Re-Animator & From Beyond – Manchester 24th October PLUS Brian Yuzna Q&A

GRIMM UP NORTH PRESENT

In Association with Gothic Manchester Festival

LOVECRAFT 80’s DOUBLE BILL + Q&A with producer Brian Yuzna.

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Whilst Lovecraft inspired generations of literary greats with his texts he also inspired some of the greatest horror films of the 80’s and on 24th October we celebrate two of the best cinematic adaptations of his works; by self professed Lovecraft fanboys, Director & Producer team Stuart Gordon & Brian Yuzna: RE-ANIMATOR and FROM BEYOND.

Just 2 weeks after Grimmfest the Grimm Up North team waste no time in bringing more horror to the big screen. Here we have two 1980s Lovecraftian masterpieces from visual horror master Brian Yuzna who produced both. And after the screenings we will be lucky enough to hear from the great man himself as he will be there in person for a Q&A. So get yourselves down to Manchester Met (Geoffrey Manton Building) and enjoy a night of visual excess and Lovecraftian worlds.  See you at 6pm !

RE-ANIMATOR (1985)

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In this H.P. Lovecraft tale, Herbert West is a Swiss scientist who has discovered a fluid which brings dead tissue back to life. After the suspicious death of his professor in Switzerland, West moves to Miskatonic University to continue his research. He involves fellow student Dan Cain and his fiancée Megan Halsey in his research by experimenting on their dead cat. Dan, fascinated by West’s research, agrees to smuggle him into the hospital morgue with predictable results.

FROM BEYOND (1986)

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Dr. Pretorius and his colleagues are working on a sensational experiment: by means of stimulation of the pineal gland, they want to open the human mind to higher dimensions. When the experiment succeeds, however, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms, which apparently are floating around us all the time. When Dr. Pretorius is killed by one of them, Dr. Tillinghast is under suspect and thrown into the mental ward due to his stories. Only the ambitious psychologist Dr. McMichaels believes him and wants to continue the experiment.

24th October // Geoffrey Manton Building Lecture Theatre 2 // Doors 6pm
Rosamond Street West
Off Oxford Road
Manchester
M15 6LL

Tickets – https://next.fatsoma.com/grimm-up-north/dwnpupn5/lovecraft-in-the-80-s-double-bill-producer-q-a

Grimm Up North present Donnie Darko & Blue Velvet – Manchester Central Library July 2015!

donnieGrimm Up North present their Suburban Angst season with Donnie Darko & Blue Velvet – Manchester July 2015!

Ever feel misunderstood? Displaced in a strange suburban nightmare; a mess of unruly sexy nightclub singers, mid-life crisis parents, 6ft tall demonic bunny rabbits, severed ears and the impending end of days to deal with. Fear not, vent your SUBURBAN ANGST with Grimm Up North at Manchester Central Library this summer.

Following on from AMERICAN BEAUTY We continue our season with Richard Kelly’s cult classic masterpiece DONNIE DARKO on July 1st. For those who haven’t already fallen head over heels for the mind-bending allure of a darkly funny film rife with 80s dance tracks and a young disenchanted Jake Gyllenhaal – this is your chance to see the psychological thriller come Sci-fi powerhouse that’s baffled generations. Donnie Darko see’s our sleep walking hero lost in recurring visions and psychosis as he commits increasingly more violent acts at the command of his furry friend Frank in an eerie grunge- Lynch skewered suburbia. After surviving a freak accident, Donnie begins to explore what it means to be alive, and in short order to be in love, he uncovers secrets of the universe that give him a tempting power to alter time and destiny.

velvetDescending even further into the dark side of suburbia Grimm Up North will be bringing you David Lynch’s BLUE VELVET on the 9th July.

Blue Velvet follows Jeffrey Beaumont who upon returning home to visit his father in intensive care at the hospital, finds a human ear in a field. When the police are unable to investigate, Jeffrey takes matters into his own hands; marking his descent into a dark underworld existing just beneath the surface of an apparently idyllic suburbia. Jeffrey becomes suspicious yet obsessed with nightclub singer and iconic beauty Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rosselini), who’s controlled by a violent, evil and sexually disturbed man, Frank Booth.

