Abertoir Day Four

Am home from Abertoir 2011 and have had such a wonderful time, hence why there haven’t been any updates since the Day Three entry.  I’ve never been that much of a multi-tasker.  So these few entries, complete with photographs for some (hopefully up by the end of the night) should fill the gap a bit.  Also, Merchandise Monday will return next Monday, as the coverage will be completed by then.  Full reviews of one film from each day will be added to Altered Realities, but the reviews are currently a work in progress, so for now, just my personal highlights of Abertoir.


On day four I was able to catch the UK Premiere of The Dead Inside – a musical comedy horror with a helping of romance.  It was an original idea and certainly an entertaining yet touching watch, although at times there seemed to be perhaps too many elements at work.  Still, its great to see films like this being made as even with some flaws, they at least have the ambition to be different.  Am really glad I caught this one.


The only other film I caught on day four was Inbred and the screening was followed by a Q&A with director Alex Chandon, led by Hayley of Quadramania (find them on Twitter – @quadramania).  I won’t say too much about the film as I’m saving most of my thoughts for a review, but it was one of my favourites of the week.  The Q&A was also entertaining with discussions about influences, funding and visual effects.

Q&A with Alex Chandon


Next up was the Masque of the Red Death party.  The Abertoir team went to great lengths in decorating the Arts Centre bar with curtains, candles and costumes, as well as booking great bands in the LAZE, Ghostfire and Devilish Presley.  The Vincent Price themed cocktails and shots were great too.  My personal favourite was the Poodle Surprise.  The Tingler shot almost killed me though!  The night also featured a costume contest being judged by this year’s guest of honor – Victoria Price.  Following the party it was off to the Inn on the Pier, which I was told was an Abertoir tradition.  It’s a good tradition, but I think my liver now hates me even more than it did before.


Devilish Presley


My favourite of the party decorations

Merchandise Monday

One of my many quirks is that I enjoy shot glasses.  Not just for drinking out of (although of course I rarely turn down a shot) but also for remembering places I’ve been or just simply for decoration.  They’re great for collecting because they don’t take up as much room as, say, a mug and usually have much more interesting designs.  While my usual criteria for a shot glass is that I’ve actually visited the place, I’m willing to make an exception for today’s item….

While having no desire to actually visit Elm Street (my nightmares give me enough trouble as it is!) I’m really fond of these shot glasses.  They look pretty sturdy, which is a necessity for anything I’m spending my money on and would make a horror movie themed drinking game all the more fun and authentic.  It seems like A Nightmare on Elm Street may be the go-to film for horror merchandise, considering it has already appeared not so long ago.

You can find the glasses here on Amazon for just £3.40, with free delivery in the UK.

Merchandise Monday

A slightly later Merchandise Monday than usual, but still well within the confines of Monday so I’m not cheating yet.  I’ve just watched Insidious so am in need of some serious cheering up and to stop me from finding James Wan to plead with him that not everything needs to be explained within an inch of its life, a good drink.  With this in mind, it’s no surprise that this Merchandise Monday combines two of my favourite things – alcohol and the only film I pretty much watch on a monthly basis, Shaun of the Dead.


Behold the Winchester Tavern Pint Glass:

Complete with reassuring slogan ‘Have a nice cold pint.  Wait for all of this to blow over.’ who could resist this?  Quite frankly it’s a steal at $7 from fearwerx.com and I need to find myself a UK stockist ASAP.  The only reason to not consider this is that you need more than one.  Luckily, that’s already been solved as you can purchase a pack of 6 for just $30 so you can face the impending apocalypse with 5 of your closest friends.

I feel much better already.  Now to find that UK stockist…..

As an aside, do check out the Altered Realities Radio site for brand spanking new reviews and features including an upcoming interview with star of Nightmare on Elm Street, Heather Langenkamp!