ARTICLES

LATEST | FEATURES | INTERVIEWS | NEWS | FRIGHTFEST | REVIEWS

FrightFest announces Glasgow Film Festival 2019 line-up
By James Whittington, Thursday 10th January 2019
Finale

It's full scream ahead as Arrow Video FrightFest, the UK's favourite horror fantasy event, returns to Glasgow Film Festival for a 14th fearful year, from Thursday 28 February to Saturday 2 March.

Presenting a stunning and resonating two days of trauma, terror and tantalising thrills, this year's line-up, once again housed at the iconic Glasgow Film Theatre, embraces the latest genre discoveries from around the world, spanning four continents, with two world, two European and six UK premieres.

Alan Jones, FrightFest co-director, commented: "Currently at its most vibrant and popular, the horror fantasy genre is constantly garnering critical acclaim, pushing boundaries and asking tough questions of audiences by reflecting relevant political and social issues. The genre isn't just about escapism but a key tool to make sense of the chaos and confusion swirling around our everyday lives and FrightFest has known this for 20 years now, so it's fantastic the rest of the world has finally woken up and smelt the coffins."

The bloodiest of violence and the heaviest of Black Metal make for an incendiary mix in Lords Of Chaos, FrightFest's special Thursday night presentation, courtesy of Arrow Films. This is a shocking, true to life portrait of the band 'Mayhem' who were at the vanguard of the underground Norwegian music scene in the late 1980s.

We have lift-off on Friday with the UK premiere of Level 16, a skin-crawling dystopian thriller by up-and-coming director Danishka Esterhazy and the first of three Canadian entries. This is followed by the European premiere of The Dead Center. Billy Senese's acclaimed slow-burning indie creeper, co-produced and starring Shane Carruth (Primer, Upstream Colour). Next up is the World premiere of Here Comes Hell, described as 'Downton Abbey meets The Evil Dead'. So be prepared for caviar, cocktails and plenty of carnage in Jack McHenry's debut pitch-perfect horror comedy. Jack and the main cast and crew will be in attendance.

The 8.30pm presentation is the UK premiere of Adrian Garcia Bogliano's Black Circle. The celebrated South American auteur returns with a hypnotic supernatural nightmare starring Swedish exploitation icon Christina Lindberg. Lindberg was Quentin Tarantino's inspiration for the Bride in Kill Bill through her startling role in the 1973 Scandinavian cult classic They Call Her One Eye and we're pleased to announce that Christina will be with us, alongside one of the film's producers, Rickard Gramfors.

Rounding off the evening with an irresistible dose of sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll and humungous insects is the UK premiere of Ron Carlson's Dead Ant. This is Spinal Tap meets Them! in a fabulous blast of creature feature horror hilarity.

Getting the Saturday programme off with a mighty splash is the UK premiere of Perry Blackshear's expressive and atmospheric mermaid terror, The Rusalka. It is hoped that the They Look like People director can make it to Glasgow. This is followed by the World premiere of Automata. FrightFest has been proud to support the work of Scottish auteur Lawrie Brewster through The Unkindness of Ravens and The Black Gloves. So we are delighted to present his latest work, a subversive, brooding Gothic chiller. Lawrie, writer Sarah Daly and the cast will be in attendance. As will Soren Juul Petersen, the director of sizzling Danish shocker, Finale. This will be the UK premiere of Peterson's dark exploration of deviant sexual fantasy.

The evening programme kicks off (literally) with I Saw the Devil writer Hoon-jung Park's Korean smash hit The Witch Part 1: The Subversion, which reinvents the action genre in thrilling and chilling ways. Following this is the much anticipated UK premiere of Freaks, Zack Lipovsky and Adam Stein's genre-bending psychological sci-fi thriller, which is laced with energy, innovation and imagination. The film is made even more memorable by some fiercely brilliant performances, including a rejuvenated Bruce Dern. The directors are hoping to attend.

This year's feast of fearsome fancies ends on a horror comedy high with the UK premiere of spooky spoof The Hoard, the latest from the talented team behind Pontypool and The Hexecutioners.

FrightFest Passes are 75 and will be available from noon on Monday January 14. Passes cover all films on Friday 1 March and Saturday 2 March ONLY. Tickets for Lords Of Chaos, plus individual tickets for the Friday/Saturday films are on sale Monday January 28 from 10am.


Related show tags: FRIGHTFEST
MORE ARTICLES
Arrow Video FrightFest announces 2019 Short Film Programme
Posted in Frightfest, News, Friday 9th August 2019
Short Film Showcase

From unseen forces to dangerous desires, from the remorseful living to the remorseless dead, from under the earth to creepy closed doors, Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 continues the festival's fine tradition of showcasing the best in global genre short filmmaking.

