Inbred (Special Event)
It’s back again! Alex Chandon’s screamingly hilarious warped nightmare about country bumpkins with a very demented code of living returns to where it was world premiered before taking other European fantasy festivals by storm too. Anchor Bay will release Inbred in the UK and together with Film4 FrightFest have organised this special event – a live commentary where director Chandon and cast members will watch their bad taste horror riot with something to offend everyone alongside the audience, divulging all the anecdotes and filmmaking secrets in bringing their yokel terror to the screen. IT’S FREE – so first come, first seated.
95 mins Director: Alex Chandon UK 2011
Jo Hartley – Kate
James Doherty – Jeff
Seamus O’Neill – Jim
James Burrows – Tim
Nadine Rose Mulkerrin – Sam
The Arrival Of Wang (London Preview)
Chinese-language interpreter Gaia is hired to carry out an unusual translation assignment. In a secret underground Rome location she is ushered into a pitch-black room where to interpret the harsh interrogation of a mysterious presence, the eponymous Mr Wang. What happens next will change Gaia’s life forever and the entire destiny of planet Earth. This award winning science-fiction chiller was one of Film4 FrightFest’s most popular attractions at our 2012 Glasgow event. So, because we are premiering the Manetti Bros.’ Paura 3D as part of our Italian horror showcase and the directors will be joining us once more, we have included the film in our line-up for those who missed it in Scotland.
82 mins Directors: Manetti bros. Italy 2011
Ennio Fantastichini – Curti
Francesca Cuttica – Gaia
Li Yong – Wang
Juliet Essy Jospeph – Amunike
Antonello Moroni – Max
Crawl (London Preview)
Another Film4 FrightFest Glasgow favourite, the China Brothers’ Crawl is a thrilling cinematic work crafted with dark nuance and graceful skill. Set in an unknown rural town. Seedy bar owner Slim Walding hires a mysterious Croatian hit man to murder a local garage owner over a shady business deal gone bad. The crime is indeed carried out by the stone-faced stranger but a planned double-crossing backfires and innocent waitress Marilyn Burns finds herself caught up in the fall-out as the Croatian psychopath takes her hostage in her own home.
81 mins Director: Paul China Australia 2011
George Shevtsov – The Croatian
Georgina Haig – Marilyn Burns
Paul Holmes – Slim Walding
Andy Barclay – Travis
Lynda Stoner – Eileen
Sawney: Flesh Of Man (World Premiere)
Religious psychopath Sawney stalks Scotland abducting unholy souls for his communion of sacrifices. With his insane family of inbred killers they rape, torture and eat their victims saving the best morsels for a shadowy chained-up figure in their cavernous Highlands lair. As the Missing Persons list rises crime journalist Hamish MacDonald starts investigating. After his fiancée Wendy is kidnapped by the cannibal clan, Hamish decides to investigate the heinous crimes on his own with disastrous results. For there’s something he doesn’t know about the case that’s crucial to solving it. And he too must face the beast in the cellar seeking retribution.
89 mins Director: Ricky Wood Jr UK 2012
David Hayman – Sawney
Samuel Feeney – Hamish MacDonald
Gavin Mitchell – Bill Munro
William Houston – Charlie McGuire
Elizabeth Brown – Wendy McIntyre
The Mummy’s Shroud (Restored Version World Premiere)
Our first homage to The Hammer House of Horror brand so adored by fear fans worldwide was the final feature Hammer shot at their Bray Studios home and told the tale of an expedition to search for the fabled tomb of the boy Pharaoh Kab-to-Bey. Well acted and directed by Plague Of The Zombies maestro Gilling this underrated entry in Hammer’s Mummy trilogy features intense murders and an impressive disintegration demise.
84 mins Director: John Gilling UK 1967
John Phillips – Stanley Preston
Andre Morell – Sir Basil Walden
Elizabeth Sellars – Barbara Preston
Maggie Kimberley – Claire
Eddie Powell – Prem the Mummy
Rasputin, The Mad Monk (Restored Version World Premiere)
Film4 FrightFest’s second tribute to the national treasure known as The Hammer House of Horror comes courtesy of Kiss Of The Vampire director Don Sharp’s ravishing delve into the life of the lecherous mystic who dominated the Romanov court of pre-revolutionary Russia. Christopher Lee gives a magnificent performance as the self-styled faith healer who held Russia’s last Tsar, Nicolas II, in his sinister thrall. Scream queen, Barbara Shelley is equally commanding as the Tsarina’s confidante. This is history the Hammer way, ignoring accuracy in favour of the supernatural and gruesome, melding palace pageantry and courtly conspiracy with occult shadings and a liberal dose of third-act terror and gore.
