Horror festival Abertoir celebrates fifth birthday

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Abertoir runs in Aberystwyth until Sunday

A horror film festival is celebrating its fifth anniversary with the screening of more than 20 movies and a gig by punk pioneers The Damned.

Abertoir, which calls itself the national horror festival of Wales, is being staged at Aberystwyth Arts Centre until Sunday.

Abertoir is featuring UK premieres, cult film screenings as well as special guests, talks and master classes.

Among the guests has been Robin Hardy, director of the The Wicker Man.

Mr Hardy, who helped launch the festival five years ago, talked about his decision to make a follow-up to his original 1973 movie, which became a cult classic.

Other highlights include premieres of British psychological horror Siren, and the other films such as Exorcismus, Fired and Wake.

The classics films being shown include Hammer Horror's Countess Dracula and William Castle's The House on Haunted Hill, while the rest of the line-up features a selection of new films.

Festival director Gareth Bailey said: "As Abertoir turns five years old, the team has worked tirelessly to put together a fantastic line up of films from around the world - from genre-defining classics, to the latest offerings in horror, we're looking forward to meeting new festival-goers and welcoming old friends."

The Damned performed at the festival on Friday night.

Mr Bailey is the cinema manager at Aberystwyth Arts Centre and is a horror film fan.

He decided on Halloween five years ago to show The Wicker Man and other films and it evolved into a festival.

He said it now attracted people from around the UK.

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