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FrightFest Glasgow 2023 announces line-up

Be prepared to devour a devilish feast of dread-filled delights as the UK’s favourite horror fantasy event returns to the renowned Glasgow Film Festival for an 18th year, from Thurs 9 March to Sat 11 March 2023.


This year’s daring line-up, once again housed at the iconic Glasgow Film Theatre, embraces the latest genre discoveries from around the world, spanning nine countries with an eclectic mix of World, International and UK premieres.


Passes are on sale from noon on Wednesday 18 Jan.


Festival co-director Alan Jones says, “FrightFest is one of the most potent forces on the horror, science fiction and extreme thriller landscape, a reputation that has firmly placed it in the Top 10 Essential Fantasy Festivals List. And we aim to stay ahead of the chiller curve, returning to the incomparable Glasgow Film Festival with a shiver and shudder showcase of epic proportions”.


FrightFest kicks off with two special screenings on Thursday March 9, opening in grand Gallic style with the UK premiere of SMOKING CAUSES COUGHING, a quirky, absurdist comedy sci-fi fantasy from visionary director Quentin Dupieux, whose film Rubber caused a 2010 GFF FrightFest sensation. This is followed by the UK premiere of SISU, a pulverizing, nerve-shredding and spectacularly gory WW2 action epic by Finnish director Jalmari Helander of Rare Exports fame.


Enter the haunted ‘Devil’s Manor’ as FrightFest’s traditional two-day event kicks off on Friday March 10 with the International premiere of #chadgetstheaxe, Travis Bible’s Found Footage comedy horror. Then we travel into an ancient mythological world for the UK premiere of IRATI, a dark Spanish epic adventure from Errementari director Paul Urkijo Alijo, based on the graphic novel by J. L. Landa and J. Muñoz.


Next up is the UK premiere of MOTHER SUPERIOR, directed by Marie Alice Wolfszahn, making her feature film debut. This stylishly brooding occult chiller with the evils of nationalism rippling beneath the surface, won Best Feature at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2022.


This is followed by another directorial debut - Rhys Frake-Waterfield’s slasher parody WINNIE-THE-POOH: BLOOD AND HONEY. Pooh and Piglet are not happy and in this UK premiere, prepare for a journey into Hundred Acre Wood as you’ve never seen it before. And get ready for the very first Lithuanian slasher as Friday evening climaxes with the UK Premiere of PENSIVE, director Jonas Trukanas’ inventively gripping horror ride into the prom night from hell.


Saturday’s malevolent menu starts with the International premiere of HUNT HER, KILL HER, an intensely violent and breathtaking thriller from directors Ryan Thiessen and Greg Swinson, which uses time and space to maximize suspense, Served up next is the International premiere of ONYX THE FORTUITOUS AND THE TALISMAN OF SOULS. Based on his viral internet character of the same name, writer, director, and star Andrew Bowser ‘s wild comic ride is a creative and joyful celebration of weirdos of all kinds.


The next demonic dish is the European premiere of Christopher Smith’s CONSECRATION, which finds the Severance / Black Death director in a mysterious Scottish convent exploring the dark recesses of the mind. Smith’s graphic and psychologically disturbing supernatural thriller stars Jena Malone, Danny Huston and Janet Suzman,


The evening programme opens with the World premiere of LITTLE BONE LODGE, an atmospheric twisty thriller from Matthias Hoene, director of Cockneys vs Zombies. This highly effective bone-chiller stars Joely Richardson.


Next up is the International premiere of HERE FOR BLOOD, the tongue-in-cheek, extreme splatter, campy comedy horror discovery of the year. Directed by Daniel Turres and starring Shawn Roberts, this joyously outrageous celebration of the genre has the body-count going up as the blood rains down.


This year’s feast of fear ends with the International premiere of 13 EXORCISMS. Inspired by recent events in Spain, where it was a box-office smash, this supernatural chiller hits home with relentless suspense and skin-crawling horror.


The Guest list will be announced soon.


FrightFest Weekend Passes are £75 and available from noon on Wednesday 18 January 2023.  Passes will be exchanged for admission wristbands, which must be worn at all times to access all FrightFest films on Fri 10 March and Sat 11March ONLY.


Tickets for SMOKING CAUSES COUGHING and SISU, plus individual tickets for the Fri/Sat films are on sale Mon 30 January, from noon. Price: £11.50 / £9.30 (concessions)


How to Buy Tickets



Telephone: 0141 332 6535 (£1.50 fee per transaction, voice-mail available during peak business periods.


In person: Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB during normal box office hours – Friday and Sunday to Thursday from 30 minutes before the first performance and closes 15 minutes after the last performance starts. Saturday from 11am to 15 minutes after the last performance starts.


Pass Booking opens Wed 18 Jan at 12:00, individual films open Mon 30 Jan at 12:00

Online booking closes 15 minutes before the advertised start time.

All performances will start at the advertised start time with no adverts or trailers. Late ticket-holders will not be admitted.


Glasgow Film Theatre Cinecard members get 4 days early-access to individual films from January 26 at noon, as well as discounted tickets for each performance. Memberships available from:


Programme details


THURS 9 MARCH – GFT Screen 1




Director: Quentin Dupieux. Cast: Gilles Lellouche, Vincent Lacoste, Anaïs Demoustier. France 2022 1hr20m N/C 18.


Synopsis: The Tobacco Force is a superhero quintet fighting evil by using cigarette cancer-causing substances as their weapon of choice. But Chief Didier has noticed friction in the team. Since there's an upcoming battle against evil conquerer Lezardin on the horizon, Didier sends them to a lake retreat for a team-building holiday where they tell each other scary campfire tales. Will they form a cohesive unit again in time for the final epic face-off?


Contains: Superhero comedy, mild threat, scary images, gore, gross-out humour.


20:45 SISU (UK Premiere)


Director: Jalmari Helander. Cast: Jorma Tommila, Aksel Hennie, Jack

Doolan. Finland 2022 1hr31m N/C 18.


