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Interview with Derek Carl, director of The Brain That Wouldn't Die
Posted on Thursday 22nd October 2020
Cult classics always have a place at FrightFest but 2020 contains one with a twist. Director Derek Carl has delivered an updated but caring re-imagining of the cult favourite, The Brain That Wouldn't Die. Here he chats about this unique movie. HC: When did you first see the original movie, The Brain that Wouldn't Die? DC: I watched the original film for the first time just a few months before we started wor...

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Existential trauma, the return of Chris Smith and drugged up ghost hunting! Day 2 of FrightFest Digital Edition 2 (Part 2)
Posted on Thursday 22nd October 2020
dead-posterCanada has always been a hot bed of horror talent and FrightFest has always championed creatives from the Great White North. First film up this evening is from David Simpson, Dangerous To Know. A troubled young woman recovers from a suicide attempt in a secluded cabin, but when a series of unexplained and terrifying incidents occur, she realizes someone-or something-has a far darker future planned for her. Examini...

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Interview with Andy Collier and Tor Mian, directors of Sacrifice
Posted on Thursday 22nd October 2020
Sacrifice 1FrightFest Digital Edition 2 is well underway and the first film up stars FrightFest favourite Barbara Crampton. Here co-directors Andy Collier and Tor Mian talk (not so seriously at times) about this Norwegian nightmare. HC: Have you always been horror movie fans? AC: When I was 12 the local video rental store wouldn't let me take porn films so Evil Dead and Zombie Flesh Eaters was the next best thing. And...

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Cosmic chills and transplant terror. Day 2 of FrightFest Digital Edition 2 (Part1)
Posted on Thursday 22nd October 2020
Stranger-poster-2After the last night's double-bill of chills FrightFest settles down to deliver more movies that are designed to appeal to fans of the darker side of cinema. Here's what's on offer for the first half of tonight's programme! The world premiere of Sacrifice gets the evening off to a solid start with Barbara Crampton delivering one of her strongest performances yet. When Isaac and his pregnant wife Emm...

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Dare you log in? Day 1 of FrightFest Digital Edition 2
Posted on Wednesday 21st October 2020
held-posterWell, here we go again! Just weeks after the first FrightFest Digital Edition we welcome another and what a packed programme Team FrightFest have lined up for us. More details on daily showings over the next few posts. As usual the first day contains a couple of movies to get us all in the mood, a world premiere and a UK premiere. First up is Held which has been written by and stars Jill Awbrey as Emma who...

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Superb thriller Concrete Plans due in cinemas this November
Posted on Monday 19th October 2020
Concrete Plans (SIgnature Entertainment, 13th November 2020) [3]Showing on the Zavvi screen at FrightFest 2020, Concrete Plans is a stunning and brutal psychological chiller that will have you investing more in DIY rather than getting people in! High in the remote Welsh mountains, five builders are bought together to renovate a sprawling old farmhouse. Housed in mouldy Porta...

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Arrow Video FrightFest announces bumper line-up for its October 2020 Digital edition
Posted on Friday 2nd October 2020
FrightFest October BannerArrow Video FrightFest will go virtual for the second time in 2020, having taken the decision to cancel its planned physical event at the Cineworld, Leicester Square, due to continuing COVID restrictions. The forty-five feature film line-up will merge the in-cinema selection with brand new titles to provide an online festival experience from October 21-October 25. As with the August...

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Arrow Video FrightFest cancels October Cineworld event midst growing COVID restrictions
Posted on Wednesday 23rd September 2020
FrightFest Digital BannerArrow Video FrightFest will go virtual for the second time in 2020, having taken the difficult decision to cancel its planned physical event at the Cineworld, Leicester Square. due to continuing COVID restrictions making the event socially, practically and commercially untenable. The digital edition will run over the same days, from October 22-25 October, and will combine the in-cinema...

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Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula to open Arrow Video FrightFest October 2020
Posted on Thursday 10th September 2020
FrightFest - October 2020 event - bannerFour years after Train to Busan was voted the most popular FrightFest Closing Night film ever, comes the hotly anticipated stand-alone sequel, Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula, which will open this year's Arrow Video FrightFest October event, courtesy of Studiocanal. The film will play on Thursday October 22, 6pm, across three screens at the Cineworld, Leices...

