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GRIMMUPNORTH 2010 is coming to Manchester for a second time this Halloween! Readers may remember last year’s coverage from the first GRIMMFEST last October ‘09. Well, we’re going back for more this year too. Festival director Simeon Halligan and his crew have spent all year finding some amazing new titles to screen at Manchester’s biggest horror film festival, including EVIL: IN THE TIME OF HEROES, which I missed at EIFF so am well up for seeing. There’s also the inventively named Canadian shocker, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK, the Japanese genre mash-up ALIEN VS NINJA, Thai thriller SLICE, Zombie mock-u-mentary REEL ZOMBIES and a horror doc featuring all kinds of industry insiders, THE SPLAT PACK. There’s also a ton of activities and seminars for festival goers to participate in too. Personally I’m looking forward to the special screening for my favourite Argento film, DEEP RED.

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The full lineup is after the break which includes info on a seminar with PAUL ANDREW WILLIAMS, director of THE COTTAGE and CHERRY TREE LANE.

REEL ZOMBIES (Canada) English premiere
Time: 14.00, Date: Fri 29th Oct, Location: Theatre
Running time: 89 mins
Director: David J Francis
Cast: Mike Masters, David J Francis
A mockumentary that invites the viewer to watch as a hapless team of film-makers create the third film in their ‘Zombie Night’ trilogy. However, as the group are already living in a world where real Zombies roam, they decide to use the recently deceased as their cast. Big laughs, big explosions and big breasts, Reel Zombies is an absolute zom-com gem that is dripping with originality!
Plus short: CACTUS SELVES (15 mins)

SURPRISE FILM - Northwest Premiere
Time: 16.00, Date: Fri 29th Oct, Location: Theatre
Running time: 95 mins
South East Asian shock cinema at its most intense... but what could it be?
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Plus short: THE HAIRY HANDS (12 mins)

THE SPLAT PACK (US) Northwest premiere
Time: 18.00, Date: Fri 29th Oct, Location: Breakout room
Running time: 47 mins
This documentary looks back at the first decade of 21st Century horror films and a core group of filmmakers who re-energized the genre. Dubbed “The Splat Pack,” by film critic Alan Jones because their films displayed new levels of gore, the group proved that 18 rated horror could be commercially and critically successful. Featuring interviews with Alexandre Aja (Haut Tension), Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw), Adam Green (Hatchet), Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers), Eli Roth (Hostel) and many more!
Plus short film: BETANIA (20 min)

Time: 20.00, Date: Fri 29th Oct, Location: Breakout room.
Running time: 93 mins
Directors: Jen and Sylvia Soska
Cast: Jen and Sylvia Soska, Rikki Gagne, CJ Wallis
Four friends end up in a fight for their lives when a dead hooker is left in the trunk of their car. Pursued by persistent cops, a sinister cowboy pimp, chainsaw wielding triads, and a brutal baseball-bat-wielding serial killer, they must set aside personal differences and dispose of the body before it’s too late. Crammed with punk rock bad attitude and grindhouse gore, this Canadian underground gem has been described by Splat Pack supremo Eli Roth as “****ing awesome”. Bizarrely, the film’s star Rikki Gagne is Jessica Lowndes’ stunt double in ALTITUDE!

DEEP RED (Italy) New Release
Time: 20.00, Date: Fri 29th Oct, Location: Theatre
Running time: 126 mins
Director: Dario Argento
Cast: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi
What better way to honour the upcoming high definition re-release of Dario Argento’s 1975 classic Deep Red than offering the chance to see it on the big screen? This is the film that helped to cement its director as a genre legend. Typically rich in visual style and with a score by progressive rock band Goblin, Deep Red is the sensory overload that paved the way for art-horror masterpieces like Suspiria and Inferno.

DREAM HOME (Hong Kong) Northern premiere
Time: 22.00, Date: Fri 29th Oct, Location: Theatre
Running time: 95 mins
Director: Ho-Cheung Pang
Cast: Josie Ho
A young woman is driven to increasingly extreme actions to get the expensive dockland apartment of her dreams. And we do mean EXTREME. This brutal, black hearted satire about urban regeneration and the impact of the boom and bust economy plays like a delirious, gore drenched collaboration between Bret Easton Ellis and Park Chan-Wook. Gloriously insane, totally unflinching, and, on occasion, darkly hilarious - we guarantee you’ve never seen anything like this.

