Welcome to the 7th Grimmfest, Manchester’s annual celebration of fantastic cinema. 1- 4 October, Odeon Printworks, Manchester and we have the full line up. Each year Grimmfest presents the best new Horror, Sci-fi, cult and fantasy film premieres from around the world, alongside guests, signings, exhibitions, and all manner of other genre-related entertainment.
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THURSDAY 1ST OCT
THE HALLOW – Gala opening night film
Screening: Thursday 1st October. 7.00pm
Introduced by the director Corin Hardy and lead actor Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones, Ripper Street, Sense8).
Tree surgeon Adam Hitchens, his wife Claire and infant son Finn think they have found their dream home – a picturesque millhouse in the Irish countryside. But the dream rapidly becomes a nightmare, as the forest-dwelling creatures of local legend prove all-too-terrifyingly real…
“You’re not from around here, are you?” Ringing some wild new changes on those ever-reliable horror tropes the cabin in the woods and the hapless city folks who come a cropper in the countryside, this savvy splicing of freaky folklore, rural weirdness, and full-on, ferocious mayhem is the latest film to shake up Sundance, and secured Corin Hardy the director’s chair on the upcoming CROW reboot.
Screening: Thursday 1st October. 9.00pm
A celebration of northern talent with a selection of short film premieres and special guests discussing the pros and cons of making films ‘Up north’!
Movies include THE BOX, SNATCHERS, DRIVEN and PROCESS. Guest speakers include: Dominic Brunt, Shaune Harrison, Simeon Halligan, Joanne Mitchell, Drew Lovett Scott Feast and Stephanie Bryant.
THE BOX – World Premiere.
Director: Shaune Harrison Cast: Dominic Brunt, Joanne Mitchell, UK, 13 min 40 sec
A loner buys a mysterious package online. It doesn’t end well…
The directing debut of Shaune Harrison, special makeup effects guru and Grimmfest regular. Producer Carl Whiteley, claims this film wouldn’t have existed if the talented team hadn’t met at previous Grimmfests!
SNATCHERS – UK Premiere
Director: Drew Lovett, Cast: Rupert Hill, Erin Shanagher UK, 10 min
After returning home from an evening out, Jeff and Danielle discover an intruder in their apartment.
DRIVEN – Manchester Premiere
Director: Stephanie Bryant Cast: Rupert Proctor, UK, 6 min 25 sec
A dark, eerie thriller in which a man’s Sat Nav begins to take over his destiny.
Produced within Signal Film and Media’s BFI Film Academy in Barrow upon Furness. All filmmakers were aged between 16-19 during the making of the film.
PROCESS – World Premiere
Directed by Scott Feast, Starring: Bruce Jones, UK, 12 min 23 sec
An ageing off-world traveler suffering from dementia is brought home to earth by his young companion as she attempts to inspire in him a moment of recollection.
BLOOD SUCKING BASTARDS
Screening: Thursday 1st October. 10.30pm
Director: Brian James O’Connell. Cast: Fran Kranz, Emma Fitzpatrick, Joey Kern, Jacquelyn Palmquist, Pedro Pascal. USA 2015. 86 mins.
The aggressively go-getting new manager of an office call centre has a fairly extreme solution to increasing productivity.
A truly biting satire from the acclaimed comedy team Dr God, this droll and deadly depiction of the horrors of the nine-to-five grind in an airless, anonymous, fluorescently-lighted call centre plays like a Kevin Smith take on THE OFFICE with added vampires and a whole lot more blood and dismemberment.
Screening with EL GIGANTE (14 mins)
FRIDAY 2ND OCT
Screening: Friday 2nd October. 12.00 Midday
Directors: Jörg Buttgereit, Michal Kosakowski, Andreas Marschall. Cast: …
German 2014. 1H 52 Mins
Tales of love, sex and death in Berlin from Germany’s most shocking directors.
Angst is a German word originally, which may account for this portmanteau of three very different short films from very different directors, linked by their sheer, well… Germanness. Jorg Buttgereit, infamous boundary-pushing director of NEKROMANTIK and DER TODESKING offers a stark and ambiguous exploration of a real-life ritualistic, sexualised murder which may or may not be an act of revenge; Michal Kosakowski weighs in with a brutal meditation on victims and aggressors and the horrible legacy of Nazism; and finally Andreas Marschall presents a truly outrageous psychedelic, psychosexual reworking of the decadent Alraune legend which fans of Andrej Zulawski’s infamous cult arthouse horror POSSESSION will not want to miss.
