16 Oct 2021

Full 2021 programme announced!

With just over two weeks to go until opening night, the full Abertoir 2021 programme and schedule is here! We’ve already announced a lot of the programme, but there’s so much we’ve revealing here for the first time, including…

…two UK premieres at the physical event, Slumber Party Massacre, Danishka Esterhazy’s inventive reimagining of Amy Holden Jones and Rita Mae Brown’s 1982 slasher parody; and Ich-Chi, an atmospheric folk horror film from the Yakutia region of Russia, presented primarily in the Yakut language. These join the previously announced European premieres of the brand new, eagerly awaited restorations of the cult classics Flesh for Frankenstein (in digital 3D) and Blood for Dracula.

Other recent festival highlights screening at Abertoir include Ruth Paxton’s feature film debut A Banquet; intense home-invasion thriller See For Me; joining the previously announced Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes, Broadcast Signal Intrusion, Lamb, The Sadness, The Scary of Sixty-First, Titane and Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched.

We’re also delighted to welcome Dr. Johnny Walker back to Abertoir, to launch the second edition of Hammer and Beyond and celebrate its author and friend of the festival, the late and great Peter Hutchings. Alongside the talk will be a 50th anniversary screening of Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde.

Freshly revealed films at the virtual part of the festival, includes the UK premiere of Straight to VHS, a fascinating documentary about a Uruguayan cult filmmaker that blurs the lines between fact and fiction; and House of Snails, a Spanish film in which an author isolates himself to work in a strange community.

Virtual Q&As will include a conversation with director Jane Schoenbrun and star Anna Cobb of We’re All Going to the World’s Fair; and a Q&A after satirical horror comedy Keeping Company, with director/writer Josh Wallace, writer/actor Devin Das and actors Ahmed Bharoocha and Jacob Grodnik. We’ll also have special presentations by historian Gavin Baddeley and special effects legend Paul Hyett.

There is of course much, much more! The full schedule is available on the website and passes are on sale now – individual tickets will be available next week. The physical event takes place November 2-7 and the virtual event 12-14 November. Not long now…!

A wide-angle shot of a dark corridor, a figure stands leaning against one wall, holding out their phone with the torch switched on. There is some light behind the figure, tinged blue. A wide-angle shot of a dark corridor, a figure stands leaning against one wall, holding out their phone with the torch switched on. There is some light behind the figure, tinged blue.