By Garry McConnachie
This weekend, gore hounds and horror fiends will be descending on Glasgow to join in the annual Film4 FrightFest weekender celebrations.
With an eclectic selection of films and talent on display over the course of Friday 27 and Saturday 28 February, the appetites of those attending are sure to be satisfied.
Here we take a look at our most anticipated films of the festival.
First up is the European premiere of Chris Sparling's The Atticus Institute. The 70s-set shocker follows Dr Henry West (William Mapother), the founder of the institute, and his studying of telekinesis and ESP. However his tests are mysteriously shut down when subject Judith Winstead (Rya Kihlstedt) shows powers beyond even Dr West's comprehension.
In Marcus Nispel's The Asylum, hell is quite literally unleashed upon a group of unsuspecting teens when they decide to host an all-night party in a derelict building. The discovery of old vinyl records unwittingly leads the group to play them backwards but, unbeknown to them, doing so results in them fighting for their lives as they face an unspeakable horror.
Anything with Eli Roth connected to the production is bound to pique the interest of horror fans. The latest is the Roth-produced Clown, directed by John Watts. Here doting dad Kent is left standing in for a no-show clown at his son's birthday. Unfortunately for Kent, his costume turns out to be the skin of demon intent on turning whoever wears it into a crazed killer – and they can't take off the make-up, wig or big red nose. If only the demon had a tiny clown car for all his demon pals…
The Blair Witch Project is a classic the found footage sub-genre of horror. It spawned a raft of copycats – mostly inferior but, on occasion, something terrifying broke through the sea of mediocrity. Spanish directing duo Jaume Balaguero and Paco Plaza brought us the [Rec] series. The pair joined forces to direct the first two films in the franchise – both of which were superb. Plaza went solo for [Rec]3 and, for the most part, ditched the found footage approach for something more conventional. And fun. But less terrifying. Now it's Balaguero's turn with [Rec]4: Apocalypse and we return to the apartment of the first two films where reporter Angela is rescued and taken to an oil tanker for examination. But her hell on Earth is set to be dialled up to 11 as the demonic virus follows her on board.
Speaking of The Blair Witch Project, documentary The Woods gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how a little indie horror turned into a global phenomenon. With input from directors Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick, as well as recordings of auditions and pre-production tapes, this could be an intriguing and insightful glimpse behind the camera.
One of the most anticipated films of the weekend is sure to be Australian zom-com Wyrmwood, directed by Kiah Roach-Turner. It centres around mechanic Barry (Jay Gallagher), who goes searching for his sister after she is abducted by sinister gas mask-wearing soldiers who want to use her for flesh-eating experiments. Expect laughter, splatter and… KC and the Sunshine Band.