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The best of FrightFest at Glasgow Film Festival 2015

We pick the scariest movies from this year's celebration of horror including The Clown, The Woods and Blood & Black Lace

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The best of FrightFest at Glasgow Film Festival 2015

A serial killer picks off models in Italian thriller Blood & Black Lace

Once again it's time to get your fright on as Glasgow Film Festival presents three days of terror with FrightFest. As per usual, it's an essential snapshot of the genre with zombies, serial killers and Satanism. We pick out some of 2015's best FrightFest offerings.

Eliza Graves
Director: Brad Anderson
The opening film at this year's Glasgow FrightFest is a UK premiere of Eliza Graves (aka Stonehearst Asylum). Best known for his edgy pitch black thrillers (Session 9 / The Machinist / The Call), Anderson looks to Edgar Allan Poe for dark inspiration. Medical experiments and evil are rife at the Stonehearst institute for the insane. Featuring a strong Brit cast including Kate Beckinsale in the title role alongside Brendan Gleeson, David Thwelis, Ben Kingsley and Michael Caine.
Thu 26 Feb, 9pm (NB: not included in the FrightFest weekend pass, separate ticket required).

Wyrmwood
Director: Kiah Roache-Turner
The first of two zombie movies at this year's festival (also watch out for [REC] 4 on Sunday night) is an Aussie action adventure that bristles with energy. Riffing on Mad Max for the ultimate undead road movie.
Fri 27 Feb, 6.30pm.

Clown
Director: John Watts
Coulrophobes beware as FrightFest really hits its stride on Saturday, jolting you awake with an early morning screening of Clown. A possessed clown suit transforms family man Kent (Andy Powers) into a child eating demon. It's a ridiculous premise but Clown works because it takes itself very seriously for a very nasty scary movie (what else did you expect from producer Eli Roth?).
Sat 28 Feb, 11am.

Blood & Black Lace
Director: Mario Bava
Retro terror with this shocker from 1963 and a rare chance to catch Mario Bava's classic on the big screen. One of the pioneers of Italian horror and the fevered mind behind Black Sabbath, Bay of Blood and Mask of Satan, Blood & Black Lace is quintessential giallo as a serial killer carves his way through the fashion world.
Sat 28 Feb, 1.30pm.

The Woods
Director: Russell Gomm
The Blair Witch Project wasn't the first found footage film but it popularised the format. This fascinating doc takes you behind the scenes on one of the most influential horror movies of recent years. Love it or hate it, you can't deny it changed the landscape of horror, ushering in Paranormal Activity, Cloverfield and a morass of cheap inferior imitations. World premiere.
Sat 28 Feb, 4pm.

Blood and Black Lace

  • 1964
  • 84 min
  • Directed by: Mario Bava
  • Cast: Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok, Thomas Reiner

Italian thriller about a masked man brutally murdering fashion models in Rome.

Clown

  • 2014
  • 102 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Jon Watts
  • Cast: Eli Roth, Peter Stormare, Laura Allen
  • UK release: 2 March 2015

A doting father unknowingly puts on a cursed clown suit for his son's birthday that turns the wearer into a violent killer.

The Woods Movie

  • 2015
  • UK
  • 84 min
  • Directed by: Russ Gomm
  • Cast: Gregg Hale, Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez
  • UK release: 28 February 2015

The Blair Witch Project wasn't the first found footage film but it popularised the format. This fascinating documentary takes you behind the scenes on one of the most influential horror movies of recent years. Love it or hate it you can't deny it changed the landscape of horror ushering in Paranormal Activity, Cloverfield…

Wyrmwood

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • Australia
  • 98 min
  • Directed by: Kiah Roache-Turner
  • Cast: Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey, Leon Burchill
  • UK release: 8 May 2015

Mechanic and family man takes on hordes of flesh eating zombies in the Australian bush-land after his sister is kidnapped by a sinister team of soldiers.

Stonehearst Asylum

  • 2 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 112 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Brad Anderson
  • Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, David Thewlis
  • UK release: 24 April 2015

Unaware of a recent, horrifying staffing chance, a medical school graduate takes up a position at a mental institution and becomes taken with one of his colleagues.

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