Grimmfest May Madness

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

29 — 31 May 2021 Tickets from £23.5 — Book now

Grimmfest return with another online event set to delight (and possibly disturb) fans of horror and cult cinema. Scheduled across the Bank Holiday Weekend, May Madness is a series of three double bills that featuring everything from slick psychological thrillers to outrageous splattery satires.

Included in the programme is the world premiere of The Nest, an eco-horror spin on the Bodysnatchers template, directed by James Suttles and written by Grimmfest alum Jennifer Trudrung.

Max Reload & the Nether Blasters is a retro-styled gaming fantasy which packs star power, with the likes of Lin Shaye (Insidious), Greg Grunberg (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Martin Kove (Karate Kid) and Kevin Smith (Clerks) all making an appearance.

“a mix of fun, crazy, scary and downright weird movies for you all to enjoy on the cusp of summer.”

Meanwhile, we like the sound of Lapsis, a lo-fi sci-fi, the fiction-feature debut from doc maker Noak Hutton. Billed as a gig economy satire with echoes of Philip K. Dick and Charlie Kaufman, this one should be interesting at the very least.

Speaking about the event, Simeon Halligan, festival director said: “This is likely to be our last fully online gig as UK cinemas begin to open this summer. We wanted to welcome brighter times into our lives and say goodbye to darkness through a mix of fun, crazy, scary and downright weird movies for you all to enjoy on the cusp of summer.”

For full timings and line-up click through to the Grimmfest website.

29 — 31 May 2021 Tickets from £23.5 Book now

Where to go near Grimmfest May Madness

Fairfield Social Club

Launching in spring 2024, Fairfield Social Club is a multi-purpose site next to Angel Meadows Park in the Green Quarter.

The Coro

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Sam Read Bookseller

Award-winning small bookshop in the Lake District. Est. by Sam Read in 1887. Run by Will Smith and Polly Atkin.


Capri serves up homely, family-style Italian food in North Yorkshire.

Manchester Wine Tours

Manchester Wine Tours is a relaxed, fun wine tour, taking in four or five venues across three hours, plus six high-quality glasses of wine.

Juno Books

Friendly local queer and intersectional feminist bookshop in Sheffield. Visit for interesting fiction and non fiction books.

The Dusty Miller

Family friendly pub situated in the beautiful village of Mytholmroyd.

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