Since forming in 2011, Popcorn Horror has continually found new ways to support and promote creators of independent horror content; including filmmakers, artists, photographers, musicians and game designers. Now in its fourth year, their premier Halloween festival – Glasgow Horror Fest – has become a seasonal staple for the city’s horror fans and creators. With screenings of independent films, spooky local artists market plus showcase and performance opportunities; the two-day horror fest is set to return with brand new elements for 2018.
Beginning with film submissions, Popcorn Horror was determined to make involvement accessible to a diverse range of filmmakers at all stages of their careers. They deliberately make submitting as low cost as possible, with only a small fee which is used to support the festival. The cost is $7 per short and $13 per feature; all of which helps cover venue hire, furniture hire, decor and technical requirements for the event. A variety of films have been showcased to audiences; including indie cult hits, established locally produced films, student projects, zero budget horror, animated films, experimental horror and more.
Glasgow Horror Fest are also working with indie horror reviewers Neon Frights on the film judging and line-up. The best feature film of the festival will be awarded the new Neon Frights Award.
Are you getting tired of wall to wall Pop Vinyl figures and other overpriced action figures at the major conventions? From the beginning, Glasgow Horror Fest has organised a market for local indie artists and craftspeople to sell their creations. Everything from geeky pixel art to morbidly hilarious taxidermy has graced the festival. For 2018, Glasgow will also be treated to a mini book and comic store within the festival. Stuffed with indie horror publications, it’s a perfect opportunity to find work by lesser known authors and discover new stories to haunt your dreams.
As well as being a community horror hub, the festival also provides fans with a two-day line-up of entertainment over the Halloween weekend.
Already revealed and brand new for 2018 is an escape room style experience The House with Neon Windows. In partnership with scare enthusiasts Scare Scotland, the spooky, unique attraction will see 80s horror mashed up with old school horror hosts, giallio vibes and a range of fiendish challenges. Then, closing the festival is a screening of classic movie House on Haunted Hill; directed by William Castle and starring the iconic Vincent Price, Glasgow will see the film as it was originally intended to be presented. Spooks fly from the screen into the audience in Castle’s EMERGO, and on site nurses will be on hand to issue death warrants and revive viewers overcome with terror.
Returning to the bill is Big Puppet Theatre Co. with an original double-bill of live horror drama. The Edinburgh based group performed an adaption of Masque of the Red Death at last year’s festival in stunning costumes and lighting. Joining the performance elements of the event is GOTheatre Productions, who write and perform horror themed musicals. They are set to bring Ghost Story, an old fashion tale of haunting, to the main stage.
For horror enthusiasts, there’s lots of opportunity to see behind the camera and interact with talented people working in the industry. Guests announced so far include members of a horror filmmaking panel and host of a gruesome FX demonstration. Coming to the panel, Mark Paul Wake is a producer and actor in films including Scottish zombie hit Plan Z and his latest horror film THE NECROMANCER. Simon Pearce is the director of Stephen King adaptation I Am The Doorway. Based on a short story, this sci-fi/horror was shot on location in Scotland. Grant McPhee is a horror director and producer who works with Year Zero Filmmaking : Tartan Features and Whaam Shorts. His work includes David Newbigging’s DARKNESS COMES, and he is currently working on another horror project; Far From The Apple Tree.
Talented makeup artist Taarna Swanson is also taking to the stage for a demonstration in creating terrifying monsters and gruesome effects for your own horror projects.
Popcorn Horror began life in 2011 as a mobile app, and has since grown to an international horror collective and founders of Glasgow Horror Festival. They began in 2015 with a one-night event, progressing to a full day, then two day major Halloween festival. With praise from independent horror icon Emma Dark, major horror bloggers The Slaughtered Bird and Richard Rowntree – director of cult folk-horror Dogged; Glasgow Horror Fest has backing from some of the most exciting names in the indie horror industry.
Tickets are on sale for the 2018 festival now. Popcorn Horror believe in giving fans a worthwhile, scary experience and an unforgettable Halloween weekend. Therefore, tickets cover EVERYTHING; all films, performances, speakers and events. Entry is also still open, with the festival seeking both feature and short horror films.