This year's five continent selection unleashes the newest creations from both upcoming and established filmmakers and embraces a record fifteen UK films, seven spotlighted selections from Canada and a breakthrough entry from The United Arab Emirates.

Homegrown talent continues to energise the UK film industry, as reflected in this year's entries. There's Folk Horror (Wither, Marianne) and Body Horror (This Little ...

SHARE: READ MORE
Toby Jones 'glows' in Kaleidoscope
Posted in News, Thursday 25th July 2019
Kaleidoscope

Acclaimed on its theatrical release, Toby Jones is the the lead in Kaleidoscope, a bleak, nightmarish psychological thriller written and directed by brother Rupert Jones in his feature film debut.

This intense thriller is set to arrive on UK digital platforms on 12 August 2019, followed by its DVD release on 23 September 2019. The cast includes Sinead Matthews (Jellyfish), Cecilia Noble (Danny and the Human Zoo) and a stand out turn from national treasure Anna Reid, MBE (Last Tango in Halifax).

A sparse, drab flat, on a housing estate in London, loud frantic knocking and a dog barking. We meet Carl Woods (Jones), an ex-prisoner with dreams of starting a gardening business, as he's ...

SHARE: READ MORE
Jen and Sylvia Soska are back with their next nightmare - the bloody, brutal and deranged Rabid!
Posted in Frightfest, News, Thursday 25th July 2019
RABID-POSTER

Acclaimed horror directors and Sylvia Soska aka The Twisted Twins (Dead Hooker in a Trunk, American Mary) are back with their next nightmare - the bloody, brutal and deranged Rabid!

After aspiring fashion designer Rose (Laura Vandervoort) suffers a disfiguring traffic accident she undergoes a radical and untested stem-cell treatment. The experimental transformation is a miraculous success, transforming her into a ravishing beauty. But she soon develops an uncontrollable sexual appetite, resulting in several torrid encounters, which sees her lovers become rabid carriers of death and disease. As the illness mutates and the contagion spreads out of control, all hell breaks loose as the infected r...

SHARE: READ MORE
Hex Studios will unleash a legion of demons at FrightFest
Posted in Frightfest, News, Wednesday 24th July 2019
FOR WE ARE MANY (POSTER)

The latest offering from the Scottish studio is a demon-themed anthology featuring 13 shorts produced especially for the project by up-and-coming directors from around the world. For We Are Many is the first of several anthology features in the works at Hex, and seeks to showcase the best of new and emerging talent in the genre.

The film stars a host of horror icons including Eileen Dietz (The Exorcist), Nicholas Vince (Hellraiser), and Laurence R. Harvey (The Human Centipede II). Each segment tells the terrifying story of a particular demonic entity, from a devastatingly sensual succubus, to a Native-American demon that drives its victims to cannibalism, and many more, ra...

SHARE: READ MORE
Horror Channel celebrates FrightFest 2019 with bumper season
Posted in Features, Frightfest, Tuesday 23rd July 2019

To celebrate FrightFest 2019, taking place in London during the August Bank Holiday, Horror Channel is dedicating thirteen nights to past festival hits. Amongst the twenty-six fearsome favourites, the channel will kick off the season with the UK TV premiere of Howard J. Ford and Jonathan Ford's India-based zombie road movie The Dead 2, the follow-up to their hugely popular African zombie adventure The Dead. There is also a UK TV premiere for Jonathan Ford's Offensive. Produced by brother Howard, this is a dark, violent tale of generational rage and revenge set in rural France.

There are also channel premieres for Julian Gilbey's harrowing British survival shocker, A Lonel...

SHARE: READ MORE
Spawn reaches issue #300
Posted in News, Monday 22nd July 2019
Spawn cover 300

Image Comics has revealed the highly anticipated J. Scott Campbell cover for the upcoming milestone Spawn #300 issue by Todd McFarlane, President at Image Comics and creator of Spawn. This is just the first of many exciting cover reveals to come on the #Roadto300!

The buzz surrounding the classic antihero series continues to build leading into historic Spawn #300 and record-breaking Spawn #301 when it becomes the longest running creator-owned comic in the world.

This stunning cover by fan-favorite, best-selling artist J. Scott Campbell showcases Todd McFarlane's dark hero in a stunning, heroic pose in front of an ornate stained glass window featuring various allies and villains...