SCREAM – WES CRAVEN TRIBUTE
Screening: Friday 2nd October. 2.00pm
Director: Wes Craven. Cast: Drew Barrymore, Neve Campbell, David Arquette. USA 1996 111 mins.
Attempting to cope with her mother’s murder, Sydney and her horror movie-obsessed friends are stalked by a murderer who seems to have a hard time letting the past go.
In celebration of the work of horror meastro Wes Craven. A percentage of the ticket sales will be donated to a cancer charity.
LANDMINE GOES CLICK
Screening: Friday 2nd October. 4.00pm
Director: Levan Bakhia. Cast: Sterling Knight, Spencer Locke, Kote Tolordava, Dean Geyer, Nana Kiknadze. Georgia 2015. 100 mins.
Daniel, Alicia and Chris are on a hiking holiday in the mountains of the formerly war-torn republic of Georgia. Daniel has just proposed to Alicia and has asked Chris to be his best man. They stop to take a photograph, but as they get into position, Chris hears a sudden click underfoot. He is standing on a live landmine…
Starting from its “Americans in peril in Eastern Europe” scenario, this dark morality tale sets up a series of familiar genre tropes, only to expose and undermine them, offering instead a harrowing, heartbreaking and deeply disturbing meditation on the poisonous and destructive nature of revenge, and in particular the ways in which men almost invariably take it out on the women around them.
HE NEVER DIED
Screening: Friday 2nd October. 6.00pm
Director: Jason Krawczyk Cast: Henry Rollins, Booboo Stewart, Jordan Todosey. US 2015. 99 mins.
Jack, an isolated loner and social outcast, is thrust out of his comfort zone when the outside world bangs on his door and he can’t contain his violent past.
If Charles Bukowski had written a biblical vigilante vampire version of DEATH WISH, it might have played a little like this. Boasting a droll, deadpan star turn from former Black Flag frontman, acclaimed author, raconteur and all-round Punk Legend Henry Rollins, this laconic fusion of brooding noir, hardboiled theological parable, grim black comedy and bloody revenge thriller will keep you guessing to the very end.
Screening: Friday 2nd October. 8.00pm
The director, writer, producer and members of the cast will introduce and do a post screening Q&A.
Director: David Keating. Cast: Anna Walton, Naomi Battrick, Sam Hazeldine, Patrick Gibson, Minnie Phipps. Ireland 2015. 90 mins.
Faith’s world is falling apart, following the discovery of her father’s terminal illness. Looking for a substitute maternal figure, she finds herself drawn to her field hockey coach, Sissy Young, who seems to offer comfort and reassurance. But Sissy is head of an ancient coven of witches, with a very specific interest in the troubled young woman, and soon Faith finds herself agreeing to a terrifying bargain…
Returning to some of the rural themes and magic rituals of their previous film together, the critically acclaimed WAKE WOOD, which helped relaunch the Hammer horror brand, director David Keating and writer Brendan McCarthy, present a grim fairytale of birth, death, dark forces and deadly secrets that will put you off cherries for life.
Plus Q&A with members of the cast and crew
Screening: Friday 2nd October. 10.00pm
Directors: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell. Cast: Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Michael Ironside, Edwin Wright, Aaron Jeffery. Canada/New Zealand 2015. 95 mins.
In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, comic-book obsessed teenage scavenger, The Kid, finds that we do need another hero after all, when the girl of his dreams is kidnapped by the evil tyrant Zeus who has begun to tighten his grip over the region’s water supply. Arming himself with an ancient turbo weapon and assuming the role of his favourite comic book character, he hops on his BMX bike and rides to the rescue…
The movie that an entire generation of 80s kids dreamed into being, this artful yet heartfelt mash-up of MAD MAX, BMX BANDITS, and POWER RANGERS, is filled to bursting with 70s and 80s pop culture references and cinematic in-jokes. Surprisingly sweet-natured in its blend of teen romance and heroic wish fulfilment fantasy, yet boasting a suitably grimy and dystopian retro-future, and a good deal of wildly over-the-top, cartoonishly gory and outrageous ultraviolence, this is a nostalgic treat for those old enough to remember, and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for all.
