Grimmfest 2014 Full Line Up

22Grimmfest is back and this years line u[p has something for everyone from Zom-Com’s to Wolf Cops, gore-fests to surreal slashers and tons more horror than every before. Below is the full line up of this amzing horror film festival and you can get your tickets HERE

ODEON PRINTWORKS Special preview Night
10.30 Onwards DRINKS

Thursday 2nd October – Gorilla and The Dancehouse, Manchester.

Grimmfest Fringe @ Gorilla
10.30am – 12.10pm THE HOUSE AT THE END OF TIME (101 Mins)
Venezuela; 2013; 94 mins.
Director: Alejandro Hidalgo
Starring: Rosmel Bustamante – Leopoldo, Adriana Calzadilla – Vidente Adriana
Status: Northern Premiere
Creepy, original…truly extraordinary Mitch Davis, Fantasia
Audience Award for Best International Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival
Ruddy Rodriguez stars as a mother released from prison after serving thirty years for the murder of her husband but when she returns home a series of terrifying supernatural incidents reveal a dark secret about the building in which she lives. The highest grossing Venezuelan theatrical release of 2013 now selected by Frontiers and Blood Windows as the must see Latin America genre film of 2014.

Truth or Dare

12.20pm – 2.10pm TRUTH OR DARE (89 Mins) + SHE (Short film)
Usa; 2014; 89 mins.
Director: Jessica Cameron
Starring: Ryan Kiser – Derik B. Smith, Jessica Cameron – Jennifer Collins
Status: Northern Premiere
The film crosses lines that will upset many, not with its gore, but with the confessions that come out over the course of the night. Shocktilyoudrop Six college kids find internet stardom when they make “Truth or Dare” videos with a violent twist. It is all fun and games until their number one fan decides he wants to play by his own rules.

2.30pm – 4.05pm JULIA (95 Mins)
Director: Matthew .A Brown
Starring: Ashley C. Williams – Julia
Status: Northern Premiere
A neon-noir revenge thriller centering on Julia Shames, who after suffering a brutal trauma, falls prey to an unorthodox form of therapy to restore herself.
‘Surreal and atmospheric, Julia is a gripping, nasty little rape-revenge fantasy that recalls the grubby delights of early Ferrara, writer/director Matthew A. Brown serving up a gritty, hypnotic slice of sleaze that riffs on Ms .45 and the Soska Sisters’ American Mary anchored by a terrific turn by the wonderful Ashley C. Williams…. as a broken woman finding emancipation through sex, violence and murder’. Movie Ramblings

4.30pm – 6.05pm THE WELL (95 Mins)
Director: Thomas S. Hammock
Starring: Haley Lu Richardson – Kendal Booboo Stewart – Dean
Status: UK Premiere
A teenage girl fighting to protect the last working well in a drought-stricken valley.
‘Fantastic cinematography, The Well is a refreshingly novel take on a rather oft-told tale. That it juggles multiple genres is pretty cool; that it also brings a bit of heart, wit, and intelligence to an oft-told tale is what makes it so impressive’. Scott Weinberg

The Herd

The Dancehouse
7.00pm – 8.00pm THE HERD (15 Mins) + Q+A
UK; 2014; 14 mins.
Director: Melanie Light
Starring: Victoria Broom, Pollyannna McIntosh,
Status: World Premiere
Imprisoned within inhuman squalor with other women. Paula’s existence and human function is abused as a resource by her captors. Escape, on any level, is hopeless as the women are condemned to a life of enforced servitude at the whims of their imprisoners for one reason only – their milk.

8.00pm – 9.30pm LET US PREY (88 Mins)
Director: Brian O’Malley
Starring: Liam Cunningham, Pollanna McIntoshHanna Stanbridge
Status: EnglishPremiere
We join Rachel (Pollyanna McIntosh), a rookie cop, as she is about to begin her first nightshift in a neglected police station in a Scottish, backwater town. The kind of place where the tide has gone out and stranded a motley bunch of the aimless, the forgotten, the bitter-and-twisted who all think that, really, they deserve to be somewhere else. They all think they’re there by accident and that, with a little luck, life is going to get better. Wrong, on both counts. Six (Liam Cunningham) is about to arrive – and All Hell Will Break Loose!
“Striking a perfect balance of suspense, violence, humour, story and action, Let Us Prey feels at once classic and modern; horror the way it was always supposed to have been made. You will not be disappointed.” Starburst Magazine.
Joining us on the night will be the stars & director of LET US PREY: Pollyanna McIntosh, Liam Cunningham, Douglas Russell, Hanna Stanbridge and Brian O’Malley
9.30pm – 10.00pm LET US PREY Q&A

