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The best of Frightfest at Glasgow Film Festival 2011

Paul McEvoy, founder and co-director of the horror film festival within GFF, talks us through the line-up

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The best of Frightfest at Glasgow Film Festival 2011

‘We always have a snapshot of exactly where the genre is at the moment, so we’re only as strong as the films that are being produced. I think it’s a fantastic line-up this year. Little Deaths has three British directors taking different tacks on a sex and horror theme. We’ve got Simon Rumley who gives us Bitch and Shaun Hogan’s House & Home which is kind of a vampire story, without wanting to give too much away.

The brilliant Korean picture I Saw the Devil, which we’re going to be screening uncut, is a serial killer movie. It’s very extreme but it’s done with that Korean sensibility so it’s going to look amazing on the big screen.

Rubber has a killer tyre on the loose and lots of exploding heads. It’s a very unusual concept but the director has done a great job with it. It’s very violent and very funny. The Shrine is by the Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer people and is a straightforward dark horror movie, with no humour in it at all. It’s very Mario Bava-esque. Then we have Darren Lynn Bousman’s semi-remake, remixed version of Mother’s Day with an all-star cast, which delivers brutalities in extremes.

I think Hobo with a Shotgun is one that will blow people away with its high level of splatter and audience-friendly excitement. We did the Grindhouse UK premiere a few years ago in Glasgow and this follows in that tradition. It’s our closing night film and this will be the film’s first screening after its debut at Sundance so it’s going to be a really big ticket.’

FrightFest, GFT, Fri 25 & Sat 26 Feb. See www.glasgowfilm.org/festival and www.frightfest.co.uk for more information.

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I Saw the Devil

  • 2010
  • South Korea
  • 144 min
  • Directed by: Kim Ji-woon
  • Cast: Lee Byung-Hyun, Choi Min-sik

Dark, disturbing and graphic, Kim Ji-woon’s hypnotic serial-killer thriller is one of the best since The Silence of the Lambs and Se7en. A vicious psychopath savagely murders the fiancée of a secret service agent. But once the agent has tracked the killer down, he’s not content with exacting a simple revenge. Instead he…

Little Deaths

  • 2011
  • UK
  • 90 min
  • Directed by: Andrew Parkinson
  • Cast: Amy Joyce Hastings, Luke de Lacey, Kate Braithwaite

One killer anthology from the UK’s most promising horror filmmakers, 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…

Machete Maidens Unleashed!

  • 2010
  • Australia
  • 90 min
  • Directed by: Mark Hartley
  • Cast: Roger Corman

Karate-kicking midgets! Papier-mâché monsters! Busty babes with blades! Filipino genre films of the 1970s and 80s had it all. Boasting cheap labour, exotic scenery and non-existent health and safety regulations, the Philippines were a dreamland for exploitation filmmakers whose renegade productions engulfed global…

Rubber

  • 2010
  • France
  • 89 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Quentin Dupieux
  • Written by: Quentin Dupieux
  • Cast: Stephen Spinella, Roxane Mesquida, Jack Plotnick, Haley Ramm, Wings Hauser, Ethan Cohn

Are you ready for latex-ploitation? Move over Jason, Freddy and Michael Myers, there’s a new killer on the block – Robert the psychic tyre! Born from the desert sand, this rubber circle of pent up fury begins life modestly, attempting to stay upright and roll in his desired direction. His path blocked by an alien object…

Territories

  • 2011
  • France/Canada
  • 110 min
  • Directed by: Olivier Abbou
  • Cast: Roc LaFortune, Sean Devine, Nicole Leroux

From the producers of The Horde comes the new Frontiers in terror. Canada, near the US Border. Five friends driving home from a wedding are stopped by the Border Police. The officers check their IDs and their questioning slowly intensifies. But the friends have done nothing wrong…except for that broken headlight…and that…

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