Taking place from March 5th – 7th Arrow Video’s FrightFest is a 3 day event operating in tandem with the Glasgow Film Festival. Released earlier this week, the selections this year are incredibly promising. Films like In The Quarry and Anderson Falls appear to be visceral with an emphasis on the disassembly of authority/adults. While Synchronic, VFW, and Saint Maud are operating under potentially supernatural elements including antagonists that are inhuman via unsafe designer-drug use. Live Forever is being described as a musical love letter and tribute to the victims in horror film history; this would be pretty dynamic and extremely refreshing if it delivers; personally I just want to see a blood-covered Fantasia.
The last noticeable theme (and the one that holds genuine credence) is the examination of the pitfalls and consequences of disillusioned adults, aging millennials, and Pro-Purge Gen Zeer’s. Death of a Vlogger, The Cleansing Hour, and Zombie for Sale are dissecting the desperation, that we all share, for both economic security and a viral social presence on every available platform or streaming service.
Films like 2019’s Midsommar, Ready Or Not, and Us provided the next step in familial horror that Hereditary undeniably (and literally) brought to the table. This spike in emotional brutality and honest animosity is what’s been fueling horror for the last 5 years. Directors aren’t afraid to go the distance with casting, taboo themes, anti-heroes, and extreme but purposeful violence. It’s a unique time and I’m certain many of these films will carry the torch (providing they’re the May Queen) and light us all on fire. No one is safe.
- Synchronic – Two New Orleans paramedics’ lives are ripped apart after encountering a series of horrific deaths linked to a new designer drug with bizarre, otherworldly effects
- Death of a Vlogger -A vlogger gains viral fame after one of his eerie videos contains an alleged out-of- this-world haunting
- The Cleansing Hour + Live Forever The Cleansing Hour follows best friends and millennial entrepreneurs Max and Drew who streams live exorcisms. (2) Live Forever is being described as a musical love letter and tribute to the victims in horror film history
- In The Quarry – A party at an abandoned quarry leads to chaos when the groups true nature is revealed.
- Sea Fever – A marine biology student encounters an unseen object that’s infecting the water supply with a unrelenting parasite.
- A Ghost Waits – Jack’s job is to fix up the house. Spectral agent Muriel’s eternal task is to haunt it.
- The Mortuary Collection – During an interview a woman is told four gruesomely disturbing stories moving chronologically from the 1950s to the 80s.