Film4’s Frightfest has been around for several years in the UK, showcasing horror film by the best contemporary filmmakers in the genre. The festival was originally launched in 2000 in London, providing the UK film industry and fans with an event that featured some really great horror, fantasy and sci-fi films, as in other countries like Belgium and Spain. After its tenth anniversary in 2009, Frightfest moved from the Prince Charles Cinema to the bigger Empire cinema, trying to make room for its huge audiences. Apart from the main London event in August, there are several other events held throughout the year, which are part of the festival. One of these is its two-day Glasgow event in February.
Recently the 2014 for the Frightfest Glasgow line-up of screenings and discussions has been announced. According to co-director Alan Jones, this is the fifteenth year of the event and as such it is going to mark it with a number of films by directors the festival has discovered and promoted over the years.
This year’s festival is going to feature faces and works already known to audiences. One such example is director Ti West and his film The Sacrament, which will have its Scottish premiere on the second day of the festival, Friday 28th February. Having already premiered films like The Inkeepers at previous years of the festival, this year West is coming back to FrightFest with The Sacrament. Produced by Eli Roth (Hostel, The Last Exorcism, The Man with the Iron Fists) the film features the story of two reporters on their way to meet their friend’s sister, who credits an Eden Parish commune for her reformed lifestyle. Prior to the screening, Alan Jones will host a special talk with the director on Friday, Feb 27.
…promising an even more detailed look into the 80s film culture…
The festival will also host a number of premieres. Director Jake West and producer Marc Morris will present the sequel to their documentary VIDEO NASTIES: MORAL PANIC, CENSORSHIP & VIDEOTAPE of 2010. The follow-up to the expose on the ‘video nasties’ of 1980s Britain is entitled VIDEO NASTIES: DRACONIAN DAYS, promising an even more detailed look into the 80s film culture, followed by a talk with the filmmakers. John Suits’ The Scribbler will also premiere, featuring names like Katie Cassidy, Eliza Dushku, Kunal Nayyar, Gina Gershon, Michelle Trachtenberg, Michael Imperioli and more.
Clif Prowse and Derek Lee will premiere their film Afflicted, where the trip of a couple of friends goes ominously wrong. Both writers are previously known for a number films, like Snakehead, The Shell, Crazy Late, Chloe and Attie and Sharp as Marbles. Meanwhile, Spanish filmmaker Jorge Dorado will be showing his film Mindscape, starring Mark Strong.
…the festival will also feature the European premiere of Jordan Baker’s Torment…
Other premieres will be the UK premieres of Zach Parker’s Proxy (also director of Inexchange, Quench, and Scalene), Wolf Creek 2 and Killers. Wolf Creek 2 is the sequel to Wolf Creek, also directed by director Greg McLean. The sequel once again features John Jarratt as serial killer Mick Taylor, poaching on tourists. On the other hand, Killers is a film by filmmakers Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto, who under the pseudonym the Mo Brothers brought Macabre to audiences back in 2009. Apart from that the festival will also feature the European premiere of Jordan Baker’s Torment. Jordan Baker who has previously worked on Duress (2009), The Marsh (2006) and My Brother’s Keeper (2004), presents his audience a film that follows a family as their holiday turns into a suspenseful horror story.
These films and a number of discussions and presentations will be part of this year’s Frightfest Glasgow event, promising to give its fans yet another great horror experience.