11th GRIMMFEST – 2019’s line-up of indie horror, cult and thriller films

Tales from the Lodge. Image credit: Courtesy of Grimmfest

The 11th edition of Grimmfest, one of the UK’s leading horror, cult and genre film festivals, committed and dedicated to sharing great movies from both new and established filmmakers from the world of genre cinema, will be held in Manchester (England) from the 3 – 6 of October. Grimmfest prides itself on premiering the very best in new horror, cult, extreme fantasy and sci-fi movies and, for 2019, they really went out of their way to present an incredibly solid line-up.

As Horror World & Reviews, I’ve been granted unlimited access to the 40 horror movies that will screen/premiere at Grimmfest this year (21 feature-length films and 19 shorts). Clearly, I will not be able to watch all of them due to time restraints – it’s physically impossible to watch 40 films in 4 days – and to the overlapping with the Milano Film Festival, which I will be attending in person from October 4th.

With this article, my goal is to introduce the 2019’s line-up of Grimmfest to you, so that you’ll be able to add promising-sounding titles to your watchlist! When possible, I included trailers for the 21 feature-length horror movies and, through brief descriptions, I’ll try to explain what they are about. Are you ready? Go!

Check the 21 horror movies at Grimmfest below… and don’t miss the slideshow!


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1BR (USA, David Marmor, horror/thriller) – With the plot being kept under wraps, I will only say that 1BR follows a young woman (Sarah, played by first-timer Nicole Brydon Bloom) starting over in a new city: she scores a perfect apartment (the title of the movie is the address) only to discover, too late, that the place and her neighbours are not at all what they seem. It screens at Odeon Manchester Great Northern on October 6th, 12.20pm.

4X4 (Argentina, Mariano Cohn, action/crime/sci-fi)Renowned documentarist Mariano Cohn delves, for the first time, into fiction with a film that tackles contentious and controversial topics such as enforcing justice outside the law, and the narrow line that separates victims from assailants. Through elements of science fiction and ultra-violence, this film is set to be a true punch in the guts for the audience. It screens at Odeon Manchester Great Northern on October 4th, 11.30pm.

A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE (UK, Staten Cousins Roe, action/comedy/horror) – A self-help addict unwittingly finds herself on a killing spree with her unhinged life coach in this mad road trip filled with uncompromising British humour. It screens at Odeon Manchester Great Northern on October 4th, 4.40pm.

ARTIK (USA, Tom Botchii, Skowronski, horror/thriller)A comic book obsessed serial killer teaches his son how to get away with a series of brutal murders until the boy befriends a mysterious man who threatens to expose everything. It screens at Odeon Manchester Great Northern on October 5th, 4.30pm.

BLOOD VESSEL (Australia, Justin Dix, horror)Set at the end of WWII, Blood Vessel opens with a bunch of characters, each of them coming from different countries, on a raft adrift in the middle of the sea. When they spot a minesweeper ship with Nazi signs, they decide to risk it and seek help: however, the ship seems empty, which means the survivors can now eat canned food and take shelter in it. This seems too good to be true and, in fact, our main characters soon find out that something even more dangerous than Nazis is on the ship with them. It premieres at Odeon Manchester Great Northern on October 4th, 9.30pm.

DARLIN’ (USA, Pollyanna McIntosh, drama/horror)The story picks up a few years after the ending of The Woman when feral teenager Darlin’ is brought to a Catholic hospital and then transferred to a care home run by a bishop and his nuns. They want to educate the girl and turn her into a ‘society-acceptable’ person: The Woman, who raised her for many years, wants to take her back no matter what it takes. It screens at Odeon Manchester Great Northern on October 4th, 7pm.

DEAD DICKS (Canada, Chris Bavota & Lee Paul Springer, horror) – After Becca receives a distressing call from her suicidal brother Richie, she rushes over to his apartment and finds him alive and well – surrounded by copies of his own dead body. Despite the comedic-sounding premise and title, Dead Dicks is supposed to be a straight-horror film with loads of psychologically interesting themes. It premieres at Odeon Manchester Great Northern on October 6th, 10.30am.

EVERY TIME I DIE (USA, Robi Michael, horror/thriller) – When Sam is murdered in a remote lake, his consciousness begins to travel through the bodies of his friends in an effort to protect them from his killer. This dark passage leads him on a greater journey – discovering his own true identity. It screens at Odeon Manchester Great Northern on October 4th, 2.30pm.

EXTRA ORDINARY (Ireland, Mike Ahern & Enda Loughman, comedy/horror)The story revolves around Rose (Maeve Higgins), a sweet, lonely driving instructor in rural Ireland, who is gifted with supernatural abilities. Rose has a love/hate relationship with her ‘talents’ & tries to ignore the constant spirit related requests from locals. At the same time, Christian Winter (Will Forte), a washed up, one-hit-wonder rock star, has made a pact with the devil for a return to greatness: to achieve that, he puts a spell on a local teenager. Her terrified father, Martin Martin (Barry Murphy), asks Rose to help save his daughter. Rose has to overcome the fear of her supernatural gift and work with Martin to save the girl. It screens at Odeon Manchester Great Northern on October 5th, 7pm.