Synopsis: After a solitary prospector strikes gold in the wilderness of Lapland, he runs into a retreating detachment of Nazi soliders who set their sights on claiming the bounty. Unfortunately for the stormtroopers, this is no ordinary miner, but a mythic one-man army epitomising the quintessential Finnish concept of ‘sisu’ - white-knuckled courage and unimaginable determination in the face of overwhelming odds.


Contains: Explicit violence, accident trauma, sexual innuendo


FRI 10 MARCH – GFT Screen 1


13:45 #chadgetstheaxe (International Premiere)


Director: Travis Bible.  Cast: Michael Bonini, Spencer Harrison Levin, Taneisha Figueroa. USA 2022 1hr23m N/C 18.


Synopsis: Four social media influencers must decide if Internet fame is worth the danger in real time. Bros Spicy Steve and Chad team up with a pair of beauty tip streamers to visit the supposedly haunted Devil’s Manor, former home to a Satanic Cult. Soon they’re forced to wonder if it’s all a prank created by other streamers, by each other, or if there is something more sinister at hand… And as the violence ramps up… so do the views and likes.


Contains: Violence, gore, strong language, intense/scary images


15:50 IRATI (UK Premiere)


Director: Paul Urkijo Alijo. Cast: Edurne Azkarate, Eneko Sagardoy, Itziar Ituño. Spain 2022 1hr54m N/C 18.


Synopsis: Christian nobleman Eneko must fulfil the promise he made to his late father, to protect and lead his people into the new era. To do so, he must recover his father’s body, buried next to Charlemagne's treasure. However, despite his faith, he needs the help of his childhood friend, the pagan Irati. On this mythological and magical mission, the two young men venture into a strange forest where "Everything that has a name exists".


Contains: Strong violence, blood, gore, nudity, threat.


18:45 MOTHER SUPERIOR (UK Premiere)


Director: Marie Alice Wolfszahn Cast: Isabella Händler, Inga Maux, Jochen Nickel. Austria 2022 1hr11m N/C 18.


Synopsis: 1975, Rosenkreuz Manor. Sigrun Fink, desperate for information about her biological family, starts a new position as nurse to the aging, ill and eccentric Baroness Heidenreich. For a shared longing binds them together: the old lady’s memory contains the secret to Sigrun's true identity; the nurse’s lifeforce holds the key to the future for the Baroness. On the path to self-discovery, Sigrun is confronted with the sinister world of folklore occultism, carried out by the Baroness and her sinister groundskeeper Otto. One opening an unearthly, pagan abyss in which every moral and principle will be tested.


Contains: Bloody images, nudity, disturbing sequences.




Director: Rhys Frake-Waterfield. Cast: Craig David Dowsett, Chris Cordell, Natasha Tosini. The Netherlands 2023 1hr30m N/C 18.


Synopsis: During childhood, Christopher Robin befriended Winnie the Pooh, Piglet and their friends, played games and fed them. But as he grew older, the visits stopped, leaving them increasingly hungry and desperate, eyeing Eeyore as food. Now Christopher has returned to the forest with his new wife hoping to introduce her to his old friends. But it sends Pooh and Piglet on a murderous scavenger hunt for human flesh when they antagonize a group of college girls on a rural cabin vacation. Will Christopher still get Pooh back on the right track?


Contains: Gore, threat, strong language, scenes of a sexual nature.


23:00 PENSIVE (UK Premiere)


Director: Jonas Trukanas. Cast: Šarūnas Rapolas Meiliešius, Gabija Bargailaitė, Marius

Repšys. Lithuania 2022 1hr27m N/C 18.


Synopsis: Wooden sculptures of the Pensive Christ can be found in weird spots all through the Baltic States. They combine folk art and Christian traditions into a singular entity concerning the fear of being judged. And that’s what is about to happen to the usually risk-averse Marius as he organises the venue for his high school graduation party at a remote cottage. For his drunken and drugged classmates destroy some life-size wooden statues and a scarred, masked and mysterious killer starts picking them off one by mutilated one.


Contains: Bloody images, extreme gore, nudity, maiming, bad language, threat.


SAT 11 MARCH – GFT Screen 1


11:00 HUNT HER, KILL HER (International Premiere)


Directors: Ryan Thiessen, Greg Swinson. Cast: Natalie Terrazzino, JC Oakley III, Larry Bunton. USA 2022 1hr29m N/C 18.


Synopsis: Karen is a desperate young mother who has just filed divorce papers on her abusive husband. Forced to take a job as the night shift janitor at a large furniture factory, she is told she will be the only one working at this time. But, after seeing a strange vehicle idling in the parking lot and finding a door to the factory ajar, Karen gets the feeling she might not be alone after all.


Contains: Sustained threat, strong violence, gore, profanity



Director: Andrew Bowser Cast: Andrew Bowser, Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton USA 2023 1hr45m N/C 18.


Synopsis: Fledgling occultist Marcus J. Trillbury (Onyx) attends a black magic ritual at his idol Bartok the Great's dark mansion. But terrible things begin to happen and it soon becomes clear that Bartok’s intentions are way more nefarious. As Marcus battles to keep his soul, a question of great destiny looms. Is he doomed to remain a nobody or will he rise to defeat Bartok and save his fellow Satanist followers from damnation?

Contains: Comedy threat, scary images, gore, gross-out humour.


15:45 CONSECRATION (European Premiere)


Director: Christopher Smith. Cast: Jena Malone, Danny Huston, Janet Suzman. UK 2022 1hr31m N/C 18.


Synopsis: Grace is summoned to the Mount Saviour convent deep in the Scottish Highlands following the mysterious death of her priest brother. Refusing to believe he committed  suicide, Grace starts her own investigation as the nuns prepare a consecration ceremony to purify the holy site. Soon she inadvertently shines a light on murder, sacrilege and a disturbing truth, relating to the forgotten years of her own childhood, intertwined with that of the convent’s holy order and the secret it’s charged with protecting.


Contains: Strong bloody scenes, profanity, threat


18:15 LITTLE BONE LODGE (World Premiere)


Director: Matthias Hoene. Cast: Joely Richardson, Neil Linpow, Sadie Soverall.. United Kingdom 2023 1hr33m N/C 18.


