FrightFest line-up for Glasgow FF 2011 announced

With one world, one European and five UK premieres, the UK’s biggest horror fantasy festival returns to its second home at the Glasgow Film Festival for the 6th year with their darkest, deranged and daring line-up ever.

Expect the totally unexpected with this eclectic programme featuring a trilogy of sexual terror, uncut Korean serial killers, psychotic tyres, Polish demons, maniacal matriarchs, crazed war veterans and a terrific schlock doc.

With guest directors and filmmakers from all over world (to be announced soon), surprises on screen and off, and our unique community feeling, FrightFest at the GFF has now become a must-attend occasion on the horror fantasy fan’s calendar.

The full line-up

FRI 25

6.30pm. LITTLE DEATHS (World Premiere)

One killer anthology from the UK’s most promising horror filmmakers, Andrew Parkinson (I, ZOMBIE), Simon Rumley (RED, WHITE & BLUE), and Sean Hogan (ISLE OF DOGS), composed of three disturbingly sensual and terrifying tales unified by the twin themes of sex and death. In Sean Hogan’s ‘House and Home’, a couple pose as concerned religious do-gooders to lure homeless girls back to their home for perverted sex games. But then they choose the wrong victim… In Simon Rumley’s ‘Bitch’, Claire and Pete derive strange sexual pleasure from an unspoken sadomasochistic role-playing game. But then Claire goes one step too far…In Andrew Parkinson’s ‘Mutant Tool’, a former prostitute and recovering drug addict undergoes therapy. But her shady therapist is involved with a bizarre black market narcotics trade, in which semen from human mutations created during WWII Nazi experiments is harvested and processed for its psychic effects on the human brain.

90 mins Directors: Sean Hogan, Simon Rumley, Andrew Parkinson UK 2011

Amy Joyce Hastings – Lucy

Luke de Lacey – Richard

Kate Braithwaite – Claire

Tom Sawyer – Pete

Jodie Jameson – Jen

9.00pm. I SAW THE DEVIL (Scottish Premiere)

Dark, disturbing, and exceedingly graphic, Kim Ji-woon’s hypnotic serial killer thriller is the best since THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS and SE7EN. The fiancée of a secret service agent, (Byung-Hyun Lee), is savagely murdered by a vicious psychopath, (OLDBOY’s Min-Sik Choy).  But once he’s tracked the killer down, he’s not content with exacting a simple revenge…FrightFest will be showing the fully uncut version of Ji-woon’s epic and ambiguous masterpiece.

144 mins   Director: Kim Ji-woon  South Korea – 2010

Byung-Hyun Lee – Joo-yeon

Min-Sik Choy – Kyun Chul

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11.45pm. MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED! (UK Premiere)

The overlooked world of Filipino genre movies of the 70s & 80s gets the terrific Mark (NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD) Hartley treatment in the ultimate insiders’ account of drive-in filler from Manila. All the key players are interviewed from producer Roger Corman, directors Eddie Romero, Steve Carver and Jack Hill and stars Pam Grier, Celeste Yarnall, Colleen Camp and Dick Miller. Wry comments come from John Landis and Joe Dante as fabulous clips from MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND, THE TWILIGHT PEOPLE, BIG DOLL HOUSE and much, much more turn the jaw-dropping spotlight on the ultimate no-budget B movie feast from the far, far east.

90 mins   Director: Mark Hartley Australia – 2010

Roger Corman – Himself

Joe Dante – Himself

John Landis – Himself

Pam Grier – Herself

Eddie Romero – Himself

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SAT 26

2.00pm RUBBER (UK Premiere)

Move over Jason, Freddy and Michael Myers. There’s a new killer on the stalk-and-slash block – Robert the psychic tyre! Born from the desert sand, this rubber circle of pent up fury is out to telekinetically destroy everything and everyone in his way. Meanwhile, who are that crowd of tourists watching the gory mayhem through binoculars and commenting on the action? It’s wacky, wild, funny, bloody, absurd and weird, welcome to THE cult fantasy of 2011.