91 mins Director: Don Sharp UK 1966
Christopher Lee – Rasputin
Barbara Shelley – Sonia
Suzan Farmer – Vanessa
Richard Pasco – Dr Zargo
Francis Matthews – Ivan
The Devil Rides Out (Restored Version World Premiere)
One of the finest occult chillers Hammer ever made was this adaptation of Dennis Wheatley’s bestseller starring icon Christopher Lee on the side of good for a change as the suave Duc De Richleau. Accompanied by his aide Rex van Ryn, the Duc must save his protégé Simon Aron from Black Magic baptism by a cult led by the evil Mocata. The late 20s setting is captured beautifully, Richard Matheson’s ace script is atmospheric and scary, Fisher’s direction is superbly fluid and the pentagram sequence is an all-time supernatural highlight. Elevated enormously by all being taken seriously, as a Satanic spectacular this one is the business.
91 mins Director: Terence Fisher UK 1967
Christopher Lee – Duc de Richleau
Charles Gray – Mocata
Leon Greene – Rex Van Ryn
Nike Arrighi – Tanith
Patrick Mower – Simon Aron
The Bride Of Frankenstein (Restored Version World Premiere)
The finest of all the Frankenstein movies proved that a sequel could be even better than the original. Marking the peak of Universal’s classic monster cycle, Whale’s masterpiece is prefaced by author Mary Shelley being persuaded by Lord Bryon to continue her famous terror story. It then relates the Monster’s need for female companionship and the creation of his synthetic Bride, perfectly essayed by Elsa Lanchester’s iconic portrayal. Evoking a genuine pathos amongst its hi-tone chills and displaying Whale’s bold, macabre humour, The Bride Of Frankenstein fully deserves its lofty status as a genre institution, one you can now thrill to again thanks to this stunning Universal restoration of the master print.
75 mins Director: James Whale USA 1935
Boris Karloff – The Monster
Elsa Lanchester – The Bride
Colin Clive – Henry Frankenstein
Ernest Thesiger – Dr Pretorius
Elizabeth – Valerie Hobson
We Are The Night (Preview)
Near Dark goes to decadent Berlin in a sexy, flashy, super-stylish slick ball of gory vampire energy. Leader of the pack Louise has been searching through the centuries for her lost love while Charlotte misses the daughter she last saw in 1923. Then Louise spots small-time pickpocket Lena on the run and knows she’s found The One! But after being seduced and bitten in a nightclub Lena can’t come to terms with her undead transformation. A matinee-style comic book mix of Twilight and James Bond, We Are The Night is unapologetic vampire pulp fiction of the coolest, sleekest variety.
100 mins Director: Dennis Gansel Germany 2010
Karoline Herfurth – Lena
Nina Hoss – Louise
Jennifer Ulrich – Charlotte
Anna Fischer – Nora
Max Riemelt – Tom
Errors Of the Human Body (UK Premiere)
Best known as co-writer of Xavier Gens’ apocalyptic horror The Divide, Eron Sheean makes his feature directorial debut with this eerie serving of body horror. Scientist Dr Geoff Burton takes up a position at a new institute in Dresden, Germany. His contribution to their most important project researching random embryonic abnormalities – a human regeneration gene – has the potential to make something miraculous out of a personal tragedy that has haunted him for years. But what’s really going on in the shadowy basement of the research clinic? This provocative and startling exploration into the new flesh takes on chilling shapes of rage.
100 mins Director: Eron Sheean Germany 2012
Michael Eklund – Geoffrey Burton
Karoline Herfurth – Rebekka Fiedler
Tomas Lemarquis – Jarek Novak
Rik Mayall – Samuel Mead
Caroline Gerdolle – Sarah Burton
May I Kill U? (World Premiere)
Barry Vartis is one of Britain’s new breed of policeman, a cycle cop. Although he appears to be a figure of fun, a freak accident turns him into a psychopath. As riots break out in London, Baz embarks on a campaign of ‘lawful killing’, which are recorded on Baz’s helmet-cam and posted anonymously on social networks. Soon his followers are legion thanks to dispensing justice to scumbags and cleaning up society like a deadly Robin Hood. Then Baz is captured by an enraged relative of his presumed ‘kills’ and faces slaughter, or even worse – exposure. Death Wish goes Ealing in a pitch black comedy of misadventures.
90 mins Director: Stuart Urban UK 2012
Kevin Bishop – Barry Vartis
Jack Doolan – Seth
Frances Barber – Bernice
Hayley-Marie Axe – Val
Kasia Koleczek – Maya
The Inside (World Premiere)
You’ve seen him as Sir Gawaine in the hit BBC TV series Merlin. Now Eoin Macken steps behind the camera to direct the horror thriller the Inside and has rounded up his friends from Hollyoaks, Charlie Casanova and The Clinic to help out. All the group of girls wanted was to celebrate one of their mates’ birthdays in an abandoned Dublin warehouse. But as the party swings out of control they come under frightening attack by a supernatural horror that has no compunction between good or evil. Escape soon proves hopeless and they are trapped in the labyrinthine building.
93 mins Director: Eoin Macken Ireland 2012
Emmett Scanlan – Hughie
Tereza Srbova – Cara
Karl Argue – Scat
Kellie Blaise – Sienna
Siobhan Cullen – Corina