Glasgow Horror Festival 2017

Glasgow Horror Festival is back for 2017! Due to popular demand, this time around we have two days and nights of horror entertainment spread over the two floors of The Classic Grand. The festival is presented by Popcorn Horror, Glasgow’s resident horror experts since 2011. The goal is to bring the international horror convention vibe to Glasgow, with some Scottish twists.

Tickets are on sale here.

The 2017 festival follows Popcorn Horror’s successful 2015 ‘Halloween Horror Night’ in the QMU, and the sold out Glasgow Horror Festival 2016. We’re back for 2017 for our first two-day festival, bigger and scarier than ever!

Here’s a guide, which we’ll be updating regularly, to  what’s going on during the festival.

Key Info

Festival Dates: Saturday 4th November & Sunday 5th November 2017

Festival Times:

Saturday – 1:30PM – 10PM (Club Night – 11PM Onwards)

Sunday – 2PM – 11PM

Venue Information: The Classic Grand,  18 Jamaica St, Glasgow G1 4QD

Tickets: Tickets available here.


Popcorn Horror is very keen to make Glasgow Horror Festival as accessible as we possibly can. Unfortunately, due to the number of listed buildings in Glasgow, we were not able to find a venue which allowed for films screenings and live/music performances, offered the capacity we need to cover costs, which was also fully fitted with lifts/ramps. We have explored the option of temporary ramp fittings, but have been informed that the stairs are not safe for these installations.

Determined to reach some compromise, we have spoken with the venue about an alternative plan. Although we realize it is not ideal, we are able to have guests who use wheelchairs lifted into the main festival hall. If guests are comfortable with this, they can arrive ten minutes before the festival begins and will be lifted by venue staff to the second floor.

We know this is not ideal, and would like to offer guests in this position a free ticket for a companion/carer to make the process more comfortable. Chairs for screenings and performances are not fixed, and can be easily arranged to accommodate wheelchairs.

Guests who require a carer to accompany them to the festival for any other reason can also get in touch with us to receive a carers ticket code.

All films screened at Glasgow Horror festival will be shown with English subtitles or a British Sign Language interpreter. An interpreter will also be on stage for panels.

We will be handing out a festival program on arrival to all guests. When the design is complete, we will make a version available online, and a text version for those who may need it in plain text or to zoom in on their phones.

If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact Cara Clark at –

What’s On?

Film Programs: 

‘Back To SAT:AM’: Saturday morning cartoons with a ghoulish twist, a showcase of amazing animated horror shorts.

‘Best of Scottish’: Presented by Scottish director Andy Stewart and Jennifer’s Bodies Festival owner Jennifer Cooper – Andy will be screening a selection of his body horror shorts, and Jennifer is hand picking the best female directed Scottish horror.

Horror Shorts: A hand picked selection of the most terrifying, innovative, gory and creative short horror films from around the world.

Features: Grab some popcorn and settle in for the the festival’s feature horror films.

Performances, Shows and Attractions

Lacy Rain Presents…A Drag Spookshow: Drawing inspiration from the old interactive horror screenings of ‘midnight spookshows’, and the Halloween specials of RuPaul’s Drag Race, the fabulous Lacy Rain will be giving us a gory, outrageous, weird and wonderful show to remember!

Splintered Halo: Horror influenced character metal band Splintered Halo will be closing the fest with a trip into a disturbed world of twisted fairy tales.

The Red Death: Based on the classic Edgar Allan Poe short story ‘The Masque of the Red Death’, Jack Elfick’s play is set to be a visual treat. The playwright has experience in scaring audiences, previously writing Much Ado About Murder for the Edinburgh Horror Festival.

Taarna Swanson: Talented makeup artist Taarna Swanson will be giving an on stage demonstration, bringing monstrous creatures to life.

Podcast Battle: The Podcast Under The Stairs and Scott & Liam vs Evil go head-to-head in a live horror podcast debate.

Writers BlocA tale of revenge gone strange; a secret mountain; a dark carnival where entrance is the ritual; these walls don’t have ears…. they have eyes.

Come with Writers’ Bloc — Edinburgh’s formidable crew of writers and weirdos specializing in high-voltage live literature— to explore the hidden stories that breathe and gestate at the fringes of your perception.

Horror GameAThon: Sunday morning kicks off with some role-playing in an interactive horror-game-a-thon from West End Games

Industry Panels: Kicking off the fest is our industry panel, featuring guests Lawrie Brewster​ of Hex Media​, monster maker Calum of Gibbet FX​, and Jennifer – founder of Jennifer’s Bodies – An Official Women in Horror Recognition Month Event​.

Pub Quiz: Put your horror film knowledge to the test and win a range of merchandise and art prizes.

Costume Prizes and Raffle: We have awards for the best and scariest dressed of our guests, plus a raffle of amazing horror prizes.

All Weekend:

Free to Play Retro Gaming: There will be retro games consoles and a selection of classic horror games set up in the market area, which will be free to play.

Gore FX by Sara AdamsonSpecial effects makeup artist Sarah Addamson will be demonstrating some gory effects throughout both days in the market area. She will also be offering the opportunity to buy small effects such as bites and slashes, and watch them come to life on your skin!

Art and Merchandise Market.


Square Orange Art is original prints created by Martyn Rotherham, based on horror and science fiction.

Making Eleven recycle furnishings, wood and other materials to create one of a kind spooky art pieces.

The Mermaid’s Cave create hand-made alternative and horror themed jewelry and homewares.

The Joker’s Lair stock a huge range of nerdy merch, and they’ll have the best of their horror collections for sale at the festival.


Scott and Liam vs. Evil are a Glasgow based horror podcast. They’ll be in the market area with their merch, as well as taking part in our Podcast Battle.

Al Reid is a Scottish horror artist who’s work often includes characters such as Predator and xenomorphs.

Little Horror Box creates quirky and colorful trinkets that are sure to appeal to horror fans. Claws, fangs, blood and witchcraft are all major themes in these one-off products!

Gibbet FX is an effects studio and workshop provider specializing in creature design and sculpture, as well as gore and injury effects.

Cameryn Clark is a traditional artist, who’s pieces are heavily inspired by horror and fantasy.

Liam Irons has worked with Popcorn Horror to create fantastic horror art for our magazine and site. He’s going to be selling prints and original works, and taking commissions for his striking horror art.

Plague City will be running some live Freak Show demos, tricks, and offering a selection of masks and horror clothing.

Kirsty Rice manipulates photography to create dark and eerie photographic prints.

Baked Glass Creations work in blown glass, heating the material to high temperatures to produce quirky, spooky sculptures.

Sarah Allan is the creator of the BLAIRE webcomic on Popcorn Horror, and will be selling prints from the comic and original artwork.

Miss Vivienne Lingerie will be creating some unique Halloween and horror inspired lingerie specially for Glasgow Horror Festival.

Get tickets here.

Join the festival event on Facebook. 

Submit your film. 

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