- Henry Northmore
- 13 February 2018
Including cult classics, zombies, vampires, special guests and FrightFest
The Glasgow Film Festival returns with another killer mix of films, one-off screenings and premieres from every genre. However, if you veer towards the dark side of cinema there’s plenty to keep horror hounds happy. Of course FrightFest (Thu 1–Sat 3 Mar) dominates the GFF programme and is a must-see weekend of terror for fear fans but there’s plenty more to choose from including future cult classics, retrospective screenings, special guests, gory anime and bizzaro nuggets of cinematic weirdness.
Anyab is a recently unearthed Egyptian remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show made back in 1981. A gloriously weird reinterpretation of a cult classic, with added vampires.
GFT, Fri 23 Feb, 11pm; CCA, Sat 25 Feb, 4pm.
Attack on Titan: The Roar of Awakening
Violent Japanese animation about a horde of flesh eating giants. The Roar of Awakening covers events in the second season of the hit anime and is screening at a special secret location to fully immerse you in the action (please note change of date from the GFF’s published brochure).
Secret location, Thu 1 Mar, buses leave GFT at 5.30pm.
Marvel’s first big budget success story stars Wesley Snipes as a half human / half vampire hacking and slashing his way through an insatiable army of bloodsuckers. Screening in 35 mm to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this horror / superhero hybrid.
GFT, Sat 3 Mar, 10.45pm.
Blue My Mind
Part David Cronenberg, part teen coming-of-age story as teenager Mia (Luna Wedler) finds her body starting to transform in unexpected ways as puberty hits in this Swiss body horror.
GFT, Sat 24 Feb, 6.15pm; Tue 27 1.30pm.
Zombies continue to fascinate filmmakers. The Cured takes a very different angle on the living dead, set after a cure has been found and the (formerly) undead are trying to integrate back into society (which sounds like very similar ground to BBC Three series In The Flesh).
GFT, Tue 27 Feb, 6.15pm; Fri 2 Mar, 11.25pm.
Dawn of the Dead
Talking of zombies, Dawn … is perhaps the ultimate undead movie. George A Romero’s classic is screening at a special secret location (we’re guessing at an abandoned shopping mall). However, this is more than just a chance to watch the film on the big screen, there’s also a zombie infested treasure hunt across the city.
Secret location, Sun 25 Feb, 5.30pm (treasure hunt); 8pm (doors open).
The biggest date of the year for Scottish horror fans. Highlights include anthology Ghost Stories (Thu 1 Mar, 9pm) with directors Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman in attendance; Canadian zombie movie The Ravenous (Fri 2 Mar, 6.30pm); director Xavier Gens introduces amphibious horror Cold Skin (Fri 2 Mar, 8.45pm); and Mexican ghost story Tigers Are Not Afraid (Sat 3 Mar, 9.05pm). Plus expect special guests, giveaways, previews and more. Featuring 13 films over three days of terror, FrightFest really is unmissable if you love scary movies.
GFT, Thu 1—Sat 3 Mar.
In Person: Ben Wheatley
One of the most interesting and challenging directors working in the UK (and now the US), who brought us Kill List, Sightseers, High Rise, A Field in England and more, heads to Glasgow to discuss his films, influences and upcoming project Freak Shift.
GFT, Sun 4 Mar, 3.45pm.
Doc about the life and work of B-movie king Larry Cohen writer and / or director of films such as It’s Alive, Maniac Cop, God Told Me To, Q The Winged Serpent, Black Caesar and Return to Salem’s Lot. Plus don’t miss a special screening of his corporate consumerism satire, The Stuff (GFT, Sat 24 Feb, 11.15pm).
GFT, Sat 24 Feb; 8.40pm; Sun 25 Feb, 11am.
Japanese horror with an 80s vibe. Influenced by The Thing and Evil Dead, Sôichi Umezawa’s debut feature tells the ultra gory tale of of a rural art school terrorised by demonic clay!
GFT, Thu 1 Mar, 6.45pm; Fri 2 Mar, 11pm.