For an impressive eighteenth year, FrightFest will return to the Glasgow Film Theatre as part of the broader Glasgow Film Festival. Across the 9th – 11th March, the horror and fantasy event – dubbed the ‘Woodstock of gore’ by superstar director Guillermo Del Toro – will showcase a rather appropriate thirteen films from nine countries around the world, including several international and national premieres – something the Glasgow festivals have become rather good at hosting.

Opening night (Thurs 9th March) kicks off with two UK premieres – comic sci-fi fantasy Smoking Causes Coughing (France) and bloody war epic Sisu (Finland). Friday’s features include found footage horror (#chadgetstheaxe), ancient mythology epic (Irati), and a Lithuanian slasher (Pensive). Bound to be a big talking point, Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey, sees its UK premiere, having already garnered online buzz and social media hype (expect it to sell out). Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2022’s Best Feature winner Mother Superior will also have its UK premiere and looks set to chill with its sepia-toned occult aesthetic.

FrightFest will also showcase horror thrillers – Consecration, Hunt Her, Kill Her, and Little Bone Lodge (a world premiere) – as well as comic horror with Onyx the Fortuitous and the Talisman of Souls and Here for Blood. The weekend culminates with the international premiere of supernatural chiller 13 Exorcisms – a box office hit in its native Spain.

Festival co-director Alan Jones says, “FrightFest is one of the most potent forces on the horror, science fiction and extreme thriller landscape, a reputation that has firmly placed it in the Top 10 Essential Fantasy Festivals List. And we aim to stay ahead of the chiller curve, returning to the incomparable Glasgow Film Festival with a shiver and shudder showcase of epic proportions.”

Individual tickets as well as weekend passes (£75) are available online now.