The lineup for this year's Grimmfest in Manchester, UK, has been revealed and it includes Richard Bates Jr.'s Tone Deaf, Blood Vessel, 1BR, and so much more. The panel of judges for Grimmfest 2019 will be led by the legendary Barbara Crampton. Also in today's Horror Highlights: Killer Therapy, Along Came the Devil 2, and Slasher Crasher book details.
Grimmfest 2019 Lineup: "Grimmfest, one of the UK’s leading cult and genre film festivals, is in its 11th year. The festival will take place at the Odeon Great Northern cinema in Manchester, UK, from 3 - 6 October 2019.
In total, the festival will host 21 feature films and 19 short films, which includes 6 European premieres, 17 UK premieres, 2 English premieres, and 15 Northern UK premieres.
European premieres include Audrey Cummings' laconically brutal SHE NEVER DIED (the keenly awaited follow up to 2015 horror hit HE NEVER DIED), claustrophobic Argentinian thriller 4X4 and Australian WWII set creature feature, BLOOD VESSEL. UK Premieres include Hollywood cultist horror 1BR, Canadian mind-bender DEAD DICKS, existential revenge drama EVERY TIME I DIE and Russian sleep experiments in QUIET COMES THE DAWN.
English premieres include Irish comedy horror and festival darling, EXTRA ORDINARY and UK director Adam Randall's devious, perception-challenging thriller, I SEE YOU, starring Helen Hunt. Northern UK Premieres include British self-help-through-slaughter satire, A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE and ferociously brutal Russian black comedy WHY DON'T YOU JUST DIE!
2019 sees the festival's strongest ever line-up of films from women directors, screenwriters or driven by strong female characters. The opening night offers three female-helmed features: Audrey Cummings' SHE NEVER DIED, outrageous splatter-satire SATANIC PANIC, from debuting director Chelsea Stardust and Fangoria films, and Abigail Blackmore's (FrightFest Screen Genre Rising Star Award winner 2019) droll UK comedy horror, TALES FROM THE LODGE, with cast and crew including Abigail and actress Kelly Wenham expected in attendance.
The focus on women in horror continues with the guest line-up, which includes Pollyanna McIntosh (Jadis from THE WALKING DEAD), who will be presenting her directorial debut, DARLIN', follow up to the infamous THE WOMAN, and the Soska Sisters (AMERICAN MARY), hosting a screening of their much-anticipated reimagining of the Cronenberg classic, RABID. More festival guests will be announced over the coming weeks.
There's also some top talent making a welcome return to Grimmfest. Millennials and Baby Boomers battle for the soul of America in the UK Premiere of black comedy TONE-DEAF, from Richard Bates Jr (EXCISION, SUBURBAN GOTHIC, TRASH FIRE, plus there are witchcraft and teen alienation in the Northern Premiere of THE WRETCHED from the Pierce Brothers (DEADHEADS) and trouble at sea in Canadian thriller HARPOON from Rob Grant (MON AMI, FAKE BLOOD, ALIVE).
And if classic monsters are your thing, there are werewolves in the UK premiere of LOOM, vampires in the UK premiere of THE SHED and the European premiere of BLOOD VESSEL, and to close the festival, Lupita Nyong'o (US, BLACK PANTHER, STAR WARS) takes on the zombie hordes in the regional premiere of LITTLE MONSTERS.
This year all films in Grimmfest’s official selection will be competing for 14 awards including BEST FEATURE FILM, BEST SHORT FILM, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SFX, and BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY, with prizes that include over £120,000 worth of post-production support. The awards will be judged by a select jury headed up by actress and horror genre icon Barbara Crampton.
Grimmfest 2019 takes place 3 - 6 October in Manchester, UK. Full festival passes, day passes and individual film tickets will be on sale via the www.grimmfest.com website as of 9 am on Monday 2 September."
