For the third year running, Abertoir, Wales’ International Horror Festival, is uprooting from mid-Wales to take over Chapter Arts Centre’s Halloween line-up. In keeping with Chapter’s sci-fi theme this year, Abertoir has programmed a selection of scary treats for Halloween night. As part of the event Abertoir will present a selection of short films, a schlocky sci-fi classic, two Welsh premieres and host the ever-popular Bad Film Club.
Abertoir’s Short Cuts presents a collection of fantastic new short horror films, a thrilling blend of discoveries from this year and some favourites from the festival’s 2013 short film competition. The showcase will include the short films Beware of Children (Ares Ceylan, Switzerland), Butterflies (Isabel Peppard, Australia), Dédalo (Jerónimo Rocha, Portugal), The Gas Man (Matt Palmer, UK), and Ghost Train (Lee Cronin, Ireland/Finland).
Abertoir will be bringing two Welsh premieres to Chapter, showcasing two exciting new sci-fi/horror hybrids: James Ward Byrkit’s chilling Coherence, and the mind-bending Venezuelan smash The House at the End of Time. Coherence is a strikingly original film that skilfully plays on the well-known theory that every decision has a different outcome that plays out in parallel realities. But what would happen if these alternate realities start occupying the same physical location? The House at the End of Time sees a mother return home from prison after serving a sentence for her husband’s murder, but a series of terrifying supernatural incidents hint at some startling secrets from within the house, where even time itself cannot be trusted. This is last year’s highest grossing Venezuelan theatrical release, a real breakout sensation of a film.
Tobe Hooper, director of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist, features in this year’s Abertoir: Cardiff via his wonderfully daft sci-fi horror film Lifeforce. This is a true 80s classic, written by Dan O’Bannon (Alien), and sees London invaded by nude Alien vampires! The film also features sci-fi stalwart Patrick Stewart.
The evening will also feature Abertoir and Chapter stalwarts Nicko and Joe, who will be presenting their live Bad Film Club commentary of the late-90s teen sci-fi horror classic, The Faculty. When some very creepy things start happening around school, the kids at Herrington High make a chilling discovery that confirms their worst suspicions: their teachers are really from another planet. Nicko and Joe are the stars here, not the plot, and will guide us through with their usual blend of comedy and audience interaction.
Starting from 4pm, the whole Abertoir: Cardiff event will cost £20, with tickets for individual films also available. Tickets can be purchased from Chapter Arts Centre, www.chapter.org. For more information on Abertoir Horror Festival, visit www.abertoir.co.uk
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