Screening: Friday 2nd October. 11.50pm
Director: David Yarovesky Cast: Gabriel Basso, Kathryn Prescott, Jacob Zachar, Stephen Blackehart. US 2014. 93 mins.
A young man suffering from amnesia must dig deep into the far reaches of his mind to remember who he is and save the love of his life before a virus that has infected him takes over.
Combining visceral body horror and an inventive and disturbing new “scientific” take on the “possessed” zombies of Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD, with an exploration of fallible memory and slipping identity that calls to mind Christopher Nolan’s MEMENTO, and a powerful and emotional exploration of the extent someone will go to save the person they love, this ambitious and challenging film is both mindbending, stomach-churning, and heartbreaking in equal measure.
SATURDAY 3RD OCT
Screening: Saturday 3rd October. 12.00 Midday
Director: Patrick Kennelly. Cast: Bethany Orr,…..
US 2015. 103 mins
Jill is a slightly plain girl with low self-esteem and serious body image issues. She is obsessed with her room-mate, Jennifer, a bitchy model, who is everything she wants to be. Finally the obsession boils over into violence…
Featuring a powerhouse performance from the remarkable Bethany Orr, this visceral, harrowing, deeply uncomfortable film offers an unblinking look at the ugly and unrealistic expectations placed on women, both in terms of behaviour and appearance. Not so much Body Horror, as Body Image Horror, filled with surreal and queasy imagery, it will make you question the wisdom of dieting, even as it puts you right off your food – for life!
SHORT FILM SHOWCASE
Screening: Saturday 3rd October. 2.00pm
dark_net – Northern premiere
Director: Tom Marshall, Starring: Johnny Vegas, UK, 12 min 30 sec
Alan searches for answers in all the wrong places and this time he thinks he’s found them…on the internet in the form of a highly trained deadly assassin. But he’s about to learn the true price of entering the ‘dark_net’.
WHISPER – UK premiere
Director: Jo Lewis, UK, 10 min 35 sec
A young woman travels to a remote beachside cabin in an attempt to finally quit her heroin habit. While there she accidentally sets in motion a chain of sinister events. Hauntingly beautiful, Whisper is a modern day ghost story that will keep you gripped from start to spine-chilling finish.
STRANGER KIND – Northern premiere
Director: Ollie Murray, Starring Eleanor Tomlinson, UK, 22 min 24 sec
Lily ekes out an existence in a threadbare cabaret club until one day, a stranger calls to audition with a nerve-rattling new act and Lily begins, for the first time in her life, to believe in magic.
JUDITH – Northern Premiere
Director: Riccaro Brex Cast: Marius Bizau, Tanya Franks, UK, 18 min 30 sec
Judith is a short movie about a woman who’s dealing with the end of her relationship. Consequences will be dreadful.
WILLA – UK Premiere
Director: Helena Hufnagel, Germany, 14 min 30 Sec
David and Willa were on their way to get married, when an accident stranded them at a small railway station in the middle of nowhere. Now Willa is missing and none of the other fellow passengers know where she is. This visually striking, lyrical, romantic ghost story is based on the story by Stephen King, who offers the rights to shoot his short stories to film students all around the world for the price of only one dollar .
COWBOY BEN – Northern premiere
Directors Jon Shaikh and Scott Rawsthorne, Cast: Shaun Dooley,Ramon Tikaram, UK, 8 min 30 sec
Desperate, delusional and destitute, Ben meets with his childhood friend in a trendy London bar to patch up and catch up on happier times. But with nothing left to lose, it soon becomes clear Ben has a dark and deadly vendetta against the people he blames for his failings.
[shut-in] – Northern premiere
Director: David Franklin, UK, 13 min 50 sec
In the near future a young journalist interviews a man who has been connected to a Virtual Reality version of London for 7 years, and brings up a secret from his past.
Screening: Saturday 3rd October. 4.00pm
Steve Paynter, one of the subjects within the film will introduce the screening.
Director: Rodney Ascher. Cast: Yatoya Toy, Siegfried Peters, Steven Yvette, Age Wilson. USA 2015. 82 mins.
