Following a year of online events and virtual screenings, Manchester’s Grimmfest returns with a new, hybrid festival that allows genre movie fans access to more thrills, chills and spills than ever before. Boasting over thirty features, this year’s event combines a full scale in-person film festival, running from 7-10 October across two screens at the Odeon Great Northern, with a complementary virtual festival streaming the following weekend.
As always, there are premieres, Q&As, shorts and plenty of feature films, starting on 7 October with the English premiere of Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe’s much anticipated black comedy The Beta Test. Also of note is Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s underwater haunted house horror The Deep House and Ricky Bates, Jr.’s King Knight, which stars Grimmfest favourite, and former Lifetime Achievement winner, Barbara Crampton.
Speaking of Grimmfest’s Lifetime Achievement Award, this year’s honouree is iconic genre movie star Dee Wallace, who has appeared in the likes of The Hills Have Eyes, The Howling, E.T. and Critters. Wallace will be present at the festival as guest of honour, and there will be a short retrospective of her work for audiences to catch on the big screen.
The hybrid format of the festival means that dedicated Grimmfest-ers have double the opportunities to watch this year’s programme. And while much of the slate remains the same across both editions, there are enough films exclusive to either the in-person or virtual events to make it worth checking in on both of them.