Grimmfest Kicks off in October
Written by Charlotte Stear
October is nearly upon us which means Halloween (the best time of the year) is just around the corner. But for many people, October means that one big horror event is nearly upon us, Grimmfest!
Now in its ninth year, Manchester’s Grimmfest is the horror and cult film festival that keeps going from strength to strength, each year more impressive than the last. Its audience has grown in size and it has become well known for its diverse choice of movies. Here at HorrorTalk, we’ve had great pleasure watching it grow to become one of the big competitors to London’s FrightFest
Having reported on the festival from its early days, I was honoured and excited to join the team to help programme this year’s festival and yes this will seem slightly biased, but 2017’s festival line-up is one of its best yet! Hugely anticipated movies like Leatherface and Better Watch Out shall be screened over the weekend, as well as overseas festival favourites like 68 Kill and Dave Made a Maze. These are the films horror fans in t’north wouldn’t easily have the chance to see so we’re proud to bring them up here. We also have Grimmfest’s own Simeon Halligan’s latest movie Habit which will be opening the event, a much anticipated movie in Manchester due to it being shot just minutes from the festival venue!
There are, of course, many films you may not have heard about screening over the course of the four day festival and I’m here to list my five favourites that may be a little under your radar. It goes without saying that every film we’re screening we’re excited to present, but these five are just my personal must-sees.
This sums up Grimmfest pretty well, my first top pick is Poor Agnes which opens the festival on Friday morning at 10am. Grimm screens the best movies from the moment the cinema doors at The Printworks open, and until they turf us out in the early hours, none of this warming up until the main event business.
Screening: Friday October 6th 10.20am
Warning: do not eat your lunch while watching this movie like I did. Freehold takes place in one setting, a flat in London that is occupied by an estate agent, but just like those creepy urban legends you’ve heard about, there’s someone else living in his apartment who comes out when he’s not around. This movie is everything, it’s creepy, disgusting, funny, and it has heart. Everything comes together in this incredibly poignant and disturbing as hell story that will no doubt be the hit of the weekend.
Screening: Friday 6th 4.30pm
That’s just a sample of the great movies we have in store for festival-goers but if you don’t have your tickets yet, don’t worry! Grimmfest runs from Oct 5th-8th and tickets are available by clicking here. See you there!
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