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FrightFest Glasgow 2020 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Posted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:05 pm
by TheDukeAbides
First of all obviously feel free to shift this into a 2020 thread in general.

Its been a few years since I went to the Glasgow frightfest, before the refurb so I have a few questions to ease my mind.

- Which screen is it held in?

- Can someone confirm where I can get the passes from, I note the links on this site go to the nutickets one but I saw Greg on twitter seem to suggest it would be via the actual Glasgow film festival site?

- If us mortals that work can't get access to a computer at noon, what are the chances of there still being passes left gone 7pm?

Cheers.

Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2020 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Posted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:10 pm
by TheDukeAbides
Well, got tickets, so all questions answered.

Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2020 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Posted: Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:26 pm
by zappa fan
Sorry. Never been to FF Glasgow.

Still, have a great time!

Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2020 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:23 am
by Alex J
So Frightfest Glasgow is over for another year sadly, so it is time to thank Alan, Paul, Ian and Greg for another great festival! Much appreciated! Also, thank you to the guests, the cinema staff and volunteers, the audience and everyone else involved in making it such a fantastic weekend!

Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2020 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:27 am
by Alex J
Time for some reviews!

Synchronic

An intriguing sci-fi that starts with paramedics coming across a series of bizarre deaths and incidents before becoming something more profound. A good rapport between the main leads, along with some humour to alleviate some of the darker moments all help to ensure you're invested in this twisty, cerebral thriller. A fine start to the fest!

8 / 10

Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2020 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:33 am
by Alex J
Death of a Vlogger

The opening tale about paratroopers (presumably true?) gets this off to a good start in this film that challenges perceptions and encourages a keen observation of the events that unfold. Plenty of spine-tingling moments, although it is in danger of
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crying wolf once too often,
but it all wraps up to a generally satisfying, albeit
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ambiguous conclusion.
7.5 / 10

Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2020 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:37 am
by Alex J
The Cleansing Hour

A TV show set in a studio version of
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The Last Exorcism,
a WTF, throw the kitchen sink at it kind of movie where some of it sticks and some doesn't. I had a fair amount of fun with this, despite the flaws and (un)holy hokiness.

7 / 10

I enjoyed the short, Cubicle, beforehand too.

Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2020 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:42 am
by Alex J
In The Quarry

A single location slow burner that simmers with tension. It eschews a number of pre-signalled opportunities, which helps to maintain interest and an element of surprise, although ultimately it does end up taking a well-worn path. Nevertheless, a satisfying watch that also includes a keenly observed exploration of gender interactions and toxic masculinity.

7 / 10

Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2020 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:47 am
by Alex J
Sea Fever

Some well-known names in this one who interestingly don't take centre stage, allowing the younger actors to shine. A
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creature feature
fable, with shades of
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The Thing
that includes an always fun guessing game of
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who is infected with the parasite.
Some of the behaviours of the characters do stretch belief however, but overall a pleasing aquatic fun ride. 7 / 10

Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2020 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:52 am
by Alex J
A Ghost Waits

A good number of people really engaged with this one - I liked it, although it was too horror-lite and romantic for my tastes, but I appreciated the comedy, the story was engaging enough and there was plenty of emotional heft and poignancy to ensure this hit the mark, on what was clearly an emotional night for the director.

7.5 / 10

Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2020 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:57 am
by Alex J
The Mortuary Collection

I had a lot of fun with this anthology, although the catatonic wife segment seemed overly long - or at least it did for a late night movie.

I enjoyed the other segments though, including the satisfying wraparound story, even if it was hokey and hammy at times.

After seeing The Babysitter Murders (a classic short) a few years back it was interesting to see this fitted into the overarching story.

8 / 10

Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2020 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:03 am
by Alex J
A Night of Horror: Nightmare Radio

This probably suffered a little from the delays as well as the lack of subtitles on the Spanish-speaking segment, but overall this felt overlong.

I had seen the Willie Bingham segment previously, which is good, while I liked the post-mortem photography short too.

The hunter and home invasion segments weren't bad, while the balloon one started off promisingly before losing its impact.

Sadly the wraparound story just descended into unintentional laughter by the end.

6.5 / 10

Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2020 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:06 am
by Alex J
Saint Maud

I loved this dark and twisted tale, although it has its humorous moments too to alleviate some of the bleakness.

A terrific and brave performance from the lead, while Jennifer Ehle is typically good value. Good use of the night scenes that had a delirious and wild feel that were in contrast to some of the beautiful daytime vistas.

8.5 / 10

Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2020 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:12 am
by Alex J
Butt Boy

A bit of a curio, mixing the ridiculously absurd with some weightier matters, resulting in a tone that veers from being quite serious for 10 minutes before a scene of off-the-wall humour that is quite a sharp contrast.

It doesn't really stick to its own internal logic and there are narrative leaps, but I guess realism was never really the aim of the movie!

Still, some silly fun to be had and the more serious parts aren't bad either.

7 / 10

Re: FrightFest Glasgow 2020 (Glasgow Film Festival)

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 11:16 am
by Alex J
VFW

A barnstorming actioner. The best of a very good fest. There are some minor quibbles, such as some of the decisions made by the characters, while some of the action is too dimly lit or indistinct to tell who is doing what to whom, but equally there are plenty of good setpieces and many great, gory kills.

A real crowd pleaser with a terrific cast. Highly recommended.

9 / 10