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GFF 2012 - Frightfest highlights

A round up of the best films showing as part of the Glasgow Film Festival's horror strand

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GFF 2012 - Frightfest highlights

Livid

FrightFest is back once again to terrorise the Glasgow Film Festival. Now taking over the GFT for two full days, this year (as with every year) it’s a vibrant snap shot of the state of horror cinema. It’s been so successful the organisers have launched a FrightFest Extra fringe programme with a chance to catch some old Hammer Horror classics on the big screen as well as Livid (pictured, Wed 22 Feb 4.20pm; Thu 23 Feb, 9.15pm, Cineworld), Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s psychedelic follow up to French shocker Inside.

Unsurprisingly this year’s programme has been infected by the outbreak of ‘found footage’ films that are so virulent in the genre at the moment. Over a quarter of this year’s offerings are filmed in the fake home movie shockumentary format. It’s rapidly becoming a cliché but when someone gets in right (think [Rec] or Paranormal Activity) it’s an incredibly efficient and cost effective way of building tension. Tape 407: The Mesa Reserve Incident (Fri 24 Feb, 4pm) takes the shakycam onboard a flight and subsequent crash, while Evidence (Sat 25 Feb, 11am) is a camping trip gone wrong (strange noises, weird carvings on trees, etc). There were also plans to show American possession movie The Devil Inside, but that's now been dropped in favour of slasher/ghost story Cassadaga (Sat 25 Feb, 9pm), perhaps because of the former's notoriously controversial ending. We won't spoil that for you here – rather, we'll let Wikipedia do it.

The programme has also been widened in scope to include several titles that aren’t strictly horror films, but do contain horrific elements and ample gore. There’s über violent Indonesian action flick The Raid (Sat 25 Feb, 11.15pm), dark claustrophobic noir Crawl (Fri 24 Feb, 6.30pm) and post-apocalypse survival tale The Day (Fri 24 Feb, 9pm) alongside the more obvious horror fare of War of the Dead (Fri 24 Feb, 11.15pm) and Wang’s Arrival (Sat 25 Feb, 6.30pm).

And finally we need to doff our cap to the king of the Bs, Roger Corman, as new documentary Corman’s World (Fri 24 Feb, 1.30pm) makes it’s Scottish debut. Mr Corman we salute you, cinema would be a far duller place without you.

All FrightFest screenings are at the Glasgow Film Theatre.

Livid (Livide) theatrical trailer - French horror

Tape 407 Trailer 1 - Official

Evidence (2011) - Official Trailer [HD]

CASSADAGA - Official Movie Trailer

The Raid (2011) official trailer HD

CRAWL MOVIE TEASER 2

'The Day' Teaser Trailer

WAR OF THE DEAD (Stone's War) Zombie Movie Trailer 2011

Wang's Arrival (Italian)

'Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel' Trailer

War of the Dead

  • 2011
  • Lithuania/USA/Italy
  • 85 min
  • Directed by: Marko Mäkilaakso
  • Cast: Andrew Tiernan, Mikko Leppilampi, Samuli Vauramo

In 1939 a series of anti-death medical experiments are performed on captured Russian soldiers by a Gestapo officer. Two years later Finnish and American forces, on a mission to seize an underground bunker on the Soviet border, are caught up in a Russian ambush. But the survivors must face a far deadlier force ­ the…

Crawl

  • 2 stars
  • 2011
  • Australia
  • 81 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Paul China
  • Written by: Paul China
  • Cast: George Shevtsov, Georgina Haig, Paul Holmes, Andy Barclay
  • UK release: 22 February 2013

A bar owner (Holmes) hires a Croatian hitman (Shevtsov) to kill a local garage owner, but it all goes south when the hitman is involved in an accident. Writer/director China's debut isn't so much a homage to the Coens as a rip-off of them. Even the wonderfully laconic Shevtsov can't save it.

The Day

  • 2011
  • Canada
  • 90 min
  • Directed by: Douglas Aarniokoski
  • Written by: Luke Passmore
  • Cast: Dominic Monaghan, Shawn Ashmore, Cory Hardrict

The apocalypse has arrived and the world is a brutal and dangerous place to live. It's been ten years since an unnamed disaster occurred and a group of five survivors are heading to greener pastures to try and find a place to plant some rare vegetable seeds. They're low on ammunition and food and one of the group is sick…

Evidence

  • 2011
  • USA
  • 80 min
  • Directed by: Howie Askins
  • Cast: Abigail Richie, Ashley Bracken, Brett Rosenberg, Ryan McCoy

There's no denying the 'found footage' genre is here to stay, yet once in a while a film pops up which takes the whole shockumentary format to another level. Ryan (Ryan McCoy) decides to make a documentary about his friend Brett (Brett Rosenberg) and their camping trip to the Los Angeles canyons. Keeping them company are…

Livid

  • 2011
  • France
  • 88 min
  • Directed by: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury
  • Cast: Chloé Coulloud, Félix Moati, Jérémy Kapone

There are striking echoes of Guillermo Del Toro and Dario Argento in Livid, the latest twisted, blood-drenched gothic nightmare from the Inside (2007) team of Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury. Set in a chilly backwater of Brittany, it stars Chloé Coulloud as Lucie, a young nurse hired to care for the wealthy Madame…

The Raid

  • 4 stars
  • 2011
  • Indonesia/USA
  • 100 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Gareth Evans
  • Cast: Iko Uwais, Doni Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhain
  • UK release: 18 May 2012

An Indonesian SWAT team storms a Jakarta tower block intending to take down crime lord Tama (Sahetapy), but finds itself trapped. About as good a film as you can make about men repeatedly punching each other in the face; Evans' low-budget, high-impact approach has enormous gusto and ingenuity.

Tape 407: The Mesa Reserve Incident

  • 2011
  • USA
  • 90 min
  • Directed by: Dale Fabrigar, Everette Wallin
  • Cast: Abigail Schrader, Samantha Lester, James Lyons

Returning to Los Angeles after a Christmas break in New York, Trish (Abigail Shrader) and Jessie (Samantha Lester) settle down aboard Optima Flight 37A. But before you can say Snakes on a Plane, their aircraft hits extreme turbulence. The relentless bad weather leads to panic and terror amongst the passengers until the…

The Arrival of Wang (L'arrivo di Wang)

  • 2011
  • Italy
  • 82 min
  • Directed by: Antonio Manetti, Marco Manetti
  • Cast: Ennio Fantastichini, Francesca Cuttica, Li Yong

Award-winning sci-fi which begins when an interpreter is called up by the Italian authorities with an urgent and confidential Chinese translation assignment in a secret room beneath the city of Rome.

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