27th Nov2019

First details & guest revealed for Grimmfest 2020

by Phil Wheat

2020 sees Grimmfest reaching the dirty dozen: Twelve years at the cutting edge of genre film. And to celebrate the Grimmfest team have announed that next year’s festival will be bigger, bolder, and bloodier than ever – running from the evening of Wed 7th Oct through to the evening of Sunday 11th Oct at Odeon […]

14th Oct2019

Grimmfest 2019: ’1BR’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Nicole Brydon Bloom, Giles Matthey, Taylor Nichols, Alan Blumenfeld, Celeste Sully, Susan Davis, Clayton Hoff, Earnestine Phillips, Naomi Grossman | Written and Directed by David Marmor After leaving behind a painful past to follow her dreams, Sarah scores the perfect Hollywood apartment. But something is not right. Unable to sleep, tormented by strange noises […]

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14th Oct2019

Grimmfest announce 2019 award winners

by Phil Wheat

This October, Grimmfest, Manchester’s International Festival of Fantastic Film, celebrated its eleventh anniversary with its biggest line-up of film premieres ever, along with audiences to match. Now the Festival Jury’s votes are all in, and the audience ballots all tallied up, Grimmfest have revealed this year’s award-winners: Horror Channel Achievement in Horror Award JEN AND […]

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11th Oct2019

Grimmfest 2019: ‘Artik’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Chase Williamson, Lauren Ashley Carter, Jerry G. Angelo, Matt Mercer, Gavin White, David Robbins, William Ward, Kari White, Keefe Stone, Chris Tapia | Written and Directed by Tom Botchii The titular Artik (Jerry G. Angelo) is a comic book obsessed serial killer who spends his days sketching and his nights teaching his son Adam […]

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07th Oct2019

Grimmfest 2019: ‘Dead Dicks’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Heston Horwin, Jillian Harris, Matt Keyes, Kristina Sandev | Written and Directed by Chris Bavota, Lee Paula Springer Genre cinema has often been used as an allegory for societal ills – Night of the Living Dead was an allegory for the inherent racism of the time; Deathdream was an allegory for the horrors of […]

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05th Oct2019

Grimmfest 2019: ‘Every Time I Die’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Drew Fonteiro, Marc Menchaca, Melissa Macedo, Michelle Macedo, Tyler Dash White | Written by Gal Katzir, Robi Michael | Directed by Robi Michael The debut feature of co-writer/director Robi Michael takes an old formula – a hero who has amnesia and is trapped in a situation that’s spiralling out of control – and spins […]

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05th Oct2019

Grimmfest 2019: ‘Tone-Deaf’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Robert Patrick, Amanda Crew, Kim Delaney, Hayley Marie Norman, Johnny Pemberton, Nancy Linehan Charles, Ray Wise, AnnaLynne McCord | Written and Directed by Richard Bates Jr. The latest genre opus from Richard Bates Jr., whose previous work includes Excision, Trash Fire and Suburban Gothic, Tone-Deaf tells the story of Olive (Amanda Crew), a millennial […]

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05th Oct2019

Grimmfest 2019: ‘Quiet Comes the Dawn’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Alexandra Drozdova, Alexander Molochnikov, Anna Slyu, Oksana Akinshina, Kuzma Kotrelev, Miroslav Pentsov, Anastasia Kuimova, Oleg Vasilkov, Valery Kukhareshin | Written by Evgeny Kolyadintsev | Directed by Pavel Sidorov Following the death of her brother under mysterious circumstances, and haunted by a series of disturbing dreams, a young woman is persuaded to take part in […]

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04th Oct2019

Grimmfest 2019: ‘She Never Died’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Olunike Adeliyi, Peter MacNeill, Noah Danby, Michelle Nolden, Kiana Madeira, Lawrence Gowan | Written by Jason Krawczyk | Directed by Audrey Cummings Back in 2015, a little, some might say unknown, movie made its UK debut as part of that years Grimmfest. That film was He Never Died, the Henry Rollins-starring vampire movie that […]

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23rd Sep2019

Grimmfest joins Greenacre Films to produce ‘Fear Machine’ TV show

by Phil Wheat

Horror movie festival Grimmfest has joined forces with UK production company Greenacre Films to develop and produce a new UK-centric horror anthology TV series entitled Fear Machine, which will showcase contemporary British tales of horror which will appeal to a broad audience as well the modern horror fan. Grimmfest director Simeon Halligan says: Horror is […]

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16th Sep2019

Guest line-up announced for Grimmfest 2019

by Phil Wheat

Grimmfest, Manchester’s festival of fantastic films, will take place at the Odeon Great Northern warehouse from the 3rd – 6th October 2019. Now in its eleventh year, the festival prides itself on bringing the best new genre movies to Manchester, focusing on horror and premiering films that contain shocks, suspense, terror, mystery… and a fair […]

