15 Years now the Dark Heart has infused our minds, 2020 it will be transgressive, the traumatic and the terrifying. Today Arrow Video FrightFest, the UK’s favourite horror fantasy event has unveiled it’s 2020 Glasgow line up.
Another fine year Frightfest will call the Glasgow Film Festival in March. Thirteen blood curdling films under the devilish embrace of the iconic Glasgow Film Theatre. Comprising the latest genre discoveries from around the globe, spanning four continents, including one world, two European and seven UK premieres.
Before the main event kicks-off, The Thursday night preview(s) a big stablemate of the weekend. Hold on to your seats for the altered state sci-fi fantasy journey of your life! In a special Thursday night presentation, FrightFest reveals an exclusive brand new cut of co-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s latest ethereal, existential mindbender Synchronic, starring Jamie Dornan and Anthony Mackie. Justin and Aaron plan to attend.
This is followed by the riveting horror mockumentary Death Of A Vlogger which comes home to Scotland following its hugely successful FrightFest August 2019 ‘First Blood’ debut. The director, Graham Hughes, and the cast will be attending – no doubt filming their every move…
Streaming a live exorcism? What could possibly go wrong? Friday kicks off with the UK Premiere of The Cleansing Hour. Damien LeVeck‘s film promises to be a gory, scary and hugely entertaining horror comedy, where tech entrepreneurs meet evil head on. Next up will be the European premiere of Uruguayan thriller In The Quarry, Bernardo and Rafael Antonaccio’s penetrating look at gender roles and expectations is a tense and dynamic riff on the naturalistic heart-of-darkness genre.
Tense sci-horror thriller Sea Fever, get’s it’s UK premiere directed by award-winning Irish television director Neasa Hardiman. Connie Nielsen and Dougray Scott find themselves part of a marooned trawler crew struggling to defeat a mysterious water-borne parasite.
If you love Beetlejuice, Ghost Adam Stovall’s A Ghost Waits will go down a treat. Starring MacLeod Andrews (They Look Like People, The Siren), as a exorcist falls for a ghost! The comedy horror gets a World Premiere 845pm presentation, with Adam and some of the cast in attendance.
Rounding off the evening with an irresistible riff of humour, terror and squirm-inducing violence is the UK premiere of Ryan Spindell’s The Mortuary Collection. With fabulous production design and a vibrant variety of tones, this wild ride completely pulls the rug out from under the audience.
The Day Two programme is a killer and the first film, Anderson Falls, features director Julien Seri’s high-tone brand of seat-edged thrills, starring Gary Cole and Scream Queen supreme Lin Shaye. South Korean director, Lee Min-Jae makes his directorial feature debut with Zombie For Sale. The Zombie apocalypse will be funny as Living Dead lore goes out the window with some unexpected twists.
The weekend will bring a number of Scottish Premiere including Rose Glass‘ blistering debut, Saint Maud. A divine dive into obsession, isolation and urban deprivation, featuring a star-making performance from Morfydd Clark as the heartbreakingly conflicted Maud. Rose will be in attendance.
The utterly bizarre Butt Boy, kicks of the evening (with European Premiere)a surreal, Tyler Cornack‘s unique viewing experience, in which a detective has to get to the bottom (literally) of a series of suspected murders. Think the indie lovechild of Quentin Dupieux and John Waters.
After the awesome Bliss, FrightFest Glasgow favourite Joe Begos will bring his follow up, VFW to the festival. This break-neck action blood-blaster, pitching Vietnam vets against an army of punk mutants, is every bit as gobsmacking as his recent film. Joe will be in attendance.
The festival will end with ferocious frights with the UK premiere of A Night Of Horror: Nightmare Radio. Duo Nicolas and Luciano Onetti (Francesca and Abrakadabra), constructed the anthology assembling an impressive line-up of recent festival-touring horror shorts to deliver a refreshingly unique new kind of shock omnibus.
In addition, there are two fabulous shorts; Gustav Egerstedt’s Live Forever, a brilliant musical tribute to all the poor victims in horror films that didn’t make it to the sequel, and Bleed, the latest from the talented Femme Collective – an anthology of six micro-shorts from emerging female directors which explore the horror of being a modern woman.
Plus, let’s not forget the great giveaways, surprise clips and Q & As!
Alan Jones, FrightFest co-director, commented: “Welcome to another banner FrightFest and another invitation to explore the horror fantasy genre’s fertile harvest bursting with creativity, imagination and difference in a world that often seems hostile to all three. So enjoy FrightFest Glasgow 2020: 13 new films from around the world guaranteed to offer a much-needed cinematic sanctuary”.
FrightFest Passes are £75 and available from noon on Monday, January 20. Passes will be exchanged for admission wristbands, which must be worn at all times to access all FrightFest films on Friday 6 March and Saturday 7 March ONLY.
Tickets for Synchronic and Death Of A Vlogger plus individual tickets for the Fri/Sat films are on sale Monday 3rd Februaryfrom 10am. Price: £11.50. £3.30 concessions.
The full line up for the 2020 Glasgow Film Festival will be announced on 29th January. This is our local festival so we hope to attend.
To book tickets: +44 (0)141 332 6535 / www.glasgowfilm.org/festival