Synopsis: During a stormy night in the Scottish Higlands, two criminal brothers on the run seek refuge in a desolate farmhouse. But after taking the resident family captive, they find the house holds even darker secrets of its own. Colour Out Of Space star Joely Richardson plays the fearsome family matriarch who will stop at nothing to protect her kin and the shocking mysteries that surround their very existence.


Contains: Gore, threat, strong language, disability taunts, menace.


20:40 HERE FOR BLOOD (International Premiere)


Director: Daniel Turres Cast: Shawn Roberts, Joelle Farrow, Dee Snider. Canada 2022 1hr40m N/C 18.


Synopsis: When his girlfriend is swamped with college exams, Tom O'Bannon, a rowdy pro-wrestler struggling to make ends meet, agrees to fill in as a last-minute replacement for her well-paying babysitting job. Tom arrives at an isolated family home where he meets the precocious 10-year-old Grace. But what starts off as a quiet night of pizza and video games quickly spirals into bloody, violent, demonic chaos as Tom and Grace find themselves fighting for their lives when an otherworldly cult of masked intruders descend on the home.


Contains: Extreme gore, violence, sexual imagery, profanity, child endangerment, torture, maiming.


23:05 13 EXORCISMS (International Premiere)


Director: Jacobo Martinez Cast: Maria Romanillos, Ruth Díaz, Silma López. Spain 2022 1hr38m N/C 18.


Synopsis: Shy, sensitive teenager Laura is tricked into taking part in a Halloween séance to contact the spirit of a mad doctor who murdered his family. From that night on, Laura's life is forever changed... Dark presences, terrifying visions, ominous voices, painful marks on her skin, and other paranormal phenomena haunt her. Laura's religious parents decide to call the local priest for advice, who claims she’s possessed. To set her free, he will have to perform a series of exorcisms - each more violent than the last.


Contains: Disturbing supernatural horror, gore, threat, strong language, scenes of a sexual nature.


For full programme details:


Mike Flanagan heads to Amazon (not the jungle)

Director Mike Flanagan has emerged as one of the most talented and prolific horror directors over the course of the last few years. His partnership with Netflix has seen a series of successful projects such as Midnight Mass and The Haunting of Hill House. However, Flanagan's (and co-producer Trevor Macy's) Intrepid Pictures have left Netflix to sign a multi-year deal with Amazon Studios.


“Mike and Trevor are remarkable at telling immersive, suspenseful stories that masterfully keep audiences engaged from start to finish,” said Vernon Sanders, head of global television at Amazon Studios. “We are excited to welcome them to Amazon Studios and are looking forward to our global customers experiencing their genre-bending creativity.”

“Amazon is a studio that we have long admired,” said Flanagan and Macy. “Their commitment to engaging in groundbreaking series and content aligns with the ethos of what we have built at Intrepid. We are looking forward to working with the entire Amazon team as we bring our brand of genre productions to the service and audiences around the globe.”

Flanagan's latest offering, The Midnight Club - adapted from the novel by Christopher Pike, has recently been released on Netflix but Deadline are reporting that there will not be a second season. Which kind of sucks if you've just spent ten hours of your life watching the first...


LEGEND reveals slate of horror, sci-fi and action premieres for December

December evenings will be full of mystery, madness and murder as LEGEND presents a seasonal selection of horror, sci-fi & action movies, headed up by the UK TV premiere of stirring Canadian Western LONESOME DOVE, based on the true story of the founding of the Lonesome Dove Church and starring Tom Berenger. Plus, there is a Channel premiere for BEWARE MY BRETHREN (aka The Fiend), Robert Hartford-Davis’ sadistic study of religious repression, starring Patrick McGee, which will be broadcast at 9pm on Xmas Day. This headlines THE VINTAGE VAULT strand, the popular Sunday night presentation of double-bills of classic and cult favourites


There are also Channel premieres for serial killer horror JACK’S BACK, starring James Spader, tense crime thriller REASONABLE DOUBT, starring Samuel L Jackson and Dominic Cooper, Brit mystery drama THE INTERNECINE PROJECT, starring James Coburn, tough war thriller SNIPER: SPECIAL OPS, starring Steven Seagal, gripping action adventure SHOUT AT THE DEVIL, starring Lee Marvin and Roger Moore and gun-toting avenging Western A MAN CALLED MOON.


December also heralds the Channel premiere of the final season of cult favourite KNIGHT RIDER, in which Michael, K.I.T.T. and gang return for more roadside adventures.


Full film details in transmission order:


Thurs 1 Dec @ 21:00 – JACK’S BACK (1988) *Channel Premiere


Women are being murdered in Los Angeles a hundred years after Jack the Ripper terrorised London. Is it a sickening coincidence, or a sinister homage? Police think John Westford (James Spader), a young doctor, is the murderer, and when he's found hanging from a noose, the investigation takes a stunning turn.


Sat 3 Dec @21:00 – REASONABLE DOUBT (2014) *Channel Premiere


After being involved in a fatal hit and run incident Assistant DA Mitch Brody (Dominic Cooper) must prosecute an innocent man (Samuel L Jackson) for a crime he knows he didn't commit. Brody manages to throw the case, however he quickly realises that he may have been wrong and the man he thought to be innocent could just be the most dangerous man he has ever met.


Sun 4 Dec @ 21:00 – WITCHFINDER GENERAL (1958)

*Part of The Vintage Vault


Matthew Hopkins (Vincent Price), a lawyer and self-appointed 'Witchfinder General', tours the Eastern counties instigating witch-hunts and extracting 'confessions' under torture. When a young woman, Sara (Hilary Dwyer(, is raped by Hopkins and her priest father murdered, Sara’s lover, Richard Marshall (Ian Ogilvy), a soldier in Cromwell's army, vows revenge. This is the last and best film of director Michael Reeves' tragically brief career.


Sun 4 Nov @ 22:45 – CURSE OF THE CRIMSON ALTAR (1968)

*Part of The Vintage Vault


The late Mark Eden plays Robert Manning, an antiques dealer searching for his missing brother. He stumbles upon a coven led by Morley (Christopher Lee), who is enacting the revenge of his witch ancestor (Barbara Steele) burned in the 17th century. This cult masterpiece, an adaptation from Lovecraft’s Dream in the Witch House, also stars Boris Karloff as a local witchcraft expert, which is also the last British film that Karloff made.


