As I write this, swathes of ultra-committed horror fans are travelling the length and breadth of the country in frankly ridiculous conditions, all to experience Frightfest Glasgow — the first leg of the horror film festival’s 2018 shenanigans.
Good luck to everyone still travelling, or those planning on still heading up despite the best efforts of “The Beast Of The East” to put a stop to it all.
The great news is that your struggles will be worth it, as there’s some incredible films on the roster — just like last year.
Here’s 5 films from the line up that we can’t wait to see:
Horror heroes Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson bring their smash-hit stage show to the big screen.
Ghost Stories is an anthology, that’s split into three main parts. Each of these tells the story of a specific case of unexplained paranormal activity. These are investigated by Professor Philip Goodman (Andy Nyman), a renowned sceptic of the supernatural and clairvoyant. Each story is littered with hints and clues, that all come together in a huge final act.
As would be expected from the team behind it, Ghost Stories contains many a nod to old-school horror, that the Frightfest crowd will love.
Set in rural Ireland in the 1920’s, The Lodgers centers around Anglo-Irish twins Rachel and Edward, who share a strange existence in their crumbling family estate.
Each night, the property becomes the domain of a sinister presence (The Lodgers) which enforces three rules upon the twins: they must be in bed by midnight; they may not permit an outsider past the threshold; if one attempts to escape, the life of the other is placed in jeopardy.
When troubled war veteran Sean returns to the nearby village, he is immediately drawn to the mysterious Rachel, who in turn begins to break the rules set out by The Lodgers. The consequences pull Rachel into a deadly confrontation with her brother – and with the curse that haunts them.
In a small, remote village in upstate Quebec, things have changed.
Locals are not the same anymore – their bodies are breaking down and they have turned against their loved ones. A handful of survivors goes hiding into the woods, looking for others like them.
Fresh from a much-lauded debut at the Toronto Film Festival, we’re expecting the UK premier of The Ravenous to be consumed (sorry) with similar fanfare.
Another pick that’s fresh out of Canada is Adam Macdonald’s occult horror Pyewacket.
The film follows Leah, a troubled teenager suffering after the death of her father. In a bid to find solace, she starts to experiment with the dark arts. It all starts to go wrong for Leah when, following an argument, she naively performs an occult ritual to evoke a witch to kill her mother.
Although she instantly regrets doing so, the evil presence known as Pyewacket shows no mercy, and threatens to destroy both mother and daughter.
Tigers Are Not Afraid
Tigers Are Not Afraid is a dark fairy tale about a gang of five children trying to survive the horrific violence of the Mexican cartels and the ghosts created every day by the drug war.
Estrella is 10 years old and has 3 wishes. The first one, that her missing mother returns and Hallelujah! It happens! The slight kicker to the good news is that she’s dead… and promptly follows Estrella everywhere.
Understandably terrified, Estrella tries to escape from her by joining a small gang, where each member has been orphaned by violence. Soon she realizes that the dead are never really left behind. And when you are in the middle of brutality and violence, wishes never come true the way you want them to be.
Tigers has already been the subject of some stunning reviews, and we’re quietly predicting that this could be the hit of the festival. Watch this space!
Frightfest Glasgow runs from 1-3 March at The Glasgow Film Theatre. Tickets from some individual screenings may still be available from the theatre box office.