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Interview with the legendary actress Lin Shaye about being part of The Horror Crowd
Posted on Wednesday 9th September 2020
Lin Shaye and Ruben PlaLin Shaye is an actress that need no introduction. Her screen work over the last few decades has seen her appear in countless movies such as Nightmare on Elm Street, Critters or more recently the Insidious series of movies. Here she chats about her career and her why she appeared in Ruben Pla's superb doc, The Horror Crowd. HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to be an actress? LS: No, ...

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Interview with Steve Villeneuve, director of Hail to the Deadites
Posted on Thursday 3rd September 2020
HailToTheDeadites-1FrightFest 2020 delivered some incredibly entertaining and informative documentaries. Hail to the Deadites from Steve Villeneuve is a celebration of the the Evil Dead series of movies and truly gets under the skin of what the franchise means to those who created it and those who are mega fans! Here Steve talks about this amazing doc. HC: Can you recall the first time you saw an Evil Dead movie a...

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Then, in the blink of an eye, it was all over
Posted on Monday 31st August 2020
FF 2020online-1_NEWArrow Video FrightFest 2020 Digital Edition has closed its doors. Over the last few days, the team have delivered on their promise, to make the event just as good apart as it would have been together. The event contained the usual mix of horror genres that we've come to expect and exposed us to some seriously talented creatives. Features such as Blinders, Dark Stories and 12 Hour Shift deliver...

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Interview with Guillaume Lubrano, director of Dark Stories
Posted on Monday 31st August 2020
Guillaume Lubrano image 1There's been a number of anthology movies at FrightFest 2020 but one of the strongest is Dark Stories from director Guillaume Lubrano. Here he chats about this fun piece. HC: Have you always been a fan of horror movies? GL: I'd say I've always been a fan of genre titles, being it horror, science fiction, fantasy, every subgenre that plays with the ability to push our imagination ...

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Interview with Michael Lee Joplin, star of Blinders
Posted on Monday 31st August 2020
Blinders3We've already heard from the director of Blinders, Tyler Savage and one of its stars, Vincent Van Horn so we thought it would be cool to chat with its other star, Michael Lee Joplin. HC: Was there one person who inspired you to become an actor? MJ: I started acting in middle school really, but I had a wonderful theatre teacher in high school in Austin Texas, a Brit from Manchester, named Beryl Knifton. She insti...

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Interview with Vincent Van Horn, star of Blinders
Posted on Monday 31st August 2020
Blinders4The tense psychological movie Blinders is showing on the Horror Channel Screen at FrightFest today so we chatted to one of its stars, Vincent Van Horn about the movie and his character, Andy. HC: Was there one person who inspired you to become an actor? VH: I can't say there was one person in particular but more of a love for movies in general as a kid. Charlie Chaplin and Peter Sellers were definitely early inf...

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Interview with Tyler Savage, director and co-writer of Blinders
Posted on Monday 31st August 2020
Psychological horror is always well represented at FrightFest and this year is no exception and one of the stand out pieces is Blinders from director Tyler Savage. Here he chats about this emotional and atmospheric movie. HC: Where did the idea for the movie come from? TS: The original idea for the movie came from an unsettling rideshare ride I took. Something about the driver made me uncomfortable, and I hated the ...

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Messed minds, Moroccan monsters, and missing mutants. Day 5 of FrightFest
Posted on Monday 31st August 2020
AVTheHunt-posterDay 5 of FrightFest is here (where did that time go?) but fear not as the FrightFest team have more movie mayhem for all to enjoy. The Arrow Video Screen has the now annual Arrow Video Podcast with filmmaker and journalist Sam Ashurst and SFX guru Dan Martin recording their episode live from noon. Then its onto AV The Hunt which is a raw take on the "hunted becomes hunter" movie which is followed by t...

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You're going to need more than armbands to survive this!
Posted on Sunday 30th August 2020
Aquaslash-posterThis afternoon had a really mixed bag of things going on at FrightFest 2020. One of the most anticipated pieces is the debut feature of Francesco Giannini. Hall contains many elements relevant to today such as a pandemic, toxicity in relationships and loss. This film deals with the isolation and helplessness some people can go through in life and takes its time to make its mark on your opinion. In co...