89 mins Director: Quentin Dupieux  France 2010

Thomas F. Duffy – Deputy Xavier

Roxane Mesquida -Sheila

Stephen Spinella – Chad

Wings Hauser – Man in Wheelchair

Daniel Quinn – Dad

4.00pm TERRITORIES (UK Premiere)

From Raphael Rocher, producer of THE HORDE, come the new FRONTIERS in terror. Five friends driving home from a wedding are stopped by the Border Police. The suspicious officers check their IDs and their questioning slowly intensifies. But they’ve done nothing wrong… As the situation turns crudely intrusive, viciously nasty and then spirals completely out of control, the group is formally arrested and sent to a ‘special’ prison camp in the heart of the forest. It’s then the kidnap victims realise the gravity of their situation…A controversial backwoods survival horror in which director Olivier Abbou pulls no political punches or contemporary detainment allegories.

110 mins Director: Olivier Abbou   France/Canada 2011

Roc LaFortune – Samuel Torrence

Sean Devine – Walter Sotos

Nicole Leroux – Leslie

Cristina Rosato – Michelle

Michael Mando – Jalil

7.00pm THE SHRINE (UK Premiere)

From the creative team behind the 2008 FrightFest favourite JACK BROOKS: MONSTER SLAYER comes one of the most unusual and scariest horrors of the year. After an American backpacker goes missing in Europe a trio of journalists link his disappearance to Alvaina, a remote village in Poland. But when they arrive to unravel the mystery they uncover a hostile community and an ancient cult who must indulge in ritualistic sacrifice to hide even darker secrets…. Shock-full of supernatural twists and horrifying turns, director Jon Knautz brings stark-staring fear back to the genre in his knowing homage to such classic underground gems as LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH and MESSIAH OF EVIL.

85 mins  Director: Jon Knautz    Canada 2010 \

Aaron Ashmore – Marcus

Cindy Sampson – Carmen

Meghan Heffern – Sara

Trevor Matthews – Henryk

Vieslav Krystyan – Arkadiusz

9.00pm MOTHER’S DAY (UK Premiere)

Hot on the heels of the I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE remake comes the next timely and terrifying reimagining of a classic grindhouse title. Fleeing a botched bank robbery three distressed and injured brothers head for home. Except they’ve forgotten their mother’s home was recently snapped up in a recent foreclosure by a yuppie couple now celebrating their housewarming. Taking the partygoers hostage in the basement the brothers begin their casual humiliation and torture until mama (played by Rebecca De Mornay) arrives. Only then do the guests realise she’s the family’s most dangerous member. THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE star delights and intimidates in a delicious performance of wicked bloodlust and wanton cruelty.

106 mins   Director: Darren Lynn Bousman USA 2010

Rebecca De Mornay – Mother

Jaime King – Beth

Shawn Ashmore – George

Deborah Ann Woll – Lydia

Patrick Flueger – Ike

11.15pm HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN (European Premiere)

Get ready to be blown away by pistol-packing Rutger Hauer as the HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN determined to clean the mean streets of trash – with a flash. Filmmaker Jason Eisener won the SxSW Festival’s GRINDHOUSE competition with the original HOBO fake trailer. His prize was its inclusion in the Canadian prints of the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez exploitation extravaganza. Now the director of the stupendous short TREEVENGE has gone the MACHETE route and turned it into a roaring rampage of riotous revenge as vigilante homeless man Hauer pulls into a new city and finds himself trapped in a mire of criminal chaos.

90 mins Director: Jason Eisener Canada/USA 2011

Rutger Hauer – Hobo

Gregory Smith – Slick

Brian Downey – Drake

Nick Bateman – Ivan

Molly Dunsworth – Abby

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By Ricky

Ricky D is the editor-in-chief of Sound on Sight and one of the hosts of the Sound On Sight podcast and the Sordid Cinema podcast. He is Sound On Sight's expert on Horror and contributes written reviews when time permits.

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