Grimmfest 2016 - Day One
Written by Charlotte Stear
Another year, another Grimmfest and this year the festival has been bigger and better than ever. With Horror Channel and Shudder UK added to its list of sponsors, the Manchester-based festival has had a real buzz about it. Now in its seventh year, the festival going from strength to strength and the growing attendance and calibre of films being screened is proof of that. Over the course of four days, the Grimm attendees were treated to films of the weird, macabre and downright bizarre, so here’s a round-up of the movies, starting with the opening night!
Let Me Make You a Martyr
Directed by Corey Asraf and John Swab
Let Me Make You A Martyr follows two adopted siblings who fall in love and plan to kill their abusive father. It‘s not a film that is easily digestible, it’s a strange, Southern Gothic tale that weaves a complex story with themes of religion and morality and will leave you thinking about it for long after its finished. The cinematography is astounding , they utilise their surrounds to add to the rather ethereal feel to the film. It shocked me that the performance of the entire weekend would be Marilyn Manson as Eric Strauss Pope, but with his deep southern drawl, dark demeanour and the subtle but hilarious expressions, Manson steals the show. Corey Asraf and John Swab have created an intriguing film here and although the pacing of the film is not completely smooth, it’s a great start to their directorial careers.
Directed by Shaun Robert Smith
Broken tells the story of Evie, a troubled woman who has moved to England to start a new life. She takes a job as a carer and is placed with John, a tetraplegic patient who takes out his anguish on her. The burden of the job stirs up Evie's past and it is only a matter of time before someone snaps.
Directed by Carson D. Mell
After two rather heavy-hitting movies, some much-needed light relief came in the form of Another Evil. This movie follows a family who encounter paranormal activity in their holiday home and seek out “an industrial grade exorcist” to help get rid of the intruders. However, the guy they hire to do the job is just as odd as the ghosts and they soon realise they may be in more trouble than they anticipated. Another Evil is a dark comedy that doesn’t go where you expect. The dry delivery of Steve Zissis compared with the zany style humour of Mark Proksch is a perfect combination and the bat-shit crazy dialogue makes for a really fun movie. And don’t worry horror hounds, there is enough suspense, jumps and weirdness to whet the appetite for all of you.
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