Manchester’s independent horror film festival Grimmfest has announced the films set to screen at this year’s event – and it promises to be the darkest, deadliest line-up to date.
Now in its 10th year, Grimmfest will be celebrating the past with a selection of old favourites as well as promoting the next generation of horror.
Let’s take a look at what’s on offer:
Barbara’s coming to get YOU
Grimmfest 2018‘s Guest of Honour is genre staple Barbara Crampton (pictured), who is attending the festival to introduce a special screening of the much-loved 1985 H.P. Lovecraft adaptation Re-Animator. Not only that, but Barbara stars in two other films screening at the fest, both of which making their regional debut: Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich and Dead Night. If that wasn’t enough Barbara for your buck, she is to be the recipient of the first ever Grimmfest Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by The Horror Channel for her work – a thoroughly deserved accolade for sure.
Reunion Of The Damned
This year’s Grimmfest features a whole host of talent back for more after showing their work here in years gone by. Rob Grant, whose faux-documentary Fake Blood was one of our favourite films of last year’s event, is one such returnee and will be holding the UK premiere of his truly outrageous new movie Alive at the festival. Johnny Kevorkian, whose The Disappeared screened at the very first Grimmfest, returns with the Northern Premiere of the claustrophobic sci-fi horror Await Further Instructions (pictured), while there’s also the UK Premiere of Gothic noir I’ll Take Your Dead from Chad Archibald (Antisocial). The trio behind subversive superhero movie Turbo Kid make their triumphant return too with the nostalgia-but-not-as-you-know-it murder mystery Summer of ’84.
There’s a few reboots and re-imaginings on offer too, with the likes of Joko Anwar’s unsettling take on obscure oddity Satan’s Slaves getting its UK premiere at Grimmfest and of course the previously mentioned Puppet Master gets restrung for a new generation with The Littlest Reich from Scandinavian duo Sonny Laguana and Tommy Wiklund, which will also mark the films first showing in the North. Attendees will be treated to the World Premiere of their latest short film, Mystery Box, as well so expect to see the pair back at the Fest in future.
Nightmare Cinema, an all-star anthology containing shorts from the likes of Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling, The Burbs), frequent Stephen King adaptor Mick Garris (Desperation, The Stand, Sleepwalkers) and, yep, past Grimmfest alumni Alejandro Brugués (Juan of the Dead) gets its UK Premiere here too, while sombre shapeshifter thriller Lifechanger is sure to move audiences in its Greater Manchester Premiere.
Festival Directors Simeon Halligan and Rachel Richardson-Jones’s debut feature, the dark psychological horror fable, Splintered, fully remastered, and in a razor-sharp new cut will also be screened in celebration of the festival’s decade of existence.
Dawn of the the New Blood
Not one to linger too long on the past, Grimmfest 2018 will be welcoming a horde of first-timers to the festival. There’s the European Premieres of Daniel Robbin’s Pledge, along with Oliver Afonso’s Girls With Balls (pictured).
The onslaught of Premieres continues with Clayton Jacobson’s horror comedy Brother’s Nest, Marc Martinez Jordan’s deadly livestreaming picture Framed and the savagely satirical Office Uprising from Lin Oeding all getting their first showings in the UK courtesy of Grimmfest.
Regionally, there’s Northern Premieres of Jon Knautz’s disturbing The Cleaning Lady, Aislinn Clarke’s chilling The Devil’s Doorway, Andy Mitton’s eerie The Witch in the Window, and Issa López’s magical Tigers are not Afraid.
Also screening are the Greater Manchester Premieres of Nicolas Pesce’s perverse and discomforting anti-Rom-Com Piercing and Bradford Baruh’s demented Dead Night, again starring Grimmfest’s very special guest Barbara Crampton.
Closing the festival is the Greater Manchester Premiere of the much-hyped zombie high school musical extravaganza Anna and the Apocalypse.
Grimmfest’s 10th edition will take place from the 4th to the 7th October at the ODEON Manchester Great Northern, UK, with a Preview Night taking place on 1st October at the Plaza Cinema, Stockport.
The full line-up can be accessed via grimmfest.com, where full festival passes, day passes and individual film tickets can also be purchased.