Abertoir Film Festival Slashes Open Their 13th Edition!

It might be November but the weather is still fine in Aberystwyth as their genre film festival, Abertoir, turns campsite in theme to celebrate their entry to teenagerdom.  There are bound to be echoes of “Ki, ki, ki; ma, ma, ma” with a Welsh accent ringing throughout the Arts Centre venue as creator of the Friday the 13th, Sean S. Cunningham, attend as guest of honor.  Amongst other camp counselor duties, he’ll be at hand for a Filmmaking Masterclass (free for Aberystwyth University Theatre, Film and Television students), In Conversation Event as well as influencing the programming of movie titles in selection.  Take a look below at the full line up of films playing over the next few days and throughout the weekend.  Don’t miss the legendary off-site movie excursion, which this year will be Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3D.

All the information around the film festival can be found at www.abertoir.co.uk or on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

The Tokoloshe

Wednesday, 14th November

10:30 The Tokoloshe
12:20 Occult Bolshevism – UK PREMIERE
14:00 Do Serial Killers Really Exist? A Presentation by Gavin Baddeley
15:15 Offsite Screening: Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3D
19:40 Tumbbad
21:30 Pub Quiz
00:00 Slumber Party Massacre

The Black Forest

Thursday, 15th November

11:30 Blue My Mind
13:30 Cut and Run: A Brief History of the Slasher – a presentation by Steve Jones
15:00 Short Films Competition Part 1 (see below for films screening)
18:15 Last Man on Earth with Animat Live Soundtrack
20:30 Cam
22:30 The Black Forest – UK PREMIERE
00:30 Bloody Moon

Party Hard, Die Young

Friday, 16th November

11:00 Summer of 84
13:10 My Bloody Valentine
15:30 Short Films Competition Part 2 (see below for films screening)
18:00 Friday the 13th
19:45 Sean S. Cunningham in conversation with Stephen Thrower
22:45 The Last House on the Left
00:30 Party Hard, Die Young – UK PREMIERE

Assassination Nation

Saturday, 17th November

11:00 Sean S. Cunningham’s The Nurse with the Purple Hair
12:00 Sean S. Cunningham – Filmmaking Masterclass
15:00 Nicko and Joe’s Bad Film Club
17:30 One Cut of the Dead
19:30 Assassination Nation
21:45 Prom Night
23:15 Camp Abertoir Valentine’s Prom Night

The Elvis Dead

Sunday, 18th November

12:30 Abrakadabra
14:30 Silent Shorts Vol IV
16:45 Scala Forever! A Presentation by Jane Giles
18:30 Anna and the Apocalypse
20:30 The Elvis Dead

Short Films Competition Screening Blocks

Baghead

Screening Thursday, 15th November at 3pm

Baghead (Alberto Corredor Marina, UK 2017, 15 minutes)
Caronte (Luis Tinoco, Spain 2017, 15 minutes)
Reprisal (Mike Malajalian, Lebanon 2017, 10 minutes)
Miedos (Germán Sancho Celestino, Spain 2018, 9 minutes)
Post-Mortem Mary (Joshua Long, Australia 2017, 10 minutes)
Who’s That At The Back of the Bus? (Philip Hardy, UK 2018, 5 minutes)
FlyTrap (Connor Bland, USA 2018, 7 minutes)
Centrifugado (Mireia Noguera, Spain 2017, 11 minutes)
Sunscapades (Ben Mitchell, UK/Canada 2018, 6 minutes)

Screening Friday 16th November, 3:30pm

‘Crocodylus’ Chomps Down on the Locals in This Creature Feature

Just when you thought it was safe to go anywhere without being chomped on by sharks, land-sharks, sky-sharks, sand-sharks, snow-sharks… Space-sharks! I’m probably missing some more. Along comes a beast that isn’t a shark at all! I know, crazy. Here comes Crocodylus and it has an insatiable appetite for the locals. Check out the official […]

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10 Chilling Horror Shorts to Binge Right Now

Not only are horror short films great for quick bursts of terror that don’t take much time away from busy schedules, but they’ve become a major platform for aspiring feature directors. Horror shorts don’t have to just be relegated to the month of October, either. While Hulu and Netflix both featured curated horror shorts in their overwhelming Halloween programming, there’s no wrong time to enjoy. Here are 10 great horror short films that elicit chills and thrills, and some that even make you laugh.