ALIEN VS NINJA (Japan) Northern Premiere
Time: Midnight, Date: Fri 29th Oct, Location: Theatre. Running time: 81 mins
Director: Seiji Chiba
Cast: Mika Hijii, Ben Hiura, Shûji Kashiwabara What would happen if a team of elite Japanese swordsmen came face to face with an army of terrifying bloodthirsty beasties in a beautiful forest location? Chances are there would be severed limbs, guts and gore, brutal decapitations, and all manner of mind boggling comic style fun. If you like aliens and you like ninjas... well, you know the rest.
Plus short: DEAD BONES (20 mins)

CHASED BY SATAN (Indonesia) UK Premiere
Time: 12.00 Date: Sat 30th Oct. Location: Breakout Room
Running time: 99 mins
Director: Harry Dagoe Suharyadi
Cast: Rully Rizal, Winda Amanta
A group of young filmmakers get more than they bargained for when they
enlist the help of a local spiritualist to spice up their ailing production. Unfortunately, things don’t go exactly to plan and they soon find themselves being picked off one by one. This heady concoction mixes a pinch of Final Destination, a dash of The Ring, and some arcane Indonesian folklore, with uniquely insane results.

FRAGMENT (Australia) Northwest premiere
Time: 12.00, Date: Sat 30th Oct, Location: Theatre
Running time: 85 mins
Director: Andrew Miles
Cast: Wayne Bradley, Bree Robertson
During the Gulf War, photojournalist Lloyd gets a piece of depleted uranium embedded in his brain. A brain tumour develops that gives him strange powers. Whenever he takes photographs of dead people, they return to life... either that, or he’s experiencing hallucinations caused by cerebral damage. When a dead serial killer and one of his victims are resurrected, things get
even more bizarre. Lloyd falls for the victim and is forced to save her - leading to some tense horror and even a little necrophiliac romance.
Plus short: VISION (9 mins)

Time: 14.00, Date: Sat 30th Oct, Location: Breakout Room
Running time: 90 min
Director: Stacy Davidson
Cast: Ashley Kay, Peyton Wetzel, Melanie Donihoo
A group of obnoxious club kids break into an empty warehouse planning to use it for a rave. But of course, it’s not quite as empty as they think... A sleazy, cruel, and darkly hilarious throwback to the glory days of low-budget, high-body-count, serial-killer-on-the-loose shlockers: Style, sophistication, suspense – who needs it, when you’ve a killer wielding an anvil on a length of pipe? Prepare to get SMASHED!

EVIL: IN THE TIME OF HEROES (Greece) English premiere
Time: 14.00, Date: Sat 30th Oct, Location: Theatre
Running time: 88 mins
Director: Yorgos Noussias
Cast: Dinos Avgoustidis, Orfeas Avgoustidis, Billy Zane
A cheeky and innovative new take on the zombie genre. The battle between humankind and zombiekind has raged for thousands of years. – with disturbing and sometimes hilarious results. A bizarre mix of surreal comedy and suspense filled action, Evil flips between zombie mayhem in ancient Greece and modern day Athens. It also features Billy Zane as a mysterious undead-slaying prophet... so what more could you ask for?
Plus short: CABINE OF THE DEAD (10 mins)

THE PACK (France) Northwest premiere
Time: 16.00, Date: Sat 30th Oct, Location: Theatre
Running time: 90 mins
Director: Franck Richard
Cast: Philippe Nahon, Yolande Moreau, Emilie Dequenne
When Charlotte decides to spice up her lonely trip by picking up Max by the side of the road, she may have bitten off much more than she can ultimately chew. Initially, the pair hit it off, but it soon becomes clear Max’s plans are more premeditated than first appears. Charlotte soon finds herself face to face with a demonic gang of miners who haunt the land, feeding on the blood of the living after their own lives were accidentally taken years before. Original, atmospheric and genuinely creepy, do not miss this stylish gem.
Plus short: CONTAINMENT (13 min)

Time: 18.00 Date: Sat 30th Oct, Location: Theatre.
Running time: 86 mins
Directors: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani
Cast: Marie Bos, Delphine Brual, Harry Cleven
Three stages of a woman’s life, from childhood fear, to burgeoning, dangerous teenage sexuality, to memory-haunted, terrified adulthood.
A love letter to such giallo masters as Argento and Bava, Amer has been thrilling international festival audiences with its tense, sexually charged atmosphere fetishistic visuals and visceral sense of terror.
Plus short: STAND AND DELIVER (9 mins)

OPSTANDELSEN (The Resurrection) (Denmark) UK
Time: 20.00, Date: Sat 30th Oct, Location: Breakout room.
Running time: 50 mins
Director: Casper Haugegaard
Cast: Marie Frohmé Vanglund
Simon’s three siblings gather at his funeral - where all hell breaks loose as the undead rise from their graves, driving the siblings down into the deep dark catacombs below the church. Surrounded by death, they now have to face Simon and his congregation of zombies in order to escape the house of God in one piece?
Plus short: RANDAJA (32 min)

