Manchester’s foremost genre cinema festival moves online for 2020, with a lineup featuring all of the thrills, spills, blood and guts that fans have come to expect. Grimmfest’s 2020 edition includes over 20 feature film premieres, two short film showcases, Q&As, seminars and an exclusive audience with one of the horror’s foremost movers and shakers — actor, writer and director,Mick Garris (Masters of Horror, Hocus Pocus.)
The festival opens with Jules Willcox caught up in a savage game of cat and mouse in the European premiere of John Hyam’s psychological thriller Alone. That film kicks off a focus on female fronted horror that includes festival favourite Pollyanna McIntosh in girl-gang biker revenge flick Revenge Ride and Caroline Williams in vampire flick Ten Minutes to Midnight. McIntosh and Williams are also slated to join other stars in an exclusive panel on Iconic Women in Horror.
“Online, at home, but together in spirit. We hope everyone joins in, watches all the films and connects with all the amazing filmmakers.”
As always, Grimmfest highlights exciting independent voices in Horror. Chad Ferrin returns to the festival with H.P. Lovecraft’s The Deep Ones, while B. Harrison Smith’s The Special — billed as Fatal Attraction meets The Blob — gets its World premiere. Other premieres include South African psychedelic drug-trip alien possession movie Fried Barry and Charlie Steed’s Death Ranch, in which an African American family on the run collide with cannibal Klansmen.
Chief programmer Steve Balshaw emphasises the ways in which audiences can connect through this special five-day online edition: “We can’t wait to unleash this wonderful selection of movies on Grimmfest fans. Online, at home, but together in spirit. We hope everyone joins in, watches all the films and connects with all the amazing filmmakers. This year, you won’t be able to chat to them at the bar, but you can ask them questions as part of our ‘Live’ online Q&As.”