FRIGHTFEST GLASGOW ANNOUNCES LINE-UP
While I've been going to the London Frightfest for a good few years now, I've never felt the line-up for the Glasgow event has been strong enough to make me want to travel all that way up north. Don't get me wrong, the selection of films for the Scottish festival has always been solid, but not quite special enough to draw me in. That has changed this year. And then some. The slate for the end of February looks fantastic, with a really diverse selection of films that look to be genuine crowd-pleasers. What's more, our very own reviewer and budding filmmaker Katie Bonham will have her short film The Paper Round screened during the weekend.
Kicking off with a special screening on Thurs 26 Feb and hosting eleven films on Fri Feb 27 and Sat 28 Feb, the UK's favourite horror fantasy festival celebrates ten 'gore-ious' years at its second home at the Glasgow Film Festival with an all-exclusive slate of the freshest new horror films around.
The shocktacular line-up starts on Thurs 26 Feb in sumptuous Hammer-style with the UK premiere of the Edgar Allan Poe based ELIZA GRAVES featuring an all-star Hollywood cast, including Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess and Michael Caine.
Friday's fearsome line-up kicks off with the European premiere of THE ATTICUS INSTITUTE, the paranormal activity shockumentary of the year, written and directed by Chris Sparling, who wrote 'Buried'. This is followed by 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. Next up is the riotous WYRMWOOD, the zombie black comedy full of catastrophic carnage and over-the-top splatter. From Australian brothers Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner, it's the deadpan bloodbath everybody is talking about. The 9pm slot goes to 88, a glorious, gory and fast-paced homage to cult exploitation revenge thrillers. This is the World Premiere for April Mullen's most graphic film to date, starring American Mary herself, Katharine Isabelle. Rounding off the evening in terrifying style is the European Premiere of THE ASYLUM (BACKMASK) – in which Marcus Nispel, director of 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' and 'Friday The 13th' remakes. takes us through a rampant landscape of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll possession.
Getting the Saturday programme off to a nerve-jangling start is the UK premiere of the much anticipated and very disturbing CLOWN, produced by Eli Roth. This is followed by FrightFest's popular retrospective slot which this year is Mario Bava's BLOOD AND BLACK LACE, one of the most influential genre movies of all time. Next up is the World Premiere of THE WOODS MOVIE – a behind-the-scenes exclusive reveal to everything you ever needed to know about how 'The Blair Witch Project' was produced, shot and marketed to become a groundbreaking blockbusting classic. This has been directed, edited and scripted by Russell Gomm, who is a long-serving member of the FrightFest TV crew.
Saturday evening unfolds in gut-wrenching style. Mo Hayder is one of Britain's most acclaimed crime authors, but it took the Flemish Film Industry to turn her bestseller THE TREATMENT into a smash Euro success and FrightFest is pleased to present the UK Premiere of this harrowing serial killer thriller. This is followed by a real treat...FrightFest unleashed the Spanish sensation [REC] onto unsuspecting audiences in Glasgow 2008 and the organisers are delighted to host the UK Premiere of Jaume Balagueró's [REC]: APOCALYPSE, the shattering visceral conclusion to the global horror phenomenon. And to end the FrightFest carnival of carnage is the UK premiere of the creepy, brain-freezing THERE ARE MONSTERS, an instant cult classic and one of the scariest 'under the radar' movies of the year.
Alan Jones, co-director, said today: It's been a decade of the decayed. The Glasgow Film Festival has been an instrumental part of FrightFest's ever-increasing success story in becoming the UK's leading horror fantasy brand and we wanted to do something extra special to celebrate our prestigious tenth milestone. So it was important to us to showcase a whole range of brand new titles, many of which will not have entered the genre conscious yet, and have never been seen on UK shores before. Because our Scottish audiences have always admired FrightFest for its cutting edge quirkiness, and our 2015 line-up reflects that approach to the horror hilt".
With special guests, surprises on screen and off, new short films showcase surprises and the festival's unique community feeling, FrightFest at GFF has now become a must-attend occasion on the horror fantasy fan's calendar.
The festival's guest line-up will be announced shortly.
To book tickets:
Please note that FrightFest passes go on sale Thurs 22 from 10am. Price: £70. This covers all films on 27 & 28 Feb only.
Tickets for 'Eliza Graves' and the Fri/Sat films will go on sale Mon 26 Jan from 10am. Prices: £9, £7 (concession).
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