The Dark Heart grows cold again, but next month it will be full scream ahead as the UK’s leading Horror Fantasy Festival Arrow Video FrightFest, announces its 2019 line up. For the 14th Fearful year, the Glasgow Film Festival will be the Fests secondary home in the last days of February into March.
2018 may have hibernated our souls, 2019 we don’t look back in anger we just scream in delight. With two days of trauma, terror and tantalising thrills, in the iconic Glasgow Film Theatre. Embracing the latest genre discoveries from around the world, spanning four continents, with two world, two European and six UK premieres. From Black Metal wannabes to Extremely Haunted Hoarders in searching for the perfect reality TV show.
The Terror starts with a FrightFest’s special Thursday night presentation courtesy of Arrow Films. When bloodiest of violence and the heaviest of Black Metal make for an incendiary mix in Lords Of Chaos. 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.
Fans of The Handmaids Tale will adore Day One’s Kick-off with the UK premiere of Level 16. a skin-crawling dystopian thriller by up-and-coming director Danishka Esterhazy. This is followed by Billy Senese’s acclaimed slow-burning indie creeper The Dead Center (European premiere), co-produced and starring Shane Carruth (Primer, Upstream Colour). If your not a fan of Downton Abbey, you might be after you watch the World premiere of Here Comes Hell. Described as ‘Downton Abbey meets The Evil Dead’, enough said! 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.
Celebrated South American auteur Adrián García Bogliano’s Black Circle will get it’s UK premiere. A hypnotic supernatural nightmare starring Swedish exploitation icon Christina Lindberg. Lindberg who just happens is Quentin Tarantino’s inspiration for the Bride in Kill Bill (Scandinavian cult classic They Call Her One Eye, 1973). Christina will be with us, alongside one of the film’s producers, Rickard Gramfors.
This is Spinal Tap meets Them! The only way to describe Ron Carlson‘s Dead Ant (UK premiere).An irresistible dose of sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll and humungous insects in a fabulous blast of creature feature horror hilarity.
The Saturday programme will kick off with a mighty splash with atmospheric mermaid terror, The Rusalka (UK Premiere). Perry Blackshear’s expressive and It is hoped that the They Look like People director can make it to Glasgow. FrightFest is big fans of Scottish filmmaker Lawrie Brewster and will follow that support the World premiere of Automata. The Unkindness of Ravens and The Black Gloves have played Arrow Video FrightFest before now it’s three in a row, with his latest work, a subversive, brooding Gothic chiller. Lawrie, writer Sarah Daly and the cast will be in attendance. As will Søren Juul Petersen, the director of sizzling Danish shocker, Finale This will be the UK premiere of’ Peterson’s dark exploration of deviant sexual fantasy.
We are massive fans of FrightFest favourite Korean chiller, I Saw the Devil. The film’s writer Hoon-Jung Park smash hit The Witch Part 1: The Subversion a film that promises to reinvent the action genre in thrilling and chilling ways. Following that will be Zack Lipovsky and Adam Stein’s genre-bending psychological sci-fi thriller Freaks. A film laced with energy, innovation and imagination, with some memorable and 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.
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.”
FrightFest Passes are £75 and available from noon on Monday, January 14, 2019. Passes cover all films on Friday 1 March and Saturday 2 March ONLY.
Tickets for LORDS OF CHAOS, plus individual tickets for the Fri/Sat films are on sale Monday January 28 from 10am. Price: £11.00. £8.80 concessions.
The full line up for the 2019 Glasgow Film Festival will be announced on 23rd January. This is our local festival so we hope to attend.
To book tickets: +44 (0)141 332 6535 / www.glasgowfilm.org/festival