Grimmfest, Manchester’s International Festival of Fantastic Film will be returning to regular venue, The Odeon Great Northern, in Manchester on October 6th – 9th 2022, for four high-impact, fear-filled days of the very best in genre cinema.
Hot on the heels of announcing the Grimmfest 2022 feature film line-up, the festival team have revealed this year’s poster artwork and short film selection.
The past few months has seen the festival undergoing a bit of a re-brand, with a new logo and more interactive website. This year’s poster, too, marks a shift in style. Grimmfest’s artist and iconographer, the inimitable Ilan Sheady, has re-imagined the festival’s iconic regular poster star, the Reaper, to truly stunning effect.
The visual style might have shifted, but the black heart and soul of the festival are unchanged. And just to underline the festival’s continued commitment to new, exciting, and challenging voices in genre cinema, Grimmfest has announced this year’s short films.
Pandemic paranoia, postnatal anxiety, pressures of work, bickering neighbours, and a husband who just seems… off, in Ben Botwick’s icy study in domestic alienation, ENOUGH SLEEP, a Grimmfest World Premiere, guest-starring Jeffrey Combs and Sherilyn Fenn as the neighbours from hell.
Ruthless ambition, repressed memory and reckless substance abuse collide, with catastrophic consequences, in Alec Gibbons’ frenetic, high-octane fusion of Jay McInnerny and Edgar Allan Poe, THE BABY NEXT DOOR, an international premiere.
A bereaved mother fights back against a sinister intruder, in Paul Hibbard’s relentless, ruthless, and shockingly brutal home invasion thriller, SOME VISITORS, another Grimmfest International Premiere.
A recently divorced father confronts his demons… LAKE MUNGO’s Martin Sharpe turns writer-director, for the suffocatingly tense psychological thriller THE EVIL IS INSIDE, a European Premiere.
A would-be Prom Queen faces up to a pregnancy that’s not only unwanted, but utterly monstrous, in Hannah May Cumming’s genre-savvy retro styled feminist body horror splatter-satire, BABY FEVER, a UK Premiere.
The disposal of a dead body proves increasingly problematic, in Matthew James Fackrell’s intense and claustrophobic WHO GOES THERE, another UK Premiere.
An expectant mother starts to lose all sense of identity in Gabriela Staniszewska’s slippery and unsettling blend of social comedy, satire, and brutal, bloody nightmare, YUMMY MUMMY, which is receiving its Northern UK premiere at Grimmfest.
Two old rivals meet up for a reconciliatory Christmas Celebration that proves to have very little to do with the Season of Goodwill, Brian Quintero’s deliciously dark festive treat, OLDTIMERS, starring Julian Richings (ORPHAN BLACK, SUPERNATURAL, VICIOUS FUN) and Conrad Coates, and having its UK Premiere at Grimmfest.
Grimmfest Reaper Award winner Helena Puig (RENDEZ-VOUS) makes a welcome return to the festival, in Fabio Colonna’s jaw-dropping expressionist gothic nightmare, UMHEIMLICH, a Greater Manchester Premiere, which sees the eternal fight between the conscious and unconscious mind played out in viscerally physical fashion.
Comedy of social anxiety and visceral body horror combine, as a young woman must balance relationship uncertainties, the attentions of a sinister cult, and a horrific infection, in the international premiere of Will Lee’s squirm-inducing and uproarious RINGWORMS, which recently won the audience award at Popcorn Frights.
And a young woman discovers that she cannot escape from her own guilt, in Carlos Baena’s delirious, disorientating and visually devastating study of mental fragmentation and the road to damnation, TRANVIA, a UK premiere.
In addition to these short film premieres, 21 feature film premieres will grace the GRIMMFEST 2022 festival. Highlights include FINAL CUT a hilarious French comedy about the production of a doomed zombie movie from Oscar winning director Michel Hazanavicius (THE ARTIST), The UK premiere of HOUSE OF DARKNESS from director Neil LaBute and starring Justin Long and Kate Bosworth, The UK premiere of awesome creature feature THE LAKE from Thailand, THE PRICE WE PAY starring Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff and NIGHT SKY starring genre stalwarts Brea Grant (12 HOUR SHIFT) and AJ Bowen (YOU’RE NEXT).
Grimmfest 2022 tickets and passes are available now, from www.grimmfest.com