SHARE: READ MORE
How far down the rabbit hole will you dare to go?
Posted in News, Monday 22nd July 2019
Wonderland cover

Anticipated upcoming anthology Wonderland, edited by Marie O'Regan and Paul Kane, will be released on 17th September.

Join Alice as she is thrown into the whirlwind of Wonderland, in an anthology that bends the traditional notions of Lewis Carroll's classic novel, featuring ghosts, medieval quests, demons and cyborgs.

Tread carefully as you visit the brilliant and bizarre world of Wonderland once again, for these original and fantastically horrifying tales capture a Wonderland that you'll never have experienced before...

Contributors include the bestselling M.R. Carey, Genevieve Cogman, Catriona Ward, Rio Youers and L.L. McKinney.

...
SHARE: READ MORE
Soundtrack to Lars Von Trier's controversial film Antichrist arriving soon
Posted in News, Monday 22nd July 2019
Antichrist OST Black Etched Vinyl

Cold Spring have announced the official release of the soundtrack to Lars Von Trier's controversial film Antichrist, available on physical format for the first time.

Ten years after the film's initial release, the extreme, provocative performances from Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg in Antichrist still have the power to shock, repulse and divide audiences. The sound design by Kristian Eidnes Andersen with Lars Von Trier, was composed using only natural sounds and samples (including internal body recordings). Each element was recorded specifically for the film and overseen by Von Trier, including a brand new, sombre performance of Handel's 'Lasci...

SHARE: READ MORE
More Who to hit vinyl in August
Posted in News, Monday 22nd July 2019
Wave_of_Destruction_Outer_Sleeve-min

Following the sell-out success of Big Finish Productions limited edition Doctor Who stories on vinyl, the audio company has announced another exclusive release. Sainsbury's will launch Doctor Who: Wave of Destruction starring Tom Baker, Lalla Ward and John Leeson on 2nd August 2019. It will be released as a Limited Edition run of 1500 copies on 'ocean swirl' vinyl - only available in the UK.

A modulated frequency wave cancellation signal isn't something that the Doctor and Romana expect to detect in 1960s London. But then they don't expect to find Professor Lanchester, the man who invented it, lying unconscious. Or MI5 investigating. With the help of ...

SHARE: READ MORE
Arrow Video FrightFest 2019 announces more guests, special events and shortlist for Screen Genre Rising Star Award
Posted in Frightfest, News, Friday 19th July 2019
FrightFest poster art by Graham Humphreys

Ahead of single tickets going on sale from Saturday 21st July, Arrow Video FrightFest announces their current slate of guests, more details on some special events and the short list for the Screen Genre Rising Star Award.

As previously revealed, genre icon Dario Argento and The Soska Sisters will be attending and other returning alumni include Abner Pastoll, here with the closing night film A Good Woman Is Hard To Find, alongside many of the cast, producer/director Ant Timpson for opener Come To Daddy, Bliss director Joe Begos, joined by stars Dora Madison and Graham Skipper, Daniel Isn't Real helmer Adam Egypt Mortimer and Paidraig Rey...

SHARE: READ MORE
New Black Label titles from 101 Films
Posted in News, Wednesday 17th July 2019
Rabid 1977The next two titles on the 101 Films Black Label will be released in August and September. A pair of gruesome cult horrors; one a David Cronenberg classic, and the other a lost gem from the early '90s. Both titles are presented in Limited Edition versions with slipcase and booklet, limited to 3000 units.

On 26th August get set for Rabid (1977), David Cronenberg's early classic, stacked with extras, including a brand new feature-length documentary and an audio commentary with the Soska Sisters... and on 23rd September a UK debut on any format for Skinner (1993), starring Ted Raimi as the eponymous serial killer, in a film that was quite literally lost for several years.

Rabid is the enduringly te...

SHARE: READ MORE
FrightFest fave Big Bad Wolves finally coming to HD
Posted in Frightfest, News, Wednesday 17th July 2019
Big Bad Wolves cover

101 Films presents Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado's Big Bad Wolves (2013), a brutal and unpredictable thriller that addresses the perils of victimhood and the consequences of vengeance.

A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings - a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.

Released on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK, this release includes Last Night at the Empire: Big Bad Wolves at FrightFest, a brand new documentary on the background a...

SHARE: READ MORE
Articles Archive: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006
PICK OF THE WEEK
AE: Apocalypse Earth
AE: APOCALYPSE EARTH
Saturday 24th August
6.45 PM
The Sand
THE SAND
Wednesday 28th August
9.00 PM
Martyrs (2015)
MARTYRS (2015)
Saturday 24th August
10.45 PM