SLICE (Thailand) UK premiere
Time: 22.00, Date: Sat 30th Oct, Location: Theatre
Running time: 90 mins
Director: Kongkiat Khomsiri
Cast: Arak Amornsupasiri, Artthapan Poolsawad, Jessica Pasaphan
An incarcerated police officer is released in order to track down a killer thought to be one of his closest childhood friends. As the evidence - and the bodies - mount up, the cop has to recall his troubled childhood to lead him to the murderer. A tense and powerful horror-thriller with a sucker punch ending.
Plus short: BOY (14 mins)

CHOP (USA) UK Premiere
Time: Midnight, Date: Sat 30th Oct, Location: Theatre
Running time: 84 mins
Director: Trent Haaga
Cast: Timothy Muskatell, Tanisha Mukherjee
An obnoxious yuppie has his life - and ultimately his body - pulled apart by a mysterious figure from his past with an inexplicable grudge. The directorial debut of Deadgirl screenwriter and one-time Troma star Trent Haaga, this wonderfully trashy blacker than black comedy offers an absurdist take on
the world of torture porn movies like Saw and Hostel. This joyously mean spirited little romp suggests that Haaga’s cult status is about to go up a notch or three...

ALTITUDE (Canada/USA) UK Premiere
Time: 12.00, Date: Sun 31st Oct, Location: Breakout Room
Running time: 90 mins
Director: Kaare Andrews
Cast: Jessica Lowndes, Julianna Guill, Ryan Donowho
Five teenage friends, including rookie pilot Sara (Jessica Lowndes, 90210), rent a small plane for a weekend getaway. Shortly into the flight, something
goes very wrong – the plane won’t stop climbing, a storm is closing in and fuel is running out. A mysterious force wants everyone to die… and only one of them has the power to stop it.
Plus short: THE FURRED MAN (14 min)

FINALE (USA) Northern premiere
Time: 12.00, Date: Sun 31st, Location: Theatre
Running time: 93 mins
Director: John Michael Elfers
Cast: Carolyn Hauck, Suthi Picotte, Elizabeth Holmes
After the unexpected death of one of their own, a bereaved family start to fall apart at the seams. The mother’s descent into paranoia soon starts to drive the family even further apart and tests the sanity of all around her. What is the truth behind this mysterious world and who is the strange soul collector who seems to be at the heart of it all? If you like dark, intense, gothic supernatural thrills, Finale will be right up your alley.
Plus short: CLICK (10 min)

BEDEVILLED (South Korea) Northern Premiere
Time: 14.00 Date: Sun 31st Oct, Location: Theatre
Running time: 115 mins
Director: Jang Cheol-so
Cast: Ji Sung-won, Seo Yeong-hee
A dark tale of revenge. Bok Nam is a young woman living on a small island, and beaten down by life. When her childhood friend Hae Won returns to the island to escape her own troubles, she sees first hand how Bok Nam has been forced to contain all of her pain at the hands of her aggressors. Bedevilled is a challenging, harrowing watch from its opening act, building
to a violent climactic release you won’t forget any time soon.

PRIMAL (Australia) Northern premiere
Time: 16.00, Date: Sun 31st Oct, Location: Theatre
Running time: 85 mins
Director: Josh Reed
Cast: Krew Boylan, Lindsay Farris, Wil Traval
Six teenagers who clearly haven’t seen Cabin Fever head out into the wild for a weekend of thrills that typically turn into horrifying chills. However, this film takes the formula of rural terror and imbues it with so much more... what if a terrifying and primordial evil took hold of one of your closest friends, turning them into a rabid Neanderthal that craves blood and flesh? Would you be strong enough to take them down in order to survive? There’s high-tension horror and laughs aplenty in this fresh new Ozploitation horror.
Plus short film: BLOCK (10 min)

WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (Mexico) Northwest premiere
Time: 18.00, Date: Sun 31st Oct, Location: Theatre
Running time: 90 mins
Director: Jorge Michel Grau
Cast: Adrián Aguirre, Miriam Balderas, Francisco Barreiro
Doing for the cannibal genre what Let The Right One In did for vampires, this minimalist morality tale follows a family of cannibals who are rocked by the death of their father and must elect a new member to lead them. This unusual family drama combines a rich, engaging plot with complex characters and a heart-wrenching climax. Already the talk of the international festival circuit, the film is a fitting finale to our festival of fright!

Time: 14.00, Date: Friday 29th Oct, location: Breakout room
Becoming a successful UK film director isn’t easy! Getting one feature film made is hard enough but successfully directing three over not much more years is a real success story! The man behind London to Brighton, The Cottage and Cherry Tree lane comes to Grimm to tell us all about his work and how his career has developed since his low budget critically successful debut London to Brighton. We’ll be screening clips from Paul’s films and encouraging him to answer audience questions on them.

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