Suburban Gothic

10.10pm – 11.40pm SUBURBAN GOTHIC (90 Mins)
USA; 2014; 90 mins.
Director: Richard Bates Jr
Starring:Matthew Gray Gubler, Kat Dennings, Ray Wise
Status: UK Premiere
UK premiere SUBURBAN GOTHIC; the new feature from Richard Bates Jr (Excision) with a fantastic cast featuring Matthew Gray Gubler (500 Days of Summer), Kat Dennings (Thor), Ray Wise (Robocop), Jeffrey Combs (Reanimator), John Waters and The Soska Sisters.
Raymond has a prestigious college degree, but he can’t find work. He can channel the paranormal, but chatting with a cute girl mystifies him. Kicked out of his big city apartment, Raymond returns home to his overbearing mother, his Racist ex-jock father, and old brutish bully classmates. But when a vengeful ghost terrorizes the small town, the city-boy recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to solve the mystery of the spirit threatening everyone’s lives.
“If you like quirky horror/comedies with off-color humor, Suburban Gothic is a must-see. This film is destined to become a cult favourite” Yell Magazine11.20pm onwards AFTER PARTY, GORILLA
Please note Full festival pass holders get half price entry to all screenings at Gorilla.

Friday 3rd October – Gorilla and The Dancehouse, Manchester.

Grimmfest Fringe @ Gorilla
10.20am – 12.00 Midday DEVILS MILE (88 Mins)
USA; 2014; 88mins.
Director: Joseph O’Brien
Starring: David Hayter, Maria del Mar
Status: UK Premiere
A relentlessly-paced hybrid of gritty crime thriller and Lovecraftian supernatural horror, The Devil’s Mile follows a trio of kidnappers who take an ill-advised detour en route to deliver their hostages – two teenage girls – to their mysterious and powerful employer. When they accidentally kill one of the girls during a botched escape attempt, their simmering mistrust explodes into shocking violence. But what they thought was their worst case scenario is only the beginning, as they are engulfed by the hellish forces that haunt the road – a road they realize they may never escape. Now captors and captive must fight together to escape the monstrous forces pursuing them and somehow survive… THE DEVIL’S MILE.

12.20pm – 1.55pm LFO (94 Mins)
Sweden/Denmark; 2013; 94 mins.
Director: Antonio Tublen
Starring:Patrik Karlson, Izabella Jo Tschig
Status: Northern Premiere
LFO is a dark comedy/drama/Sci-Fi about a man who realizes that he can hypnotize with sound. He starts experimenting on his neighbors, where the abuse of power takes over and, eventually, severe consequences for mankind are at stake

gallery_012.20pm – 4.00pm THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WILLIAM ZERO (98 Mins)
USA; 2014; 98 mins.
Director: Dan Bush
Starring:Conal Byrne, Amy Seimetz
Status: UK Premiere
A geneticist wakes up from an accident with only fragments of his memory is forced to relearn who he is via his twin brother. But as he digs deeper, he discovers he might not be who he thought at all.
‘Indie dramas of personal tragedy cloak themselves in the veneer of heady science fiction concepts: films like Mike Cahill’s Another Earth, James Byrkit Ward’s Coherence, and what is perhaps the sub genre’s peak, Lars von Trier’s Melancholia. Spaceships, laser guns and time portals are replaced with hand-wringing, self-doubt and self-destruction; and plenty of metaphor’. Twitch.

4.20pm – 6.18pm SORORAL (116 Mins)
Australia; 2014; 116 mins.
Director: Sam Barrett
Starring: Amanda Woodhams Austin Castiglione
Status: UK Premiere
‘A heady whirlwind of genetic experimentation, mind control, telekinetic power struggles, and twisted art revolve around Sororal’s heroine, Cassie (Woodhams), a troubled artist who tries to make sense of her vivid, violent dreams by committing her visions to canvas’. Dreadcentral
Cassie is tormented by visions of murder. Terrifying images flood her dreams and attack her waking hours. Her dreams are her curse and keep her isolated from the everyday world. Cassie’s life is thrown into disarray when a mysterious detective comes to her with a bombshell: He tells her that her visions are depictions of real murders, murders that she couldn’t possibly have seen. Cassie’s pain now has a face, and she must stop the killing at all costs. The twisted, childlike killer targets Cassie’s loved ones, and the race is on to stop her. Cassie is thrown together with her former lover as they scramble towards a shocking revelation that will change everything.1

