The Grimmfest 2014 line-up has been announced!

The annual International Festival of Horror and Cult Films takes place between 2nd and 5th October launches with an opening night gala at Manchester’s Dancehouse Theatre, in which the festival is based.

The sensational line-up has been carefully put together to feature horror sci-fi and cult feature and short films from around the world with both brand-new moveies and classics and will include Q&As and festival appearances from special guests, after parties as well as surprise screenings.  It’s a line-up which has Grimmfest Festival Director Simeon Halligan excited as he commented “We always try to make each Grimmfest bigger than the last and I think this year has been really strong for independent horror and genre titles, I’m really excited by what we’re going to screen at Grimmfest, I’m convinced it’s our best line up yet!”.


So what does it have in store?

Thursday 2 October:

The Herd – the world premiere of Melanie Light’s ‘Vegan Feminist Horror’ short film

Let Us Prey – The English premiere of Brian O’Malley’s Irish/Scottish Horror for which cast members Liam Cunningham (Games of Thrones), Pollyanna McIntosh (White Settlers), Douglas Russell and Hanna Stanbridge will join the proceedings for a live Q&A

Suburban Gothic – directed by Richard Bates Jr (Excisions) and featuring Matthew Gray Gubler (500 days of Summer), Kat Dennings (Thor), Ray Wise (Robocop and Twin Peaks), John Waters and The Soska Sisters


Friday 3 October:

Italian 70’s progressive rock legends Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin will be in residence, performing a live score to Dario Argento’s horror classic Suspiria (appropriately considering the Dancehouse venue, a movie which is set in a ballet school!) which will be followed by a screening of Dawn of the Dead: The Argento Cut


Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 October:

The Forgotten – Oliver Frampton’s London-set highly rated social realist terror;

Housebound – Gerald Johnson’s kiwi horror comedy

Coherence – Jame Ward Byrkit’s mind-bender staring Nicholas Brendon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)

What We Do In The Shadows – a vampire comedy from New Zealand about vampire flatmates

Starry Eyes – Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer’s critically acclaimed satanic Hollywood tale

Zombeavers – the beaver featured whacky comedy

Life After Beth – Jeff Baena’s zombie rom-com starring Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick

The Samurai – Till Kleinert’s German slasher movie

Wolfcop – billed as Dirty Harry only hairier as a cop transforms into a werewolf

The Canal – closing proceedings will be the premiers of Ivan Kavanagh’s thriller which will be followed by a Q&A with cast and crew members


For the second year, Grimmfest will also feature Fringe screening events at Gorilla which will showcase extreme and independence horror from around the world.  The first will commence on the Thursday with a Women in Horror Showcase with films from some of the best woman in the horror world including Venezuelan suspense movie The House At The End of Time starring Ruddy Rodriguez, Chelsey Burdon’s revenge short She, the gruesome Truth Or Dare from Jessica Cameron, Julia (starring Ashley C Williams) and post-apocalypse thriller The Well (starring Haley Lu Richardson).

The second Fringe line-up will feature a Head F**k Cinema Showcase with movies such Joseph O’Brien’s Devil’s Mile, black Comedy L.F.O., the mind blowing The Reconstruction of William Zero, thriller Open Grave (featuring Sharlto Copley of District 9 and Elysium) and Australia’s first Giallo move Sororal.

The festival and fringe events will also see some fo the best in new short films, including, amongst others demonic possession tale The Visitant starring Amy Smart (The Butterfly Effect/Crank), Get Some starring John Hannah (The Mummy) and Spanish pitch black gothic comedy Don’t Play With The Food.

Festival passes for Grimmfest are on sale now with individual day tickets going on sale on at 1pm on 5th September.

The full timings can be found at the Grimmfest website.

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