FILM NEWS (UK): Arrow Video FrightFest 2022 announces bumper Glasgow Film Festival line-up


The UK’s No.1 horror & fantasy film festival is back in person at the Glasgow Film Theatre, which for 17 glorious years has been FrightFest’s second home, as part of the internationally renowned Glasgow Film Festival.

From Thursday 10th March to Saturday 12th March, FrightFest opens its terror trove to present twelve tasty treasures; an extravaganza of the dark arts, embracing the latest genre discoveries from around the globe, spanning eight countries in three continents, which includes World, International and UK premieres.

Alan Jones, co-director of FrightFest commentated: “It’s with great delight and with every single bloody bell and werewolf whistle available, we can proudly announce that FrightFest Glasgow 2022 will be an awesome in-person event featuring the best new fantasy, horror and thriller movies, plus all the expected trimmings.

Despite the gloom and doom being spoken about the future of the film industry in general, it’s heartening to learn that genre filmmakers have been as hard at work, creating ever more exciting, diverse, challenging and stimulating movies - twelve of which FrightFest will unveil over our highly anticipated and crowd-pleasing GFF strand of March 10 - 12”.

Thursday night on March 10th kicks FrightFest off with a stand-alone ticket presentation of the blockbuster thriller currently cleaning up at the Russian box-office. THE EXECUTION is based on one of the Soviet Union’s most contentious crimes concerning a miscarriage of justice and the gruesome exploits of a brutal serial killer. This UK premiere is a transfixing blend of vendetta horror and neo-noir which keeps the plot tangled until the blood-soaked finale.

Want to explore your darkest nightmares? Then join us as FrightFest’s two-day event kicks off on Friday with the Scottish premiere of supernatural horror THE CELLAR, from Brendan Muldowney, the critically acclaimed Irish writer/director of Pilgrimage fame. Then we have the World premiere of the extraordinary thriller A CLOUD SO HIGH. The feature directing debut of Christoper Lee Parson is an astonishing high-wire act, a thriller stylised to maximum overload for a uniquely unsettling viewing experience.

The  supernatural horror A Cloud So High receives its World Premiere on the 11th March

Brendan Muldowney's The Cellar receives its Scottish Premiere on the 11th March

Next up is the UK premiere of HOMEBOUND, a creepy and atmospheric chiller in The Innocents tradition, marking the debut feature from director Sebastian Godwin, a ‘Screen International Star of Tomorrow’.

This is followed by the UK premiere of extraordinary contemporary fable, YOU ARE NOT MY MOTHER. Rooted in eerie Irish folk horror, this quirky doppelganger mystery marks the arrival of the hugely talented writer/director Kate Dolan, who has been listed as one of Ireland's leading emerging creatives under 30.

It’s time to take a hellish, blood-soaked, breakneck-paced, thrill ride into joyous Ozploitation 1970s as the evening climaxes with the UK premiere of WYRMWOOD: APOCALYPSE, the long-overdue sequel to the spectacular 2014 FrightFest Glasgow hit.

Emerging genre talent continues to shine in Saturday's programme and the first film on show is the UK premiere of MANDRAKE, an impressive demonic crime thriller by Lynne Davison, making her impressive feature debut. Davison was mentored through the ‘Women in Film and TV UK’ initiative by Suffragette and Rocks director Sarah Gavron.

Hold on tight for the next presentation - the UK premiere of Howard J Ford’s mountain-top pulse-pounder THE LEDGE. The director of Never Let Go has conjured up another suspense-filled, deadly cat and mouse game thriller that will have you holding on to your seat for safety. This is followed by the UK premiere of SOME LIKE IT RARE, an outrageous gory, black comedy written and directed by French humourist Fabrice Eboué.

Wyrmwood is showing on 11th March

The Ledge is showing on the 12th March

The evening programme on Saturday 12th March opens with the International premiere of MONSTROUS, directed by FrightFest veteran favourite Chris Sivertson (The Lost, I Know Who Killed Me and co-director of All Cheerleaders Die). This unique supernatural thriller stars the iconic Christina Ricci, who unleashes an emotionally powerful performance.

If Fellini directed Schindler’s List as a superhero adventure the result would be the next presentation, the Scottish premiere of FREAKS OUT. This astonishing epic fantasy extravaganza comes from Gabriele Mainetti, director of the Italian blockbuster They Call Me Jeeg Robot, who will be attending the festival.