Mikus

Writer/directors Todd Spence and Zak White previously charmed with a spooky riff on nostalgic board game Mystery Date in Your Date is Here, but their latest horror short takes a very different approach to the horrors of childhood. In Mikus, Pete finds an old box of drawings and toys from his childhood. Pulling out a life-size cutout of his imaginary childhood friend prompts a huge grin, but that quickly fades when…well, you’ll see.


The Maiden

Director Michael Chaves is on the verge of becoming a big name in horror with The Curse of La Llorona and The Conjuring 3 on the way, and his horror short The Maiden is what put him on the map. The short takes a familiar haunted house setting and gives it a fresh spin with a unique perspective; a realtor that is willing to do what it takes to sell the house. Even with familiar tropes at play, that underlying dark humor bodes well for Chaves’ upcoming slate of horror.


Special Day

Director Teal Greyhavens and writer Nikolai von Keller turn a birthday party into the stuff of nightmares in Special Day. Emily’s 18th birthday celebration brings her family together for congratulations and cake, and a disturbing family secret too. This short has a great build up of tension, but more than that it delivers a unique mythology that leaves you wanting more.


Intruders

It didn’t take long for writer/director/producer Santiago Menghini’s latest horror short, Milk, to make its way through the film festival circuit before it was announced that James Wan would be producing a feature length adaptation. Before that was Intruders, Menchini’s stunning short that plays like an anthology connected by one sinister entity that wreaks havoc on a neighborhood. Menghini also handled some of the visual effects, further demonstrating this is one up and coming talent to keep our eyes on.


Whisper

This short is effective on the scares, but even more so if you happen to have an Echo or any smart speaker that’s behaved strangely before. It was recently announced that Amblin Partners was closing a deal to turn this short into a feature length film with its director, Julian Terry, to helm the movie. That’s not the only short of his to receive the feature length treatment either, as a full feature of his short They Hear It is also in the works.


Death Metal

Written and directed by Chris McInroy, this proves that not all horror shorts revolve around the scares. A metalhead receives a family heirloom in the form of a Satanic guitar, and immediately breaks all of the rules contingent upon its receipt. Its humor is only rivaled by the excessive gore and blood flow. So. Much. Blood. Play with the volume up.


Givertaker

This short by director Paul Gandersman and writer Peter S. Hall plays like a condensed episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark? But a bit bleaker. An aspiring teen witch conducts a ritual to enact vengeance upon the girls she feels has wronged her. Horror teaches us many things, not least of which is to be careful what you wish for. Major bonus points for cool creature design.


Tickle Monster

Sometimes all it takes is 5 minutes to find effective horror in the most bizarre places. Tickle Monster, by writer/director Remi Weekes seems absolutely silly. Until it’s not. The less said the better about this one, except that it takes a crazy concept about tickling and turns it into something completely unexpected. It works.


Closet Space

By now everyone is familiar with Lights Out and the short that inspired it, but there’s a bunch of shorts that director David F. Sandberg filmed with his wife Lotta Losten that are worth bingeing. Closet Space changes up the effective jump scares for a little Twilight Zone inspired dark humor. Sandberg and Losten star as the couple that discovers a bizarre, microcosmic reality within the closet of their new apartment. The doll of the Lights Out apparition makes an appearance. Or two.


Overtime

This Australian short film by filmmakers Craig D. Foster and Emma McKenna also boasts creature effects by Odd Studio, who won an Oscar and BAFTA in 2016 for their outstanding special effects make-up in Mad Max: Fury Road. More importantly, this short is an absolute blast and feels like an episode of Tales from the Crypt. Poor Ralph is stuck working late at the office, but he really needs to make it home before nightfall if he wants to keep his secrets locked away.