From Wed 7 Dec @ 19:00 – KNIGHT RIDER, Season Four (1985) *Channel Premiere


The final season of the popular American television adventure series, continues to follow the shadowy Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff) and his sentient car KITT as they fight crime and protect the innocent. In this series finale, KITT is reborn with some new gadgets, including a rocket-fast "super pursuit" mode. Michael must now race to save the real Devon and prevent the theft of the isotope.


Fri 9 Dec @ 21:00 – THE INTERNECINE PROJECT (1974) *Channel Premiere


Tipped to take a major post in the American government, Robert Elliot (James Coburn) is faced with one big problem: a quartet of people know of his dangerous and illegal activities in England. Elliot devises an ingenious plan whereby all four will kill each other. Ken Hughes’ intriguing psychological thriller also stars Lee Grant.


Sat 10 Dec @ 21:00 – LONESOME DOVE (2014) – *UK TV premiere


In this true story of one man’s fight for justice in a brutal and hostile land, John Shepherd (Tom Berenger) is a western preacher with dreams of building his own church. When his estranged son is accused of robbery and murder, John puts his future on the line by coming to his defence. In doing so, he will have to face off against a cold-blooded killer in a guns-blazing stand for redemption.


Sun 11 Dec @ 21:00 – THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR (1968)

*Part of The Vintage Vault


A 19th-century entomologist's daughter undergoes a metamorphosis into a giant death's head moth which needs human blood to survive. Her father creates a giant moth to keep her company, but only succeeds in unleashing more blood-sucking terror. Meanwhile, a police inspector (Peter Cushing) tries to find the key to the series of gruesome murders. This gothic shocker is directed by Vernon Sewell and also stars Robert Flemyng and Wanda Ventham.


Sun 11 Dec @ 22:45 – BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW (1971)

*Part of The Vintage Vault


When a mysterious corpse is accidentally dug in a small town, a group of local teens starts acting very strangely. The adolescents, led by a girl named Angel (Linda Hayden), are convinced the corpse was once possessed. They start to act out a series of demonic rituals, with devastating consequences. This 17th century British supernatural horror film is directed by Piers Haggard and also stars Patrick Wymark and Barry Andre.


Fri 16 Dec @ 21:00 – SNIPER: SPECIAL OPS (2016) *Channel Premiere


A special ops military force, led by expert sniper Jake Chandler (Steven Seagal), is sent to a remote village to extract an American congressman being held by terrorists. The mission is a success but Jake and his squad decide to stay behind to help an injured soldier. Finding themselves outnumbered and outgunned, the squad must engage in a massive shootout against the enemy to save them all from certain death.


Sat 17 Dec @ 21:00 – SHOUT AT THE DEVIL (1976) *Channel Premiere


During World War I, a British aristocrat, an American entrepreneur, and the latter's attractive young daughter, set out to destroy a German battlecruiser. American ex-military man Col. Flynn O'Flynn and wealthy Sebastian Oldsmith are unlikely partners in the East African ivory trade. Oldsmith woos O'Flynn's daughter, Rosa, but on the eve of World War I, the men spend most of their time eluding occupying German troops. When the Germans kill Rosa's daughter, Oldsmith and both O'Flynn’s join the battle against German Cmdr. Fleischer and his men.


Sun 18 Dec @ 21:00 – DR JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE (1971)

*Part of The Vintage Vault


Young Doctor Jekyll pursues his search for a drug to prolong life. He tries his potion upon himself and to his horror finds it changes him into a young and beautiful woman. So Sister Hyde is born, who stalks the dark alleys of Whitechapel for young, innocent, female victims, ensuring continuation of the bloodstained research. With each transformation Sister Hyde becomes the more dominant personality, determined to eventually suppress the frail, ineffectual Dr Jekyll forever. Directed by Roy Ward Baker, the film is based on the 1886 novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.


Sun 18 Dec @ 22:55 – BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY’S TOMB (1971)

*Part of The Vintage Vault


On an expedition to Egypt, Professor Fuchs (Andrew Keir) discovers the tomb of the beautiful Queen Tera, legendary Queen of Darkness (Valerie Leon), whose power was reputed to stretch beyond the grave. He returns to London, bringing the queen's mummified body and her severed hand, which still oozes blood. Strange things begin to happen to Fuchs as the objects seem to take on a life of their own and possess the power to strike down anyone who crosses their path. This was director Seth Holt’s final film, and was loosely adapted from Bram Stoker’s 1903 novel The Jewel of Seven Stars.


Fri 23 Dec @ 21:00 – A MAN CALLED NOON (1973) *Channel Premier


After an attempt is made on his life, Noon (Richard Crenna) wakes up with no recollection of his past or identity, retaining only his gunfighting prowess. With the help of outlaw Rimes (Stephen Boyd), Noon learns he had a wife and child who were killed, and that the attack on him was made in an attempt to get his hidden treasure. Together they set out to avenge his murdered family.


Sun 25 Dec @ 21:00 – BEWARE MY BRETHREN (1971) *Channel Premiere

*Part of The Vintage Vault


Led by a sinister minister (Patrick Magee), zealous religious sect The Brethren have taken control of widow Birdy Wemys, sending her unstable son, Kenny, into a descent of madness and murder. No woman is safe when Kenny’s religious mania overpowers him and leads to a rampage of carnage and chaos. This gritty story of lust, murder and terror, now a favourite cult horror, is directed by Robert Hartford-Davies


Sun 25 Dec @ 22:50 – COUNTESS DRACULA (1971)

*Part of The Vintage Vault


Countess Elizabeth is an embittered widow. One day in a fit of rage, she strikes a chambermaid and blood from the girl splashes onto the Countess’s face. To her amazement, the blood has made her skin youthful and smooth. Enlisting the help of her devoted servant, she kidnaps the maid and kills her, making herself look twenty-five years younger. She embarks on a passionate romance with a young officer, until one day she reverts back to her old appearance. What will she do next and who will be able to stop her? Starring Ingrid Pitt, Nigel Green, Sandor Eles, Maurice Denham, Patience Collier and Lesley-Anne Down




TV: Sky 148 / Virgin 149 / Freeview 41 / Freesat 137


DISRUPTING INFLUENCE prepares to launch worldwide sales on new Emile Hirsch psychological thriller PAST LIFE.

