25th Nov2021

Grimmfest announce ‘Xmas Horror Nights’ December event

by Phil Wheat

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 […]

29th Oct2021

Grimmfest 2021: ‘The Nights Belong to Monsters’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Luciana Grasso, Esteban Lamothe, Jazmín Stuart, Gustavo Garzon, Agustin Daulte, Macarena Suarez | Written by Paula Marotta | Directed by Sebastian Perillo A 17 year old girl named Sol moves, with her mother, into the home of her mother’s boyfriend, Gonzalo. Sol feels uneasy, even scared, of Gonzalo and his demeanour, and struggles with the […]

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27th Oct2021

Grimmfest 2021: ‘Happy Times’ Review

by Chris Cummings

Stars: Michael Aloni, Shani Atias, Iris Bahr, Stefi Celma, Sophia Santi, Kevin Thoms, Liraz Chamami, Griffin Kramer, Mike Burstyn, Ido Mor, Rigo Obezo, Guy Adler | Written by Michael Mayer, Guy Ayal | Directed by Michael Mayer Now, this was something different. Michael Mayer (Out in the Dark), who directs and co-writes with Guy Ayal, […]

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27th Oct2021

Grimmfest 2021: ‘The Deep House’ Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: James Jagger, Camille Rowe, Eric Savin, Alexis Servaes, Anne Claessens, Carolina Massey | Written and Directed by Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury The Deep House is the latest film by French filmmakers Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury. This comes after Kandisha which, while better receive than Leatherface, still failed to bring them the acclaim they received […]

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21st Oct2021

Grimmfest 2021: ‘Blast’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Nora Arnezeder, Sara Mortensen, Pierre Kiwitt, Edouard Montoute, Olga Korotyayeva, Alika Del Sol, Léwine Weber, Marius Blivet, Pierre Marello, Anton Yakovlev, Rasha Bukvic | Written by Vanya Peirani-Vignes, Pablo Barbetti | Directed by Vanya Peirani-Vignes In a Parisian parking lot Sonia (Nora Arnezeder) finds herself trapped in her car with her son and the […]

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18th Oct2021

Grimmfest 2021: ‘The Pizzagate Massacre’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Tinus Seaux, Alexandria Payne, Lee Eddy, John Valley, Derek Babb, Zachary T. Scott | Written and Directed by John Valley The Pizzagate Massacre (originally titled Duncan) opens with a monologue, to camera, from a reporter (Derek Babb) who informs the audience about what we are about to see. A story, told in flashback, of […]

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18th Oct2021

Grimmfest 2021: ‘Forgiveness’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jessica Ortiz, Alejandra Zaid, Alejandra Toussaint, Andres de la Mora, Horacio Castelo, Laura de Ita, Diego Garza | Written and Directed by Alex Kahuam Forgiveness sees three women mysteriously wake up in a hospital and discover that one of them is deaf, one is mute and the other one is blind; together they will […]

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15th Oct2021

Grimmfest 2021: ‘Night at the Eagle Inn’ Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: Amelia Dudley, Taylor Turner, Greg Schweers, Beau Minniear, Erik Bloomquist | Written by Erik Bloomquist, Carson Bloomquist | Directed by Erik Bloomquist Night at the Eagle Inn is the latest film from Erik and Carson Bloomquist. We’ve been following these filmmakers since way back in 2015 and their first short film The Cobblestone Corridor. Since […]

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14th Oct2021

Grimmfest 2021: ‘Father of Flies’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Nicholas Tucci, Camilla Rutherfor, Sandra Andreis, Davi Santos, Page Ruth, Colleen Heidemann, Malik Ibheis, Carl Prekopp, Keaton Tetlow, Lida Fox | Written by Nadia Doherty, Ben Charles Edwards | Directed by Ben Charles Edwards Once again Grimmfest brings together the best of new talent in the horror genre in time for a new festival […]

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14th Oct2021

Grimmfest 2021: ‘Shot in the Dark’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Kristoffer McMillan, Jacqueline Toboni, Brandon Sklenar, Kelley Mack, Christine Donlon, Austin Hebert, Will Harris, Lindsay Ames, Rhomeyn Johnson | Written by Kristoffer McMillan, Keene McRae, Lane Thomas | Directed by Keene McRae I feel like the horror genre has had a recent surge in movies that seem to centre on a certain theme or story, […]

13th Oct2021

Grimmfest 2021: ‘Two Witches’ Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: Belle Adams, Ian Michaels, Tim Fox, Dina Silva, Rebekah Kennedy, Kristina Klebe | Written by Pierre Tsigaridis, Kristina Klebe, Maxim Rancon | Directed by Pierre Tsigaridis Two Witches, the first feature from Pierre Tsigaridis features a pair of somewhat connected tales of modern day witchcraft. These aren’t the witches of Hocus Pocus or Sabrina […]