Imagine if you were trapped in your worst nightmare, and you couldn’t escape…
Rodney Ascher has an unsettling gift for getting under the skin of his subjects, and exploring the darker reaches of the human psyche. His previous film, ROOM 237 was a mischievous and darkly funny exploration of the cult of Stanley Kubrick various bizarre conspiracy theories that have grown up around his classic film of THE SHINING. Now he tackles the terrors of sleep paralysis, a condition in which the dreamer is locked within his or her own nightmare world and is unable to wake up. Mixing bone-chilling real-life anecdotes with terrifying reconstructions, this is documentary making at its most unsettling and confrontational, and is guaranteed to cause more than a few sleepless nights. Because there are worst things in your subconscious than Freddy Kreuger.
Screening: Friday 2nd October. 6.00pm
Director: Paul Hyett. Cast: Ed Speleers, Shauna Macdonald, Rosie Day, Sean Pertwee, Duncan Preston, Holly Weston. UK 2015. 95 mins.
A red-eye train out of London hits something on the tracks, and the various passengers and crew find themselves trapped on an immobilised train in the middle of a forest full of feral humanoid creatures.
Nothing to do with Allen Ginsberg, the latest film from SFX guru and director of the acclaimed THE SEASONING HOUSE, Paul Hyett, is essentially WEREWOLVES ON A TRAIN. An engagingly old-fashioned monster movie, in which disparate characters, thrown together by circumstance, must learn to work together to survive, this is a taut, tense, tightly scripted exploration of claustrophobia, escalating hysteria, and the unspeakable horrors of the British railway system. And that’s before the monsters arrive.
Screening: Saturday 3rd October. 8.00pm
Director: Jacob Gentry Cast: Chad McKight, AJ Bowen, Michael Ironside
Canada 2015. 101 mins
A group of scientists invent a machine that can create a wormhole and fold time. It creates a paradox…
A challengingly cerebral cyberpunk noir from the producers of last year’s Grimmfest Sci-Fi mind-bender, THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WILLIAM ZERO and the director and writer of THE SIGNAL, this combines the visual iciness of classic Cronenberg with the slippery temporal paradoxes and confusions of identity and reality that characterise the work of Philip K. Dick, and offers a vision of a future city at night to rival that of ALPHAVILLE or BLADERUNNER.
Screening: Saturday 3rd October. 10.00pm
Director: Jason Lei Howden. Cast: Milo Cawthorne, James Blake, Kimberley Crossman, Sam Berkley, Daniel Cresswell. New Zealand 2015. 90 mins.
Screening with SHUTTERBUG MAN (4 mins 30 secs)
A bunch of metal heads get hold of the sheet music for The Black Hymn, which will create hell on earth. They play it – with predictably unfortunate consequences…
Remember the 1980s, when horror and heavy metal almost became synonymous for a while? Ever feel nostalgic for that time? Then this one’s for you. The latest offering from the producers of last year’s Grimmfest hit HOUSEBOUND, DEATHGASM throws every 80s horror, teen movie and metal cliché into a huge blender, and mixes up a heady cocktail of bloody violence, Black Sabbath and even blacker humour, with characters you care about, outrageous old school practical gore effects, lots of very rude jokes and some terrible guitar solos. It headbanging good fun.
WE ARE STILL HERE
Screening: Saturday 3rdth October. 11.50pm
After their teenage son is killed in a car crash, a grieving couple move to a quiet town in rural New England to start a new life. But their new house is home to a family of vengeful spirits, and the seemingly peaceful town has a dark and deadly secret…
Consciously retro in style and manner, with its oppressive score, old-school jump-shocks, and gory Italian-style practical SFX, and featuring a cast of genre icons headed by Barbara Crampton and Larry Fessenden, this tense and bloody ghost story plays like a love letter to the classic shockers of the late, great Lucio Fulci, and in particular to THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETARY and THE BEYOND. It’s very knowing, of course, but played utterly straight, and all the better for it. And it’s nice to see a horror film where all of the leads are middle-aged adults for a change. Fulci would, we feel, have approved.
SUNDAY 4th OCT
Screening: Sunday 4th October. 12.00 Midday
Director: Bruce McDonald. Cast: Chloe Rose, Robert Patrick, Rachel Wilson, Rossif Sutherland, Luke Bilyk.
Canada 2015. 82 mins.