Known for his performances in Sean Penn’s INTO THE WILD and The Wachowski’s SPEEDRACER, Hirsch stars as an investigative reporter JASON FREY who reluctantly agrees to attend a hypnotism event with his pregnant wife Claira. Under hypnosis, Jason witnesses a murder through the eyes of a killer. Haunted by what he has seen, Jason uses past live regression techniques to investigate a series of unsolved murders from the eighties, while unwittingly reawakening a psychopath’s killer tendencies.

Royal College of Art graduate, and director of Grimmfest, Manchester’s International Festival of Fantastic Film, Halligan brings his design credentials and his deep knowledge of genre cinema to bear on the project. Dean Lines and Ray Bogdanovitch (Hounded, The Banishing) wrote the screenplay with additional material from Halligan.

Halligan’s previous feature directing credits include WHITE SETTLERS (THE BLOODLANDS in the US) and HABIT.

PAST LIFE will be produced by Rachel Richardson-Jones of Grimmfest films (HABIT), Pierre Romain and Susan Michels of SWE (SON OF THE SOUTH) and Michael Laundon of M2 Productions (ENDLESS). Executive producers include Michael Bassick (HACKSAW RIDGE) for M2, Sarada McDermott (BRIDGERTON), Angus Finney (THE MOTHER) and Glenn Kendrick Ackermann, Jason Piette and Ewan Dunbar of Disrupting Influence who will be presenting the project at AFM.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Emile, on PAST LIFE a superb actor who has proved his versatility and breadth in an array of movies. His depth as a performer will bring


nuance to Jason’s complex character. We can’t think of a better actor to play the role in this brilliantly conceived thriller”, said Glenn Kendrick Ackermann of Disrupting Influence.

Director Simeon Halligan said, “PAST LIFE is an exciting psychological thriller that combines the rush of eighties thrillers like DePalma’s BLOW OUT or Argento’s TENEBRAE, with the conceptual complexity of movies like Nolan’s MEMENTO or Anderson’s THE MACHINIST, I can’t wait to share this twisty turny mind bender with audiences”.

“Simeon is the perfect director to bring PAST LIFE to the screen. This movie sits squarely in his ballpark and reflects his love and passion for dark psychological thrillers. With a background in art direction and a deep knowledge of genre cinema, we know he will bring an amazing visual style to bear on the film”, added producer Michael Laundon.

Emile Hirsch is best known for his breakthrough performance in INTO THE WILD, directed by Sean Penn, which received worldwide acclaim, garnering him a SAG Award nomination.  Emile can be seen in Quentin Tarantino’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD opposite Margot Robbie, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt as well as the action comedy, THE COMEBACK TRAIL, with Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman. Emile starred in the psychological sci-fil thriller, FREAKS, and NEVER GROW OLD opposite John Cusack, directed by Ivan Kavanaugh. In 2013, Emile starred in the critically acclaimed box office hit, LONE SURVIVOR opposite Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch and Ben Foster.

Disrupting Influence current sales slate includes elevated genre shark movie; GHOST DIVERS; LGBTQ WW2 resistance feature documentary; WILLEM & FRIEDA (presented by Stephen Fry) and WW2 espionage thriller LIVES IN SECRET based upon the life of the original Miss Moneypenny and starring Hugh Bonneville and Charlotte Gainsbourg, from writer director John Hay and producer Jeremy Bolt.

Production is scheduled to commence in March 2023 in the UK.


The Conjuring 4 confirmed

Since James Wan's The Conjuring became a smash hit back in 2013, we've had seven other films in the so-called 'Conjureverse', ranging from the excellent (Annabelle Creation) to the lame (The Nun). Whilst it's already been confirmed the latter is getting a sequel (The Nun 2 begins production this week), THR are reporting that The Conjuring 4 has been been given the go-ahead - which would take the 'Conjureverse' up to ten movies!

David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, who wrote the previous 2 entries of the Conjuring franchise, has been hired to write the script and James Wan and Peter Safran will return as producers. There is no confirmation as yet regarding who will direct and neither Vera Farmiga or Patrick Wilson are confirmed but it seems something of a foregone conclusion that they will be back as celebrity ghost hunting duo Ed and Lorraine Warren.

No plot details as yet either, but we'll let you know when that changes!



LEGEND reveals slate of horror, sci-fi and action premieres for November

November weekends will be daring, dangerous and deadly as LEGEND presents a bumper month of horror, sci-fi & action movies, headed up by the UK TV premieres of Doron and Yoav Paz’s unnerving, original Israeli terror experience THE GOLEM and Eric Bress’s grisly Brit supernatural horror film GHOSTS OF WAR. Plus there is a Channel premiere for John McTiernan’s compelling chiller NOMADS, starring Piers Bronsan,


There are also Channel premieres for a series of starry cult 70s and 80s action thrillers THE DISAPPEARANCE (Donald Sutherland & David Hemmings), WHO DARES WINS (Richard Widmark & Ingrid Pitt), HANNIE CAULDER (Raquel Welch & Christopher Lee) and WHEELS OF TERROR (David Carradine & Oliver Reed). Plus, there are first-time Legend showings for THE GUNMAN, starring Sean Penn and AIR AMERICA, starring Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr.


Plus, two Channel premieres head up THE VINTAGE VAULT strand: Robert Hartford-Davies’ gothic masterpiece THE BLACK TORMENT and Sci-fi horror classic THE SORCERERS, starring Boris Karloff. Both headline the popular Sunday night double-bills of cult favourites from decades gone by.

Other titles include drive-in favourite THE BLOB (1958), starring Steve McQueen, Terence Fisher’s irresistibly lurid THE MUMMY (1959), starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, the fantasy horror anthology DR. TERROR’S HOUSE OF HORRORS, Terence Fisher’s intense sci-fi thriller NIGHT OF THE BIG HEAT, ISLAND OF TERROR, one of the great British Sci-Fi thrillers starring Peter Cushing, and QUATERMASS AND THE PIT, another memorable British Sci-Fi horror from Hammer Films, based on the TV series and directed by Roy Ward Baker.


