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Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow 2019: your guide to this year’s festival

Find out what’s showing and when at this year’s event.

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Arrow Video FrightFest returns to the Glasgow Film Festival this week.

Taking place from Thursday 28th February to Saturday 2nd March, Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow 2019 will feature 12 films showing over the three days. There’s a real mix of styles and films from across the globe so there’s guaranteed to be something for every horror fan.

We’ve rounded up all the information so you can find out what’s showing, when it’s showing and what each film is all about!

 

Thursday 28th February

9pm – Lords of Chaos

The loud, up-tempo, Satanic hard rock genre reached its height of expression in Norway in the late 80s when the band Mayhem took the bleak movement to extremes of arson and murder to prove themselves its most authentic adherents.  Filtering the explosive psychology of adolescent angst through horror movie aesthetics, this incredible true story of head-bangers who really lost their minds is an unrelenting trip through the minefields of clique and celebrity at any danger or cost.

Lords of Chaos

Credit: Arrow Films

 

Friday 1st March

1.15pm – Level 16

UK Premiere – Sixteen-year-old Vivien feels trapped in The Vestalis Academy, a prison-like boarding school, keeping to herself and sticking her neck out for no one while being indoctrinated in the feminine virtues of cleanliness, obedience and sweetness. Until she is reunited with Sophia – the former friend who betrayed her – who has stopped taking her prescribed medication and now has so many questions about their clearly run down institution. Together the girls embark on a dangerous search to uncover the horrifying truth behind their submissive incarceration.

Read our interview with director Danishka Esterhazy

 

3.35pm – The Dead Center

UK Premiere – An unidentified suicide victim has come back to life in Metro General Hospital morgue. Medical examiner Edward Graham knows the John Doe’s real name but has no idea where the reanimated body went. Psychiatrist Daniel Forrester can answer that question since a catatonic amnesiac mysteriously turned up in his ward, except he doesn’t know he’s the missing, previously dead man Unaware they are separately unravelling the same strange case, the two professionals enter a mind-bending shock corridor of supernatural suspense and macabre moodiness.

Read our interview with director Billy Senese

The Dead Center

Credit: Arrow Films

 

6.30pm – Here Comes Hell

World Premiere  – The Old Dark House style mystery thriller gets an affectionately murky makeover in director Jack McHenry’s Agatha Christie-meets-Lucio Fulci feature debut. In stunning Black & White, with cut-glass British accents and a dodgy American in the cocktail party mix, a sophisticated 1930s soiree at an isolated country mansion descends into carnage, gore and demonic possession as rivalries and old friendships are put to the test when a gateway to Hell opens up.

Read our interview with director Jack McHenry

 

8.30pm – Black Circle

When her sister Isa recommends she listen to the B-side of an old 1970s vinyl album she swears changes lives, Celeste is sceptical to say the least. But deciding to go along with Isa’s request she plays the ‘Magnetic Hypnosis’ record just as slumber hits only to realise she has released a ghostly doppelganger desperate to replace its original.

Black Circle

Credit: Salto de Fe Films

 

11pm – Dead Ant

The 1989 ‘one-hit-wonder’ glam-metal band Sonic Grave embark on a trip to the No-chella rock festival with their long-suffering manager in the hopes of a comeback. Making a detour to Joshua Tree to score some peyote, their carefree psychedelic pit stop soon upsets the balance of desert nature and they find themselves fighting an army of flesh-eating ants. Worse the antsy bugs keep increasing in size as the band hurtles towards their last desperate gig.

 

Saturday 2nd March

10.45am – The Rusalka

UK Premiere – Tom falls in love with a mysterious woman who swims in a lake at night where far too many people have recently drowned. Drawn to her almost immediately upon arrival at his holiday cabin, he must deal with the man out to revenge his late husband’s ‘accidental’ death. Unfolding in quiet restraint but with an ever-deepening intensity that explodes in an outburst of violence and monstrosity, Blackshear’s tale of doomed star-crossed lovers is a wonderfully elegant nightmare.

Read our interviews with director Perry Blackshear and star Evan Dumouchel

The Siren (aka The Rusalka)

Credit: FrightFest Presents

 

1pm – Automata

World Premiere – Antique expert Brendon Cole is summoned to authenticate a 300-year-old clockwork doll with a notoriously dark history known as The Inferno Princess. In the remote Highlands mansion where it has recently been uncovered, Brendon soon finds himself the victim of the automaton’s legendary curse as the malevolent forces surrounding it are terrifyingly awakened.

 

3.30pm – Finale

UK Premiere – Denmark has reached the finals of the European Championships and everyone is glued to their TVs.  The small petrol station on the edge of town is yet to open. This is where Agnes, on her final shift, before heading to Germany to start a new life, and Belinda work. They’re hoping for a quiet night but they have been chosen as players in a gruesome game and no customers means no witnesses.

 

6.15pm – The Witch: Part 1 – The Subversion

Scottish Premiere – A government experiment to augment certain children with superpowers ends in bloody massacre. But Koo Ja-yoon escapes to become a simple farm girl trying to help her adopted family through financial hardship. An appearance on a TV talent contest for prize money blows her cover, putting her once more in the sights of the sinister organisation responsible for her undercover plight with devastating, shocking and spectacular results.

The Witch Part 1 - The Subversion

Credit: Signature Entertainment

 

9pm – Freaks

UK Premiere – Seven-year-old Chloe never leaves her ramshackle suburban home unless under the watchful eye of her paranoid father. Instead, he trains his daughter to adopt an assumed identity if she’s ever separated from him, or to hide in a well-provisioned panic room if he should not return from one of his infrequent forays outside. However something clearly isn’t quite right with this weird family dynamic and Chloe is determined to find out what exactly lies outside the door her father is so frightened of.

Read our interview with directors Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein

 

11.25pm – The Hoard

European Premiere – The ultimate reality show turns into a deadly nightmare, as a crew of TV personalities, including a professional organiser, a psychologist, two ghost hunters and a team of junk removers attempt to reform a legendary hoarder who owns four condemned and haunted properties. It’s the pilot episode for their comeback series ‘Extremely Haunted Hoarders.’ What could possibly go wrong?

Read our interview with director Jesse Thomas Cook

 

For more information and tickets visit www.frightfest.co.uk.

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