Grimmfest have announced the launch of their Grimmfest Easter Edition, a new annual event, taking place over the Easter Weekend, and complimenting the long-established and fantastic festival held in October.
Easter is traditionally a time for rebirth, renewal, resurrection. But as the Pandemic continues to rage, and the world remains on lockdown for the foreseeable future, it is also a time for some rethinking.
Thus, while the Grimmfest team had hoped to be hosting a ‘live’ Easter event, instead, the Grimmfest Easter Edition will be taking place online, and will build on the success of Grimmfest 2020 online experience which having attended that event from the comfort of my own home, it was a great experience. Yes of course being actually able to mingle with the team at Grimmfest and fans from across the area, would have been so much better but the virtual edition was a wonderful distraction from the madness of the world.
The festival will open on Thursday April 1st with a preview night that will feature the UK premiere of Kourosh Ahari’s surreal and sulphurous Iranian American haunted hotel horror THE NIGHT, which has already earned deserved comparisons to Kubrick’s THE SHINING, alongside the UK premiere of Lluis Danes’ visually ravishing reimagining of the shocking real-life case of THE BARCELONA VAMPIRESS.
Then, over the next 4 days (yes 4 amazing days ), Grimmfest will present double bills of ten feature films premieres, from all around the world, alongside short films, cast and crew Q&As, exclusive introductions and more.
From the USA, and in response to the current international crisis, Grimmfest offer two very different cinematic explorations of life during a pandemic: the UK Premiere of Johnny Martin’s ferocious high-octane shocker ALONE (AKA FINAL DAYS) which features performances from Tyler Posey and Donald Sutherland.
Also featured is the World Premiere of Paul Schuyler’s remarkable, slow-burning study of psychological breakdown RED RIVER ROAD, made entirely under lockdown, with the Shuyler family themselves serving as cast and crew.
Also, from the USA, Martin Guigui, director of Grimmfest 2020 hit THE UNHEALER returns with the European Premiere of the stylish and slyly satiric social thriller PARADISE COVE, starring Mena Suvani.
The European Premiere of Josh Wallace’s sour and uproarious pitch black comedy of cannibals and insurance men, KEEPING COMPANY is also a Grimmfest highlight.
But there is more From Russia, they have Pavel Khvaleev’s punishing tale of sensory deprivation, personality deconstruction and internet voyeurism, SLEEPLESS BEAUTY fresh from its success at Sitges.
Also, from Russia, male entitlement collides with malevolent mysticism in the European Premiere of Alexey Kazakov’s psychedelic witchcraft drama MARA.
The bond between a Swedish family is put severely to the test by a haunted duplex in the UK Premiere of Tord Danielsson and Oskar Mellander’s nerve-jangling and emotionally harrowing THE OTHER SIDE.
Grief, guilty secrets, and ghosts, both metaphorical and literal, meet head on, in the Australian Outback in the UK Premiere of the haunting metaphysical thriller SWEET RIVER.
Ready for more? Yes? Well here comes more.
Transhumanist philosophy, temporal paradox and fractured identity collide to truly mind-blowing effect in the UK Premiere of the stunning Triple-F-Rated South Korean Sci-Fi head-trip, TRANS, while a Mexican romance turns malevolent in Pablo Olmos Arrayales’ slippery, unpredictable single-take shocker RENDEZ-VOUS.
ARROW VIDEO will also present a special double bill screening of two eagerly awaited titles: Powell Robinson & Patrick R. Young’s subtly disquieting and emotionally gripping ‘possession road movie’ THRESHOLD, and Justin McConnell’s incisive and insightful exploration of the mad hustle of movie making, CLAPBOARD JUNGLE (which is in my list of favourite documentaries from the past few years), chronicling the journey towards the making of acclaimed Grimmfest favourite, LIFECHANGER and featuring revealing interviews with the great and the good of genre filmmaking.
The features will be supported by a selection of some of the best new short films from around the world, and there will be exclusive introductions and Q&As with cast and crew for each feature.
Steve Balshaw, chief programmer, said: “The horror community seems to have adjusted better than most to life under a pandemic. I guess all those movies helped to prepare us, by teaching us useful survival and coping mechanisms. Having been forced to move the festival online in 2020, the Grimmfest Team is embracing the possibilities of the virtual format, even as we continue to plan for our return to live events. We’ve secured some fantastic feature and short film premieres for Easter, and we’ll also have guests galore joining us online for Q&As and seminars”.
Simeon Halligan, festival director said: We can’t wait to unleash this wonderful selection of movies on Grimmfest fans. Online, at home, but together in spirit. Settle down at home, for five ‘full on’ days of brilliant horror movie premieres”.
Grimm Easter ‘Online’ passes are available now, from www.grimmfest.com