The most successful movie of the year in Norway, that country’s official 2016 Oscar entry for the Best Foreign-Language Film and a Scandinavian smash hit sensation. Let’s hear it for FrightFest alumni Roar Uthaug who goes from COLD PREY slasher genius and ‘Hellfjord’ hero to first class master of disaster with an epic action thriller. In the small mountain community of Geiranger, geologist Kristian works at an early warning centre keeping an eye out for rockslides causing potential dangers. The last catastrophe was in 1905 and everyone knows it’s only a matter of time before the next Big One hits. And once the boulders start falling, the tight-knit population and the tourists it caters for has just 10 minutes to get to higher ground… So set your stopwatch now for inevitable and inescapable destruction to begin as nature fights back with drastically shifting scenery and a terrifying monster tsunami.
Thanks to Studio Canal.
Director Roar Uthaug. Cast: Thomas Bo Larsen, Kristoffer Joner, Fridtjov Såheim. Norway 2015. 104 mins. Norwegian with subtitles. 18.
10.00 AM - SATURDAY 27TH - PREVIEW - THE WAVE
12.10 PM - SATURDAY 27TH - UK PREMIERE - SOUTHBOUND
Glasgow Film Theatre 12 Rose Street Glasgow G3 6RB
MAKE ME GO AWAY
INTO PORTRAIT MODE
Directors: Roxanne Benjamin. David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath, Radio Silence. Cast: Kate Beahan, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Susan Burke. USA 2015. 89 mins.
Genre cinema is an art fuelled by teamwork and nowhere is this more self-evident than in this chiller compendium revealing a circle of death. From the creators of the V/H/S franchise come five interlocking tales of terror following the fates of weary travellers who confront their worst nightmares - and murkiest innermost secrets - over one long night on a desolate stretch of desert highway. You’ll witness two blood-soaked men on the run from supernatural horrors, an all-girl band taken in by a strange family, a man who has to perform emergency surgery with spooky 911 assistance, a home invasion and a rescue mission that goes horribly awry. Anthology horror is back in vogue and this uniquely solid, grim and gritty excursion into the dark side of the soul shows you why as it blows all other recent examples out of the water. The Cryptkeeper would be so pleased!
Thanks to Studio Canal.
2.05 PM - SATURDAY 27TH - PREVIEW - SPL2: A TIME FOR CONSEQUENCES
Director: Soi Cheang. Cast: Tony Jaa, Simon Yam, Jing Wu. China/Hong Kong 2015 120 mins. Mandarin Chinese with subtitles. 18.
After JURASSIC WORLD and INSIDE OUT, the third biggest box-office hit in Asia in 2015 was this jaw-dropping martial arts extravaganza superbly entwining operatic outbursts of heart-stopping emotion, spectacular choreography and balletic bone-crunching violence. A sequel in name only to the 2005 original KILL ZONE, director Soi Cheang recaptures its exhilarating energy and adrenaline-fuelled action by expanding into Thailand’s criminal underworld. Undercover Hong Kong cop Kit is sent to a hellish Thai prison after his cover is blown. As his supervising uncle Wah tries to discover his whereabouts, Kit learns the jail is the centre of an organ trafficking ring run by degenerate cut throats. One of the few honest guards is Chai (ONG BAK superstar Tony Jaa in his finest role) whose dying daughter desperately needs a bone marrow transplant. And so the scene is set for an audacious turbo-charged thriller showcasing Hong Kong action film making at its stunning best.
Thanks to Jinga Films.
THE SEASONING HOUSE and HOWL director Paul Hyett will be in attendance with the first glimpse of footage from his latest film HERETIKS.
4.40 PM - SATURDAY 27TH - EUROPEAN PREMIERE - THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR
Director: Johannes Roberts. Cast: Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sisto, Javier Botet. UK/India 2016. 96 mins. 18.
