FrightFest Glasgow Full Lineup!

If there is one arse we have our heads stuck up then it is unquestionably the FrightFest. Still to this day one of the most down to earth-impressive film festivals the UK has to offer. FrightFest brings in talent, advance screenings, uncut material and literally treat their audeince like the adults they all are. It’s only great news that they are a bi-yearly festival with the first, shorter, festival taking place in the editor’s home town (even if he doesn’t live there anymore) of Glasgow!

Expect the totally unexpected with this eclectic programme featuring a trilogy of sexual terror, uncut Korean serial killers, psychotic tyres, Polish demons, maniacal matriarchs, crazed war veterans and a terrific schlock doc.

With guest directors and filmmakers from all over world (to be announced soon), surprises on screen and off, and our unique community feeling, FrightFest at the GFF has now become a must-attend occasion on the horror fantasy fan’s calendar.

The full line-up

FRI 25

6.30pm. LITTLE DEATHS (World Premiere)

One killer anthology from the UK’s most promising horror filmmakers, Andrew Parkinson (I, ZOMBIE), Simon Rumley (RED, WHITE & BLUE), and Sean Hogan (ISLE OF DOGS), composed of three disturbingly sensual and terrifying tales unified by the twin themes of sex and death. In Sean Hogan’s ‘House and Home’, a couple pose as concerned religious do-gooders to lure homeless girls back to their home for perverted sex games. But then they choose the wrong victim… In Simon Rumley’s ‘Bitch’, Claire and Pete derive strange sexual pleasure from an unspoken sadomasochistic role-playing game. But then Claire goes one step too far…In Andrew Parkinson’s ‘Mutant Tool’, a former prostitute and recovering drug addict undergoes therapy. But her shady therapist is involved with a bizarre black market narcotics trade, in which semen from human mutations created during WWII Nazi experiments is harvested and processed for its psychic effects on the human brain. 

90 mins  Directors: Sean Hogan, Simon Rumley, Andrew Parkinson   UK 2011 

9.00pm. I SAW THE DEVIL  (Scottish Premiere)

Dark, disturbing, and exceedingly graphic, Kim Ji-woon’s hypnotic serial killer thriller is the best since THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and SE7EN. The fiancée of a secret service agent, (Byung-Hyun Lee), is savagely murdered by a vicious psychopath, (OLDBOY’s Min-Sik Choy).  But once he’s tracked the killer down, he’s not content with exacting a simple revenge…FrightFest will be showing the fully uncut version of Ji-woon’s epic and ambiguous masterpiece.

144 mins   Director: Kim Ji-woon   South Korea – 2010


The overlooked world of Filipino genre movies of the 70s & 80s gets the terrific Mark (NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD) Hartley treatment in the ultimate insiders’ account of drive-in filler from Manila. All the key players are interviewed from producer Roger Corman, directors Eddie Romero, Steve Carver and Jack Hill and stars Pam Grier, Celeste Yarnall, Colleen Camp and Dick Miller. Wry comments come from John Landis and Joe Dante as fabulous clips from MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND, THE TWILIGHT PEOPLE, BIG DOLL HOUSE and much, much more turn the jaw-dropping spotlight on the ultimate no-budget B movie feast from the far, far east.

90 mins   Director: Mark Hartley   Australia – 2010

SAT 26

2.00pm  RUBBER (UK Premiere)

Move over Jason, Freddy and Michael Myers. There’s a new killer on the stalk-and-slash block – Robert the psychic tyre! Born from the desert sand, this rubber circle of pent up fury is out to telekinetically destroy everything and everyone in his way. Meanwhile, who are that crowd of tourists watching the gory mayhem through binoculars and commenting on the action? It’s wacky, wild, funny, bloody, absurd and weird, welcome to THE cult fantasy of 2011.

89 mins   Director: Quentin Dupieux   France 2010

4.00pm  TERRITORIES  (UK Premiere)

From Raphael Rocher, producer of THE HORDE, come the new FRONTIERS in terror. Five friends driving home from a wedding are stopped by the Border Police. The suspicious officers check their IDs and their questioning slowly intensifies. But they’ve done nothing wrong… As the situation turns crudely intrusive, viciously nasty and then spirals completely out of control, the group is formally arrested and sent to a ‘special’ prison camp in the heart of the forest. It’s then the kidnap victims realise the gravity of their situation…A controversial backwoods survival horror in which director Olivier Abbou pulls no political punches or contemporary detainment allegories. 

110 mins   Director: Olivier Abbou   France/Canada 2011 

7.00pm  THE SHRINE (UK Premiere)

From the creative team behind the 2008 FrightFest favourite JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER comes one of the most unusual and scariest horrors of the year. After an American backpacker goes missing in Europe a trio of journalists link his disappearance to Alvaina, a remote village in Poland. But when they arrive to unravel the mystery they uncover a hostile community and an ancient cult who must indulge in ritualistic sacrifice to hide even darker secrets…. Shock-full of supernatural twists and horrifying turns, director Jon Knautz brings stark-staring fear back to the genre in his knowing homage to such classic underground gems as LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH and MESSIAH OF EVIL.

85 mins   Director: Jon Knautz    Canada 2010

9.00pm  MOTHER’S DAY (UK Premiere)

Hot on the heels of the I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE remake comes the next timely and terrifying reimagining of a classic grindhouse title. Fleeing a botched bank robbery three distressed and injured brothers head for home. Except they’ve forgotten their mother’s home was recently snapped up in a recent foreclosure by a yuppie couple now celebrating their housewarming. Taking the partygoers hostage in the basement the brothers begin their casual humiliation and torture until mama (played by Rebecca De Mornay) arrives. Only then do the guests realise she’s the family’s most dangerous member. THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE star delights and intimidates in a delicious performance of wicked bloodlust and wanton cruelty.

106 mins   Director: Darren Lynn Bousman    USA 2010

11.15pm  HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN  (European Premiere)

Get ready to be blown away by pistol-packing Rutger Hauer as the HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN determined to clean the mean streets of trash – with a flash. Filmmaker Jason Eisener won the SxSW Festival’s GRINDHOUSE competition with the original HOBO fake trailer. His prize was its inclusion in the Canadian prints of the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez exploitation extravaganza. Now the director of the stupendous short TREEVENGE has gone the MACHETE route and turned it into a roaring rampage of riotous revenge as vigilante homeless man Hauer pulls into a new city and finds himself trapped in a mire of criminal chaos.

90 mins   Director: Jason Eisener   Canada/USA 2011

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