The new year is here, the weather is cold and in March our hearts become ‘dark’ as Horror Channel Frightfest heads up North for the Annual Frightfest Glasgow. Today the dark heart of cinema has revealed it’s 2018 line up, preparing to feast on a chilling cornucopia of savage shocks, unsettling surprises, and devilish delights.
13 Years may be unlucky for some, but for horrorphiles, they will embrace the delights of what the premier UK horror fantasy mini-festival has too offer. For the 13th year in the surroundings of the iconic Glasgow Film Theatre Secret Santas to creature features await us. The latest horror, fantasy and sci-fi discoveries from ten countries, spanning four continents, reflecting the worldwide popularity of the genre.
The 3-day event will kick off Thursday 1st March with Ghost Stories, a special screening of Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson‘s big screen version of the popular Stage Show. The movie stars Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse, and Nyman who will be in attendance with Dyson. Finishing off the night will be the Scottish premiere of Brian O’Malley‘s Irish gothic horror The Lodgers, starring Charlotte Vega and David Bradley.
Friday 2nd March marks the first full day which lunges into some vampiric action with the UK premiere of Dragos Buliga’s The Wanderers: Quest Of The Demon Hunter, that promises a modern twist on Transylvanian mythology.Kelly Greene’s pastiche gem Attack Of The Bat Monsters will be flying with its world premiere.Fans of The Love Witch, will love the new retro-perfect jam and Kelly will also be in attendance. writer/director Robin Aubert‘s The Ravenous will get it’s UK premiere hoping to deliver a surreal and wickedly humorous addition to the Living Dead canon.
We love French extreme cinema and Xavier Gens is one of the leading lights in the sub-genre making his name with Frontiere(s). Later on Friday night the French director’s powerfully gripping Cold Skin will make it’s UK Premiere. Based on Albert Sánchez Piñol’s acclaimed novel, a movie that’s part H.P. Lovecraft, part Joseph Conrad. Xavier will be in attendance to answer questions on his latest movie.
If you think you know the Bigfoot mythology inside out wait until you see Primal Rage. Patrick Magee‘s movie will blow the lid off those ‘traditions’ you think you know about Bigfoot. He’s also a Special effects guru so expect something special as his movie closes the Friday line up.
Paul Urkijo’s visually breath-taking fantasy The Blacksmith And The Devil will get Saturday’s line up off to a demonically hellish start. The movie is a vivid Basque fairy-tale, produced by Spanish legend Alex de la Iglesia. Supernatural chiller Pyewacket directed by Adam MacDonald will get its European premiere , a beautifully paced, dread-filled study of occult belief.Next up is the UK premiere of Friendly Beast, Gabriela Amaral Almeida’s intense shocker, which explores the latent evil within us all.
Did you do it with your family? At your work during the recent festive season? Adam Marcus’ savvy seasonal shocker Secret Santa will have you climbing on board for a fiendishly tense slay-ride. Mexican New Wave horror has been making big waves the past few years and Issa López‘s Tigers Are Not Afraid will make it’s much anticipated UK premiere.A cautionary fable that mixes Pan’s Labyrinth with Narcos!
Like game shows? Love one with a difference? If yes is your answer to both you’ll love the ultra-violent Sixty Minutes To Midnight.An adrenalin-fuelled high action-packed thriller that the contests wish they won BFH…Your Bus Fare Home!Actor Arnold Sydney Junior and producer Frank Leraci will be in Glasgow to introduce the movie to close out 2018 line up.
Alan Jones, FrightFest co-director, said today: “With our bold choices and the quality of programming, FrightFest is once again positioned to deliver at our beloved second home in Glasgow. It’s no surprise to us that the genre has just had its biggest and most successful year. If you’ve ever attended one of our events, you’ll know exactly why. For FrightFest will always create a communal space where the pure enjoyment of the occasion is paramount and a vital shared experience. Welcome to our Pleasure Dome, FrightFest Glasgow-style”.
FrightFest Passes are £75 and available from noon on Monday January 15, 2018. Passes cover all films on Friday 2 March and Saturday 3 March ONLY. As ever the seats will fill up fast, when there gone, there gone!
Tickets for GHOST STORIES and THE LODGERS, plus individual tickets for the Fri/Sat films are on sale Monday January 29 from 10 am. Price: £10.50. £8.50 concessions.
The full line up for 2018 Glasgow Film Festival will be announced on 24th January. This is our local festival so we hope to attend.
To book tickets:
+44 (0)141 332 6535 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.glasgowfilm.org/festival