FrightFest Glasgow 2019 (Glasgow Film Festival)

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FrightFest Glasgow 2019 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Post by zappa fan » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:30 am

It’s full scream ahead as Arrow Video FrightFest, the UK’s favourite horror fantasy event, returns to Glasgow Film Festival for a 14th fearful year, from Thursday 28 February to Saturday 2 March, 2019.

Presenting a stunning and resonating two days of trauma, terror and tantalising thrills, this year’s line-up, once again housed at the iconic Glasgow Film Theatre, embraces the latest genre discoveries from around the world, spanning four continents, with two world, two European and six UK premieres.

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.”

The bloodiest of violence and the heaviest of Black Metal make for an incendiary mix in LORDS OF CHAOS, FrightFest’s special Thursday night presentation, courtesy of Arrow Films. This is 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.

We have lift-off on Friday with the UK premiere of LEVEL 16, a skin-crawling dystopian thriller by up-and-coming director Danishka Esterhazy and the first of three Canadian entries. This is followed by the European premiere of THE DEAD CENTER. Billy Senese’s acclaimed slow-burning indie creeper, co-produced and starring Shane Carruth (Primer, Upstream Colour). Next up is the World premiere of HERE COMES HELL, described as ‘Downton Abbey meets The Evil Dead’. 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.

The 8.30pm presentation is the UK premiere of Adrián García Bogliano’s BLACK CIRCLE. The celebrated South American auteur returns with a hypnotic supernatural nightmare starring Swedish exploitation icon Christina Lindberg. Lindberg was Quentin Tarantino’s inspiration for the Bride in Kill Bill through her startling role in the 1973 Scandinavian cult classic They Call Her One Eye and we’re pleased to announce that Christina will be with us, alongside one of the film’s producers, Rickard Gramfors.

Rounding off the evening with an irresistible dose of sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll and humungous insects is the UK premiere of Ron Carlson’s DEAD ANT. This is Spinal Tap meets Them! in a fabulous blast of creature feature horror hilarity.

Getting the Saturday programme off with a mighty splash is the UK premiere of Perry Blackshear’s expressive and atmospheric mermaid terror, THE RUSALKA. It is hoped that the They Look like People director can make it to Glasgow. This is followed by the World premiere of AUTOMATA. FrightFest has been proud to support the work of Scottish auteur Lawrie Brewster through The Unkindness of Ravens and The Black Gloves. So we are delighted to present 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.

The evening programme kicks off (literally) with I Saw the Devil writer Hoon-jung Park’s Korean smash hit THE WITCH PART 1: THE SUBVERSION, which reinvents the action genre in thrilling and chilling ways. Following this is the much anticipated UK premiere of FREAKS, Zack Lipovsky and Adam Stein’s genre-bending psychological sci-fi thriller, which is laced with energy, innovation and imagination. The film is made even more memorable by some 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.

FrightFest Passes are £75 and available from noon on Mon Jan 14, 2019. Passes cover all films on Fri 1 March and Sat 2 March ONLY.

Tickets for LORDS OF CHAOS, plus individual tickets for the Fri/Sat films are on sale Mon Jan 28 from 10am. Price: £11.00. £8.80 concessions.

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+44 (0)141 332 6535 / www.glasgowfilm.org/festival
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Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2019 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Post by iomega » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:13 am

An interesting fact about our Glasgow event this year. As part of the event, we will be hosting our 1000th film. Amazing.

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Post by Alex J » Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:16 pm

1,000 films! Now that's a tremendous achievement!

I would also add that this year's ticket buying process for Glasgow was super smooth too!
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Post by zappa fan » Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:52 pm

The Definitive Film List - can be found here. Created by John (Magic Rat Movies)

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Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2019 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Post by VictorCrowley82 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 1:40 pm

Anyone else having trouble booking tickets for Lords of Chaos? Been refreshing for last couple of hours and only getting this.

The website is currently experiencing high volumes of traffic. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience.
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Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2019 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Post by VictorCrowley82 » Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:04 pm

Ignore above. Managed to get tickets around 6pm.

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Post by Alex J » Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:15 pm

Yes, getting tickets for non-Frightfest Glasgow Film Festival movies was both extremely time-consuming and frustrating. I spent half an hour trying initially, then had another go later and just kept refreshing for about another half an hour before getting anywhere. I must have struck a sweet spot then as I did eventually manage to get a ticket for Lords of Chaos.
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Post by iomega » Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:21 am

The link to the page to get passes was down for most of the day as well. Understand it's a pain, but on the plus side, a sign that heaps of tickets are getting sold.

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Post by VictorCrowley82 » Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:51 am

Thank you to all who helped put on this event! My wife and I had an excellent time at our first Glasgow event. Glasgow was amazing, the people around us were so friendly & welcoming, the cinema was one of the best we have been to and the films were great. Will see you all in August.

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Post by Alex J » Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:15 pm

Well said! I shall echo this by saying a big thank you to Alan, Paul, Greg and Ian (hope you're feeling better!) !

Also thank you to everyone else who helped organise the event, including the shorts, the cinema staff, the guests, the fans etc! Another super festival!
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Post by Alex J » Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:23 pm

And now for some brief reviews of the films - I'll do this piecemeal as I'm on the train with intermittent service.

Lords of Chaos
I liked the interesting dynamics between the main characters and there were several good, brutal setpieces - the fact that this is based on a true story made them even more impactful. While some of the humour was welcome the film at times felt too flippant for its own good given the subject matter, but overall I did enjoy this one nevertheless (if enjoy is the right word!). 7.5 / 10
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Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2019 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Post by Alex J » Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:29 pm

Level 16

A dystopian mystery thriller with some effective suspenseful sequences. The young lead does really well to carry the film, all the more remarkable as she is portrayed as unlikeable at the start with another of the girls initially set up as the lead. It was good to see the villains rounded out a little more than usual, even if one or two do feel a bit pantomime-like in places. Nonetheless, very engaging even if it is a little horror-lite from a visual perspective. 8 / 10
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Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2019 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Post by Alex J » Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:36 pm

The Dead Center

A better than average hospital-set horror that plays a bit like an old episode of The X-Files. I liked the clash between science and the
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paranormal.
I couldn't really see what the purpose of the detective character was though, except perhaps to help with some of the exposition? It may have benefited from some more on-screen kills, but perhaps that would have been too repetitive? 7 / 10
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Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2019 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Post by Alex J » Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:46 pm

Here Comes Hell

Many cinematic references and influences on display in this one, most notably
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Raimi's Evil Dead series and Drag Me To Hell.
The period setting is livened up by plenty of humour, ensuring this is a fun ride with some good effects and
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spunky heroines
when the proverbial hits the fan.

There are a couple of mis-steps, such as one or two phrases that don't feel right for the time period and one scene that feels out of place, but overall a very good effort! 7 / 10
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Post by Alex J » Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:51 pm

Black Circle

Although the conclusion is no surprise it is a great journey getting there. A mystery with a terrific sense of pervasive unease and some deliciously creepy moments. A little reminiscent of the very first of
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The Ring
movies. 8.5 / 10
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