The Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow, despite the continuing COVID-19 restrictions, is back to present a six-pack of tasty titles; an extravaganza of the dark arts that will leave you stirred, shaken and shocked.
Alan Jones, co-director of FrightFest commentated: “FrightFest might be presenting a more boutique line-up than usual, but our determined response has still been to showcase the bold and vital work artists have felt compelled to make under such unique conditions. We stay resolute in our continual mission to bring those must-see genre titles to their first UK audiences, especially our passionate Scottish community”.
Tickets for the programme will go on sale at noon on Monday 18 January at www.glasgowfilm.org/festival The FrightFest titles will be available to view between 5th and 9th March on the online platform Glasgow Film At Home https://athome.glasgowfilm.org/ This is Glasgow Film’s streaming site, launched last year to provide a curated offering of titles available to watch online. It is free to create an account, and users can pre-order the GFF21 premieres they want to watch during the festival.
Films will be geo-locked to the UK and limited to 500 tickets. The FrightFest films will be available on-demand between the 5th & 9th of March, so can be viewed at any time for 72 hours.
FROM FRIDAY 5TH MARCH - RUN HIDE FIGHT
Director: Kyle Rankin.
Cast: Isabel May, Thomas Jane, Treat Williams.
US 2020. 109 mins. 18.
UK PREMIERE - Hold on tight as director Kyle Rankin ratchets up the suspense while boldly, and controversially, addressing a visceral horrific reality of modern-day life by turning it into an all-action movie. A normal school day is brought to a brutal halt when invaded by armed students on a murderous mission. As the shooting starts and the blood starts to flow, Zoe is lucky to get out alive. But then she heads back inside the building to rescue as many staff and pupils as she can. It’s High School DIE HARD as Zoe uses her survival skills to outsmart the killers.
Body hatred, fat phobia, violence, death or dying, blood, sexism and misogyny, hateful language.
Thanks to Kyle Rankin.
Also showing before the feature -
Director: John McPhail.
Cast: Saskia Ashdown, Ian Sexon, James Strange, Victoria Goldie Smith,
Bonnie Goldie Smith, Zack Alexander Strange.
UK, 2020, 3 mins. 18.
A young delivery driver struggles with one simple direction: DO NOT OPEN THE BOX.
FROM SATURDAY 6TH MARCH - OUT OF THIS WORLD
Director: Marc Fouchard.
Cast: Kevin Mischel, Aurélia Poirier, June Assal.
France 2020. 97 mins. French with English subtitles. 18.
UK PREMIERE - The very private Leo (a stunning performance by Kevin Mischel) has issues communicating with others due to past trauma and only lives for his music. For now, not able to have a career as a composer, he works as an Uber driver and lives in his car. When Leo picks up Amélie, a deaf dancer, he sees a like-minded spirit, connected to the same remote sound universe yet cut off from the world, just like him. But Leo is hiding a dark and dangerous secret in this disturbing, provactive and compelling thriller from brilliant new director Marc Fouchard.
Contains sexual assault, violence, death or dying, blood, mental illness.
Thanks to Dacor Films.
FROM SATURDAY 6TH MARCH - VICIOUS FUN
Director: Cody Calahan.
Cast: Evan Marsh, Amber Goldfarb, Ari Millen.
Canada 2020. 96 mins. 18.
UK PREMIERE - Joel, a caustic 1980s film critic for a national horror magazine, accidentally stumbles into a secret underground self-help group for serial killers. Can he match wits with five exterminators and make it through the night alive? Kill or be killed, Joel will have to find his inner assassin and muster hidden strengths to defeat the maniacs in his midst. A self-aware skewering of 1980s fashions and sensibilities that have slashed though the current era of genre filmmaking, the clue is in the title. With its terrific balance of horror and humour, director Cody Calahan’s nostalgia-fest is both Vicious and Fun.
Contains abuse, violence, death or dying, blood.
Thanks to Breakthrough Entertainment.
Also showing before the feature -
Director: Aislinn Clarke.
Cast: Irene Allan, Richard Addison, Stephen Corrall, Tyler Collins, Vivien Taylor.
UK 2020, 3 mins, 18.
A woman regrets attending a free eye exam when she begins to suspect that her optometrist has nefarious intentions.
FROM FRIDAY 5TH MARCH - THE OLD WAYS
Director: Christopher Alender.
Cast: Brigitte Kali Canales, Andrea Cortés, Julia Vera.
USA 2020. 90 mins. 18.
UK PREMIERE - From director Christopher Alender, producer of the Glasgow FrightFest past selections SOUTHBOUND and THE MORTUARY COLLECTION, a terror tale taken from sinister Latin American folklore. Cristina, a journalist of Mexican origins, travels to the home of her ancestors in Veracruz to investigate a story involving sorcery, witchcraft and healers. Once there, she is kidnapped by a group of mysterious locals who claim that she's possessed by the devil and that she needs to undergo an exorcism. But as she tries to escape her nightmarish situation, Cristina starts to believe that her secretive captors may actually be right...
Contains abuse, violence, kidnapping, death or dying, blood.
Thanks to Soapbox Films.
FROM SATURDAY 6TH MARCH - AMERICAN BADGER
Director: Kirk Caouette.
Cast: Kirk Caouette, Andrea Stefancikova, Michael Kopsa.
Canada 2020. 82 mins. 18.
EUROPEAN PREMIERE - Meet Badger, because his real name is Dean, and that's the lamest ever for a hitman. Like all American Badgers, he prefers to be alone, and has hardly spoken a word to anyone except his Handler. But all that is about to change with his latest assignment - make friends with call girl Velvet, extract information about the criminal Albanian gang she works for, and then kill her. What he doesn’t know is that Velvet is like a daughter to the mob boss and all hell is about to break loose in this gritty and turbo-driven hard action thriller.
Contains abuse, kidnapping, death or dying, blood.
Thanks to Raven Banner Entertainment.
FROM FRIDAY 5TH MARCH - THE WOMAN WITH LEOPARD SHOES
Director: Alexis Bruchon.
Cast: Paul Bruchon.
France 2020. 80 mins. French with English subtitles. 18.
SCOTTISH PREMIERE - Remember HERE COMES HELL, that Black & White mystery thriller that caused a Glasgow sensation? Well, here’s your next retro fix, first timer Alexis Bruchon’s impressively old school yet ultra-modern noir thriller that twists, turns and twists again. A thief is engaged by a mysterious woman to steal a box in a house. The job goes well but, as he’s escaping, dozens of people arrive for a party. The thief just has time to hide in a study. Confined in this little room, he tries to flee but things turn for the worse when he makes a shocking discovery…
Contains death or dying, blood.
Thanks to Alexis Bruchon.