The Dancehouse
8.00pm – 9.38pm GOBLIN play live to SUSPIRIA (98 mins)
Italy; 1977; 98 mins.
Director: Dario Argento
Starring: Jessica Harper Udo Kier Alida Valli
Status: Live score to classic movie.
A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders.
Italian 70?s progressive rock legends CLAUDIO SIMONETTI’S GOBLIN performing a LIVE score to Dario Argento’s horror classic SUSPIRIA. This truly unique event will take place at The Dancehouse, in Manchester, on Friday 3rd October. ‘we are delighted to be hosting this immersive screening of SUSPIRIA, at this truely apt venue’. The live scored GOBLIN event will be followed by a screening of Dario Argento’s cut of DAWN OF THE DEAD, which is also soundtracked by GOBLIN.

9.38pm – 10.00pm GOBLIN play short selection

10.00pm – 11.56pm ARGENTO’S cut of DAWN OF THE DEAD (116 Mins)
Director: George Romero
Starring: Ken Foree, Tom Savini, David Emge
Status: Special screening
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
“Dawn of the Dead” is one of the best horror films ever made — and, as an inescapable result, one of the most horrifying. It is gruesome, sickening, disgusting, violent, brutal and appalling. It is also (excuse me for a second while I find my other list) brilliantly crafted, funny, droll, and savagely merciless in its satiric view of the American consumer society. Nobody ever said art had to be in good taste“. Robert Ebert
GRIMM’S EYE VIEW: Showing as part of our GOBLIN night, we are proud to present the Argento cut which features far more Goblin music than the Romero cut. If you havent seen this version, here’s your chance to check it out after watching Goblin play live to SUSPIRIA.

Please note Full festival pass holders get half price entry to all screenings at Gorilla.


Saturday 4th October – Gorilla and The Dancehouse, Manchester.


The Dancehouse
10.30am – 12.00pm SHORT FILM SHOWCASE
VARIOUS COUNTRIES; 2013-14; 84 mins in total.
The Visitant (7 mins, USA) Dir: Nick Peterson. UK premiere
A tale of Demonic possession, featuring Amy Smart (Butterfly Effect). (USA)
Split (18 mins, UK) Dir: Andy Stewart. UK Premiere
A nameless Man awakens one day and is clearly in the depths of depression having lost his girlfriend, for reasons which are not immediately clear. It soon becomes apparent that he has been unfaithful and his guilt begins to eat him away, literally! (UK)
Vomica (15 mins, UK) Dir: Andy Green. UK Premiere
In World War 2, a commando raid into occupied territory uncovers a terrible secret. The sole survivor, his mind shattered, remembers nothing. But the British government want to know the truth, whatever the cost. (UK)
Don’t play with the food (9 mins, Spain) Dir: Daniel Muñoz Caniero (Spain). UK Premiere
During a family dinner, Antonio tries to make his daughter reconsider about falling in love with who she should not. It’s for the sake of the family….
The Stomach (15 mins, UK) Dir: Ben Steiner. UK premiere
Frank’s had enough. A spirit medium whose unique and grotesque method of channeling the dead is putting his own life at risk, he wants out. But others, in this world and the next, have plans of their own. Part body-horror, part ghost-story, The Stomach is a unique tale of Supernatural Noir.
All I know is nothing (3 mins, UK) Dir: Matthew Barker. UK premiere
A possessive boyfriend finds the secret of love.
Autumn Harvest (17 mins, Norway) Dir: Fredrik Hana. UK premiere
Moody portrait of a serial killer as a grief-stricken sailor answers a mysterious call from the sea. (Norway)

12.30pm – 2.20pm THE FORGOTTEN (90 Mins) + Q&ALFO_official_poster-716x102
UK; 2014; 90 mins.
Director: Oliver Frampton
Starring: Clem Tibber, Shaun Dingwall, Elarica Gallacher
Status: Northern Premiere
When a father and son are forced to squat in an empty London council estate scheduled for demolition, 14 year old Tommy starts to hear strange noises coming from the boarded-up flat next door..
“The Forgotten is a fantastic British horror movie that.. should be seen by all and marks director Oliver Frampton and writer James Hall as ones to watch”. Nerdly

2.50pm – 5.00pm HOUSEBOUND (109 Mins) + SOLITUDO (Short film)
New Zealand; 2014; 109 mins.
Director: Gerard Johnstone
Starring:Morgana O’Reilly , Rima Te Wiata ,
Status: Northern Premiere
Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam – a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s less than happy about the new living arrangement.
“Freaky, thrilling and with a natural humour and ear for dialogue that really could have been written to accommodate a British social realist drama, where bickering, foul language and insults are batted back and forth, Housebound is a cult classic in the making”. Starburst Magazine