And the third season of hit series KNIGHT RIDER, in which Michael, K.I.T.T. and gang return for more roadside adventures, has its channel premiere.


Full film details in transmission order:


Friday 4 November @ 21:00 – THE DISAPPEARANCE (1977) *Channel Premiere

When a contract killer (Donald Sutherland) is hired by an international organisation to carry out a hit, he suspects they are connected with his wife’s disappearance.


Saturday 5 November @21:00 – WHO DARES WINS (1982) *Channel Premiere

The British receive intelligence that an anti-nuclear militant group is planning to kill the U.S. ambassador at the Iranian embassy. The British Special Air Services enlists the help of Capt. Peter Skellen (Lewis Collins), who is charged with going undercover. But he is quickly found out by the terrorists, and his wife and child are taken hostage.


Sunday 6 November @ 21:00 – THE BLOB (1958)

*Part of The Vintage Vault

Two teenagers, Steve (Steven McQueen) and his best girl, Jane (Aneta Corseaut), notice a shooting star fall to earth, destroying an elderly man and growing to a terrifying size. The blob continues to grow, killing many, until the teenagers, with the, initially reluctant aid, of policeman Dave (Earl Rowe) discover a way to stop it..


Sunday 6 November @ 22:35 – THE MUMMY (1959)

*Part of The Vintage Vault

In 1895 Egypt, a team of British archeologists led by John Banning, opens the tomb of Princess Ananka, despite warnings of a death curse which will fall upon any desecrators. Three years later in England, a vengeful Egyptian man arrives and unleashes the living mummy Kharis on the men. This superior Hammer Films production reunites the director, Terence Fisher, with stars Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.


From Tuesday 8 November @ 19:00 – KNIGHT RIDER, Season Three (1984) *Channel Premiere

The third season of the popular American television adventure series, follows the shadowy Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff) and his sentient car KITT as they fight crime and protect the innocent. In this series, a young couple stumble onto KITT's evil prototype KARR, and accidentally reactivate him, and KITT's memory is wiped in an electrical storm, causing him to abandon Michael


Friday 11 November @ 21:00 – HANNIE CAULDER  (1971) *Channel Premiere

In the Wild West, vicious bandit brothers Emmett (Ernest Borgnine), Frank (Jack Elam) and Rufus Clemens (Strother Martin) botch a heist, and in anger they rape local woman Hannie Caulder (Raquel Welch), murder her spouse and destroy her home. Wrong move…


Saturday 12 November @ 21:00 – AIR AMERICA (1990) – Channel Premiere

It is 1969 and the Vietnam War is raging. Billy, a brilliant helicopter pilot (Mel Gibson) is recruited by the CIA as part of ‘Air America’ an elite but clandestine unit. When he and fellow pilot Ryan (Robert Downey Jr.) discover their aircraft are being used by government agents to smuggle heroin, they must fight to avoid being framed as the drug-smugglers.


Sunday 13 November @ 21:00 – THE BLACK TORMENT (1964) *Channel Premiere

*Part of The Vintage Vault

When Sir Richard (John Turner) returns to his manor with his new wife. he hears rumours that he had already secretly returned and had committed several murders. Has he lost his mind, or is something dark afoot? Also stars Heather Sears and Patrick Troughton.

Sunday 13 November @ 22:45 – DR. TERROR’S HOUSE OF HORRORS (1965)

*Part of The Vintage Vault

Just as a train departs, a mysterious stranger, Dr Shreck, enters the carriage with his pack of tarot cards to tell the fortunes of five fellow passengers. The cards predict that every one of them will suffer a terrible death, but will fate deal them the same hand. Stars Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.


Friday 18 November @ 23:10 - GHOSTS OF WAR (2020) *UK TV Premiere

Five battle-hardened American soldiers are assigned to hold a French Chateau near the end of World War II. Formerly occupied by the Nazi high command, this welcome respite quickly descends into madness when they encounter a supernatural enemy far more terrifying than anything seen on the battlefield.


Saturday 19 November @ 21:00 – WHEELS OF TERROR *Channel Premiere

During World War 2 a German penal unit composed of hardened criminals, political dissidents and religious non-conformists from the Nazi Prison camps are compelled to fight for something they do not believe in. Now they have the job from hell - a suicide mission on the Eastern Front that becomes one of the bloodiest battles of the war. Stars Bruce Davison, David Patrick Kelly, Oliver Reed and David Carradine.


Sunday 20 November@ 21:00 – NIGHT OF THE BIG HEAT (1967)

*Part of The Vintage Vault

A freak heat wave sends the temperatures soaring on a remote island. Dr Stone (Peter Cushing) and Callum (Patrick Allen) try to uncover the mysterious reason for the sudden change in climate. But the arrival of Callum's former mistress (Jane Merrow) forces the atmosphere to boiling point and it falls to Godfrey Hanson (Christopher Lee) to discover that the rising heat is the start of an invasion of merciless aliens...


Sunday 20 November @ 22:55 – ISLAND OF TERROR (1966)

*Part of The Vintage Vault

When the inhabitants of Petrie’s island succumb to a mysterious disease, doctors Stanley (Peter Cushing) and West (Edward Judd) investigate. Puncture marks on the corpses reveal the horrifying truth: the islanders are being killed not by a disease, but by a strange type of organism that sucks the bone from their bodies...


Friday 25 November @ 21:00 – NOMADS (1986) *Channel Premiere

A French anthropologist, who is an expert on nomadic groups, stumbles across a group of urban nomads who turn out to be more than he expected. Directed by John McTiernan, this terrifying supernatural chiller stars Pierce Brosnan and Lesley-Ann Down.


Friday 25 November @ 22:50 – THE GOLEM (2018) *UK TV Premiere

During an outbreak of a deadly plague, a mystical woman must save her isolated, tight-knit community under attack from the plague and deadly evil invaders. She conjures an entity that she moulds out of mud to protect them but the innocent-looking boy hides a much greater evil. This superb Golem tale is directed by Doron and Yoav Paz.

