2- 5 October, Manchester The sixth annual genre fest went all out for 2014. Colin McCracken was on hand…
Simeon Halligan and Rachel Richardson-Jones ( White Settlers) are the filmmaking duo who run regular screenings in Manchester along with the annual Grimmfest which this year took place in three separate venues across the city.
Grimm has always mixed it up, giving aspiring filmmakers a chance to screen their work alongside the greats, so almost every show was accompanied by a quality short. On opening night, The Babadook was met with delight from a sold out audience. A Women In Horror showcase at hip eatery/ screening room Gorilla followed on Thursday.
Later that evening, feminist vegan horror The Herd left audiences dazed and reeling, as the night progressed into a double bill of Brian O’Malley’s stunning first feature Let Us Prey and Richard Bates Jr’s neo- psychedelic follow on to Excision, Suburban Gothic.
“This is the perfect venue.” said Italian horror score legend Claudio Simonetti as he prepared backstage at The Dancehouse, a fully operational dance academy. Perfect because on Friday night his incarnation of Goblin took to the stage to live score Argento’s Suspiria.
Excellent microbudget urban haunting Forgotten kicked off Saturday morning, with a superb double from down under in the guise of Housebound and What We Do In The Shadows. Top make- up FX artist Shaune Harrison ( see SFX 251) was also on hand to work his magic in a series of compelling live demonstrations.
Saturday night explored the dark side of Hollywood with Starry Eyes ( hot tip for this year!) and Zombeavers, which makes Troma’s output look like Merchant Ivory. Spooky Irish mystery The Canal brought the weekend to a close.
With loads of Q& As, guests, signings and live events, Grimmfest separates itself from the majority of horror events by tearing down the velvet rope. This familial event exudes a sense of community that many horror festivals shy away from. Every year it gets better, and every year it feels more like home. www. grimmfest. com
The brochures sported a deliciously retro
The cast of The Herd rock the casual look at all times.
Bruno Trevitali from Goblin has had quite enough.