It’s that time of year again. The nights are drawing in, the skies are increasingly overcast, the weather is disturbingly unpredictable. There’s something dark coming.
Grimmfest 2015 is almost upon us. Have you got your tickets yet?
And as ever, we’ll be joined by the great, the good, and the ghoulish; the Grimmfest guests.
This year, Grimm will be welcoming a few old friends, as well as a fair few first timers to their little horrorshow.
Thursday 1st October 2015
For our opening night, Grimmfest will be proving that it really is Grimm Up North, with their showcase of Northern shorts. This will feature the world premiere of THE BOX, which marks the directorial debut of SFX make-up guru, SHAUNE HARRISON, who has worked on everything from HELLRAISER 3, through to HARRY POTTER, THE AVENGERS, WORLD WAR Z and STAR WARS, and now runs his own Make-Up Academy in Manchester. Shaune will be joining the fest alongside the film’s stars – DOMINIC BRUNT, best known for his role in EMMERDALE,but increasingly known in genre circles as a go-to director for gritty, intense, critically-acclaimed horror features BEFORE DAWN and BAIT, and JOANNE MITCHELL, Dom’s partner and creative collaborator, writer, producer and star of both films.
Grimmfest’s gala headline opening feature will be the North West Premiere of nerve-racking rural shocker THE HALLOW. Joinin the fest will be director CORIN HARDY, who has just secured directorial duties on the upcoming CROW reboot on the strength of his work here and star JOSEPH MAWLE, a familiar face to genre fans, following his work in GAME OF THRONES, RIPPER STREET, SENSE8, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, and THE AWAKENING.
Friday 2nd October 2015
For the second day of Grimmfest, they’ll be presenting the UK premiere of GERMAN ANGST, a portmanteau of peculiarly Teutonic tales of terror, from some of that country’s most controversial directors, and will be welcoming DENIS LYONS, star of the visceral and disquieting central story, “Make A Wish”, to introduce and talk about his experiences on the film.
For the North West Premiere screening of the acclaimed woodland witchcraft shocker, CHERRY TREE, Grimmfest are delighted to be joined by the film’s screenwriter and producer, BRENDAN MCCARTHY. This is Brendan’s second collaboration with director David Keating, following the acclaimed WAKEWOOD, which relaunched the Hammer brand, but Brendan’s name should also be familiar to genre fans for his work as a producer on such previous Grimmfest favourites as STITCHES and OUTCAST. Brendan will be joined by two of the film’s stars, NAOMI BATTRICK, familiar to TV audiences from such shows as CROSSING LINES, STONEMOUTH and WATERLOO ROAD, and SAM HAZELDINE, one of the stars of Grimmfest favourite THE MACHINE, and a familiar face in such gritty TV shows as PEAKY BLINDERS and RIPPER STREET.
Saturday 3rd October 2015
For Saturday, Grimmfest will have some real-life horrors, in the form of acclaimed documentary THE NIGHTMARE, exploring the terrifying phenomenon of Sleep Paralysis. One of the film’s subjects, STEVE PAYTER will be joining the fest to share some of his unsettling dream experiences.
The evening will be attended by another SFX maestro turned director, PAUL HYETT, who follows up his acclaimed debut THE SEASONING HOUSE with the gripping “Werewolves On A Train” shocker, HOWL, receiving its North West Premiere at Grimmfest. Grimmfest will also be be welcoming back HOLLY WESTON, one of the film’s stars. Holly was at the very first Grimmfest, as the star of Festival Directors SIMEON HALLIGAN and RACHEL RICHARDSON-JONES’ own feature film debut, SPLINTERED, the film that started it all – so she can truly be said to have been there at the beginning.
Sunday 4th October 2015
Grimmfest will be celebrating the new remastered release of HELLRAISER with author, anthologist and Hellraiser expert PAUL KANE. Paul’s latest novel, the outrageous, genre-splicing SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SERVANTS OF HELL sees the great detective matching wits with the Cenebites. So no doubt Paul is going to have some very interesting things to show us.
Grimmfest’s closing film this year is the World Premiere of the visually stunning, conceptually-challenging speculative Sci-Fi epic DMX; a startling fusion of theology, quantum physics, psychedelia, and martial arts action that is truly headspinning. Grimmfest are delighted to announce that the film’s visionary director, ANDREW GOTH will be attending the fest to introduce the film.
For more info on Grimmfest and to have a first look at the Grimmfest programme brochure, head to grimmfest.com