Killer Therapy Premiere Details: "Rellik Pictures has released the first look at Barry Jay's Killer Therapy. The latest scream from the director of Ashes and executive producer of Never Hike Alone, Killer Therapy tells the story of Brian, a disturbed young man seeking revenge for slights real and imagined, from the family that is terrified of him to the long line of therapists who tried and failed to find a soul inside him.
For his second feature, Jay enlisted the talents of genre legend Thom Mathews as the family patriarch. After early appearances in Return of the Living Dead and as long-time Jason foe Tommy Jarvis in the Friday the 13th franchise, Mathews has stepped away from narrative roles in recent years, appearing at conventions and in documentaries.
On returning to a leading role in the genre, Mathews said, "I'm very excited to bring Barry Jay & Andrew Krop's script Killer Therapy to life. After meeting with Barry and reading the script, I knew I wanted to bring this character to the screen because it brought me back to my horror roots. I always try to find the humanity in every role and I have a bloody good role as John Langston. Killer Therapy is a complex story and I enjoyed going to the set every day."
Killer Therapy also stars a number of horror legends, established stars and rising talents, including PJ Soles (Halloween, Carrie), Adrienne King (Friday the 13th), Daeg Faerch (Rob Zombie's Halloween), Elizabeth Keener ("The L Word"), Ivy George ("Big Little Lies") and introducing Michael Qeliqi as Brian. Brian is a disturbed child with sociopathic tendencies dealing with a father who doesn't love him, a mother unconvinced of his violent nature, and a newly adopted sister he believes is there to replace him. After a series of escalating violent incidents, he has bounced around from failed therapist to failed therapist, maturing into a young man still unable to escape his anger issues. When his life eventually falls apart by his own choices, Brian blames his series of failed therapists, embracing his dark nature and taking his revenge on everyone who ever wronged him - one by one, finally understanding that accepting who you are inside can be the best therapy.
Killer Therapy is currently in post-production and is expected to premiere on the film festival circuit in the coming months."
Along Came the Devil 2 Release Details: "Directed by Jason DeVan
Written By Jason DeVan and Heather DeVan
Academy Award Nominated Actor, Bruce Davison; Laura Slade Wiggins (Shameless); Mark Ashworth (Magnificent Seven) Cassius DeVan; Tiffany Fallon and Heather DeVan as Sarah (Along Came the Devil).
After receiving an unsettling voicemail, Jordan (Wiggins) returns home, looking for answers, only to find her estranged father and even more questions. A demonic force has attached itself to the town and no one is safe. The only one who seems to know anything is the small town's Reverend.
In Theaters - October 11, 2019
On Digital and On Demand - October 11, 2019
Runtime: 88 minutes | Rating: Not Rated"
Slasher Crasher Book Details: "Title: SLASHER CRASHER by David Nora
Synopsis: It was the night HE tried to go home...but got caught in THEIR drama...
It’s Halloween. Nick Roesch, a towering figure of evil and stupidity, escapes from the upstate New York mental hospital he’s been committed to for the past five years. Planning to return to his childhood home, where he brutally murdered his babysitter’s boyfriend, his plans are halted when he crosses paths with an even more terrifying beast—two high school friends with some serious beef. Caught in a battle of loyalty that has been brewing for ten years of their friendship, the two girls, Kathleen Strife, and Betsy Coleman force the feud into a savage showdown, pitting the escaped monster against each other. Who will survive this epic deathmatch, and is it totally wrong to fall in love with the murderous lunatic who just tried to kill your ex-best friend with a machete?
Available/Links: It's available at Blackrosewriting.com, Barnesandnoble.com, and Amazon in paperback and Kindle edition.
Promotion: If a reader purchases the book and sends a confirmation to the author's email (david.nora.jr @ gmail.com) or posts a picture on their Twitter/Instagram and tags the author (davidnorajr) with #slashercrasher then they will receive a free postcard (limited to 100 people) and digital art of the three main characters.
Bio: David Nora is a teacher of the visually impaired/blind by day, writer by night. He lives in New York City. SLASHER CRASHER is his debut novel. You can find him on Twitter/Instagram with @davidnorajr."