The latest production from visionary genre titan Alexandre Aja (SWITCHBLADE ROMANCE, THE HILLS HAVE EYES, MANIAC and HORNS) is an exotic tale of supernatural threat directed by rising British talent Johannes Roberts (F, STORAGE 24, 47 METERS DOWN). Grieving over the tragic loss of their son Oliver in India where the family antiques business is based, Maria hears of a dark rite that will let her to say goodbye to her dead child and hopefully find closure. Without her husband Michael knowing, she travels to a remote temple where the veil between the netherwold and the living one is thinnest. But unable to contain her emotions she breaks the most important ritual commandment allowing the spirit of the evil goddess Myrtu to roam the earth once more. Now she must protect her daughter Lucy against sibling malevolence at all costs. Eerie and evocative, a sinister shock spectacular.
Director Johannes Roberts will be in attendance to introduce his film.
Thanks to 20th Century Fox.
7.05 PM - SATURDAY 27TH - UK PREMIERE - BASKIN
Director: Can Evrenol. Cast: Gorkem Kasal, Ergun Kuyucu, Muharrem Bayrak. Turkey/USA 2015. 97 mins. Turkish with subtitles.
One of the most shocking short films in recent years is now converted into an even more terrifying and visceral tour-de-force of extreme violence and disturbing horror. Marking Turkish director Can Evrenol as the brightest talent on the international genre landscape, this homage to Coffin Joe, HELLRAISER, Dario Argento and H.P. Lovecraft comes loaded with enough surreal chills, atmospheric dread, extreme gore and unsettling perversity to emerge a striking and innovative feature debut of clear future cult importance. Little do a police squad know when they respond to a call for backup at an abandoned building in the middle of nowhere that they will stumble upon a Black Mass being performed by a nightmare cabal of subhuman cannibalistic freaks with a penchant for imaginative blood ceremonies. All this plus a driving techno-synth score too. As ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ review commented. “Fasten your entrails, it’s going to be a bumpy night”!
Director Can Evrenol will be in attendance to introduce his film.
Thanks to Can Evrenol.
9.30 PM - SATURDAY 27TH - UK PREMIERE - MARTYRS
Directors: Kevin & Michael Goetz. Cast: Bailey Noble, Troian Bellisario, Boriana Williams. USA 2015. 81 mins. 18.
In 2008 director Pascal Laugier shocked the world with MARTYRS. Even by the cruel standards set by the French New Wave Extremist movement, it became the last decade’s most controversial and upsetting horror movie with both detractors and defenders calling it a Sadean masterpiece. Now comes the long-vaunted, highly anticipated American version, produced by the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY house of Jason Blum, and helmed by the Goetz Brothers who proclaim their vision a reimagining of the source material rather than a slavish remake. Do they succeed? We dare you to find out as Lucie escapes from the warehouse where she was being held captive and brutalised. Leaving the orphanage a decade later with her best friend Anna, she’s determined to find the family who tortured her. But her urge for vengeance is the gateway to greater horrors as both girls must endure an even more unimaginable and debauched hell together.
Thanks to Altitude Films.
Preceding MARTYRS, FrightFest is delighted to screen the short film -
SISTER HELL - Fredrik Hana, Norway, 15m - A young woman leaves the nunery in search of a wilder life, with her fellow nuns hot on her heels. But the young woman might not need saving...
11.30 PM - SATURDAY 27TH - UK PREMIERE - THE DEVIL'S CANDY
Director: Sean Byrne. Cast: Ethan Embry, Kiara Glasco, Pruitt Taylor Vince. USA 2015. 90 mins. 18.
Seven years after taking the genre world by storm with THE LOVED ONES, Australian director Sean Byrne is back with a vengeance. Prepare for total dread, completely unexpected left turns and full-blown chaos and carnage in his superb follow-up, an absorbing, unnerving and devastating ride into psychological trauma and satanic bedlam. Unfulfilled artist Jesse Hellman moves his wife and fellow metal music-loving teenage daughter Zooey into a rustic Texas home with a violent past. Soon his paintings start taking on a darker, disturbing and more prophetic turn as anxieties get ramped up by mortgage repayments, local gallery interest in his work and helping Zooey settle at her new school. Then the clearly unbalanced Ray appears on his doorstep wanting to move back where his parents tragically died. And when Ray sees Zooey, nothing prepares the family for the shocking chain of events in this sly, outstanding and refreshingly original chiller.
Thanks to Icon Film Distribution.