It’s no secret that the most buzz-worthy films come through only a handful of genre festivals. GRIMMFEST is on that shortlist. The festival turns a lucky 13 this year and it’s ready to rock audiences’ socks with a plethora of titles for every single viewer. After being completely virtual last year, a hybrid platform is back in action with a mix of in-person screenings from October 7th to 10th and online from October 14th to 17th. I can say that this year’s lineup is filled with everything from gore to absurdity, thrills to purest moments of wow. These are the films that will be on everyone’s lips. You can find out about tickets and schedules at https://grimmfest.com/
Do yourself a favor and mark your calendars now. There’s a lot to see.
THE BETA TEST
A Hollywood agent, engaged to be married in a few weeks, receives a mysterious letter inviting him for an anonymous sexual encounter and thus becomes ensnared in a sinister world of lying, infidelity, and digital data.
This genre-shattering film takes aim at Hollywood, toxic masculinity, horror, satire, all with co-writer-director Jim Cummings playing a sharp lead. His last film, The Wolf Of Snow Hollow, has a legit cult following now. Cummings has a distinct voice and I cannot wait to see if The Beta Test becomes another calling card on his resume.
A burdened man feels the wrath of a vengeful God after he and his wife are visited by a mysterious stranger…
There is something so striking about modern black & white cinematography. in The Righteous, writer-director Mark O’Brien also stars as the mysterious stranger in question. This horror film is filled with symbolism and will give any god-fearing viewer the vapers.
WHEN THE SCREAMING STARTS
When the Screaming Starts is a comedy-horror mockumentary about an inept, aspiring serial killer at the beginning of his “career” and a fledgling filmmaker willing to do anything to achieve his ambition.
A little bit of Vicious Fun meets Satanic Panic, I cannot wait to laugh and gag. Horror and comedy pair so well together and since everyone is a true-crime connoisseur who thinks they could commit the perfect murder, I am delighted to consume this one.
The lives of ten strangers intersect through a terrifying chain of events as a mutating fungus begins to spread through a small town wiping out everyone that comes into contact with it.
Will this film be a little too close to home considering we’re still experiencing a global pandemic? I guess we’ll find out when we’re forced to look through the lens of writer-director D.M Cunningham.
Dave inherited the dingy and dilapidated Hotel Poseidon from his late father. He lives there and works as manager, and rarely seems to leave the place. The days and nights all bleed together. His existence is a hopeless one. When a young woman knocks at the hotel’s doors one night looking for a room, and his best friend shows up wanting to throw a party in the backroom, Dave’s world starts to spiral out of control, and his sense of reality starts to be shaken by recurring nightmares.
I have seen the title sequence for this film and it is hands down one of the coolest in all of cinematic history. I said what I said. If the rest of the film lives up to the initial visual, Hotel Poseidon will wow Grimmfest audiences.
ALONE WITH YOU
As a young woman painstakingly prepares a romantic homecoming for her girlfriend, their apartment begins to feel more like a tomb when voices, shadows, and hallucinations reveal a truth she has been unwilling to face.
Listen, you tell me Barbara Crampton is in a film and I’m watching it. Add on Emily Bennett who was fantastic in King Of Knives last year and I’m sold. Not only does she star, but she co-wrote and co-directed the film. Give me an all-female horror film every day of the year.
FULL VIRTUAL FESTIVAL LINE UP:
● FOR ROGER (Aaron Bartuska, USA)
● FATHER OF FLIES (Ben Charles-Edwards UK / USA)
● SLAPFACE (Jeremiah Kipp, USA)
● THE NIGHTS BELONG TO THE MONSTERS (Sebastian Perillo, Argentina)
● HAPPY TIMES (Michael Mayer, Israel / USA)
● NIGHT AT THE EAGLE INN (Erik Bloomquist, USA)
● VAL (Aaron Fradkin, USA, 77 min)
● THE SPORE (D.M. Cunningham, USA)
● THE PIZZAGATE MASSACRE (John Valley, USA)
● MOTHERLY (Craig David Wallace, Canada)
● SHOT IN THE DARK (Keene McRae, USA)
● NIGHT DRIVE (Brad Baruh, USA)
● MIDNIGHT (Oh-seung Kwon, South Korea)
● FACELESS (Marcel Sarmiento, USA)
● WE’RE ALL GOING TO THE WORLD’S FAIR (Jane Schoenbrun, USA)
● THE FREE FALL (Adam Stillwell, USA)
● ON THE THIRD DAY (Daniel de la Vega, Argentina)
● THE GUEST ROOM (Stefano Lodovichi, Italy)
● HOTEL POSEIDON (Stefan Lernous, Belgium)
● FORGIVENESS (Alex Kahuam, Mexico)
● TWO WITCHES (Pierre Tsigaridis, USA)
● KING KNIGHT (Richard Bates Jnr, USA)
● TARUMAMA / LLANTO MALDITO (Andres Beltran, Colombia)
● THE RIGHTEOUS (Mark O’Brien, Canada)