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A Nightmare In Newton Abbot (ANINA) is a brand new horror film festival which will take place in the South Devon market town of Newton Abbot this Halloween weekend (28/29 October). It is a celebration of off-kilter, current independent horror and experimental short films, alongside classic horror, where weird is wonderful and the strange is beautiful.


Its home for 2023 is within the walls of the historic and atmospheric Tuckers Maltings - a building that has a long history within the town, and stands as testament to both the rural and industrial heritage of Newton Abbot. The festival will take place at The Maltings Taphouse and Bottleshop, a vibrant craft beer bar, housed in the old Maltings building. Festival goers will be lead to the top floor and into the old Malt Hall to the intimate, and eerie festival screening room. It promises to be a unique and memorable experience, and very much like the building, will juxtapose the old with the new. 

Saturday will include a screening of amazing and eerie indie horror shorts from across the UK, including many from the South West. DJ’s will be playing a selection of suitably strange and hypnotic tunes from 7pm downstairs in The Taphouse bar, and wood-fired pizza, cooked fresh on the premises, will be available from 5pm.


Sunday’s ‘Spooky Cinema’ is for horror fans, and cinephiles alike. A classic horror triple bill including what many film fans consider the first ever horror movie, ‘The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari’, alongside the Romero classic, ‘Night of The Living Dead’ and, the fever dream that is ‘Carnival of Souls’.

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