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