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Interview with Adam Stovall, director of A Ghost Waits
Posted on Sunday 30th August 2020
AGhostWaits-posterOne of the big hits of Glasgow FrightFest was Adam Stovall's A Ghost Waits. This acclaimed movie is back and has been through an edit so we chatted to Adam about this paranormal piece of work. HC: Where did the idea for A Ghost Waits come from? AS: The two main inspirations were a video game and a web comic. "P.T." was a first-person haunted house puzzle game designed by Guillermo Del Toro and ...

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Horror in lockdown. Will the industry change?
Posted on Sunday 30th August 2020
FrightFest Halloween 2020At a time of uncertainty and "new normal" procedures, life in 2020 has seen massive changes in all our lives. The importance of people's health and safety has been at the forefront of many people's minds and kept them away from social gatherings. FrightFest and other festivals have moved their events online but what about the future of the horror industry? Tonight at 7pm, Rosie F...

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Interview with Justin McConnell, director of Clapboard Jungle
Posted on Sunday 30th August 2020
ClapboardJungle-PosterA couple of years back, at FrightFest 2018 a movie named Lifechanger played. This deep, engaging and original movie was a thought provoking and intelligent piece of work. Its director, Justin McConnell is back at FrightFest but this time with a rather different piece of work, looking at how the industry works and showing people just how hard the film making business can be. We chatted to hi...

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Interview with Kapel Furman, co-director and SFX master on Skull: The Mask
Posted on Sunday 30th August 2020
Kapel Furman Image 1FrightFest always tries to show the very best from around the globe and one of the stand out titles for 2020 is Skull: The Mask from directors Armando Fonseca and Kapel Furman. Here, Kapel chats about the movie and his stunning SFX work. HC: Is there a strong horror movie following in Brazil? KF: Brazilian cinema, in general, comes and goes every ten years or so. Because our so called "fil...

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Cursed masks and clapboard chat. Day 4 of FrightFest 2020
Posted on Sunday 30th August 2020
Skull-TheMask-posterIf horror movies packed with juicy SFX are your thing then Sunday at FrightFest is the place for you. The UK premiere of Armando Fonseca and Kapel Furman's blood-soaked shocker Skull: The Mask starts off the Arrow Video Screen at noon and is a film not for the faint-hearted. Here we discover what the Mask of Anhanga is all about and the dark, deadly powers it possesses. Part hack n' slash part de...

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A doll faced killer and killer natives for all at FrightFest tonight
Posted on Saturday 29th August 2020
Blind-posterDay three of FrightFest has brought a lot to the attention of horror fans. Apart from the aforementioned "First Blood" movies and The Horror Crowd documentary, the day also contained Marcel Walz's psychological chiller, Blind. Playing like a 21st century Giallo picture, this movie is all about an actress who, on the cusp of stardom loses her sight in an accident. A mute man named Luke, her personal trainer has a...

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Interview with Majhid Heath, producer of Dark Place
Posted on Saturday 29th August 2020
DarkPlace-poster-thumbHC: Where did the idea for Dark Place come from? MH: Dark Place came from an initiative through Screen Australian and ABC Television to find the next generation of Aboriginal auteurs, asking them to tell their stories in the horror genre. After a number of workshops with Colin and Cameron Cairnes (EPs), Hayley and Majhid jumped on to shape the scripts and draw out themes as diverse as the...

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Interview with Phillip G. Carroll Jr. writer and director of The Honeymoon Phase
Posted on Saturday 29th August 2020
Honeymoon Phase-posterMore new talent comes to FrightFest 2020, this time its a husband and wife team Phillip G. Carroll Jr and Chloe Carroll. Here, Phillip describes how this intense and emotional, psychological movie came about. HC: Where did the idea for The Honeymoon Phase come from? PC: My wife, actress Chloe Carroll (Eve), and I got married in March 2016. We wanted our first feature film to be a marriag...

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New talent and newlyweds. Day 3 of FrightFest 2020
Posted on Saturday 29th August 2020
Playhouse-posterToday is the day of the First Blood world premieres, supported by Horror. The idea is to champion up and coming creatives and this year is no exception. They're Outside is a highly original dark fairy tale for adults from Airell Hayles, starring FrightFest favourites, Emily Booth and Nicholas Vince and Playhouse is a moody, haunted Scottish castle mystery from feature debut directors Toby and Fionn Wat...