5.40pm – 7.10pm COHERANCE (89 Mins)
USA; 2013; 89 mins.
Director: James Ward Byrkit
Starring: Emily Baldoni Nicholas Brendon Maury Sterling
Status: Northern Premiere
On the night of an astronomical anomaly, eight friends at a dinner party experience a troubling chain of reality bending events. Part cerebral sci-fi and part relationship drama, COHERENCE is a tightly focused, intimately shot film that quickly ratchets up with tension and mystery.
‘Coherence builds cosmic-scale ideas from small-scale dramas, and slowly opens its narrative door to let in all manner of puzzles and paradoxes that will have viewers in knots for days if not forever. Think of it as Primer (2004) with soul, or Triangle (2009) with dinner parties (and ketamine!)’ Anton Bitel

7.30pm – 9.00pm WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (86 Mins)

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Life atfer Beth

New Zealand; 2014; 100 mins.
Director: Jemaine Clement | Taika Waititi
Starring: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Status: Northern Premiere
Follow the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) – three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life’s obstacles-like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection-modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.
“What We Do In the Shadows has saved the spoof genre, brought it back at a time when Christopher Guest is taking a break. Clement and Waititi could also be credited with saving the spoof film in general with this, but that would mean they need to do more like it. Hopefully that happens”. FilmSchoolrejects

9.20pm – 11.00pm STARRY EYES (98 Mins)
USA; 2014; 98 mins.
Director: Kevin Kolsch | Dennis Widmyer
Starring:Alex Essoe, Amanda Fuller
Status: Northern Premiere
Sarah is your typical failing actress in Hollywood who, at the tender age of 25, feels like she is running out of time. Her auditions are disasters, she’s working as a waitress (at a cocktail bar) and her only real acting offers are from her friends who are making their own low budget movie. But Sarah wants the big chance, she wants the big shot. And that chance comes in the form of horror movie The Silver Scream, which has some very unorthodox auditions. But as she falls more and more into their promises of fame and fortune, she goes through a metaphysical change that turns her life upside down.
“Starry Eyes poses one simple question – just how far will someone go to “make it” in Hollywood. It’s a very well crafted satire of the “Hollywood system” with some superb practical effects and features a break out performance from first time feature actor Alex Essoe….The movie feels like a call back to Polanski movies of the 70s and 80s and Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer have clearly taken inspiration from that style of storytelling”. Flickering Myth

11.20pm – 12.45pm ZOMBEAVERS (85 Mins)Zombeavers-poster
USA; 2014; 85 mins.
Director: Jordan Rubin
Starring:Chad Anderson, Lexi Atkins, Brent Briscoe
Status: Northern Premiere
ZOMBEAVERS is an action-packed horror/comedy in which a group of college kids staying at a riverside cabin are menaced by a swarm of deadly zombie beavers. A weekend of sex and debauchery soon turns gruesome as the beavers close in on the kids. Riding the line between scary, sexy and funny, the kids are soon fighting for their lives in a desperate attempt to fend off the hoard of beavers that attack them in and around their cabin.
“A good deal of fun, offering up a decent number of laughs, crazy situations, zany creature effects (all of the evil beaver eyes lighting up in the dark is a brilliant touch) and some nice gore….A viewing would likely serve better if watched with a raucous crowd…. Dreadcenral

11.30 onwards DRINKS AT GORILLA
Please note Full festival pass holders get half price entry to all screenings at Gorilla.


Sunday 5th October – Gorilla and The Dancehouse, Manchester.

Grimmfest Fringe @ Gorilla
10.20am – 12.00pm OPEN GRAVE (102 Mins)
USA; 2013; 102 mins.
Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego
Starring:Sharlto Copley, Thomas Kretschmann, Josie Ho, Joseph Morgan
Status: UK Premiere
A man wakes up in the wilderness, in a pit full of dead bodies, with no memory and must determine if the murderer is one of the strangers who rescued him, or if he himself is the killer.
“With top-drawer production values, especially the make-up effects, great sound design, music, and tight editing. All contribute to building this eerie world, with its carnage, cacophony of screams, and strong feeling of foreboding. The added isolation of the wilderness location is perfect.“ Chad Shultz

The Dancehouse
12.30pm – 2.10pm GET SOME (Short film)+ SURPRISE FEATURE FILM
UK; 2014; 16 mins.
Director: Adam Horton, Joe Horton
Starring: John Hannah, Warren Brown, Anna Skellern
Status: Northern showcase
After a viral pandemic takes its grip on the planet turning humans into flesh craving mutants, TV adventurer Hunter Smith fights back by presenting Get Some, a show in which he tracks and kills the infected for the entertainment of the surviving population.