Written and Directed by the legendary auteur David Lynch and starring Kyle Mclachlan (Twin Peaks), Laura Dern (Jurassic Park) and Dennis Hopper (Easy Rider); the chance to see this twisted classic on the big screen is not to
be missed!

Join Grimm Up North on the 1st July for DONNIE DARKO and 9th July for BLUE VELVET at Manchester Central Library. Tickets are £5.00, including free popcorn! Doors open at 5.15, film at 5.45. See www.grimmfest.com for tickets and more information.

Grimm Up North announce a Stephen King Season from Feb – April, Manchester UK .

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Grimm Up North have announced a season of FIVE Stephen King films that will screen at The Dancehouse in Manchester in Feb, March & April. This is a wonderful opportunity to see some new and classic films in a stunning venue AND on the BIG SCREEN. tickets are just £6.50 per screening or you can purchase a Season Ticket for all 5 films for just £25 . Read below for all the details and please support Grimm Up North so they can continue to put on outstanding seasons like these.

gsk110/02/15 – A GOOD MARRIAGE.

Grimm Up North kick off their Stephen King season with the UK première of A GOOD MARRIAGE based on Stephen King’s novella which was published in his short story collection Full Dark, No Stars. Stephen King who is often critical of adaptations of his work said the film “will scare the hell out of millions of people. To me, that’s always an exciting prospect.”.

Synopsis: When her husband (Anthony LaPaglia) of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson (Joan Allen) looks for batteries in the garage. Instead she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.

Doors 7.30, Film at 8.

Tickets £6.50 HERE

gsk219/02/15 – CARRIE

Synopsis – This terrifying adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling horror novel was directed by shock maestro Brian De Palma for maximum, no-holds-barred effect. Sissy Spacek stars as Carrie White, the beleaguered daughter of a religious kook (Piper Laurie) and a social outcast tormented by her cruel, insensitive classmates. When her rage turns into telekinetic powers, however, school’s out in every sense of the word. De Palma’s horrific climax in a school gym lingers forever in the memory, though the film is also built upon Spacek’s remarkable performance and Piper Laurie’s outlandishly creepy one.

Doors 7.30, Film at 8.

Tickets £6.50 HERE

gsk312/03/15 – SALEM’S LOT

Synopsis – This haunting classic TV Movie turned Feature Film tells the tale of Novelist Ben Mears (David Soul) returning to his hometown of Salem, finding that things have changed a bit. In fact, the previously warm and friendly community is downright sinister. Mears suspects that the bizarre behaviour of his long time friends and neighbours is the handiwork of oddball antique dealer Richard J. Straker (James Mason). Do not miss seeing this atmospheric chiller on the big screen, based on Stephen Kings book and Directed by horror master Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre).

Doors 7.30, Film at 8.

Tickets £6.50 HERE

gsk409/04/15 – CREEPSHOW

Synopsis – Creepshow is a cult classic anthology from two of horrors most iconic creators, George A Romero (Dawn of The Dead) and Stephen King. The film contains 5 sections, held together with 50′s style comic images. A murdered man returns from the grave demanding his Father’s Day cake and death ensues, a meteor’s space ooze causes anything and anyone that comes in contact with it to grow (special appearance by Stephen King himself), a scheming vengeful husband buries his wife and her lover in sand to await death at high tide, a professor selects his nagging negative wife to become a tasty snack for a strange crated creature, and finally, a mean ole millionaire with an intense insect phobia becomes the prey of an army of cockroaches!

Doors 7.30, Film at 8.

Tickets £6.50 HERE 

gsk530/04/15 – PET SEMATARY

Synopsis – Faithfully adapted from a novel by Stephen King, this chilling horror movie tells the tale of a young physician whose family is destroyed after he moves them to a seemingly peaceful town in Maine. The trouble begins when both the family cat and their baby boy are run down on a local highway by a speeding tractor trailer, one of many that constantly roar by. Soon afterwards the family makes an even more horrific discovery involving an ancient burial ground with the ability to bring back the dead!

