Five horror fantasy films worth watching at Arrow Video FrightFest 2020

5 horror fantasy films definitely worth watching at Arrow Video FrightFest 2020

Synchronic

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.

Synchronic
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.

5 horror fantasy films definitely worth watching at Arrow Video FrightFest 2020

VFW
For the viewers leaning more towards a violence-prone plot, the Arrow Video FrightFest programme has the UK premiere of VFW, by FrightFest Glasgow favourite Joe Begos. In it, a group of war veterans attempts to defend their local VFW post and an unlucky teen from a deranged drug dealer and an army of punk mutants. Sounds bloody, doesn't it? With names such as Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don't Breathe) and William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption, Die Hard 2) in its cast, VFW promises to be a gobsmacking, action-filled free-for-all. Director Joe Begos is also attending the screening.
Glasgow Film Theatre, Sat 7 Mar, 9 pm.

The Mortuary Collection
Ryan Spindell is no stranger to the horror genre and his newest offering, The Mortuary Collection, shows just that through an irresistible riff of humour, terror and that much needed violence. Clancy Brown (Starship Troopers) is Montgomery Dark, the owner of a funeral home seeking an employee. As he interviews a girl for the job, four gruesome tales unfold. Going from the 50s through to the 80s, with a housewife discovering a mysterious presence in her bathroom and a homicidal maniac murdering babysitters, the production design and vibrant variety of tones make for a wild ride of a film.
Glasgow Film Theatre, Fri 6 Mar, 10.50pm.

Death of a Vlogger
What's more frightening than today's vlogging culture's need to record everything for posterity? Apparently, according to director Graham Hughes, having a vlogger's content haunted by an otherworldly presence. Death of a Vlogger features interviews, cat videos, ripped YouTube content and much more, as a popular youtuber investigates the darker supernatural side of the web in this horror mockumentary. Graham Hughes and his cast are attending the screening; maybe avoid any cameras, just to be safe?
Glasgow Film Theatre, Thu 5 Mar, 8.30pm.

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Wed 26 Feb

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