Ginger Nuts of Horror
It’s that time again. This is my third visit to Scotland’s longest-running horror film festival: the first time I dipped my toes in the murky water with Spawn of Dawn, the Saturday all-nighter that shows about eight hours of festival highlights; last year I did Friday night to Sunday morning, and this year I stayed a bit longer. Having to work means I’ll probably never manage the whole thing so I still missed a few films.
The new features I missed are:
WE GO ON, which won the audience award for best film, so I'm gutted I missed it.
MEN AND CHICKEN.
For those of you who don’t know, the festival runs from Thursday night to Sunday night, showing a mix of features and shorts from noon till the small hours. It’s run by the indomitable Adele Hartley, who introduces each film or set of shorts.
I only have experience of two horror film festivals, and Dead By Dawn is my favourite. Compared to the one I won't mention (because it's also good I don't want to bad-mouth it) the quality of the films here is higher, and the content is more varied. The short films are a delight, breaking up the experience, and there is always a mixture of heavy horror and more fun or whimsical pieces. it seems more lovingly curated and has its own character. I don't understand why it isn't always sold out like the other one.
Next year I'm going to try harder to persuade more friends to come.
Here is a round-up of everything I saw...
Yr Ymadawiad (Wales 2015, Gareth Bryn)
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