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13th Oct2021

Grimmfest 2021: ‘For Roger’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Michael Andruusiewicz, Jenna Gibilisco, Nicholas Paparo, Russell Ranere | Written by Aaron Bartuska, Gwyn Cutler, Derek Pinchot | Directed by Aaron Bartuska I’m always willing to give any kind of found footage style movie a go. Ever since the brilliance of The Blair Witch Project, this type of movie (mainly in the horror genre) […]

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12th Oct2021

Grimmfest 2021: ‘The Sadness’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Regina, Tzu-Chiang Wang, Berant Zhu | Written and Directed by Rob Jabbaz I watched The Sadness knowing that it already had quite the reputation. I’d read parts of reviews that had spoke about the misery, the horrific and sadistic scenes, the over-the-top violence and depravity and much much more. As a long time and […]

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12th Oct2021

Grimmfest 2021: ‘Alone With You’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Emily Bennett, Barbara Crampton, Meghan Lane, Dora Madison, Emma Myles | Written and Directed by Emily Bennett, Justin Brooks The Covid pandemic might have just changed the way people make and watch movies forever. Of course, the way watch them was slowly changing and now we are seeing more and more films released in […]

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12th Oct2021

Grimmfest 2021: ‘Faceless’ Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: Alex Essoe, Brendan Sexton III, Terry Serpico, Richard Haylor | Written by Marcel Sarmiento, Ed Dougherty | Directed by Marcel Sarmiento Directed by Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl, Totem) who co-wrote it with Ed Dougherty (Paint it Black, 7 Witches) and co-starring Alex Essoe (Midnighters, Homewrecker) Faceless (no relation to the Jess Franco film from 1987) […]

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11th Oct2021

Grimmfest 2021: ‘The Spore’ Review

by Jim Morazzini

Stars: Brian Hillard, Justin Golinski, Jeanie Jefferies, Haley Heslip, Peter Tell, Jackson Ezinga, Jovonnah Nicholson | Written and Directed by D.M. Cunningham The Spore, is as you can probably guess, a film about killer fungi. That in itself is nothing new. From Matango: Fungus of Terror aka Attack of the Mushroom People to Creepshow’s “The […]

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11th Oct2021

Grimmfest 2021: ‘The Free Fall’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Andrea Londo, Shawn Ashmore, Jane Badler, Michael Berry Jr., Elizabeth Cappuccino, Dominic Hoffman, Lorenzo Antonucci, Marc Senter, Madeleine Coghlan, Jackie Dallas, Samuel Davis | Written by Kent Harper | Directed by Adam Stilwell For his freshman film director Adam Stilwell (The Triangle) teams up with writer Kent Harper, who co-wrote the brilliant Surveillance with […]

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11th Oct2021

Grimmfest 2021: ‘The Beta Test’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jim Cummings, PJ McCabe, Virginia Newcomb, Kevin Changaris, Olivia Grace Applegate, Jessie Barr, Christian Hillborg, Malin Barr, Jaqueline Done, Wilky Yau | Written and Directed by Jim Cummings, PJ McCabe A married Hollywood agent, played by co-writer and co-director Jim Cummings, receives a mysterious letter for an anonymous sexual encounter and becomes ensnared in […]

08th Oct2021

Interview: Organisers Simeon Halligan and Steve Balshaw talk Grimmfest 2021

by Kevin Haldon

Here’s another interview in Nerdly’s socially distanced series of chats. This time round Kev sits down with two of the organisers of Manchester’s Grimmfest horror film festival, Simeon Halligan and Steve Balshaw, to discuss all things Grimmfest and the UK horror scene as whole. Grimmfest 2021 takes place at the Odeon Great Northern in Manchester […]

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11th Jun2021

Grimmfest announce October [physical] festival dates

by Phil Wheat

After over a year of “home invasions” in the form of virtual screenings and online events, the organisers of Manchester’s Grimmfest have announced the festival will be back this October… in the cinema! From 7th to 10th October, is back once again in their regular venue, the Odeon Great Northern for a live event. They […]

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31st May2021

Grimmfest May Madness: ‘To Your Last Death’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Morena Baccarin, William Shatner, Ray Wise, Bill Moseley, Damien C. Haas, Dani Lennon, Benjamin Siemon, Florence Hartigan, Austin Bitikofer | Written by Jim Cirile, Tanya C. Klein | Directed by Jason Axinn [NOTE: With the film screening as part of this months Grimmfest May madness event, here’s a reposting of our review of To […]

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31st May2021

Grimmfest May Madness: ‘Vicious Fun’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Evan Marsh, Amber Goldfarb, Ari Millen, Julian Richings, Robert Maillet, David Koechner, Alexa Rose Steele | Written by Cody Calahan, James Villeneuve | Directed by Cody Calahan Grimmfest keep on delivering the goods despite a worldwide pandemic. Their latest treat comes along with the May Bank Holiday and includes Cody Calahan’s latest movie Vicious […]

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