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Grimmfest 2014 - Films Announced
By James Whittington, Thursday 4th September 2014

Grimmfest 2014The full listing for Grimmfest 2014 has been announced and it looks set to be the best yet. Grimmfest Festival Director Simeon Halligan said, “We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles, I’m really excited by what we’re going to screen at Grimmfest, I’m convinced it’s our best line up yet!”

Grimmfest kicks off with a very special opening Gala night starting with the world premiere of Melanie Light’s ‘Vegan Feminist Horror’ short film The Herd. This will be followed by the English premiere of Brian O’Malley’s Irish/Scottish intense horror Let Us Prey, which will be attended by the director and the amazing cast featuring Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones), Pollyanna McIntosh (White Settlers), Douglas Russell and Hanna Stanbridge for a live Q&A! Suburban Gothic, directed by Richard Bates Jr (Excision) which includes a top notch cast featuring Matthew Gray Gubler (500 days of Summer), Kat Dennings (Thor), Ray Wise (Robocop), John Waters and The Soska Sisters completes the first night.

On Friday evening Grimmfest will be honoured by the presence of the Italian 70′s progressive rock legends behind some of Horrors best scores: Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin! They will be performing a very special LIVE score to Dario Argento’s horror classic Suspiria! This very prestigious event, being performed at Grimmfest’s apt home of Northern Ballet School, The Dancehouse in Manchester, will be followed by a screening of Dawn Of The Dead: The Argento Cut which was also sound tracked by our very special guests of the night!

Saturday and Sunday also have a strong line-up! Oliver Frampton’s social realist terror The Forgotten, Gerald Johnson’s side splitting Kiwi Horror Comedy Housebound, James Ward Byrkit’s mind bender Coherence (Starring Nicholas Brandon of Buffy fame), the hysterical vampire comedy from The Flight of The Conchords team What We Do In The Shadows, Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer’s critically acclaimed satanic Hollywood tale Starry Eyes, whacky and beaver fevered Zombeavers, Jeff Baena’s fantastic indie RomZomCom Life After Beth, Till Kleinert’s German slasher masterpiece The Samurai, a film that needs no introduction WolfCop and closing the festival will be Ivan Kavanagh’s superb, chilling thriller The Canal.

The Grimmfest Fringe screenings will also be back for its second year with two distinctive themes, bringing some of the greatest in extreme and independent horror from around the world! The fringe line-up begins on Thursday with Women In Horror Showcase which will feature films from some of the women in the horror world who specialise in making grown men scream featuring Venezuelan suspense flick The House At The End Of Time starring Ruddy Rodríguez, the manhood destroying revenge short from Chelsey Burdon She, Jessica Cameron’s fantastically gruesome Truth Or Dare, neon noir horror Julia starring Ashley C. Williams, and post-apocalyptic thriller The Well starring rising talent Haley Lu Richardson.

The second film strand will the suitably titled Head F**k Cinema Showcase featuring Joseph O'Brien’s feature debut Devil’s Mile, black comedic sci-fi thriller L.F.O, mind boggler The Reconstruction Of William Zero, twisted thriller Open Grave starring Sharlto Copley (District 9, Elysium) and Australia’s very first Giallo film from writer/director Sam Barrett Sororal.

Also being showcased at the festival and fringe events will be some of the best in brand new short films! We are excited to be featuring Solitudo, the new short from Alice Lowe (Sightseers, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace), Get Some from Adam and Joe Horton starring John Hannah (The Mummy) and Warren Brown (Luther) plus demonic possession tale The Visitant starring Amy Smart (The Butterfly Effect), Andy Stewart’s Split, Lovecraft influenced thriller Vomica, Spanish pitch black gothic comedy Don’t Play With The Food, Cronenbergian body horror meets crime thriller The Stomach, Matt Barker’s All I Know Is Nothing, and the stunning moody portrait of a serial killer from Fredrik Hana (Angst) Autumn Harvest.

Grimmfest 2014 runs from October 2nd till 5th and for more details and ticket prices click here.


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