London After Midnight: Abertoir Festival Update

Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye! I have just had more information about The Abertoir Film Festival. Abertoir which takes place in Aberystwyth, Wales, is a bargain at only £40 for the full 5 days. It takes place in a relatively small, intimate theatre, so tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis…..get yours quick!!

Opening the festival will be a rare screening of The Keep, Michael Mann’s 1983 film adaptation of F. Paul Wilsons’ novel about a Nazi occupation of a European castle that unearths terrifying evil. A very fitting start to the festival proceedings as it was filmed in Wales.

There are confirmed special guest, including director Herchell Gordon Lewis who has been nicknamed ‘The Godfather of Gore’. His legendary 1963 film Blood Feast changed the face of modern horror forever. He will be presenting a special master class, explaining the ins and outs of low-budget movie making. He will also be premiering his brand new movie Grim Fairy Tale.

Hellraiser’s ‘Pinhead’ Doug Bradley will attend for the second year with his presentation ‘The Man in the Mask’, a fun talk about movie make up. Abertoir will also be screening the latest in his Spinechiller series with Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, along with Doug’s new movie Umbrage. They promise more special guests to be announced later.

A Night at the Grand-Guignol offers a rare and unique opportunity to experience a recreation of the legendary show in Paris, which earned a reputation as the ‘Theatre of Horror’. They even employed a resident doctor back in the day, to treat the numerous spectators who fainted each night! Designed to titillate and terrify, with a mixture of horror, laughter, and the erotic, Grand-Guignol promises bloody violence, mutilation, and scenes of a sexual nature; in short, leave the kids at home!

There will be a screening of the classic 1922 silent film Nosferatu, accompanied by a live pianist. There’ll also be a short film competition with a £1000 prize for the winner.

An American Werewolf in London will be shown on their wolf-themed evening, which will also feature a movie-length documentary on the subject, called Beware the Moon. Writer Gavin Baddeley (a priest in the Church of Satan) will present an enjoyable discussion on ‘Werewolf Hunting for Fun and Profit’.

The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

Also included are the excellent Australian horror Fragment, crazy Japanese splatter Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl, a brand new high definition digital print of The Pit and the Pendulum (starring Vincent Price), and their very special Mystery Grindhouse!

Tickets should be on sale in approximately one month [keep checking their website at www.abertoir.co.uk]. At that ridiculously low price of £40 for five days in horror heaven, and with limited theatre capacity, I won’t be hanging around, and neither should you!

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