Saturday 26 November @ 21:00 – THE GUNMAN (2015) *Channel Premiere

A sniper, on a mercenary assassination team kills the Congo’s Minister of Mines. Terrier's successful kill shot forces him into hiding. Returning to the Congo years later, he becomes the target of a hit squad himself. This taut action thriller, directed by Pierre Morel stars Sean Penn, Javier BardemIdris ElbaMark Rylance and Ray Winstone.


Sunday 27 November @ 21:00 – THE SORCERERS (1967) *Channel Premiere

*Part of The Vintage Vault

Scientist (Boris Karloff) and his wife (Catherine Lacey), possess a device that enables them to impose, through telepathy, their fantasies on people and allows them to experience sensations felt by their subjects. They take control of a teenager (Ian Ogilvy) and have him live out what they associate with contemporary youth: violence and sex. This disturbing and powerful psychological horror is the debut feature of cult-director Michael Reeves


Sunday 27 November @ 22:45 – QUATERMASS AND THE PIT (1967)

*Part of The Vintage Vault

An ancient Martian spacecraft is discovered buried in the ground at the site of an extension to the London Underground. Also uncovered nearby are the remains of early human ancestors more than five million years old. Now uncovered the craft begins to exert a malign influence, resurrecting Martian memories and instincts buried deep within the human psyche. Mayhem breaks out on the streets of London as the alien force grows in strength. Can Professor Quatermass (Andrew Keir) and his team save the day?


TV: Sky 148 / Virgin 149 / Freeview 41 / Freesat 137


Frightfest Halloween 2022 line-up announced

Following on from its frightfully successful August five-day event, the UK’s biggest genre film festival is back at the Cineworld, Leicester Square with a bumper all-day Halloween event on Sat 29th October, featuring a six-pack of festive shockers.


Embracing three World premieres, the line-up is headlined by The Soska Sisters latest venture, ON THE EDGE. Taking a departure from medical horror, Jen and Sylvia delve into new ground with this tantalising psychological erotic thriller.  ‘The Twisted Twins’, who also star in the film, will be hosting the screening, alongside lead actor Aramis Sartorio.


Also receiving its World Premiere is US actor Joe LoTruglio’s debut feature OUTPOST. This gripping, violent, ever-twisting mountain-set nightmare stars Beth Dover as a fire lookout volunteer forced to face her past demons. Both Joe and Beth will be in attendance for this gala screening.

The third World premiere is TRIPPING THE DARK FANTASTIC, a documentary on the life and work of award-winning composer Simon Boswell, complete with a live performance filmed at Earth, London. The highly regarded composer, who can boast SANTA SANGRE, PHENOMENA, SHALLOW GRAVE, HARDWARE and PHOTOGRAPHING FAIRIES, amongst his credits, will be joining us.

Receiving its International premiere is Charlie Steeds H.P Lovecraft inspired FREEZE, in which an Arctic expedition is attacked by bloodthirsty fish creatures. It’s a chiller in every sense of the word! Leading members of the cast will be joining us including Johnny Vivash, David Lenik, Beatrice Barrila, Jake Watkins and Ricardo Freitas.


What’s the current exploitation hit on the fantasy festival circuit? Well, that would be MAD HEIDI, an action adventure horror comedy featuring death by lactose intolerance, mutilation by Toblerone, fondue torture and cuckoo clock death traps as our intrepid Alpine heroine battles a human cheese-fuelled machinery of dystopian hate. And FrightFest is pleased to welcome actor Alice Lucy, MAD HEIDI herself, to introduce the UK premiere, alongside the directors, Johannes Hartmann & Sandro Klopfstein, plus other leading cast and crew.

Completing the line-up is the International Premiere of THE OFFERING. Director Oliver Park’s shocker, in the tradition of THE VIGIL, turns the European legend of ‘Abyzou: The Taker of Children’ into an edge-of-the-seat, emotional rollercoaster ride with eye-popping special effects.


Alan Jones, FrightFest co-director, said today: “We’re thrilled to announce our Halloween Saturday extravaganza. We’ve assembled a six-pack of shocks to make this year’s Halloween a happy haunting ground with all treats – no tricks – to sate your jaundiced appetites”,


Passes and tickets go on sale at noon on Saturday 1st October. 

Prices: Full pass: £55, single tickets: £15 + booking fees


To book:

(Online booking only)







Director: LG White. With: Simon Boswell, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Dario Argento, LG White. UK 2022. 93 mins.


Showcasing a live performance at Earth Theatre, London in 2021 and interviews with the artists he has collaborated with from over 35 years of scoring horror, fantasy and genre films, TRIPPING THE DARK FANTASTIC is a stunning record of musician Simon Boswell’s career. An exciting trip through such classics as PHENOMENA, DEMONS 2, STAGE FRIGHT, SANTA SANGRE, PERDITA DURANGO, LORD OF ILLUSIONS, SHALLOW GRAVE, HARDWARE and many others, peppered with interviews by the likes of directors Dario Argento, Alejandro Jodorowsky, the concert features Simon with his 12 piece band, Caduta Massi, filmed by acclaimed DOP Vince Knight.


13:10 FREEZE (International Premiere)

Director: Charlie Steeds. With: Johnny Vivash, Ricardo Freitas, David Lenik, Jake Watkins. UK 2022. 90 mins.


H.P. Lovecraft goes Arctic! On a rescue mission to the North Pole to retrieve an old friend and his lost expedition crew, Captain Mortimer gets more than he bargained for when his ship is frozen into the ice sheet and set upon by bloodthirsty fish-creatures. Mortimer and his surviving crew flee the ship, beginning a treacherous journey to find safety in an ice-bound desolate wilderness. Suffering from starvation, frostbite and a slow madness, they find shelter inside a snowy mountain, but are they as safe as they think, or have they entered the heart of the creatures’ lair?


Contains: threat, blood, gore and fantasy monster mayhem


Plus…GNOMES (Short) (UK Premiere)

Director: Ruwan Suresh Heggelman. With: Moïse Trustfull, Duncan Meijiring. 6mins.

Unknowingly, a girl enters the habitat of a tribe of killer gnomes during her daily run. Lured by mysterious glowing mushrooms, she'll soon wish she'd stayed on her usual tracks.