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02nd Jul2019

Grimmfest announce ‘The Blair Witch Project’ 20th Anniversary Screening

by Phil Wheat

Grimmfest have announced they are to host a special 20th Anniversary screening event to celebrate the release of The Blair Witch Project (1999) at Stockport Plaza, Greater Manchester Twenty years ago, when the internet was in its infancy, the world was held captive by this ‘real-life’ documentary style film which projected the ‘found-footage’ sub-genre into […]

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18th Jun2019

Grimmfest announce first film and guest for 2019 festival

by Phil Wheat

Grimmfest have announced the festival will return on 3rd October 2019 for four days of horror, cult and fantastic films at the Odeon Great Northern, Manchester, UK. As full festival passes go on sale, Grimmfest have revealed their first movie premiere and special guest. Darlin’, the much anticipated follow up to Lucky McKee’s modern horror […]

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18th Oct2018

Grimmfest 2018: Exclusive Interview with Barbara Crampton – Part 3

by Matthew Turner

This years Grimmfest special guest was actress and horror genre icon Barbara Crampton. Renowned for her roles in cult classics such as Re-Animator and From Beyond, Barbara continues to be a major figure in contemporary genre cinema, appearing in such acclaimed recent releases as You’re Next, Beyond the Gates, Sun Choke, We Are Still Here […]

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17th Oct2018

Grimmfest 2018: Exclusive Interview with Barbara Crampton – Part 2

by Matthew Turner

This years Grimmfest special guest was actress and horror genre icon Barbara Crampton. Renowned for her roles in cult classics such as Re-Animator and From Beyond, Barbara continues to be a major figure in contemporary genre cinema, appearing in such acclaimed recent releases as You’re Next, Beyond the Gates, Sun Choke, We Are Still Here […]

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16th Oct2018

Grimmfest 2018: Exclusive Interview with Barbara Crampton – Part 1

by Matthew Turner

This years Grimmfest special guest was actress and horror genre icon Barbara Crampton. Renowned for her roles in cult classics such as Re-Animator and From Beyond, Barbara continues to be a major figure in contemporary genre cinema, appearing in such acclaimed recent releases as You’re Next, Beyond the Gates, Sun Choke, We Are Still Here […]

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04th Jun2018

Grimmfest announce 2018′s festival special guest

by Phil Wheat

UK genre film festival Grimmfest have announced that this year’s 10th Anniversary festival will take place at the ODEON Manchester Great Northern, 4th-7th October – and that the special guest will be actress and horror genre icon Barbara Crampton. Renowned for her roles in cult classics such as Re-Animator and From Beyond, Barbara continues to be a major figure […]

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04th Apr2018

Grimmfest to celebrate 10 years with first ‘Grimmfest Awards’

by Phil Wheat

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Grimmfest, the Manchester based genre festival is pleased to announce the first Grimmfest Awards, a new scheme to celebrate the very best genre titles selected for the annual festival and the creative teams behind them. Said festival director and founder of Grimmfest, Simeon Halligan: We are launching the awards, […]

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04th Oct2017

Interview: Simeon Halligan discusses Northern horror ‘Habit’

by Phil Wheat

In a follow-up to last weeks podcast/interview, Britflicks podcast host and Nerdly team member Stuart Wright talks to writer/director Simeon Halligan about his new film Habit, an adaptation of Steven McGeagh’s cult novel, which is set in a neon-drenched dystopian Manchester. Alongside Elliot James Langridge (Northern Soul), Habit features an incredible Northern cast of actors, […]

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13th Sep2017

Grimmfest 2017 closing film announced

by Phil Wheat

If there’s one thing that Horror teaches us, it’s that Royalty, the Aristocracy, the Captains of Industry, the rich and powerful generally, are not like the rest of us. They are vampires or lizards; they prey on us, or hunt us for sport; they indulge in grotesque, shapeshifting, “shunting” orgies; they go canvasing for Parliament […]

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01st Sep2017

Line-up announced for ‘Grimmfest 2017′

by Phil Wheat

Grimmfest, Manchester’s Festival of Horror, Cult and Fantastic Film is back; bigger, bolder, and bloodier than ever before. As the Printworks once again find itself under siege by blood-soaked hordes of horror enthusiasts and film freaks, as Team Grimmfest unleashes…the Ninth Configuration! The festivals latest and greatest line-up yet of dark, dangerous, wild, weird, witty, […]

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09th Mar2016

10 quick questions with Henry Rollins about ‘He Never Died’

by Phil Wheat

One of my favourite films from last years Grimmfest was the stunning vampire movie come theological horror He Never Died, (review) which sees Henry Rollins play Jack, a social outcast, who is thrust out of his comfort zone when the outside world bangs on his door and he can’t contain his violent past. As it […]

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