Five horror fantasy films worth watching at Arrow Video FrightFest 2020
- Sofia Matias
- 12 February 2020
Glasgow Film Theatre will be home to transgressive, traumatic and absolutely terrifying films from all over the world
As storm after storm rage on across the UK, there is nothing better to do than cosy up in a warm cinema and watch some gory, spooky films to get your mind off of the horrors swirling outside. If that sounds like just what you want to do, then Glasgow Film Festival has got you covered with this year's edition of the Arrow Video FrightFest (Thu 5–Sat 7 Mar). Featuring 13 new films from all over the globe, including several premieres, the horror fantasy event programme is filled with gems, but here are the five we are most looking forward to.
You don't need to look much further than the opening night to find a film with big stars and even bigger spooks. FrightFest has in store an exclusive, brand-new cut of Synchronic, by co-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, for its UK premiere. The sci-fi horror stars Jamie Dornan (The Fall, A Private War) and Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Captain America: The Winter Soldier), who portray two New Orleans paramedics whose lives are turned upside down after a designer drug wreaks havoc in the city with bizarre, otherworldly effects. The film is described as an ethereal, existential mindbender, so if you're a fan of the directors' work in The Endless, Spring and Resolution, be prepared for more of their inventive playing with time and space and stimulating creativity in Synchronic.
Glasgow Film Theatre, Thu 5 Mar, 8.30pm.
Zombie For Sale
Wanting to take a dive into South Korean cinema after watching Parasite win big this awards season? Then Zombie For Sale, by director Lee Min-jae, is the perfect choice, with parasitic hosts of a different kind: zombies. Taking a more comedic approach to the zombie film genre, Min-jae's debut feature depicts a society where a pharmaceutical company's illegal experiments on humans inadvertently create a sexy zombie, who ends up as a prisoner of the quirky Park family. When the family patriarch discovers that the zombie's bites have rejuvenating properties, he sets out to make a profit and save his business. Surely, a breath of fresh air and welcome departure from the 'zombie eats brains' trope.
Glasgow Film Theatre, Sat 7 Mar, 1.15pm.