This year’s feast of fearsome frights ends with the Scottish premiere of the blood-spattered vampire spoof, LET THE WRONG ONE IN. Starring Anthony Head, director Connor MacMahon has crafted a wonderfully silly and ridiculously rude horror comedy for Shaun of the Dead fans.

In addition, there will be great guests (to be announced soon), Q & A’s, shorts, must-have giveaways and surprise clips.

FrightFest Weekend Passes are £75 and go on sale from 10am on Tuesday 1 st February, 2022. Passes will be exchanged for admission wristbands, which must be worn at all times to access all FrightFest films on Fri 11 March and Sat 12 March ONLY.

Tickets for THE EXECUTION, plus individual tickets for the Fri/Sat films are on sale from 10am on Wednesday 2nd February. Price: £11.50. £9.30 for all adult concessions

Synopsis: Laura (Christina Ricci), traumatized by an abusive relationship, finally runs away from her former husband with her seven-year-old son Cody. But in their new, idyllic and remote sanctuary, they find they have another, bigger and more terrifying monster to deal with…one that will test both their mental health issues to the limit.

Monstrous receives its International Premiere on Saturday 12th March

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 & Sunday to Thursday from 12:00 to 15 Minutes after the last performance starts. Saturday from 11am to 15 minutes after the last performance starts.

Online booking closes 15 minutes before the advertised start time.

All performances will start at the advertised start time. Late ticket-holders will not be admitted.

Programme details

THURS 10 MARCH – GFT Screen 1

20:30 THE EXECUTION (UK Premiere)

Director Lado Kvataniya. Cast Nikoloz Tavadze, Evgeniy Tkachuk, Daniil Spivakovsky. Russia 2021. 2hr10m. 18.

FRI 11 MARCH – GFT Screen 1

13:30 THE CELLAR (UK Premiere)

Director: Brendan Muldowney. Cast: Elisha Cuthbert, Eoin Macken, Dylan Fitzmaurice Brady. Ireland 2022. 1h30m, 18.

16:00 A CLOUD SO HIGH (World Premiere)

Director: Christopher Lee Parson. Cast: John Savage, Aaron Perilo, Jessica Lundy.

USA 2021. 1h41m. 18.

18:30 HOMEBOUND (UK Premiere)

Director: Sebastian Godwin Cast: Aisling Loftus, Tom Goodman-Hill, Raffaella Chapman. UK 2021. 1h22m. 18.

20:45 YOU ARE NOT MY MOTHER (UK Premiere)

Director: Kate Dolan Cast: Paul Reid, Hazel Doupe, Jade Jordan. Ireland 2021. 1hr33m. 18.


Director: Kiah Roache-Turner. Cast: Jay Gallagher, Bianca Brady, Luke McKenzie.

Australia 2021.1hr26m. 18.

SAT 12 MARCH – GFT Screen 1

10:45 MANDRAKE (UK Premiere)

Director: Lynne Davison. Cast: Deirdre Mullins, Derbhle Crotty, Paul Kennedy. Northern Ireland 2022, 1hr25m, 18,

13:00 THE LEDGE (UK Premiere)

Director: Howard J. Ford. Cast: Brittany Ashworth, Ben Lamb, Nathan Welsh

UK 2022. 1hr26m. 18.

15:15 SOME LIKE IT RARE (UK Premiere)

Director: Fabrice Eboué. Cast: Fabrice Eboué, Marina Foïs, Jean-François Cayrey.

France 2021 1h27m. 18

17:45 MONSTROUS (International Premiere)

Director: Chris Sivertson Cast: Christina Ricci, Santino Barnard, Colleen Camp.

USA 2022. 1h29m. 18.

20:00 FREAKS OUT (Scottish Premiere)

Director Gabriele Mainetti. Cast Claudio Santamaria, Aurora Giovinazzo, Pietro Castellitto. Italy 2021. 2hr21m 18.

23:00 LET THE WRONG ONE IN (Scottish Premiere)

Director: Connor MacMahon. Cast: Karl Rice, Eoin Duffy, Anthony Head. Ireland 2021. 1h36m.18.

For full programme details:

Synopsis: Four circus freaks – Electric Girl Matilde, albino insect controller Cencio, super-strong Manbeast Fulvio and metal manipulator Mario – are tempted to join the Berlin Zircus, on tour in Nazi occupied Rome. Run by six-fingered pianist Franz, his clairvoyant powers have witnessed Hitler’s downfall, and he has identified the tight-knit group as the key players to help his depraved plan to change the future fortunes of the Third Reich.

Freaks Out receives its Scottish Premiere on Saturday 12th March