Wales’ only horror film festival gets under way this week, with a line-up of more than 30 feature films and 20 shorts, including premieres, presentations and a party. Abertoir 2022 takes place at Aberystwyth Arts Centre from 15th to 20th November, followed by a virtual programme from 25th to 27th November. So, you can enjoy the festival in person and online.
This year’s opening film is the Welsh premiere of Ralph Fiennes’ comically savage performance in The Menu. It’s a wonderfully dark film about a couple who travel to an exclusive restaurant, but there’s some shocking surprises that come with the lavish menu.
The festival’s closing film should be just as good, as it’s the UK Premiere of Jaume Balagueró’s hotly anticipated Venus. A cursed apartment block is the focus of this Spanish supernatural horror.
But it’s not all new films at this year’s festival. There’s a screening of Nosferatu with live piano accompaniment by Neil Brand. And there’s a restoration premiere of Voyage of the Rock Aliens. You can also enjoy Q&As, a pub quiz and Nicko and Joe’s Bad Film Club. Special guests at Abertoir include director William Crain, actor Dominic Brunt and writer Gavin Baddeley.
Some of the more quirky events to attend include a Party in Space, and a look at gothic influences in video games with Kristen McGorry. You can also join author and Abertoir regular Gavin Baddeley in person or online and head back some 500 years to investigate the grisly life and crimes of Vlad the Impaler.
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When: 15th – 20th & 25th – 27th November 2022
Where: Aberystwyth Arts Centre in Ceredigion, Wales and online
£: A festival pass costs £60 and gives you access to both the physical and virtual events. Individual tickets are also available
More info: www.abertoir.co.uk