HARPOON (Canada, Rob Grant, horror/comedy)Rivalries, dark secrets, and sexual tension emerge when three best friends find themselves stranded on a yacht in the middle of the ocean under suspicious circumstances. It screens at Odeon Manchester Great Northern on October 6th, 4.30pm.

I SEE YOU (USA, Adam Randall, horror/thriller) – Strange occurrences plague a small-town detective and his family as he investigates the disappearance of a young boy. The film premiered at Frightfest and got a very positive response, which makes it one of the most anticipated movies at Grimmfest. It screens at Odeon Manchester Great Northern on October 6th, 2.20pm.

LITTLE MONSTERS (Australia/UK, Abe Forsythe, horror/comedy)Speaking of anticipated films, one of the highlights of this year’s Grimmfest is Little Monsters, starring Lupita Nyong’o. A washed-up musician who teams up with a teacher and a kids show personality to protect young children from a sudden outbreak of zombies. It screens at Odeon Manchester Great Northern on October 6th, 9pm.

QUIET COMES THE DAWN (Russia, Pavel Sidorov, horror/thriller) – A story of grief where the lead girl, whose brother dies under mysterious circumstances, finds herself unable to distinguish nightmares from reality. While dealing with her terrifying visions, she also has to find out what really happened to her brother. It screens at Odeon Manchester Great Northern on October 4th, 10.30am.

RABID (Canada, The Soska Sisters, horror) – Speaking of highlights of Grimmfest, this reinterpretation of Cronenberg’s Rabid (1977) follows fashion designer Rose Miller (Laura Vandervoort) who, after suffering from a disfiguring traffic accident, undergoes a radical and untested stem-cell treatment. The experimental transformation is a miraculous success, transforming her into a ravishing beauty. As one can imagine, though, the treatment comes with dreadful side effects, as Rose soon develops an uncontrollable sexual appetite, resulting in several torrid encounters, which sees her lovers become rabid carriers of death and disease. It screens at Odeon Manchester Great Northern on October 6th, 7pm.

SATANIC PANIC (USA, Chelsea Stardust, comedy/horror)A pizza delivery girl at the end of her financial rope has to fight for her life – and her tips – when her last order of the night turns out to be high society Satanists in need of a virgin sacrifice. It screens at Odeon Manchester Great Northern on October 3rd, 11.10pm.

SHE NEVER DIED (Canada, Audrey Cummings, action/drama/comedy/horror)Sequel of the 2015 film He Never Died, this movie follows Lacey, a socially detached loner is cursed with immortality and a never-ending tedium of existence. In her attempts to keep her compulsions in check, she seeks out the darkest souls humanity has to offer. Lacey must now face her own inner demons while simultaneously finding her next meal. It screens at Odeon Manchester Great Northern on October 3rd, 9.20pm.

TALES FROM THE LODGE (UK, Abigale Blackmore, anthology/horror/comedy) – This is a fresh take on the portmanteau horror-comedy genre: an isolated lodge somewhere in England. Five old university pals, now nudging 40, gather for a weekend to scatter the ashes of their friend, Jonesy, who drowned himself in the lake three years earlier. They settle in for a fun evening, entertaining each other with stories of murders, ghosts, zombies and possessions, but as day turns to night, the gang become aware of another horror story unfolding around them… and this one is real! It screens at Odeon Manchester Great Northern on October 3rd, 7pm.

THE SHED (USA, Frank Sabatella, horror) – Stan lives with his abusive grandfather and tries to protect his best friend from high school bullies. When he discovers a murderous creature has taken refuge inside his tool shed, he tries to battle it alone until his bullied friend discovers the creature and has a far more sinister plan. It premieres at Odeon Manchester Great Northern on October 5th, 9.10pm.

THE WRETCHED (USA, Brett & Drew Pierce, horror) – A defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parent’s imminent divorce, faces off with a thousand-year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman next door. It screens at Odeon Manchester Great Northern on October 5th, 7pm.

TONE-DEAF (USA, Richard Bates Jr., comedy/horror/thriller) – A woman goes to the countryside to spend a quiet weekend after losing her job and having her last complicated relationship implode. She rents a country house to an old-fashioned widower, who struggles to hide his psychopathic tendencies. Actually, I’ve seen this film already and I really loved it: you can check my spoiler-review here for more info. It screens at Odeon Manchester Great Northern on October 5th, 10.30am.

WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE! (Russia, Kirill Sokolov, comedy/drama/horror) – Andrei, a detective and the world’s most horrible father, brings together a terrible group of people in his apartment: his resentful actress daughter, an angry thug, and a cheated cop. Each one of them has a reason to want revenge and start a bloody mayhem! It screens at Odeon Manchester Great Northern on October 5th, 12.30pm.

And that is all for the feature-length horror films at Grimmfest! How do they sound to you? Which ones are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments and stay tuned for seven (or more…) upcoming reviews from this spooky film festival! Subscribe to be notified about the reviews from Grimmfest 2019 and/or like the official Facebook page of Horror World & Reviews.

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