GRIMMFEST Announce Opening Night Gala Line-up

Written by Martin Unsworth Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Event News

Grimm Up North have announced details of the Opening Night Gala line-up of this year's GRIMMFEST.

To kick off the festival in style, the first night films are all premieres.

Headlining is Scottish/Irish horror LET US PREY, directed by Brian O'Malley and starring Liam Cunningham (GAME OF THRONES) and Pollyanna McIntosh (WHITE SETTLERS). The synopsis is:

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!” 

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Several stars including Pollyanna McIntosh, Douglas Russell, Hanna Stanbridge and Liam Cunningham (TBC) as well as Brian O'Malley, the director, will attend and take part in a post-screening Q&A.

Screening along with LET US PREY is the new feature from Richard Bates Jr (EXCISION), SUBURBAN GOTHIC. The stella cast including Matthew Gray Gubler (CRIMINAL MINDS), Ray Wise (TWIN PEAKS), Jeffrey Combs (RE-ANIMATOR), Kat Dennings (THOR), 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.”

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Opening the bill will be the world premiere of 'Vegan Feminist Horror' short, THE HERD. Directed by Melanie Light, and written by Ed Pope. It also stars Pollyanna McIntosh, along with Victoria Broom (STALLED) and Charlotte Hunter (EMMERDALE). STARBURST reported on the film's Kickstarter campaign, and we have been looking forward to it keenly.

Imprisoned within inhuman squalor with other women; Paula’s existence and human function is 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 captors 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 is, in fact, disgusting in its stark normality

The full GRIMMFEST line-up will be announced next week.

GRIMMFEST takes place at The Dancehouse, Manchester between October 2nd - 5th.  Passes can be purchased here.

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