The Samurai

2.30pm – 4.00pm LIFE AFTER BETH (89 Mins)
USA; 2014; 89 mins.
Director: Jeff Baena
Starring:Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan John C. Reilly
Status: Northern Premiere
A young man’s recently deceased girlfriend mysteriously returns from the dead, but he slowly realizes she is not the way he remembered her.
“This is a touching, frequently hilarious film about grief, loss, and moving on….if you’ve always fantasized about having a sexy undead girlfriend with super-strength, bad breath, and a love of smooth jazz then you’ll love Life After Beth..“ Screenkicker

4.20pm – 5.40pm THE SAMURAI (79 Mins)
Germany; 2014; 79 mins.
Director: Till Kleinert
Starring:Michel Diercks, Pit Bukowski
Status: Northern Premiere
A wolf strives through the woods around an isolated German village. Jakob the young local police officer is onto him, but scents something more in the darkness. What he finds is a man, it seems, wild eyed, of wiry build, in a dress. He carries a katana, a Samurai sword. When the Samurai invites Jakob to follow him on his crusade towards the village, it becomes Jakob’s mission to pursue the lunatic to end this wanton destruction. At the end of the night Jakob has experienced too much, is too far from whom he once was. Something hidden has been unleashed to meet the first rays of daylight.
“A film that suggests the very basic scenario of THE HITCHER as reinterpreted by David Lynch in LOST HIGHWAY mode…the fountains of blood that result seem derived from a more recent Japanese influence—the J-gore cinema of Yoshihiro Nishimura et al.—though as bizarre as things sometimes get, Kleinert holds back from letting the tone of DER SAMURAI go similarly over the top”. Fangoria

Wolf Cop

6.20pm – 7.40pm WOLFCOP (79 Mins)
Director: Lowell Dean
Starring: Leo Fafard, Jonathan Cherry, Amy Matysio
Status: Northern Premiere
As a series of strange and violent events start happening, an alcoholic policeman realizes that he has been turned into a werewolf as part of a larger plan, so he investigates with the help of his partner and his friend.
“You will laugh out loud and see some cool werewolf transformations and bloody battle scenes. This is a movie that knows exactly what it is and is basically winking at the audience the entire time. If you enjoy a horror-comedy that’s just out for a laugh and never takes itself too seriously, you’ll enjoy WolfCop.“ Dreadcentral

8.00pm – 9.32pm THE CANAL (92 Mins)
Ireland; 2014; 92 mins.
Director: Ivan Kavanagh
Starring:Rupert Evans, Steve Oram, Antonia Campbell-Hughes
Status: Northern Premiere
Film archivist David (Rupert Evans) has been having a rough time lately, as he suspects that his wife Alice (Hannah Hoekstra) has been cheating on him with Alex (Carl Shaaban), one of her work clients. This stress is compounded when David’s work partner Claire (Antonia Campbell-Hughes) gives him a reel of to-be-archived footage that shows that his house was the setting for a brutal murder in 1902. Becoming progressively more unsettled and unhinged, David begins to believe that a spectral presence is in his house and ends up following his wife to a nearby canal, where he discovers that she is indeed having an affair with Alex. When Alice goes missing shortly afterwards, David contacts the police- only to become the prime suspect in her disappearance. As the police grow more convinced that David has murdered his wife, he struggles to find proof of his growing suspicion that something otherworldly was instead responsible.
“The Canal has plenty of jump scares, often born out of the loud, discordant clangs of the soundtrack, and it has plenty of gore. But the terror of The Canal stems from something much deeper than blood or loud bangs. It is the terror of abject certainty – certainty that everything will get worse, much worse, before all of this is over.“ Badassdigest

9.32pm – 9.50pm THE CANAL Q+A

9.50pm onwards AFTERPARTY, FAB CAFE

Get your tickets HERE – Please note Full festival pass holders get half price entry to all screenings at Gorilla.
All Timings listed are when the films will START. Please arrive in plenty of time.
*Grimmfest makes all efforts to maintain all venues, movies, events, showing times and guests as previously advertised . Movies may be subject to change at the distributor’s discretion and guest appearances are subject to work commitments.



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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