We’re well into October and getting closer to Halloween and Glasgow Horror Fest. And of course, the spookiest season isn’t complete without a selection of scary films to watch. As always, the festival will host a program of innovative and ground-breaking horror films from around the world.
Now, in partnership with Neon Frights – Popcorn Horror are thrilled to announce the main feature films and long-shorts to screen at Glasgow Horror Fest 2018. We previously revealed that Scottish horror Matriarch would have it’s premiere at the festival. Jeremy Herbert’s chilling long-short The Childish Thing will also be playing ahead of our special, one-night-only showing of Vincent Price classic House on Haunted Hill presented in ‘Emergo’.
Joining these films will be German horror Heilstätten, and horror-comedy Hard To Kill.
HARD TO KILL is the story of Troy Freeman, a jaded musician, who abandons the comforts of home and heads to the deepest, darkest frozen wilderness of Finland, in search of solitude and inspiration as he writes his new album. Unfortunately for Troy, he finds more than he bargained for in the forest, when his guitar awakens something hungry and evil from it’s winter slumber.
Filmed in Wales and Finland, prepare yourself, for an epic battle between man and rodent in this horror/ comedy, inspired by such films as Critters, Evil Dead 2 and Gremlins.
In HEILSTÄTTEN, a remote and gloomy sanctuary near Berlin with a history full of horror and crimes against humanity, a group of YouTubers illegally access the ominous surgery block for a 24-hour challenge they hope will go viral. Equipped with night vision and thermal cameras the adolescent adrenaline junkies chase the rumors of paranormal activity in the rotting building, only to learn too soon that they are not alone… and not welcome.
Horror shocker HEILSTÄTTEN was released in Germany February 22, 2018 by 20th Century Fox and attracted over 178.000 cinemagoers – a very positive result for German horror genre cinema.
We are extremely excited to bring Matriarch, Hard To Kill, HEILSTÄTTEN, The Childish Thing and the classic House on Haunted Hill to Glasgow horror fans this Halloween. The feature films and long shorts will be up for a Neon Frights award for excellence in independent horror.
Here are Neon Frights‘ thoughts on the newest additions to the line-up.
Hard To Kill: From the moment the first synth beat drops, Hard to Kill will have you nodding along emphatically and grinning like you’ve been warped back to your youth. It is as much an 80’s throwback as it is innovative. Combining old concepts with comic strips to tell the story of one mans mission to travel to Finland to seek inspiration to write the greatest dark wave album of all time. Musician Troy, finds not only solitude in the frozen wilderness but also a hungry evil beast which is awakened by his guitar.
The first time you watch Hard to Kill you instantly want to watch it over and over again, it is contagious. The film is heavily influenced by much loved 80’s classics Critters (1986), Evil Dead (1981), An American Werewolf in London (1981) and Gremlins (1984) but its unique style gives it a fresh take on what we’ve seen before. Hard to Kill doesn’t take itself seriously, it pokes fun at 80’s clichés and is layered with humour to keep you laughing all the way through. The soundtrack from Taurus 1984 is incredible with mesmerising dark wave synth which will give you goose bumps during its 32 minute thrill ride. For a low-budget Kickstarter project it is incredible how slick the production is; from the writing to the acting and special effects, everything is polished.
Hard to Kill leaves you craving for more, its an addictive slice of 80’s nostalgia driven goodness which will melt the hearts of even the most hardened horror purists. Prepare to be blown away, Hard to Kill is one of the best British short films in a very long time.
Score: 5 / 5
HEILSTÄTTEN: Heilstatten shows the desperation of people for fame and glory on YouTube and the things they are prepared to put themselves through to boost their ego’s on social media. A group of happy-go-lucky YouTubers bite off more than they can chew when they embark on a challenge to illegally break into a haunted German sanctuary to spend 24 hours in its gloomy surroundings. The film shows how far people will put themselves in danger in the hope of ‘viral’ success, the fun may stop for them but the cameras are still filming for our enjoyment. Things take a turn for the worse and what started off as an entertainment challenge turns into a survival mission as they find out the sanctuary is controlled by evil forces and they are not alone. Everyone is scared of the dark to some extent, but being locked in a haunted building is a million times worse.
Influenced by the likes of Paranormal Activity (2007), The Blair Witch Project (1999) and Hostel (2005); Heilstatten may start with a light tone but its dark underbelly takes over and things become very scary and disturbing. All the found footage and haunted house clichés are here to be found as you’d expect but are drenched in genuine fear as the group fight for their lives. The movie is very well shot and has an eerie atmosphere with a high degree of tension which will leave you on edge as much as they are. We’ve seen countless found footage horror films before it but Heilstatten is a solid, shocking experience which will mess with your mind. In Heilstatten we learn the cruel lesson that the price of fame my cost you your life.
Score: 5 / 5