Film Festival Preview: Grimmfest

This year’s Grimmfest promises to be the biggest, bloodiest and best yet; bringing the very best in new Horror, Cult and Sci-fi cinema from around the world. The festival takes place between October 2-5 at the Dancehouse, Manchester. The festival fringe will be at Gorilla and Odeon Printworks.

Special guests include for Let Us Prey – Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) & Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman) and for The Canal – Steve Oram (Sightseers). SFX guru Shaune Harrison will also be in attendance.

Suspiria & Dawn of the Dead

Italian 70′s progressive rock legends, Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin, have been behind some of Horrors best scores. They will be providing a live score to Dario Argento’s masterpiece Suspiria. This will be followed by the band also scoring Dawn of the Dead: Argento Cut.

Let Us Prey

Rachel, a rookie cop, 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 is about to arrive – and All Hell Will Break Loose.

The Canal

Cinema Archivist David Williams lives with his wife, Alice, and their 5-year-old son, Billy. All seems well until David begins to suspect that Alice is cheating on him. His anxiety is then compounded by a bizarre coincidence at work: cataloguing a film-reel from 1902, he learns that his home was the site of a brutal series of murders by a man named William Jackson, who slew his wife for being unfaithful and drowned both of their children in the nearby canal. As David’s suspicions grow, a shadowy figure of a man, who resembles Jackson, starts to appear to him and David becomes convinced that this “evil supernatural presence” that inhabits his house, never ever wants him or his family to leave.


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 occupied by boiled vegetables & small-town gossip. 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.

Suburban Gothic

Raymond has a prestigious MBA, but he can’t find work. Whilst he can channel the paranormal, but chatting with a cute girl mystifies him. Kicked out of his big city apartment, Raymond (Matthew Gray Gubler) returns home to his overbearing mother, ex-jock father, and beer-bellied classmates. But when a vengeful ghost terrorizes the small town, he recruits Becca (Kat Dennings), a badass local bartender, to solve the mystery of the spirit threatening everyone’s lives.

Starry Eyes

Determined to make it as an actress in Hollywood, Sarah Walker spends her days working a dead-end job, enduring petty friendships and going on countless casting calls in hopes of catching her big break.

After a series of strange auditions, Sarah lands the leading role in a new film from a mysterious production company. But with this opportunity comes bizarre ramifications that will transform her both mentally and physically into something beautiful… and all together terrifying.

From the producer of Cheap Thrills and Jodorowsky’s Dune, Dennis Widmyer & Kevin Kolsch’s Starry Eyes is an occult tale of ambition, possession, and the true cost of fame.

There will be a special preview tonight at Odeon Printworks with screenings of Nighmare on Elm Street and The Babadook. For further information and to purchase tickets visit the Grimmfest website.

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