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Silver bullets aren't going to help us tonight!
Posted on Friday 28th August 2020
Triggered-poster-thumbAlthough day 2 of FrightFest only had four movies in its line-up, all of them delivered what they promised in very different ways. There's No Such Thing As Vampires from Logan Thomas gave blood-suckers a new lease of life, so to speak. Joshua and Ariel, literally crash into each other along a dark road in the dead of night... and before long find themselves pursued across North America, th...

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Interview with Alastair Orr, director of Triggered
Posted on Friday 28th August 2020
Alastair OrrOne of our favourite movies showing on Horror at the moment is Alastair Orr's superb shocker From a House on Willow Street. For FrightFest 2020 he has a new film for us all to enjoy, Triggered. Here he chats about both movies. HC: Did you know from a young age that you wanted to work in the film industry? AO: I always loved films but it wasn't until my teens when I realised I could actually do it as a jo...

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Interview with Logan Thomas, director and co-writer of There's No Such Thing as Vampires
Posted on Friday 28th August 2020
Director Logan ThomasThere's a number of world premieres to catch at FrightFest 2020 and one of the best is There's No Such Thing as Vampires. We chatted to director and co-writer Logan Thomas about this cracking chiller. HC: Where did the idea for the movie come from? LT: Aric and I had written a number of scripts together and produced and directed the Gothic, slow burn feature film "The Yellow Wallpaper". ...

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Vampires, werewolves, organ trafficking and a deadly game of cat and mouse! Day 2 of FrightFest.
Posted on Friday 28th August 2020
IAmLisa-posterAfter the brain-bashing Evolution of Horror quiz and the mind-melting bizarreness of Sky Sharks, FrightFest Digital Edition settles down into its second day with a quartet of movies that take well-loved genres and gives them a 21st century makeover. Over on the Arrow Video Screen are two very different movies, There's No Such Thing As Vampires and 12 Hour Shift. TNSTAV mixes the vampire mythology we all k...

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the air!
Posted on Friday 28th August 2020
SkySharks-2The first film of FrightFest Digital Edition was a real belter, the world premiere of Sky Sharks. Fans of Iron Sky and the like will lap up this amazing, blood-splattered, genre-bending gore-fest. The official description is that a deadly army of flying zombie sharks ridden by genetically mutated, undead superhumans, are unleashed into the skies. That's really all you need to know! A heady mix of madness and...

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Its FrightFest... but not as we know it (but still as awesome)
Posted on Thursday 27th August 2020
Sky-Sharks-poster-thumbThe time has finally arrived, Arrow Video FrightFest 2020 Digital Edition is here and although we're not all together in body we are all linked in spirit. The whole event is kicking off at 7pm with something really special, The Evolution of Horror Frightfest Live Pub Quiz. Presented by Mike Muncer (host and producer of the UK's #1 horror movie podcast, The Evolution of Horror) the event ...

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Interview with Ruben Pla, director of The Horror Crowd
Posted on Wednesday 26th August 2020
Ruben PlaFrigthFest, whether it be a digital edition or the physical event is all about one thing, sharing the love for the horror genre, sharing stories about the first movie you saw, the worst movie you saw and ideas you have to create your own horror movie. It also gives you the chance to chat to the people behind the movies being shown, how they became horror fans and how their ideas made it to the big screen. So, it se...

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FrightFest 2020 - What not to miss!
Posted on Tuesday 25th August 2020
FF 2020online-1_NEWFrightFest may have moved online for its 2020 event but what the team have scheduled over the five-day event contains all the blood, gore, violence, laughs and bizarreness fans of the festival have come to expect. Here's our prime selection of what not to miss: I Am Lisa from director Patrick Rea is a smart homage to the classic I Am Legend novel whilst mixing in the flavour of legendary ly...

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Arrow Video FrightFest announces August 2020 Short Film Programme
Posted on Saturday 8th August 2020
FrightFest August Short Film -logo2The films may be short, but there is no shortage of scares as Arrow Video FrightFest 2020 showcases the best new short films from the UK and around the world, with six countries representing three continents. From under-the-bed monsters to monsters in front of your eyes, from the sinister and the creepy to the wickedly human and the not-so-human, this year's selecti...

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Interview with Airell Hayles writer and co-director of They're Outside
Posted on Saturday 1st August 2020
Airell HaylesFrightFest is once again on the horizon but this time, due to global events the event has become a virtual experience with all films being accessed online. Horror is once again sponsoring the First Blood strand of the event. Here we chat to Airell Hayles whose movie They're Outside mixes found footage and pagan horror genres to great effect. HC: Where did the idea for They're Outside come from? AH: This ...

