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By James Whittington, Sunday 6th September 2015
Grimmfest, Manchester's Festival of Horror, Cult and Fantastic Film is back; and its 2015 line up is bigger, bolder, and bloodier than ever before. During the first four days of October, Grimmfest will be celebrating its seventh shocking year by screening in Manchester on one of the largest screens in the Odeon's Northern Flagship venue at The Printworks to unleash their latest and greatest line-up of dark, dangerous, wild, weird, witty, thrilling, chilling, blood-spilling movies, every one of them a premiere of one kind or another.
The Gala Opening Night will contain the North West Premiere of the nerve-racking rural shocker The Hallow which opens the festival, with special guests director Corin Hardy (who secured directorial duties on the upcoming Crow reboot on the strength of this movie) and star Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones, Sense8, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). Next up, Northern Showcase at which SFX maestro Shaune Harrison (World War Z, Avengers: Age of Ultron) presents the world premiere of his directorial debut, The Box with the film's star, Dominic Brunt. This will kick off a selection of the best, most bone-chilling, boundary-pushing films from the north. Rounding off the evening, the regional premiere of savagely funny splatter-satire, Blood Sucking Bastards starring Fran Kranz (Cabin In The Woods, Dollhouse) and Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, Narcos).
This years closing night film will be the World Premiere of the visually stunning, conceptually-challenging tale of a sub-atomic struggle for the subconscious: DXM. Director Andrew Goth (Gallowwalkers) brings us his Sam Neil starring explosive, head spinning fusion of theology, quantum physics, science fiction and martial arts action that made DXM one of the must-see genre films at Cannes this year. This world premiere screening is guaranteed to bring the festival to a suitably epic conclusion with he director and members of the cast in attendance.
Grimmfest are excited to present the European Premiere of Antisocial 2, a tale of social media gone rogue and sequel to one of the hits of Grimmfest 2013. As for UK premieres punk legend Henry Rollins stars in bar-hopping biblical vampire vigilante epic He Never Died; there's Bladerunner style cyberpunk noir in the reality-bending Synchronicity; feminist body-image horror in the queasily satiric Excess Flesh, which recently left audiences reeling at SXSW festival in Texas; amnesia, loss of self and love against the odds in viral possession movie The Hive; and three Teutonic tales of terror in the portmanteau German Angst, featuring the latest harrowing short from the infamous Jorg Buttgereit, director of Nekromantik.
As for new UK and Irish movies check out Paul Hyett's gripping werewolves on a train shocker, Howl and David Keating's eerie rural witchcraft chiller Cherry Tree, which both receive their North West Premieres and cast and crew will be in attendance for both films.
The Nightmare, Rodney Ascher's chilling follow-up to the acclaimed Stanley Kubrick documentary Room 237 is an exploration of the terrifying phenomenon of sleep paralysis. Steven Paytner, one of the subjects of the film will be in attendance. As ever, Grimmfest offers a chance to catch the very best genre films taking the festival circuit by storm; this year, the mood is decidedly retro. There's 80s-style post-apocalyptic action in the riotous Mad Max/BMX Bandits mash-up Turbo Kid, old-school Lucio Fulci style ghosts and gore in We Are Still Here, and head banging heavy metal hellishness in Deathgasm.
In honour of the Halloween season, Northern Premieres of Hellions, Bruce McDonald's horrifying hallucinogenic follow up to Pontypool and Tales Of Halloween, an all star talent anthology that is destined to become a seasonal classic. The schedule is so stuffed with premieres that there is only space for a couple of genre classics this year. Grimmfest favourite Hellraiser celebrates its imminent remastered release from Arrow and in tribute to the late great Wes Craven a charity screening of Scream. As ever, the shorts programme has something for everyone, a plethora of premieres, everything from Johnny Vegas to Stephen King...
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