MovieMaker’s 25 Bloody Best Genre Fests in the World, 2020

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Arrow Video Frightfest

London & Glasgow / August 27-31, 2020 /

This horror film festival just celebrated its 20th year. To celebrate, directors Ian Rattray, Alan Jones, Greg Day, and Paul McEvoy crammed a record-setting 78 movies into five days—many of them low-profile indies. And it’s just as welcoming to its patrons as it is to the smaller films. “This festival has always felt like family,” one panelist observes. “FrightFest is run by a bunch of very personable horror obsessives who created a warm and friendly atmosphere, where filmmakers and moviegoers alike hang out between screenings to discuss movies around a pint or two. The audience is wonderfully knowledgeable, and you get to watch movies on an Imax screen!” Another enjoys its casual vibe: “It feels like everyone there has taken a week off of work to watch horror movies. The hosts should have their own sitcom; it would be like What We Do in the Shadows.” Its shorter Scottish counterpart, a genre sidebar of the Glasgow Film Festival, offers the opportunity to see movies that can’t screen at the London festival due to timing issues. “This highly Scottish fest becomes quite the fun stomping ground for fans of weirdo cinema,” one panelist said.

Horror maestro Dario Argento (R) and festival co-director Alan Jones (L) at Arrow Video Frightfest 2019. Photograph by Julie Edwards
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1 Comment

  1. Johnny Vivash

    November 20, 2019 at 1:14 am

    Hmmm good choices but you forgot HORRORTHON in Dublin, Ireland.

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