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Interview with Fionn and Toby Watts, directors of Playhouse
Posted on Saturday 1st August 2020
Toby and Fionn Clapper 1FrightFest is once again on the horizon but this time, due to global events the event has become a virtual experience with all films being accessed online. Horror is once again sponsoring the First Blood strand of the event. Here we chat to talented brothers Fionn and Toby Watts who have delivered a gothic, creepy piece named Playhouse. HC: Was there one film or person who influenced o...

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Arrow Video FrightFest announces August Digital Edition line-up and Horror Channel sponsors talent-seeking First Blood strand
Posted on Tuesday 28th July 2020
FrightFest Online-Logo-3_NEWThe UK's most popular horror and fantasy film festival celebrates its 21st bloody year with a special Digital edition, showcasing twenty-five films, from Thursday 27th August to Monday 31st August, including seven world premieres and sixteen UK premieres. Ten countries are represented from four continents in a deadly, daring and diverse programme exclusively presented to UK audi...

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Horror Channel highlights six summer weekend shockers in its August premiere line-up
Posted on Thursday 16th July 2020
Horror Chanel - Aug bannerAugust is a wicked month on Horror Channel, as the UK's most popular small-screen destination for genre fans presents six summer weekend shockers, five FrightFest hits including the UK TV premieres of Julian Richards, Reborn, a Carrie for the Z Generation, starring horror icon Barbara Crampton, Jordan Barker's Witches In The Woods, an unrelenting assault of pure terror, Alistair Legra...

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Interview with Tony and Ryan Smith co-writers of Volition.
Posted on Tuesday 7th July 2020
VolitionFrightFest 2019 delivered some amazing movies and one of the best was Volition from the talented brothers Tony and Ryan Smith. Now that the movie has been unleashed onto Apple TV, Prime Video and other Digital Platforms we chatted to them about this acclaimed movie and their plans for the future. HC: You both hail from South Africa, what's the movie industry like in that country at the moment? TDS: I bel...

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Arrow Video FrightFest to present August digital edition
Posted on Wednesday 24th June 2020
FrightFest 2020 BannerArrow Video FrightFest will go virtual over the August Bank Holiday, presenting up to twenty-five films from Friday 28th August to Monday 31st August inclusive. There will also be additional online content including special guest intros, Q and As, and a short film showcase. Plus, some free Live events are at the planning stage. Passes and individual tickets will be available and go on sa...

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Important news from team FrightFest
Posted on Tuesday 2nd June 2020
FrightFest Halloween 2020Due to the continuing Covid-19 restrictions on social distancing, Arrow FrightFest's traditional five day event in August has been regretfully put on hold. Instead, the organisers are planning to expand their traditional all-day Halloween event at the end of October. Alan Jones, co-director, said today: "Sadly, we won't be able to come together and celebrate our 21st year in the su...

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Interview with Julien Seri, director of Anderson Falls
Posted on Tuesday 18th February 2020
Ahead of the UK premiere of serial killer thriller Anderson Falls at Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow 2020, director Julien Seri reflects on this, his first 'American' experience, challenging fight scenes and the importance of personal vision. It has been five years since we premiered Night Fare at FrightFest London, what have you been up to since then? JS: I worked on two, very singular, projects as a produce...

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Interview with Adam Stovall, director of A Ghost Waits
Posted on Sunday 9th February 2020
Ahead of the World premiere of A Ghost Waits at Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow 2020, director Adam Stovall reflects on getting through depression, creating paranormal romance and the influence of Tom Waits... You have an interesting CV - from comedy theatre and film journalism to writing for The Hollywood Reporter and second assistant directing. Was all this a game plan to becoming a fully-fl...

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Arrow Video FrightFest announces Glasgow Film Festival 2020 line-up
Posted on Thursday 16th January 2020
Welcome the transgressive, the traumatic and the terrifying as Arrow Video FrightFest, the UK's favourite horror fantasy event, returns to Glasgow Film Festival for a 15th fantastic year, from Thursday 5 March to Saturday 7 March, 2020. Thirteen is lucky for some as that's the number of new films being presented at the iconic Glasgow Film Theatre, embracing the latest genre discoveries from around the ...

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