From the director of MONSTER BRAWL and SEPTIC MAN, and the writer of PONTYPOOL and HELLMOUTH, comes a nerve-shredding American Gothic tale of terror. Sanctioned euthanasia is now an industry and Malison is just starting assisting suicides for the Rite-To-Die company. After a distressing first call-out, she is paired with seasoned veteran Olivia and they head to the remote estate of Milos Somborac, on his deathbed wishing to expire via a Tibetan death ritual known as the Yotar Sky Burial. Soon the shocking reasons why this arcane method has been chosen become stark, staring clear as the demise-inducing duo find themselves fighting vengeful spirits determined to stop it. Director Jesse Thomas Cook’s love letter to the rural horror genre is an atmospheric, tense and bloody treat, building to a chilling sacrificial crescendo thanks to his charismatic lead actors, a compelling and twisted story and a vivid way with stylish imagery.
Thanks to Raven Banner Entertainment.
Director: Jesse Thomas Cook. Cast: Liv Collins, Sarah Power, Wil Burd. Canada 2015. 95 mins. 18.
1.30 PM - FRIDAY 26TH - UK PREMIERE - THE HEXECUTIONERS
Glasgow Film Theatre 12 Rose Street Glasgow G3 6RB
MAKE ME GO AWAY
INTO PORTRAIT MODE
3.40 PM - FRIDAY 26TH - UK PREMIERE - ANGUISH
Director: Sonny Mallhi. Cast: Ryan Simpkins, Annika Marks, Karina Logue. USA 2015. 91 mins. 18.
Producer of THE STRANGERS, SHUTTER and AT THE DEVIL’S DOOR, Sonny Mallhi makes a dazzling directorial debut with this compelling supernatural chiller inspired by a true possession story. Teenage Tess has been suffering from anxiety ever since her mother Jessica discovered her banging her head against the wall when she was a child. On a steady diet of medication ever since, it becomes clear her dissociative identity disorder condition might not be necessarily psychological when they move to a small house in Texas and Tess begins experiencing hallucinations suggesting she’s more susceptible to spirits of the deceased. Especially ghost girl Lucy killed in a tragic accident and still being grieved for by her tormented mother. Eerie, jittery and surprisingly moving, ANGUISH is the creepiest and most resonant American independent horror since IT FOLLOWS, showcasing a breakout performance by Ryan Simpkins (TWIXT, SURVEILLANCE, HANGMAN) playing the withdrawn Tess.
Thanks to Arrow Films.
Preceding ANGUISH, FrightFest is delighted to showcase the following short films -
ASHEN - Jon Mikel Caballero, Spain, 10m - It's little Ema's birthday, and her father sends her to read comics in the closet while he prepares for her party. But is it her party, or an alien invasion?
MINDLESS - Katie Bonham, UK, 8m - Peter's minder is a little tired of the mess he keeps making. But Peter insists it isn't him making it.
KEEN-wah - Cat Davies, UK, 6 - Blind dates can be daunting. Even more so when your date has dietary restrictions, and is more than a little past his prime.
6.30 PM - FRIDAY 26TH - WORLD PREMIERE -PANDEMIC
Director: John Suits. Cast: Rachel Nichols, Missi Pyle, Mekhi Phifer. USA 2016. 91 mins. 18.
In the near future, a virus of epic proportions has overtaken the planet. There are more infected than uninfected, and humanity is losing its grip on survival. Its only hope is finding a cure and keeping the infected contained. Lauren is a doctor who, after the fall of New York, arrives in Los Angeles to lead the hunt for uncontaminated civilian survivors. But nothing can prepare her crack team for the blood-soaked mayhem they are about to witness as they head into the Californian mean streets where everything is considered a trap… From director John (THE SCRIBBLER) Suits, a boundary-crashing, game-changing science fiction thriller featuring non-stop action from a first person shooter perspective, putting the audience in the middle of every fight whilst feeling in control of every punch thrown and shot fired. Welcome to the new model of immersive action thriller for the hardcore video game generation.
Thanks to Content Film.
Proceeding PANDEMIC, FrightFest is delighted to showcase the following short film
PORTAL TO HELL - Vivieno Caldinelli, Canada, 12m - 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper (THEY LIVE) appears in his last screen role as a put-upon superintendant, just trying to fix toilets, when he discovers a doorway to hell in the basement. Can he and the residents save the world from destruction?
9.00 PM - FRIDAY 26TH - UK PREMIERE - THE MIND'S EYE
Director: Joe Begos. Cast: Graham Skipper, Lauren Ashley-Carter, John Speredakos. USA 2015. 87 mins. 18.
Joe Begos’ directorial debut ALMOST HUMAN was a FrightFest Glasgow 2014 highlight. So please welcome him back with his second award-winning feature, a loving and thrilling tribute to those iconic horror heroes David Cronenberg and Brian De Palma, especially SCANNERS, CARRIE and THE FURY. Set in snowy 1990 New England, this violent revenge thriller follows Zack Connors, a telekinetic fugitive, who can move and destroy objects with his mind. Picked up by the authorites and admitted into a research institute run by the sinister Doctor Slovak, despite promises he’ll be reunited with his girlfriend Rachel with whom he shares similar abilities, the diabolical medic is using his patients to create a synthetic mind-control serum for his own power-crazed use. With bloody fireworks, exemplary special effects and Steve Moore’s propulsive score infusing every elevated genre moment with epic vibes Begos delivers the mutant mayhem with stylish panache and irresistible pizzazz.
Director Joe Bagos will be in attendance to introduce his film.
Thanks to Channel 83 Films and Site B.
11.15 PM - FRIDAY 26TH - UK PREMIERE - PATCHWORK
Director: Tyler MacIntyre. Cast: Tory Stolper, Tracey Fairaway, Maria Blasucci. Canada/USA 2015. 86 mins. 18.
The spirits of RE-ANIMATOR and cult director Frank Henenlotter loom large over this incandescent comic horror. Three young women out partying wake up in a strange laboratory to find themselves Frankensteined together in one body. Making matters worse is that bitchy professional Jennifer, ditzy airhead Ellie and weirdo Madeleine share a collective consciousness as well as body control. Barely able to keep it together, the women co-operate long enough to make an escape. But unable to come to terms with their new multi-persona, the women shift their focus towards tracking down the mad scientist responsible for their mutilation while also making peace with their former hang-ups. Can they put aside their differences long enough to exact the proper revenge? A modern spin on Mary Shelley mythology and an examination of contemporary female relationships, mixed with fun gore and a cheeky tone sure to delight fans of classic 1980’s scream fests.
Director Tyler MacIntyre will be in attendance to introduce his film.
Thanks to producer John Negropontes.
Proceeding PATCHWORK, FrightFest is delighted to showcase the following short film -
THE BRIDGE PARTNER - Gabriel Olson, US, 14m - Mattie is a novice and nervous bridge player, but is flattered when partnered with the sophisticated Olivia. But Mattie's bad playing might not bring out the best in Olivia.