Prepare for the best of the horror genre when FrightFest returns to Glasgow as part of the Glasgow Film Festival!
About FrightFest Glasgow
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FrightFest returns to GFF this February with a truly terrifying programme featuring UK, European and World Premieres of must-see horror!
This year’s bold line-up, once again housed at the iconic Glasgow Film Theatre, embraces the latest horror, fantasy and sci-fi discoveries from ten countries, spanning four continents, reflecting the world-wide popularity of the genre.
FrightFest Passes are £75 and available from noon on Mon Jan 15, 2018. Passes cover all films on Fri 2 March and Sat 3 March ONLY.
Tickets for GHOST STORIES and THE LODGERS, plus individual tickets for the Fri/Sat films are on sale Mon Jan 29 from 10am. Price: £10.50 (£8.50 concessions)
Thursday 1st March
Directors Andy Nyman, Jeremy Dyson. Cast Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther. UK, 2017, 1hr 38m.
SPECIAL SCREENING - Professor Philip Goodman (Andy Nyman) is a renowned sceptic of the supernatural and clairvoyant. Given the opportunity to investigate three case histories of baffling paranormal activity, he uncovers mysteries beyond his own imagination leading to a shocking personal nightmare conclusion.
Director Brian O'Malley. Cast Charlotte Vega, David Bradley, Bill Milner, Eugene Simon. Ireland, 2017, 1hr 32m.
SCOTTISH PREMIERE - Set in a rapidly changing 1920s society under the weakening grasp of British colonialism, orphaned twins Rachel (Charlotte Vega) and Edward (Bill Milner) share a strange existence in their crumbling family estate. For each night the property becomes the domain of a sinister presence enforcing three rules upon them; bed by midnight, no outsiders past the threshold, and any solo escape attempt puts the other twin in jeopardy. Now the curse is about to be tested by a troubled war veteran who is mysteriously drawn to Rachel.
Friday 2nd March
THE WANDERERS: QUEST OF THE DEMON HUNTER
Director Dragos Buliga. Cast Armand Assante, Lior Ashkenazi, Branko Djuric. Romania, 2017, 1hr46m.
UK PREMIERE - Louis (Armand Assante) is the most famous ghost and demon hunter in the world. The hardened American has travelled with Robert, an Israeli journalist (Lior Ashkenazi) to investigate a mysterious event that happened at the infamous Zalesky Castle, an imposing edifice towering over a village drenched in bloody history. Joined by a Romanian guide and a Korean television reality show team, the duo attempt to untangle the evil secrets lurking at the dark heart of this frightened community.
ATTACK OF THE BAT MONSTERS
Director Kelly Greene. Cast Michael Dalmon, Maurice Ripke, Fred Ballard. USA ,1999, 1hr 29m.
WORLD PREMIERE - Join schlock impresario Francis Gordon as his intrepid crew attempt to shoot an impromptu monster movie in the three days left over from the film they’ve just wrapped. From the Saul Bass opening title homage to its highly authentic, comic evocation of 1950s’ grade-Z grind house, this was lost when it was made in 1999. But ace restorer Mark Rance (who brought Tobe Hooper’s Eggshells to FrightFest 2010) found it and has lovingly refurbished it under writer/director Kelly Greene’s supervision.
Director Robin Aubert. Cast Marc-André Grondin, Monia Chokri, Charlotte St-Martin. Canada, 2017, French with English subtitles, 1h 40m.
UK PREMIERE - The zombie apocalypse has begun. But for the still-human residents of rural Quebec assistance of any governmental or community kind is zero. So lone survivors must figure things out for themselves, even if it means joining tentative forces and risking a hideous death…
Director Xavier Gens. Cast Ray Stevenson, David Oakes, Aura Garrido. Spain/France, 2017, 1hr 48m.
UK PREMIERE - At the dawn of the First World War a young man named Friend (David Oakes) arrives at a desolate Antarctic Circle island to take the post of weather observer and where a race of amphibious humanoids emerge from the seas every night to besiege him and his rancorous lighthouse keeper companion, Gruner (Ray Stevenson). How much horror can the human heart endure?
