Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Grimmfest 2019 Review


Grimmfest is one of the UK's leading festivals of horror, sci-fi, extreme fantasy & cult film. 


This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending my very first Grimmfest.


I do feel a tad guilty about this review as I only managed to attend the last day and not the full festival due to family commitments but what I can tell you about are my experiences of that day, and what an experience it was. 

I'd never been to a film festival before so in all honesty I didn't know what to expect but from the moment I arrived at the venue I knew it was going to be a special day, well that was after we found our way around the maze of the building haha.


Upon arrival I was greeted by some of the most amazing Horror artwork, my only complaint about was that I wish there was more stalls with more of a range available but then again I don't think my wallet would have been happy with me, I spent enough with the few stalls there was.

Then it came to the important stuff, the reason I was there, the films. Now I don't want to say too much about these yet as I want to do reviews in the future for them but I will say a little something about them. 



I purposely went into these films knowing as little as possible and I'm seriously glad I did, it certainly made for a more exciting viewing. When was the last time you were in a cinema and you were about to watch a film you knew very little about? 

The first film I caught was called "1BR" and I was seriously impressed by this feature, it was directed and written by David Marmor and I will certainly be looking out for his work in the future. I seriously hope this film gets a UK DVD release.



I was set to watch the next film of the day called "I See You" starring Helen Hunt but I ended up getting talking to some people about the Horror genre and such and time just flew by so I unfortunately missed it but I made some great new friends.

The next film I caught was called "Harpoon", a very fun tale that I can see many people enjoying, especially if you're a fan of one location films. I look forward to writing my review for this, it seriously caught me off guard and I found myself smiling a lot because of it.


The next film was the Soska Sisters remake of "Rabid", easily the best feature of the day for me. It's an absolutely fantastic film, I stated that it's a love letter not only to Cronenberg but to the Horror genre itself, they should feel very proud.

Each film was introduced by the film makers and then after each film there was a Q&A session with them that I found to be really informative and it was highly intriguing to hear all the stories about how each film was made and what went into it. 




You also had a chance to meet with the film makers after the screening and ask them more questions if you wanted and even get some signed merchandise from them, it was a great experience to be able to get so personal with them and have that time to talk.

I missed the last film of the festival as I was scheduled to interview the Twisted Twins themselves, the Soska Sisters. What wasn't anticipated was the huge queue to meet the ladies and get an autograph and photo, but I was happy to wait.



To see the twins take their time with each person and give them their own moment was amazing, no rushing anybody, no impersonal feeling, each person was treated brilliantly and I was happy just sitting there watching each one leave with a huge grin.

Then came my moment and I finally got to do my interview with the twins (which will be available soon) and it was a great moment and admittedly a huge learning experience, the whole event was and I hope to be invited back next year as I still can't get over how great it was.



Despite being there for over twelve hours the whole day passed by in a blink of an eye! I want to take this time to thank and congratulate everybody who was involved or associated with this event, you all seriously did an amazing job, everybody I spoke to was so nice and it made this Horror fan very happy.

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