Halloween. Surly Goth teen Dora discovers that she is pregnant. Home alone, wondering what her next step is, she is assailed by demonic trick or treaters…
Cult Canadian director Bruce MacDonald made his first ferocious foray into horror a few years back with the smart and unsettling PONTYPOOL, a masterclass in claustrophobia and escalating tension, set largely within a single location. He makes his return to the genre with something very different; a hallucinagenic Halloween shocker, filled with striking imagery, and following an oneiric logic all its own, with dreams within dreams and one waking nightmare after another. Eerie, unpredictable, and cine-literate without being too in-jokey, this is an exploration of the October Country that Ray Bradbury would be proud of.
Screens with short THE SUN HAS DIED 18 Mins 45 secs
Screening: Sunday 4th October. 2.00pm
Director: Cody Calahan Cast: Michelle Mylett, Stepehn Bogert, Josette Halpert, Samuel Faraci, Kassandra Santos. Canada 2015. 90 mins.
Years after having her newborn child stolen from her, a bereft Sam searches a world infested with infected users from the Social Redroom website. Befriending a young girl named Bean, she finds herself lured into a trap, captured and locked in a facility dedicated to finding a cure. As she struggles to escape, she begins to realise that her capture intentions are not quite as they seem. And all the while the virus prepares to update itself…
The original ANTISOCIAL was kind of a VIDEODROME for the social networking generation; a very Cronenbergian idea about a computer virus that becomes a literal virus, causing genetic mutation. This sequel, expanding on the themes of the first film, and offering a chilling glimpse of what a world dominated by the virus is like, is closer in tone to SCANNERS, a gritty actioner with a darkly philosophical undertow. A word of warning, though: having turned off your smartphones for the screening, you may very well feel reluctant to turn them back on again afterwards.
HELLRAISER – NEW 2K RESTORATION
Screening: Sunday 4th October. 4.00pm
Brand new 2K restoration from Arrow films.
Director: Clive Barker Cast: Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Doug Bradley, Nicholas Vince, Simon Bamford, Andrew Robinson UK 1987
We present a special screening of Clive Barker’s classic followed by a Q and A with some very special guests.
IT WILL TEAR YOUR SOUL APART!
Stephen King was once quoted as saying: “I have seen the future of horror… his name is Clive Barker.” That future became reality when, in 1987, Barker unleashed his directorial debut Hellraiser – launching a hit franchise and creating an instant horror icon in the formidable figure of Pinhead.
A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY
Screening: Sunday 4th October. 6.00pm
Directors: Grant Harvey Steven Hoban Brett Sullivan
Cast: William Shatner,George Buza, Percy Hynes, Rob Archer Jeff Clarke, Zoé De Grand Maison, Amy Forsyth, Debra McCabe Michelle Nolden, Joe Silvaggio, Noah Staggs
USA 2015. 99 mins.
‘A selection of interwoven stories that take place on Christmas Eve, as told by one festive radio host featuring tales of: a family who brings home more than a Christmas tree, a student documentary that becomes a living nightmare, a Christmas spirit that terrorizes and Santa slaying evil.’
Bringing together some of the cream of contemporary horror cinema, this festive twist on an old-school EC-comics-style anthology offers a selection of yuletide twisted tales of terror! Santa’s big bloodsoaked sack, filled to the brim bursting with gruesome presents. Something, in short for everyone. Happy early Christmas.
Screening: Sunday 4th October. 8.00pm
The director and members of the cast will be with us for the screening.
DXM – World premiere. Closing Night film.
Director: Andrew Goth Cast: Sam Neil, Tom Payne, Antonia Cambell-Hughes, Melia Kreiling. Austria 2015. 97 mins.
A group of young bio-engineers discover that quantum theory can be used to transfer motor-skills from one brain to another. They freely spread this technology, believing it to be a first step towards a new intellectual equality. But as the mysterious past of one of their group is revealed, dark forces emerge that threaten to subvert their discovery into a means of mass-control.
Chronicling a sub-atomic struggle for the subconscious, the latest film from Andrew Goth, maverick director of the hallucinagenic vampire Spaghetti Western GALLOWWALKERS, was one of the big talking points of this year’s Cannes Film Festival. A wild and wonderful fusion of religion, quantum physics, cyberpunk psychedelia, and martial arts; exploding with mindboggling ideas and stunning imagery, with fantastic production design and startling locations, it is unlike anything else you will see this year. Strap yourselves in; it’s a wild ride.
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