Director Patrick Magee Cast Casey Gagliardi, Andrew Joseph Montgomery, Eloy Casados USA 2017 1hr46m
EUROPEAN PREMIERE - Lost deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest, Ashley (Casey Cagliardi) and her ex-convict husband Max (Andrew Joseph Montgomery) are stalked by a terrifying creature the locals call Oh-Mah. Soon they find themselves forced to face nature’s harshness, a band of unsavoury hunters and become embroiled in a strange land of Native American legend turned absolutely real in their life or death battle.
Saturday 3rd March
THE BLACKSMITH AND THE DEVIL
Director Paul Urkijo Alijo. Cast Kandido Uranga, Eneko Sagardoy, Uma Bracaglia. Spain, 2017. Basque with English subtitles. 1hr 38min.
UK PREMIERE - Ten years after Civil War in Spain 1833, orphan Usue (Uma Bracaglia) seeks escape from her abusive guardians and constant harassment from uncaring villagers. When her beloved doll is stolen, it ends up at the property of Patxi (Kandido Uranga) a lonely and feared blacksmith who is the keeper of a terrifying secret, a horrible truth that Usue innocently reveals.
Director Adam MacDonald. Cast Nicole Muñoz, Laurie Holden, Chloe Rose. Canada, 2017, 1hr 27m.
EUROPEAN PREMIERE - Confused and enraged for being forced to move away from school friends after her father dies, Leah (Nicole Muñoz) performs a blood incantation calling on an evil entity to punish her grieving mother. Immediately regretful, too late she realises she can’t reverse the ritual curse and an unholy presence now stalks them both in their rural home.
Director Gabriela Amaral Almeida. Cast Murilo Benício, Luciana Paes, Irandhir Santos. Brazil, 2017, 1hr 38m. Portuguese with English subtitles.
UK PREMIERE - It's nearly closing time at a struggling restaurant. Staff want to go home while the boss struggles with money troubles and a desire for more power in his life. Enter two robbers, the catalyst for a violent situation, which the boss is initially able to contain and gain the upper hand. Suddenly, the already dangerous and explosive situation turn deadly; sides are taken and people turn to the most abhorrent behaviour in an instant.
Director Adam Marcus. Cast Michelle Renee Allaire, Petra Areskoug, Scott Burkett. USA, 2017, 1hr 29m.
UK PREMIERE - The Pope family’s Christmas Eve dinner goes horribly and hilariously wrong when someone puts something in the party punch causing everyone to tell the unvarnished truth at the already dysfunctional holiday reunion. When the head of the household psychopathically freaks-out, the scene is set for murderous mayhem and splatterific revenge as the deviant relatives reveal their long-buried hatreds and festering loathings.
TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID
Director Issa López. Cast Paola Lara, Hanssel Casillas, Rodrigo Cortes. Mexico, 2017, Spanish with English subtitles, 1hr 23m.
UK PREMIERE - Thousands have been murdered or gone missing in the ongoing violent drug war in Mexico. The result is many orphaned children living on the streets caught in the unceasing cartel crossfire. In her third work of immense beauty, pain, fear and joy, writer/director Issa López tells the magical story of five such urchins making the best of their daily struggle to survive.
SIXTY MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT
Director Neil Mackay. Cast Robert Nolan, Arnold Sidney, Terry McDonald. Canada, 2017, 1hr 23m.
EUROPEAN PREMIERE - It’s Hogmanay 1999 and former soldier Jack Darcy (Robert Nolan) wakes to find himself mysteriously entered into a murderous new TV game show. He has sixty minutes to kill or be killed by a group of strange armed men who’ve surrounded his house. But what his would-be assassins haven’t realised is that Jack has learnt a few tricks from his military days. He has a hidden bunker full of weapons and he isn’t going down without a vicious fight!
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