[World of Death] Ep. 196 – “Hushy Bye”

Be very, very quiet Friends and Neighbors, the baby is sleeping. The last thing we need tonight is to wake the baby and have him screaming bloody murder all into the house. Next thing you know he’ll wake mommy and we simply can’t have that. She works so tirelessly you know and needs her rest.

Let’s look in on Daniel and Laura, a pair of new parents featured in tonight’s lullaby by the name of “Hushy Bye” by director James Webber. Oh look, somebody hasn’t listened to my advice. Now Daniel, don’t get mad that the baby is crying, go take care of him. But be careful Daniel, for things are not always what they seem. Yes, I do suggest you trust your instincts, there is a counterpart of ‘mother’s intuition’ that fathers may possess…

This macabre tale of horror strikes deep into the vein of fear that all people have about the night. What lurks in the dark? Whatever it is, we never know if we can trust it. Somehow, the more things attempt to lull us into a sense of calm, the more on edge we become. Just when you think you have it all figured out, you find out the truth… but will that knowledge give you any solace? Find out as you watch this story unfold.

That is all, for now, friends and neighbors. Do you dare trust the night? I assure you there is a simple solution. When you go to sleep, just leave on the lights.

– Eric Breitenbach

World of Death is the web series that fans of independent horror have been waiting for.  Featuring short horror films from all over the globe created by the largest variety of talent that a collection has ever been able to boast, WOD provides plenty of blood, guts, screams and laughs for all fans of the macabre.  And with episodes averaging around eight minutes in length, WOD is the perfect entertainment for a fan base constantly on the go.  Watch it anywhere, at any time, for FREE! New episodes premiere every Wednesday at 10am CST.

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“World of Death” Filmmaker Releases Feature ‘In a Stranger’s House’

Wicklow, Ireland: October 31, 2018, marked the surprise release of Weird Pretty Pictures latest cinematic outing; In a Stranger’s House. Centered on the strange and horrific goings-on of a man housesitting in the middle of nowhere, the found footage film sets the nerves on edge as the situation gets more and more harrowing.

The sophomore outing for World of Death director Richard Waters, this film focuses almost exclusively on one character and the claustrophobic intensity of the experience he is going through. Bar some brief appearances by other actors, the entire production, from camera work to acting to editing and sound design and release was handled by Richard alone. Speaking about the unique production of In a Stranger’s House, Richard elaborated:

“The film started out as a challenge for myself. After The O’Briens [Waters’ first feature], I’d been burned by a lot of potential opportunities and was needing something to get that fire inside me going again, and this was it. I did the one scene, where strange things happen with a doll, and I was so happy with the results that I decided to just plow on and keep building up this entire film until I had this whole world and something I could stand behind and go ‘Yup, that’s mine’.”

Don’t get me wrong, I love working with others and making films with my regular collaborators, but what happened to me was what happens to a lot of indie filmmakers; you end up sitting around waiting for someone to give you the go-ahead they promise is coming but never follow through on, and you end up wasting your time and energy on pipe dreams. That must have happened with a dozen different projects, so I had to take control! And the fact I love horror and found footage, particularly more realistic and raw films like Blair Witch Project, Creep, The Borderlands and Willow Creek, this became a challenge that became a passion.”

Along with boasting a driving production by one person, the film also features an unbroken 21 minute elaborate take that has to be seen to be believed.

Previous to this, Richard’s work in the horror genre has included his short film Video Nasty, which appeared as a part of Bloody Disgusting’s popular World of Death series and was released to Blu-ray, and his current short film Life’s a Wish and Then You Die is currently doing the festival rounds. Along with producer and collaborator Alison Scarff, he also took part in the inaugural New Blood programme at Frightfest 2017 in London.

In a Stranger’s House is available now worldwide from irishhorrorfilm.com and in the US and UK on Amazon streaming.

Weird Pretty Pictures release this film following the success of their previous feature, Sodium Party, which came out on DVD earlier this year and recently saw the score being released on a highly sought after vinyl by Spun Out Of Control Records. A DVD release of In a Stranger’s House is expected 2019.

