The UK’s premier genre festival, FrightFest is all set to make its way back up to the Glasgow Film Theatre, something it has been doing for the past 17 years to coincide with the internationally renowned Glasgow Film Festival.
Running from Thursday March 10 through to Saturday March 12, FrightFest will be cracking open the padlock on a treasure trove of horror to showcase twelve terrifying trinkets; an extravaganza of the dark arts, embracing the latest genre discoveries from all around the world, spanning eight countries on three different continents, and featuring numerous world, international and UK premieres.
Commenting on the announcement, FrightFest director Alan Jones said:
“It’s with great delight and with every single bloody bell and werewolf whistle available, we can proudly announce that FrightFest Glasgow 2022 will be an awesome in-person event featuring the best new fantasy, horror, and thriller movies, plus all the expected trimmings.
Despite the gloom and doom being spoken about the future of the film industry in general, it’s heartening to learn that genre filmmakers have been as hard at work, creating ever more exciting, diverse, challenging, and stimulating movies – twelve of which FrightFest will unveil over our highly anticipated and crowd-pleasing GFF strand of March 10 – 12”.
FrightFest gets things underway on Thursday night, with a stand-alone ticket presentation of the blockbuster thriller currently cleaning up at the Russian box office. THE EXECUTION is based around the case of an infamous Soviet-era serial killer who eluded police for a decade. This UK premiere promises a gripping blend of revenge horror and neo-noir which is sure to keep the audience guessing until the blood-soaked climax.
Want to explore your darkest nightmares? Then join the FrightFest team at the two-day event which kicks off on Friday with the Scottish premiere of supernatural horror THE CELLAR starring 24’s Elisha Cuthbert and directed by Brendan Muldowney, the critically acclaimed Irish writer/director of Pilgrimage fame. Then we have the World Premiere of the extraordinary thriller A CLOUD SO HIGH. The feature directing debut of Christoper Lee Parson is an astonishing high-wire act, a thriller stylised to maximum overload for a uniquely unsettling viewing experience.
Next up is the UK premiere of HOMEBOUND, a creepy and atmospheric chiller in The Innocents tradition, marking the debut feature from director Sebastian Godwin, a ‘Screen International Star of Tomorrow’.
This is followed by the UK premiere of the extraordinary contemporary fable, YOU ARE NOT MY MOTHER. Rooted in eerie Irish folk horror, this quirky doppelganger mystery marks the arrival of the hugely talented writer/director Kate Dolan, who has been listed as one of Ireland’s leading emerging creatives under 30.
It’s time to take a hellish, blood-soaked, breakneck-paced, thrill ride into joyous Ozploitation 1970s as the evening climaxes with the UK premiere of WYRMWOOD: APOCALYPSE, the long-overdue sequel to the spectacular 2014 FrightFest Glasgow hit.
Emerging genre talent continues to shine on Saturday and the first film to screen will be the UK premiere of MANDRAKE, an impressive demonic crime thriller by Lynne Davison, making her impressive feature debut. Davison was mentored through the ‘Women in Film and TV UK’ initiative by Suffragette and Rocks director Sarah Gavron.
Hold on tight for the next presentation – the UK premiere of Howard J Ford’s mountain-top pulse-pounder THE LEDGE. The director of Never Let Go has conjured up another suspense-filled, deadly cat and mouse game thriller that will have you holding on to your seat for safety. This is followed by the UK premiere of SOME LIKE IT RARE, an outrageous gory, black comedy written and directed by French humourist Fabrice Eboué.
The evening programme opens with the International premiere of MONSTROUS, directed by FrightFest veteran favourite Chris Sivertson (The Lost, I Know Who Killed Me and co-director of All Cheerleaders Die). This unique supernatural thriller stars the iconic Christina Ricci (who we’re currently loving in “Yellowjackets“), who unleashes an emotionally powerful performance.
If Fellini directed Schindler’s List as a superhero adventure the result would be the next presentation, the Scottish premiere of FREAKS OUT. This astonishing epic fantasy extravaganza comes from Gabriele Mainetti, director of the Italian blockbuster They Call Me Jeeg Robot, who will be attending the festival.
This year’s feast of fearsome frights ends with the Scottish premiere of the blood-spattered vampire spoof, LET THE WRONG ONE IN. Starring Anthony Head, director Connor MacMahon has crafted a wonderfully silly and ridiculously rude horror comedy for Shaun of the Dead fans.
In addition, there will be great guests (to be announced soon), Q & A’s, shorts, must-have giveaways, and surprise clips.
FrightFest Weekend Passes are £75 and go on sale from 10am on Tuesday 1st February, 2022. Passes will be exchanged for admission wristbands, which must be worn at all times to access all FrightFest films on Fri 11 March and Sat 12 March ONLY.
Tickets for THE EXECUTION, plus individual tickets for the Fri/Sat films are on sale from 10am on Wednesday 2nd February. Price: £11.50. £9.30 for all adult concessions
You can buy tickets online (www.glasgowfilm.org/festival ) or by calling 0141 332 6535 (£1.50 fee per transaction, voice-mail available during peak business periods) or heading over to the Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB during normal box office hours – Friday & Sunday to Thursday from 12:00 to 15 Minutes after the last performance starts. Saturday from 11am to 15 minutes after the last performance starts. Online booking closes 15 minutes before the advertised start time.
All performances will start at the advertised start time. Late ticket-holders will not be admitted.
Head on over to the FrightFest website for full programme details.