If you hadn’t heard the news – we officially announced the return of Glasgow Horror Fest: BITE SIZE over the weekend. For the second year, we will be bringing a bite sized selection of innovative, terrifying horror films to Blackfriars. Because we know that one Halloween per year is not enough, Popcorn Horror will bring a mid-year mini version of the large scale Halloween festival which takes place every October.
However, this smaller film fest still has plenty of bite! We seek to screen and support the work of incredibly talented creators from around the world and bring a curated selection of amazing horror to our home city.
So, let’s take a quick look back at the films that scared 2018’s audience. As last year, we will be screening two feature horror films. Last year’s winner in the horror features category was the brilliant and brutal Cruel Summer. Cruel Summer, directed by Phillip Escott is an account of the horrifying true story of Terry Hurst, an autistic teenager who was brutally murdered in 2005. A very close runner up was the eerie horror documentary Bella in the Wytch Elm – which used period setting and dramatisation of true events to tell the story of one of the UK’s most bizarre unsolved murders.
Short films were also an audience favourite. The tense Another Game, from Ashens of brown sofa fame, was the winner in the Breakout Shorts category. We also treated Glasgow horror fans to some gruesome body horror, the hilarious horror-comedy Lunch Ladies, and some local talent in Scottish films SON and ECHO.
In the category of classic shorts, there was a real variety of scares. Limit was a powerful film from Iran following a disabled man as he asks for help from his neighbors. But when they enter the house, they discover the cause of the mans distress – something truly disturbing in the basement. In contrast, THE CORPSE SERIES was a gory but very funny horror-comedy about a hapless man who accidentally brings home a prostitute – and things only go downhill from there.
We are passionate about showcasing and sharing the work of amazing, talented horror creators with our local horror community. Expect even more exceptional films when Glasgow Horror Fest: BITE SIZE makes it’s return to Blackfriairs on the 21st March 2019.
Last year was a sellout, so make sure you grab your tickets now via Eventbrite.