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[Trailer] They Ain’t Clownin’ Around in ‘Clownado’

When I first heard about Clownado I kind of fobbed it of as just being a little silly film due to the title, but after viewing the first official trailer for the film, which you can view below, has firmly shut my trap. It’s an absolute tornado of carnage, clowns are poppin’ up here there […]

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[Trailer] Jake Busey Encounters a Vengeful Spirit in ‘Ghost in the Graveyard’

With the American Film Market well underway, we’ve just received the first trailer for Cellar Door Productions’ Ghost in the Graveyard from Charlie Comparetto as he makes his directorial debut. The trailer was kind of like a roller-coaster for me, the first thirty seconds or so I’m like, “Yeah, I’m diggin’ this!” and then, “Ugh,” but then freakin’ […]

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‘Ghost in the Graveyard’ Returns for Revenge [Trailer]

Cellar Door Productions shared with Bloody the first trailer and stills from Ghost in the Graveyard, a supernatural thriller screening at the ongoing AFM.

Ghost in the Graveyard centers on a small town under siege from the ghost of a local girl who died tragically during a childhood game.

A small town comes under the thumb of Martha, a vengeful ghost who returns to haunt the children who witnessed her death during a game of Ghost in the Graveyard in their youth. Long blamed for the accident, Sally Sullivan (Berglund) must figure out why Martha has returned and how to get her to rest in peace for good. As the mystery of her return unravels, deep secrets are revealed that will have consequences for everyone involved.

It stars Kelli Berglund (Disney’s “Lab Rats”, Gregg Araki’s “Now Apocalypse”), Royce Johnson (Marvel’s “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones”), Jake Busey (“Stranger Things”, The Predator, The Frighteners), Nikki Blonsky (Hairspray, The Last Movie Star) and Jason James Richter (The Free Willy franchise).

The film is the debut feature of Charlie Comparetto.

‘Motel Acacia’ About a Monster Bed That Eats People

XYZ Films, the U.S.-based sales agency specializing in genre films, has picked up international rights to Bradley Liew’s horror movie Motel Acacia, writes Variety out of the AFM.

Malaysian-born, Philippines-based Liew saw his debut feature Singing in Graveyards premier at the Venice Film Festival’s Critics Week in 2016. It went on to 30 festivals and won awards in Malaysia and Kolkata.

Set in a fictional snowy U.S., the film is about a young Filipino man who is groomed by his tyrannical Caucasian father to take over a voyeuristic sex motel with a bed that eats men and impregnates women.

The screenplay was co-written by Liew and producer Bianca Balbuena, who was last year awarded Asia Pacific Screen Awards FIAPF Achievement in Film, and Asian Film Commissions AFCnet’s Producer of the Year.

The film is set to start principal photography at the end of November in Philippines and Slovenia. It is targeting a 2019 release.

Hotel Acacia has a cast that includes Indonesian high-profile actor Nicholas Saputra (“What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love”), Belgian actor Jan Bijvoet (“Embrace of the Serpent, TV’s “Peaky Blinders”), JC Santos, Angel Aquino from the Philippines, Malaysia’s Bront Palarae (TV’s “Satan’s Slaves”), Thailand’s Vithaya Pansringarm (Only God Forgives), Talia Zucker, and U.S./Australian Will Jaymes (“Beast”).

“This film is a projection of monsters – monsters from the Southeast Asian folklore and the monsters within us – humans,” said Liew, in a director’s statement. “This is a story of a young man’s emancipation both sexually and spiritually. The film also speaks about the power of the female form and how it leads men to their demise. How men seek to dominate women, but always end up worst for it.”

‘Pet Sematary’ Director Mary Lambert Prepping ‘Darlene’

Some news came across my desk that Pet Sematary director Mary Lambert is currently prepping a new thriller for Rogue Wave Films and the information checks out on IMDb.

While there are no details available, I was able to find out that Darlene is a wannabe internet star who goes on the run after the murder of her close friend.

There are no other details at this point, but it’s exciting to see Lambert getting back behind the camera for something genre. Recently, she’s filmed episodes of “Arrow”, “The Blacklist” and “Step Up”. She previously directed the Pet Sematary sequel as well as Urban Legends: Bloody Mary.