One of my favourite film festivals and events returns on 3rd October 2019 for four days of horror, cult and fantastic films at the Odeon Great Northern cinema in Manchester, UK.
Its already been previously revealed that director, writer and actress Pollyanna McIntosh (Jadis from THE WALKING DEAD) will be in attendance to present her directorial debut DARLIN’, a sequel to Lucky McKee’s 2011 film THE WOMAN. Im super excited to not only be able to see the film but am really hoping to chat to Pollyanna, who I have been a fan of since seeing her in the 2011 horror film that to this day, is not only one of my favourite horror films but also one of my favourite films.
The full festival line-up is being kept under wraps by the team at Grimmfest until Monday 2 September, but they are now releasing a further sneak peak at what they have in store, with details of a handful of new movie premieres and special guests.
I am super excited to read that RABID, the much-anticipated remake of David Cronenberg’s horror classic, will receive its Northern UK Premiere screening at the Grimmfest Rabid,a mischievous reimagining of the original, which stirs some sly fashion industry satire into the mix. The Grimmfest team is honoured to welcome RABID’s writer/directors Jen and Sylvia Soska (AMERICAN MARY) to present the screening, complete a limited number of exclusive signings and receive the Grimmfest’s special ACHIEVEMENT IN HORROR award sponsored by THE HORROR CHANNEL. Of course, im now panicking as to the date of this premier as unfortunately due to work commitments that I cant get out out, I am only there at the event for the 4th of October so its unlikely that I will be there on the 6th to see Rabid, and meet Jen and Sylvia fingers crossed they might be hanging around on the 4th though.I can only hope! to finally be able to meet and grab a photo/autograph with two of the most exciting filmmakers in the movie world today.
Sticking with the Women in Horror theme Grimmfest will also be hosting the European premiere of SHE NEVER DIED, the female-centric follow up to Grimmfest 2015 hit HE NEVER DIED, written again by Jason Krawczyk but this time directed by up and coming talent, Audrey Cummings, with the formidable Olunike Adeliyi stepping into the Henry Rollins role and filling those sizable boots with considerable panache.
Team Grimmfest have also revealed that they will be screening the European premiere of BLOOD VESSEL, a visceral new creature feature from Aussie special effects guru turned director, Justin Dix, known for his work on films like STAR WARS and THE BABADOOK. Adrift in the North Atlantic, the survivors of a WWII torpedoed hospital ship take refuge on a seemingly abandoned German minesweeper, only to find something else awaits them within
With more news to be announced in the run up to the event, the already announced guests, films and opportunities are all that you shouldneed to think ‘right. I need to get my ticket now’ and with a limited number of full festival passes available now from the Grimmfest website, (which grant access to every film screening at the festival (including 21 feature film premieres and a selection of the best new genre shorts) as well as every cast and crew Q&A, plus one signed item from Pollyanna McIntosh and the Soska Sisters (Most conventions would charge you a minimum of £25 for a signed item, so thats £75 worth of signatures totally free as part of the full fest pass!), and a complimentary festival goody bag packed with horror treats.) The time is now. Go get your passes from the Grimmfest Site
Individual film tickets for DARLIN’, RABID, SHE NEVER DIED and BLOOD VESSEL are also now available for purchase.