“All is calm, all is bright…” But not for much longer. Its almost time for Grimmfest Horror
The Grimmfest team have hijacked Rudolph, booted Santa off the back of the sleigh, and are heading for a chimney near you, or at least a computer screen. Two nights of festive frights, seasonal shockers and merry mean-spiritedness, delivered right into your homes. Fearsome feature films, startling shorts, and all manner of eerie extras; everything you need for a chilling Christmas and a cruel Yule.
On Friday December 10th , we get a reminder of just what a hellish time of year this is for those working in the retail trade, as Bruce Campbell and Devon Sawa find themselves confronted by hordes of demented bargain hunting shoppers possessed by alien parasites in Casey Tebo’s riotously funny splatter satire BLACK FRIDAY. I had such a blast watching this film and it reminded me of some of those amazing creature feature films of the 80s and 90s and is definitely the fun film that I needed. It also nails so many of the nightmarish things that retail workers face when dealing with the general public I loved Black Friday, It was so much fun to watch and I bet it was so much fun to make. the effects are also a joy to watch and as far as I can tell, they were pretty much all practical effects (which i certainly prefer to CG)
The film is scheduled for a February 2022 release in the UK from Signature, but this will be the International Premiere; an exclusive opportunity to see the film ahead of the crowds. Do make sure you check out Black Friday You can get your tickets for the Grimmfest showing here
Meanwhile, an amnesiac young woman, striving to come to terms with past trauma, finds herself trapped in an automated house, with the manipulative and increasingly unstable computerised “virtual therapist” AIDA (Emily Atack), in Jay Ness’s chilling high tec psychodrama, DARK CLOUD, another Grimmfest International Premiere. Tickets for Dark Cloud can be bought here
On Saturday December 11th , a blocked writer’s return to his rural roots in search of inspiration brings him face to face with dark local legends and long-buried secrets, in Macarena Astorga’s mischievously meta-fictional and genre-savvy slice of retro-styledSpanish Gothic, THE HOUSE OF SNAILS, an English Premiere. Tickets for THE HOUSE OF SNAILS can be bought here
When Sophie, a blind house-sitter takes her latest job in a luxurious house, she thinks its some easy money. But when a group of home invaders show up to expect an empty house, things get tricky and very dangerous for Sophie. Aided only by the ‘See For Me’ phone app and her own ruthless resourcefulness, the easy money feeling, vanishes very quickly as Sophie tries to evade a violent end.
SEE FOR ME is 100% my type of film. Out of all the sub genres of films, home invasion films are my favourite and the ones that scare me the most. We all sleep in our homes at night, feeling safe, but think about it. Its only really a simple locking device that gives us that safe feeling. As I close out the year for my film viewing, I think that my Top 10 list is done, and then I watch a film like SEE FOR ME, and quickly realise that I have another entry on my Top 10 list of films (which then of course means something has to go)
Randall Okita’s whip-smart and corkscrew-plotted spin with this sub genre is so wonderfully done and sight-impaired actor Skyler Davenport is fantastic as Sophie. I cant urge you enough to check out SEE FOR ME The film is scheduled for UK release by Signature in late January 2022, but this is an exclusive opportunity to see it before then. Each double bill will be accompanied by a suitably sour selection of shorts, soon to be announced. Plus cast and crew Q&A’s, and other goodies.
Tickets can be bought here
The event is being sponsored by The Horror Channel.
Just add mulled wine and mince pies for the perfect festive film show.
For more information www.grimmfest.com