Grimmfest 2014 takes place in Manchester, England, from the 2nd-5th October, and the opening night lineup has been announced. It includes two bloody fantastic features, an exclusive short film premiere, and some great special guests.
This year’s Grimmfest Opening Night will be headlined by the English Premiere of Brian O’Malley’s Scottish/Irish horror Let Us Prey starring Liam Cunningham (“Game of Thrones”) and Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman).
We join Rachel (McIntosh), a rookie cop, as she is about to begin her first nightshift in a neglected police station in a Scottish backwater town… the kind of place where the tide has gone out and stranded a motley bunch of the aimless, the forgotten, the bitter-and-twisted who all think that, really, they deserve to be somewhere else. They all think they’re there by accident and that, with a little luck, life is going to get better. Wrong on both counts. Six (Cunningham) is about to arrive – and all hell will break loose!
Present for the premiere and a Q&A following the film will be the stars and director of Let Us Prey: Pollyanna McIntosh, Liam Cunningham (TBC), Douglas Russell, Hanna Stanbridge, and Brian O’Malley.
Next is the UK premiere of Suburban Gothic, the new feature from Richard Bates, Jr. (Excision) with a fantastic cast featuring Matthew Gray Gubler (500 Days of Summer), Kat Dennings (Thor), Ray Wise (“Twin Peaks”), Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), John Waters, and the Soska Sisters.
Raymond has a prestigious college degree, but he can’t find work. He can channel the paranormal, but chatting with a cute girl mystifies him. Kicked out of his big city apartment, Raymond returns home to his overbearing mother, his racist ex-jock father, and old brutish bully classmates. But when a vengeful ghost terrorizes the small town, the city boy recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to solve the mystery of the spirit threatening everyone’s lives.
Opening the night will be the world premiere of the “vegan feminist horror” short film The Herd starring Pollyanna McIntosh (Let Us Prey, The Woman), Victoria Broom (Stalled), and Charlotte Hunter (“Emmerdale”). The film was directed and produced by Melanie Light and written by Ed Pope.
Imprisoned within inhuman squalor with other women, Paula’s existence and human function are abused as a resource by her captors. Escape, on any level, is hopeless as the women are condemned to a life of enforced servitude at the whims of their imprisoners for one reason only – their milk. Enslaved, inseminated, and abused – every facet of their life is violated. At first the premise seems exaggerated and absurd, but it is, in fact, disgusting in its stark normality.
The full lineup for Grimmfest 2014 will be announced next week. Tickets for the Opening Gala will be available once the full festival lineup has been released.
Grimmfest is now in its sixth year and has quickly become the UK’s premier festival of genre film outside of London. Tickets and passes for the festival are on sale NOW! For more info visit the official Grimmfest website, befriend them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter (@grimmfest).
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