Five FrightFest Facts From Christopher Alender director of The Old Ways

The Arrow Video FrightFest Glasgow is back to present a six-pack of tasty titles; an extravaganza of the dark arts that will leave you stirred, shaken and shocked. The FrightFest titles will be available to view between 5th and 9th March on the online platform Glasgow Film At Home https://athome.glasgowfilm.org/. Want to know more about the movies? Check out our Five FrightFest Facts and find out!

From director Christopher Alender, producer of Glasgow FrightFest past selections Southbound and The Mortuary Collection, a terror tale taken from sinister Latin American folklore. Cristina, a journalist of Mexican origins, travels to the home of her ancestors in Veracruz to investigate a story involving sorcery, witchcraft and healers. Once there, she is kidnapped by a group of mysterious locals who claim that she’s possessed by the devil and that she needs to undergo an exorcism. But as she tries to escape her nightmarish situation, Cristina starts to believe that her secretive captors may actually be right.

1. Tell us about your film?
“The Old Ways” is our attempt at twisting the exorcism subgenre into something fresh. It takes the point of view of a Mexican-American journalist, Cristina, who is held captive by a bruja in the jungles of Veracruz while exploring her ancestral homeland. The bruja believes Cristina is possessed by an ancient demon and, in time, Cristina begins to believe her.

2. How did you get into making horror movies?
Marcos Gabriel (who wrote the film), and I have been making movies together since we were in college. We used to sneak into an abandoned insane asylum and shoot “Evil Dead”-type shorts. His favorite genre by far is horror, so most of the time when he starts writing it tends to be something scary. I am a huge fan of world-building, special effects, puppets, and animation — so I find that horror is a great place to play and experiment with those building blocks since the audiences enjoy those things too.

3. What film would you love to see screened at FrightFest and why?
The first “Alien” and “Terminator” movies are some of my favorite all-time scary movies, and I take any opportunity I can to see them on the big screen. I’d also love to see “A Nightmare on Elm Street” with an audience since I was too young to see it when it was first released. It’s great on home video but I think it’d be really fun in a packed theater.

4. If you could create your own award to give at the FrightFest, what would it be and why?
Best Practical Effects. This artform is seeing a resurgence lately and I think horror films are the perfect way to showcase it. Giving it some more legitimacy with an award could help encourage its prevalence in the industry.

5. If your life was made into a horror film, what would it be called and who would play the starring role?
“Band-Aids” – they are gross and I’ve always had a problem with them, especially old ones floating in a pool. It could be a very disturbing body horror type thing – swimming upstream in a lazy river, trying to gulp breaths of air, but dirty band-aids keep going in your mouth. Maybe Paul Scheer could play me since he’s bald too, and then it’d be more of a spoof since he’s hilarious.

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Alex Humphrey

Alex studied film at the University of Kent and went on to work for Universal Pictures in their Post Room gaining an inside look at the movie industry from the very bottom. Constantly writing reviews in everything from local magazines to Hip Hop sites Alex honed his critical skills even spending a brief period as a restaurant critic. Read more

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