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By Emily Booth, Wednesday 21st January 2015
Discerning horror fans wait with baited breathe for the FrightFest film announcements. This is the festival that brings you Horror across the globe before anyone else has caught wind of it, hell they practically rip the celluloid still spinning from the camera of the latest must see horror before the director can even shout “cut!”
Basically, go to any FrightFest and you will be way ahead of the horror game. For those who don’t know, FrightFest is not just London based. No. Our lucky friends in Glasgow also get a dose of the gore every year in February and tonight (as of 7.15pm to be precise) I have been allowed to reveal ALL about FrightFest Glasgow 2015.
The boys are celebrating their 10th year and, I must say it’s a real biggie in terms of the movies! Fancy a Hammer Horror - styled, Edgar Allen Poe - based movie starring A-listers Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsly and Michael Caine? Look no further than the titilatingly titled Eliza Graves set in a Victorian lunatic Asylum conducting some highly unorthodox experiments. Directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist, Fringe) Officially being released March 13th Eliza Graves get’s its UK premiere in Glasgow and we’ll just have to cross our fingers for special guests!
Released just yesterday (20th January) in the USA with no known release date here in the UK as of yet The Atticus Institute takes the mockumentary route and describes a parapsychology lab that explores super human powers such as telekinesis, however when one unassuming yet explosively powerful woman enters the institute, the military take it over.
Then comes the World Premiere of The Hoarder starring an on form Mischa Barton who uncovers the worst horrors in the dank depths of a storage unit facility. If you simply can’t let the walking dead die then you’ll love Wyrmwood, a horror comedy zombie splatterfest from Aussie bros Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner, trust me this one will be turning severed heads.
Other highlights include Clown which reads like an extended Twilight Zone plot! Eli Roth whom is no stranger to Frightfest Glasgow (I interviewed him for Aftershock which premiered in 2013 and was mucho impressed with his passion!) this man, though Hollywood status now will always be at the heart of the core fan base. In Clown,Roth produces as well as stars as said Clown.
There’s too much on offer for me to bang on about here, but add on the superb vintage screening of Mario Bava’s chic Italian giallo Blood And Black Lace, alongside the world premiere of new documentary The Woods Movie charting the meticulous release of The Blair Witch Project as well as, wait for it – THE climax to the REC series, directed by returning REC & REC 2’s Jaume Balaguero and you really do have one hell of a weekend in store up in bonny Glasgee.
In total the festival will open its doors to with three World, two European and six UK premiere attractions and kicks off Thursday 26th February at the Glasgow Film Theatre.
I have merely scratched the surface of this uber cool film fest and if you want to be a part of it here’s where to click.
Horror Channel have been official sponsors of this blood soaked festival for many years now and always cover the different Frightfest events, for more head here!
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