The Black Gloves sees the return of The Owlman – who first appeared in Scotland’s indie horror house Hex Media’s Lord of Tears. The Owlman, who first rose to viral fame in 2014 is a rather unusual figure – an owl-headed man in a Victorian tail-suit, a Slenderman-type stalker usually found lurking in woods and dark corridors.
From director/writer team Lawrie Brewster and Sarah Daly, The Black Gloves is inspired by classic chillers such as Hitchcock’s Rebecca and Jack Clayton’s The Innocents. It tells the story of a psychologist obsessed with the disappearance of his young patient, and the menacing owl-headed figure that plagued her nightmares. His investigations lead him to a reclusive ballerina who, just like his patient, is convinced that she is about to die at the hands of this disturbing entity.
Sarah Daly will also be participating in a horror filmmaking panel at BITE SIZE, alongside director Andy Stewart of Blistered Pictures, and director David Graham – who’s film SON screened at the event in 2018. Guests will also have the opportunity to ask panellists questions about their work.
The film stars Macarena Gómez (SHREW’S NEST, DAGON) and Nicholas Vince (HELLRAISER, NIGHTBREED) as well as Hex Studios favourites Alexandra Nicole Hulme and Jamie Scott-Gordon.
Shot on a vintage film camera, the images capture the dread-filled atmosphere that fans of Hex Studios will instantly recognise. According to Brewster, “the film is a brooding, atmospheric chiller with a dark mystery at its core, filled with twisted revelations and infused with a creeping dread.”
Hex Media, the fiercely independent Scottish horror house behind Lord of Tears, The Unkindness of Ravens and The Black Gloves, is the passion project of Brewster and Daly, who have been quietly blazing a trail in the genre since the company’s inception five years ago. Brewster says: “We’re passionate about telling original stories and maintaining our independence to do so. We’ve focused heavily on building our connection with our audience, and working with them to createthe kind of films we want to make, and that they want to see. The support of our fans allows us to tell these strange, dark stories that the mainstream isn’t willing to take a risk on.”
The Black Gloves even caught the attention of iconic director Guillermo Del Toro. Responding to a Tweet from screenwriter Sarah Daly, the legendary director praised the film’s trailer, saying it was “Very good. Great images… and great visual storytelling and evocation of Soavi and Bava.”
Glasgow Horror Fest: BITE SIZE will give horror fans the opportunity to catch the film on the big screen, alongside another stand out horror feature (T.B.A), short film programs, horror filmmaking panels, and a selection of horror themed stalls and vendors.
Check out the trailer below, and make sure to reserve your spot for this exciting event coming to Scottish horror film fans. Tickets are just £8, available now via Eventbrite, and allow full access to all films, panels and areas.