Contains: Contains splatter / gore.


15:35 MAD HEIDI (UK Premiere)

Directors: Johannes Hartmann, Sandro Klopfstein. With: Casper Van Dien, David Schofield, Alice Lucy, Leon Herbert. Switzerland 2022. 92 mins.

From the producer of IRON SKY, an action adventure horror comedy and the first Swissploitation film ever made. In a dystopian Switzerland under the rule of a fascist cheese magnate, Heidi lives a simple life in the mountains protected by her grandfather. Soon her longing for personal freedom sparks a revolution after abduction by brutal government storm troopers. Escaping prison, and the roving eyes of muscle bound inmates, the naïve Alpine girl must battle a human cheese-fuelled machinery of hate.

Contains: comedy violence, splatter slapstick, offensive language, nudity and sexual innuendo.

18:00 OUTPOST (World Premiere)

Director: Joe Lo Truglio. With: Beth Dover, Dallas Roberts, Dylan Baker, Ato Essandoh. USA 2022. 84 mins.

Veteran character actor Joe Lo Truglio, most recently owning the cult sit-com ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, makes a stunning feature debut as writer/director with this high concept, ever twisting mountain nightmare. Kate seeks recovery from a violent assault by taking a job as a fire lookout, but becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her isolation and tragic past. A story about pain, what happens when you run from it, how it always catches up and controls what you see, hear and governs what’s real. It commands what you do. If you don’t face your demons, the demons will come to face you.

Contains: domestic abuse, violence, serious threat, menacing suspense.

20:15 ON THE EDGE (World Premiere)

Directors: Jen & Sylvia Soska. With: Aramis Sartorio, Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska, Mackenzie Gray. Canada 2022. 114 mins.

Family man Peter gets more than he paid for when he books a 36-hour session with the sadistic Mistress Satana who seems more intent on making him suffer for his sins. Is it blackmail? Is it torture? Or is it the Devil come for his soul? Will Peter’s faith save him from his own personal Hell or is he already damned? A brilliant depiction of how Kink Culture can heal past trauma and be a source for shocking redemption.

Contains: Strong language, sexual content, violence, sexual violence, nudity,

23:00 THE OFFERING (International Premiere)

Director: Oliver Park. With: Nick Blood, Alan Corduner, Paul Kaye, Emm Wiseman. USA 2022. 93 mins.


In the tradition of THE VIGIL comes the European legend of ‘Abyzou: The Taker of Children’. Hoping to reconcile with his orthodox father, Art, the son of a Chasidic funeral director returns home with his pregnant wife Claire. But his intentions are put to the test when the family morgue receives the body of a mysterious corpse containing an ancient entity with a sinister plan for his unborn child. Blending authentic Jewish demonology and deep Kabbalistic secrets with classic horror, THE OFFERING provides super shocks and an all-stops-out chilling climax.


Contains: supernatural threat, bloody imagery, body horror.


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The Owlman Returns in Retro Paperback 'Lord of Tears'

The latest publication from indie press Hex Arcana is a novelisation of Hex Studios' cult supernatural chiller.

Following the release of the movie, also entitled 'Lord of Tears', in 2013, its otherworldly villain, the Owlman, became an international phenomenon. The endlessly creepy cryptid has featured in viral videos with millions of views, been immortalised in collectable figures from Mezco Toys, and counts among his fans celebrities such as Alice Cooper and Slash. Now, for the first time, the Owlman comes to life in the pages of a novel, perhaps in his most terrifying form yet.

Adapted from Sarah Daly's original screenplay by author Sean Hogan, writer of acclaimed volumes 'England's Screaming' and 'Deathline', 'Lord of Tears' is a chilling, twist-filled take on a classic British ghost story.

The book follows troubled teacher James Findlay on a desperate quest for the truth behind his disturbing visions of an owl-headed figure. He returns to his childhood home in the Scottish Highlands, where it all began, and there, in the ancient halls of Baldurrock House, finds horrors beyond imagining. Will the truth set him free? Or damn him?

'Lord of Tears' is the second instalment in the genre publisher's 80-inspired paperback series, following 'The Sound of His Horn', a reprint of the classic dystopian novel by Sarban. The book features an original, hand-painted cover by legendary artist of the era, Lisa Falkenstern, and faithfully reproduces the style of the golden age of the paperback.

'Lord of Tears' is available to pre-order now exclusively on Kickstarter. The funds raised through sales of the book will help to support the indie publisher on its quest to revive the art of the pulp horror novel.



Lionsgate has confirmed that it has begun production on a Strangers remake trilogy, with all three films being filmed in Slovakia. They have also revealed the first plot details too. The first Strangers film will feature Madeliene Petsch, whose character drives cross-country with her longtime boyfriend (Froy Gutierrez) to begin a new life in the Pacific Northwest. When their car breaks down in Venus, Oregon, they’re forced to spend the night in a secluded Airbnb, where they are terrorized from dusk till dawn by three masked strangers. Lionsgate plans from there to expanding the story in new and unexpected ways with its sequels. Renny Harlin (Cliffhanger) is directing the film, having locked in a deal to helm the subsequent pair.


Producer Courtney Solomon said: “When setting out to remake The Strangers, we felt there was a bigger story to be told, which could be as powerful, chilling, and terrifying as the original and could really expand that world. Shooting this story as a trilogy allows us to create a hyperreal and terrifying character study. We’re fortunate to be joining forces with Madelaine Petsch, an amazing talent whose character is the driving force of this story.”

Renny Harlin added, “My mother instilled the love of movies in me through the world of Hitchcock and other masters of suspense and horror. My breakthrough to Hollywood happened with the success of A Nightmare on Elm Street 4. It is only fitting that I get to return to my favourite genre with the incredibly well written trilogy of The Strangers. The characters and the storyline are all grounded in reality and offer me an endless tapestry of haunting visuals in bringing these movies alive."

The original film, The Strangers, was released in 2008 and directed by Bryan Bertino. It made a whopping $82m at the box office. Not too shabby for a home invasion flick!

Although no release date has been confirmed, a mid 2023 release is probably realistic.

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