Classic and Cult Queer Horror at This Year’s SQIFF


It’s been an exciting week for horror fans here in Scotland, with the breakout success of The Unkindness of Ravens at Frightfest, and now the announcement that the Scottish Queer International Film Festival will be hosting a night of LGBT horror.

SQIFF was first held in Glasgow in 2015, with the aim of getting more people watching, talking about, and making more queer films, as well as tackling barriers and prejudices that LGBT filmmakers often face.

Introducing the films will be Jordan Phillips, author and queer horror expert who’s work includes Unhappily Ever After: Queer Hauntings in 1960s British Cinema. So what films will actually be showing? Of course the film often called the ‘gay-est horror movie ever made A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge has a spot on the program! As does the eerie and iconic The Haunting.


There’s also Otto, which comes with the public service annoncement Content note: hardcore zombie sex and eating of flesh. (Definitely one to check out then!) ‘ The film is the work of Bruce LaBruce, and is set in a not-too-distant future in which the undead have evolved the ability to speak and reason, yet are still persecuted by the living.

Independent short films being showcased include Fu Guo (Floating Melon)Oğlan (The Boy) and Yi-Ren (the person of whom I think).

Running at venues across Glasgow including the CCA, GFT, The School of Art, Kinning Park Complex, Platform and Glasgow Women’s Library from 29th September to 2nd October, SQIFF 2016 will host four days packed with the best in queer cinema and media from around the world. Check out what’s on for horror fans here.