Doors 7.30, Film at 8.

Tickets £6.50 HERE 

R.A.D the new screening wing of Grimm Up North announce their first Manchester screenings

R.A.D (RETRO AND DANGEROUS) is the new screening wing of Grimm Up North dedicated to bringing Manchester the best in explosive, awesome and old school cinema; with totally excellent double bills R.A.D is all about delivering the Raddest of Retro Vibes, Iconic one liners and fist pumping amazing cinema!

First up is an amazing Patrick Swayze double-bill on SUNDAY 27th July at Gorilla in Manchester.

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Road House:

Patrick Swayze stars in the Retro classic Roadhouse as Dalton: a handsome, existential, hard as nails bouncer who owns both a degree in philosophy and a Mercedes. When arriving at his latest job, at the roughest spot in Missouri, The Double Deuce, Dalton crosses Wesley, the Don of the town who soon makes life more difficult for the legendary doorman. What ensues is a barrage of small town explosions, totally manly montage sequences and perhaps the greatest fight scene of all time.

Point Break:

A rash of daring bank robberies erupt in which the bad guys all wear the masks of former presidents. Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves), a superbly named former football star who blew out his knee and became a studly crime-busting fed instead, figures out that none of the heists occur during surfing season and all of them occur when surf’s down; so these robberies are totally done by some wave shredding foes. Utah goes undercover with some surfer dudes, led by Spiritual Guru Bodhi (Patrick Swayze), over the course of this cinematic masterpiece Keanu & Swayze former a close bond after super babe Tyler (Lori Petty) teaches Utah how to surf waves like a pro. Utah & Bodhi’s bromance comes under threat when Utah starts to suspect that Bodhi and his pals are the Presidentially masked gang he’s been pursuing all along! A RAD cinematic Bromance masterpiece.

TICKETS £8ADV – AVAILABLE HERE

 

And then on SUNDAY 10th August at Gorilla in Manchester it’s a Bill & Ted DOUBLE 

 

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Join us for a totally bodacious double bill journey through time, space and awesomeness with Bill S. Preston Esquire (Alex Winters) and Ted Theodore Logan (Keanu Reeves) as they travel through time saving the world with the likes of excellent historical figures like Socrates, Beethoven, Napoleon and Ghengis Khan all whilst meeting some super babes and saving the most important band in history, Wyld Stallyns in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure!

Next up is Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey where our heroes find themselves super dead and replaced by two totally not Rad evil clones who intend to kidnap the babes and change the future that the Wyld Stallyn’s have built for Jim Martin, Rufus & friends. Only through some intense games of Twister & Battleships with the Grim Reaper will Bill & Ted manage to save the world, reunite Wyld Stallyns in time for the battle of the bands and most importantly rescue the babes from the clutches of evil!

TICKETS £8ADV – Available Here

Submissions for Grimmfest, 2-5 October 2014 now OPEN!

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Ever dreamed of getting your movie shown at one of the UK’s leading Horror
Film Festivals as well as in cinemas, on DVD and VOD platforms all around
the world? We’ll here’s your chance! Submissions are open and we’re looking
for the best in Horror, Cult, Weird, and Fantastic movies for our early
October festival. If you think this applies to your very own cinematic
offspring, then we’d love to hear from you.

This year, for the first time, Grimm Up North, in partnership with Raven
Banner Entertainment will be offering a very special competition for all
submitted feature and short films.

gf3When you submit your film for festival consideration, you will also have
the option of entering our Grand Jury Competition. The feature film winner
will be afforded the incredible and unique opportunity of having their film
distributed in the UK by Grimm Entertainment and sold internationally by
esteemed genre specialist sales company, Raven Banner. We will also create
a Grimmfest 2014 compilation of the best shorts for UK distribution.

*EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: 14th Feb – 25th April (Cost: Short £12.50. Feature
£35.00)*

*NORMAL DEADLINE: 25th April – 15th Aug (Cost: Short £15.00. Feature
£38.50)*

*EXTENDED DEADLINE: 15th Aug – 29th Aug (Cost: Short £20.00. Feature
£49.00)*

gf2*For more information on submissions for Grimmfest 2014 head to our
website.’ or visit HERE .

Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace 10th Anniversary Event w/ Special Guests + Q&A. Manchester 18th May 2014

Darkplace-Web-724x1024Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace 10th Anniversary Event w/ Special Guests + Q&A

Date:  Sunday May 18th

Time: 15.00 – 20.00

Venue: Gorilla, Manchester

LIVE Q+A With MATTHEW HOLNESS + ALICE LOWE hosted by CHRIS HEWITT (Empire magazine)

Limited Availability Tickets Available from 10AM 4th April: HERE

Once upon a time in the 1980’s: author, dream weaver and visionary plus actor Garth Marenghi created a television show so profoundly groundbreaking that is was condemned to be ‘too subversive, too dangerous and too damn scary’ for the public’s innocent eyes. In 2004 it found a home, the only outlet courageous enough to screen only 6 of the original 50 or so episodes was televisual trail blazers of the time Channel 4.

Now 10 years later, Grimm Up North & Trof celebrate the historical airing of this boundary pushing piece of television with an 10th anniversary event, breaking new ground and daring to present all 6 of the televised episodes of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace on the big screen.

The show followed Dr. Rick Dagless M.D  (Matthew Holness), as he fights the forces of darkness while simultaneously coping with the pressures of day to day admin; aided by stars and commentators Todd Rivers (Matt Berry), Madeline Wool (Alice Lowe) & Doug Lerner (Richard Ayoade) the show delved into the hidden mystical depths of the real world, so much so that reportedly MI8, two levels above MI6 pulled the plug on the show as this ground breaking ethereal fiction got too close to the truth.

Also in attendance of this grand anniversary will be very special guests Matt Holness & Alice Lowe who will be taking part in a Live Q&A with Empire Magazine’s Chris Hewitt to shed some light on the legacy of Darkplace.

White Settlers – Pollyanna McIntosh & Lee Williams interview !

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White Settlers is an exciting up- coming British suspense/ thriller/horror film from director Simeon Halligan (who previously directed Splintered and also runs Grimm Up North – Manchester’s home of horror and cult films).

The screenplay is by Ian Fenton, this is Ian’s feature film debut as a writer.

White Settlers boasts an impressive cast , Pollyanna McIntosh from the brilliant cult film The Woman, also Burke and Hare and Exam. Alongside Pollyanna is Lee Williams who has been in many superb British TV programmes including Hotel Babylon, The Tudors and Teachers.

Pollyanna and Lee gave me the honour of answering my questions, so without further a do I will let them explain what White Settlers is all about and what has been involved in the filming of it.

Can you both tell us what we can expect from White Settlers, what’s it all about?

Lee – White Settlers is a thriller/horror about a London married couple who relocate to Scotland to renovate a farmhouse, and whilst there, external circumstances threaten their existence with chilling consequences. It becomes a race to survive; a cat and mouse game with the couple battling it out to the end.

Pollyanna – Tense suspense, some good frights, believable characters you can root for and a surprise ending!

It’s about a couple who move from city life in England to the country life on the borders of Scotland and are confronted by monsters on their first night in their new home.

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How about some insight into your characters?

Pollyanna – Sarah is a city girl who’s ready to have children and wants her husband to take the final step away from the job he hates to be self sufficient in the country where they plan to run a B&B for tourists. She’s quite fragile and fearful of bumps in the night but as the story progresses she surprises herself with her resilience.

Lee – I read Ed as a guy who has one foot still in London and the other with his wife in Scotland. He loves her very much and her desire to make a new life for themselves supersedes his desire to remain in the city. He is a bit of a lad, quick-witted, always ready with a sarcastic or jokey comment to defuse a heated situation. But when things take a turn for the worst, he becomes serious – his survival instincts kick in and he will do anything to protect his family.

