Welsh Horror for Halloween 2019

Whether you’re feeling brave enough to venture out to the cinema, or just want to hide behind a cushion at home, here’s a host of terrifying Welsh treats for you to see this Halloween.

At the Cinema

Abertoir: Bangor

Abertoir International Horror Festival’s annual hook-up with the cinema at Pontio Arts Centre in Bangor returns! Taking place on Halloween itself, October 31st, they’re presenting two unmissable films: a preview of upcoming zom-com Little Monsters starring Lupita Nyong'o, and Ozploitation classic Wake in Fright. Tickets are available from www.pontio.co.uk



Fractured Visions Film Festival

The next chapter of Cardiff’s newest horror film festival presents three days of shocking shorts and frightful features from across the globe. Running from 25th to 27th October at Chapter Arts Centre, the Fractured Visions film festival will feature violent delights such as Hanna’s Homecoming, One Must Fall and Finale, as well as talks on the Evolution of the Slasher and an Introduction to Folk Horror. Festival passes and individual screenings tickets are available now from the Chapter box office.



Darkened Rooms at Cardiff Castle

Join Darkened Rooms for more spooky classics in Cardiff Castle's Underground Cinema! This year's programme includes family-friendly frights like The Addams Family, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ghostbusters and more! Book tickets here.

At Home

If you’d rather stay in the safety of behind the sofa, these Ffilm Cymru funded horror films are available to watch on digital and DVD now.

A Dark Song

A grieving mother (Catherine Walker) employs a damaged occultist (Steve Oram) to carry out a gruelling ritual to manifest her guardian angel. But when her true intentions are revealed, the two must face being terrorised by hell itself.

Welsh-Irish filmmaker Liam Gavin’s terrifying occult horror has become a modern cult classic, still being summoned to international ‘Best of’ lists across the internet.


Don’t Knock Twice

To save her estranged daughter (Lucy Boynton), a guilt-ridden mother (Katee Sackhoff) must uncover the terrifying truth behind the urban legend of a vengeful, demonic witch.

This supernatural horror film from the makers of The Machine has also been adapted into a petrifying, immersive VR game available to play now across multiple platforms, if you dare.

Another Me

Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner stars in Isabel Coixet’s psychological thriller telling the twisted story of a young girl haunted by a secret past.


Coming Soon


William McGregor’s gothic folk horror tells the chilling tale of a young girl (Eleanor Worthington-Cox) and her mother (Maxine Peake) fighting for survival in the beautiful yet brutal landscape of 19th century Snowdonia. After haunting UK cinemas this summer, Gwen will be released on DVD and digital on 11th November.






Contemporary Welsh-language horror film Gwledd (The Feast) recently completed principal photography in mid-Wales with stars Annes Elwy, Nia Roberts and Julian Lewis Jones. Writer-Producer Roger Williams (Bang) calls Gwledd “a bold and striking film that will satisfy the appetite of horror fans and world-cinema devotees alike.”






Meanwhile, Aberystwyth’s Prano Bailey-Bond is currently shooting her debut film with Niamh Algar (The Virtues, Calm With Horses) and Michael Smiley (Jawbone, Kill List).

Censor is the unsettling tale of film censor Enid, who discovers an eerily familiar horror film that speaks directly to her past. As she unravels the mystery behind the film, she loses her grasp on reality and is dragged into a twisted fairytale. Steeped in 1980s aesthetics, Censor is an atmospheric and suspenseful love letter to the horror classics of the past.