Grimms John Carpenter Season

1This summer Grimm present a whole season of films from the cult horror master; JOHN CARPENTER.

If you want to attend all of Grimm’s Carpenter Season and save some money in the process, why not purchase a season ticket for every one of their John Carpenter season screenings for £20 + booking fee. (saving you £6 and 4 x booking fees)

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Grimm Up North Presents: John Carpenter Season

THEY LIVE – 23rd May.

“I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass…” Synopsis: They Live is the cultist classic from John Carpenter that stars WWE legend Rowdy Roddy Piper as a drifter who comes across a pair of Ray Bahn Sunglasses that give him the ability to see that everything is not as it seems in society, where the ruling class are in fact Aliens who have hypnotized the populace through subliminal messages transmitted through television, magazines, posters, and movies. They Live is often regarded as the most under-rated of John Carpenters back catalogue, famed for its combination of genius political satire, B-movie special effects, the iconic 5 minute fight scene solely set in a back alley and amazing punchlines.

Doors 7.30, Film Starting at 8.00. The Dancehouse, Manchester. Tickets: £6.50


“The rules are simple: once you go in, you don’t come out” Synopsis It is 1997 and Manhattan Island has been turned into a maximum security prison, due to the enormous rise in the crime rate. Drug-dealer Prospero (Isaac Hayes) and his cronies hold control of the entire area, making it the most inopportune spot for a plane carrying the US president to crashland. Eye-patched anti-hero Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) is entrusted with the task of rescuing his country’s leader.

Doors 7.30, Film Starting at 8. The Dancehouse, Manchester. Tickets: £6.50


“Just remember what old Jack Burton does when the earth quakes and the poison arrows fall from the sky and the pillars of heaven shake, yeah, Jack Burton just looks at the big old storm right square in the eye and he says, give me your best shot, pal, I can take it” Synopsis Jack Burton (Kurt Russel) is a reasonable guy who is about to experience some unreasonable things in San Francisco’s Chinatown. As his friend’s fiancée is kidnapped Jack becomes embroiled in a centuries-old battle between good and evil. At the root of it all is Lo Pan, a 2000-year-old magician who rules an empire of evil spirits. Jack goes to the rescue dodging demons, goblins and the unstoppable Three Storms as he battles through Lo Pans dark domain.

john carpenter big trouble in little china

Trying to explain the cult appeal of John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China to the uninitiated is no easy task. There are wire-fu fight scenes, a floating eyeball and monsters from other dimensions. Quite simply it belongs to a genre of its own. Carpenter was drawing on years of chop-socky Eastern cinema tradition, which, at the time of the film’s first release in 1986, was regrettably lost on a general audience. But now years later audiences relish in this iconic, hilarious and absurd piece of cinema from John Carpenter.

Doors 7.30pm, Film Starting at 8pm. The Dancehouse, Manchester. Tickets £6.50

THE THING – 17th July.

“I dunno what the hell’s in there, but it’s weird and pissed off, whatever it is.” Synopsis The Thing follows a group of scientists at an arctic research station who discover an alien spacecraft under the thick ice, and thaw out the alien body found aboard. What they don’t know is that the alien can assume any human form, and before long the scientists can’t tell who’s real and who’s a deadly alien threat.

Kurt Russell leads the battle against the terrifying intruder, and the supporting cast includes Richard Masur, Richard Dysart, Donald Moffat, and Wilford Brimley. John Carpenter’s The Thing is both a remake of Howard Hawks’ 1951 film of the same name and a re-adaptation of the John W. Campbell Jr. story “Who Goes There?” on which it was based. Carpenter’s film is more faithful to Campbell’s story than Hawks’ version and also substantially more reliant on special effects, provided in abundance by a team of over 40 technicians, including veteran creature-effects artists Rob Bottin and Stan Winston.

Doors 7.30pm, Film Starting at 8pm. The Dancehouse, Manchester. Tickets £6.50

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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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