White Settlers looks to me like a lot of outside filming. I presume you feel quite at home with that Pollyanna after the excellent film The Woman. How does filming White Settlers compare to that?

Pollyanna – Yeah, we’re often at the mercy of the weather!

Well, it’s similar in that its a tight schedule, small crew, low budget, all on location and packed with hardworking creatives. There’s also a fair amount of stunt work and outdoor filming. I’m also playing lead again so, yeah, there are a few similarities. My character is very different to that of The Woman though and of course this is a British film set in the country I come from, Scotland. In The Woman I spent the film getting progressively cleaner but in this I start off clean and get dirtier and dirtier!

Am I right in thinking Lee that this is your first foray into this genre of film? What attracted you to this role in White Settlers?

Lee – Unlike Polly, yes, this is my first experience of this genre and I’ve loved every blood soaked, gory moment! More please! I’d like to turn things on their head and maybe play the bad guy in another horror movie and show just how evil and dark I can truly be!

Can you tell us about your ‘on set’ experience so far, any favourite moment? Tricky elements you’ve had to deal with?

Pollyanna – For me the on set experience has been a mix of fun and banter with a lot of intense fearful psyched up scenes. With a great crew like this one there are plenty of laughs to be had. Most of the jokes are in-jokes so they’d probably land pretty flat on paper but I’d say my favorite moments are those end of night shoots at 4am when we’ve been down to the wire and have still managed to squeeze the juice out of the scenes.

As far as “tricky elements” to deal with we’ve got stunts, prosthetics, animals, forests at night, rain, hail and wind and the bloody cold so…yeah, we’re pretty much covered in that department!

Lee – The blood! The first few days were fun, but being caked in this sticky red stuff all day certainly lost its novelty by the end of filming! Both myself and Polly were covered in scratches and bruises by the end of it – always a good sign that we have put in a proper days work!

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How has it been working with director Simeon Halligan?

Pollyanna – Sim and our DOP have a great symbiotic relationship so it’s a pleasure to see them make it happen. He and I spoke early on about the film and as the first attached I’ve had the luxury of talking through story points with both him and the writer, Ian Fenton, as the script progressed. That’s a joy for me and I always feel lucky when directors and writers are open to that kind of collaboration.

Lee – Simeon was wonderful to work with – WORK being the operative word; very collaborative and open to discussion and ideas, loads of me and Poll’s ideas he used in the movie. I always felt my opinion was valid and enjoyed figuring out with him and Polly, how to make a scene the best it could be, working with such a short shooting schedule.

Do you have any bits of info you would be willing to leak to tease fans a little?

Lee – All I can say is that at one point, I get attacked by a character called Truffles, whose main objective is to eat whatever gets in her way! Ruthless!

Pollyanna – I think I’ve said enough…

One last question, (as we are www.ukhorrorscene.com). I remember the first horror film I watched at an early age was Evil Dead; I’ve had a love of horror since. Do you remember the first horror film you watched and the effect it had on you?

Lee –My first ever horror/thriller that I remember watching was on Betamax when I was about 8 years old called “When a stranger calls”, when the killer is in the house and keeps calling the babysitter asking, ‘Have you checked the children….”. Scared the absolute shit out of me! I also sneaked into the cinema to watch Nightmare on Elm Street. For me, as a kid, Freddy was the best boogeyman – very scary and extremely memorable. The remake sucked though! Please stop re-making classic horror movies!! Thank you and good night!

Pollyanna – The first experience I had of being scared out of my wits was Watership Down. Not a traditional “horror” perhaps but at 5 years old it was utterly horrific! I think that put me off for life! I’m a total wuss when it comes to watching horror. I avoid it at all costs!

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Many thanks to Pollyanna and Lee for their insightful answers, I am very excited about this project and look forward to the film.

White Settlers will be released early 2014, it may be through Grimm Entertainment but nothing yet has been confirmed, with such a prestigious cast in place they are getting increasing interest from much bigger distributors.

Please check out the website www.whitesettlers.com for more info and pictures, also follow on twitter @WhiteSettlers