 – 17 November 2024

Line up

Abertoir Pub Quiz

Wed 15 Nov 22:15

Gaz returns with this year’s trivia bonanza.

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Wed 15 Nov 20:55

Strange visions plague the religiously devout and psychologically tormented residents of a convent.

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Thu 16 Nov 21:05

The infamous Abertoir off-site screening returns with a bang this year, as we celebrate our 18th in style at Aberystwyth’s iconic Pier Pressure nightclub with a 25th anniversary screening of Blade.

Blood, Toili, Tears and Sweat: Death Customs and Morbid Folk Beliefs in Wales Presentation

Sun 19 Nov 15:15

From sin-eating to spectral hell hounds, join Dr Delyth Badder as she takes us on a dark tour through Wales’s folkloric relationship with death. 

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Classifying The Horror Film Presentation

Wed 15 Nov 17:30

In this presentation, David explains how the BBFC treats horror films through the rating system, including clips from films as well as the rationale behind the ratings awarded.

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Darklands: Director’s Cut + Q&A

Sun 19 Nov 11:40

Journalist Frazer Truick investigates the mysterious death a trainee’s brother, convinced that the tragedy was murder, committed by a bizarre religious cult.

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David Gregory…Exploited

Wed 15 Nov 19:15

David Gregory talks to writer Tristan Thompson about his passion for horror and exploitation films, his industry beginnings, and provides a fascinating insight into the logistics and battles of creating a niche horror label for the UK in the 90s.

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Enter The Clones of Bruce + Q&A

Wed 15 Nov 15:00

A documentary that truly lifts the curtain on an incredible and fascinating exploitation sub-genre – Bruceploitation.

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Ganja and Hess

Fri 17 Nov 23:00

Screening in honour of the film’s 50th anniversary, this is transgressive and challenging filmmaking and a late-night screening you’ll want to be awake for.

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Gary Sherman & Jeremy Dyson – A Top Secret PROJECT!

Sat 18 Nov 19:00

We’re thrilled to welcome Gary Sherman and Jeremy Dyson to the stage to present a first taste of a brand new project – a world exclusive for Abertoir!

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House on the Edge of the Park

Sat 18 Nov 23:40

A video nasty, the film was only passed uncut by the BBFC last year, and is not for the faint hearted.

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Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person

Tue 14 Nov 20:45

Sasha is a young vampire with a serious problem: she’s too sensitive to kill.

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If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do? Intro Q&A

Thu 16 Nov 14:50

Based on the preachings of Reverend Estus W. Pirkle, this film warns what will happen to America if the citizens do not give up their depraved ways.

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It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This + Q&A

Fri 17 Nov 12:45

Following a decades-long fascination with the horror genre, a married couple buys an abandoned duplex to use as a location for filming their low-budget scary movie.

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It’s Coming Intl. Premiere

Thu 16 Nov 13:00

A Brooklyn wife and mother of 5 who’s been beset by supernatural entities since the age of 11, attempts to rid her house of malevolent spirits now afflicting her children.

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Mancunian Man: The Legendary Life of Cliff Twemlow + Q&A

Fri 17 Nov 15:00

For more than a decade, Cliff Twemlow was the UK’s most prolific indie filmmaker. In Manchester, he was – and remains – a legend.

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Sat 18 Nov 15:00

A disgraced journalist tries to salvage her career by turning to investigative podcasting.

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Nicko & Joe’s Bad Film Club

Fri 17 Nov 21:00

Abertoir regulars know what to expect by now – verbal abuse and a truly terrible film – and those of you who’ve never had the pleasure…well, brace yourselves!

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Fri 17 Nov 10:30

Criminal Fixer Cliff Van Aarle’s unique psychological condition gives him an edge in the criminal underworld.

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Raging Grace + Q&A

Sun 19 Nov 21:00

Joy is an undocumented Filipina immigrant who is struggling to do the best she can for her daughter, Grace when she secures the perfect job: taking care of an extremely wealthy but terminal old man.

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Red Rooms

Sat 18 Nov 21:20

Kelly-Anne wakes up every morning by the courthouse to secure a seat at the high-profile trial of serial killer Ludovic Chevalier.

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Sat 18 Nov 10:30

Mikoto, her colleagues, and hotel guests all begin to feel something strange.

ROBIN INCE – An Uncanny Hour: Abertoir Special

Sat 18 Nov 17:00

Join Robin Ince and guests for a live recording of his podcast series An Uncanny Hour.

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ROBIN INCE – Bibliomaniac: Horror Special

Sun 19 Nov 19:30

Robin Ince loves books. Since 2021, he’s toured hundreds of bookshops across the UK, exploring his life-long obsession.

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Thu 16 Nov 17:00

An anarchic, uproarious, and ultimately heart-breaking documentary telling the riotous inside story of London’s legendary Scala cinema, 1978-1993.

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Tue 14 Nov 17:00

A sonic perofrmance experience – every 30 minutes – Tues to Fri: 5.30pm-8.30pm. Sat/Sun: 1pm – 8.30pm.

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She Is Conann

Tue 14 Nov 22:45

Hellhound Rainer (Elina Löwensohn) roams through the abyss, narrating the six lives of Conan (Claire Duburcq, Christa Théret, Sandra Parfait, Agata Buzek, Nathalie Richard and Françoise Brion). Conan is perpetually put to death by her own future, through different eras, myths and ages; from childhood, as a slave to Sanja (Julia Riedler) and her barbarian […]

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Short Film Competition – Part 1

Wed 15 Nov 10:30

Part 1 of this year’s Short Film Competition screening.

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Short Film Competition – Part 2

Thu 16 Nov 10:30

Part 2 of this year’s Short Film Competition screening.

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Sing-along-a-Wicker man

Thu 16 Nov 19:20

Your hosts, Dr. Bramwell and Eliza Skelton, will get things warmed up with a little live music, lead you through the actions and lyrics for the songs then, at the Witching Hour, you’ll be given a  goody bag full of surprises, we’ll roll the film and may god have mercy on your soul.

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The Dragon Lives Again

Wed 15 Nov 23:30

The greatest line-up of heroes, villains and, er, Emanuelle, join forces to battle Bruce-Lee-But-Not-Really-Bruce-Lee.

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The Exorcist – Director’s Cut

Tue 14 Nov 18:00

In its 50th anniversary year we’re pleased to provide this chance to see one of the genre’s best on the big screen.

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The Moor + Q&A

Sun 19 Nov 16:45

Claire is approached by the father of her murdered childhood friend to help investigate the haunted moor he believes to be his son’s final resting place.

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The Tomb of Ligeia

Sun 19 Nov 10:00

Verden Fell is convinced his deceased wife Ligeia is haunting him and his ill-advised second marriage to a woman who resembles her.

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The Vampire Lovers + Q&A

Sat 18 Nov 12:20

In 1970, the BBFC raised the age requirements for the ‘X’ certificate from 16 to 18, and The Vampire Lovers was the first Hammer Horror to embrace the possibilities.

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Tiger Stripes

Wed 15 Nov 13:00

12 year old Zaffan discovers a terrifying secret about her body.

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Vice Squad + Q&A

Fri 17 Nov 18:15

Gary Sherman, the legend behind cult favourite Death Line, takes on the seedier side of life in this violent and brutal tale.

Welsh Short Horror Double-Bill + Q&A

Sun 19 Nov 14:00

We’re pleased to have the chance to screen two short films, The Wyrm of Bwlch Pen Barras and The Sin-Eater, out-of-competition, celebrating upcoming Welsh horror.