60 Days of Halloween continued over the weekend (Thursday to Sunday) with Grimmfest 2018 – a four-day horror film festival at the Odeon Manchester.

I had a weekend pass to the event, which provided me with access to everything on offer, so here are all of the movies/shorts/Q&As that I attended:

Thursday 4th October:

  • Re-Animator + Intro and Q&A with actress Barbra Crampton
  • Await Further Instructions + Q&A with cast/crew
  • Girls with Balls + Director introduction

Await Further Instructions was my top pick of Thursday. It proved to be a gripping, timely horror – certainly worth a watch.

Friday 5th October:

  • Lifechanger 
  • Office Uprising + Producer Q&A
  • Dead Night + Intro and Q&A with actress Barbra Crampton
  • Tigers Are Not Afraid
  • Summer of ’84
  • Seven shorts: Mystery Box; RFLKTR; Instinct; We Summoned a Demon; The Dollmaker; A Death Story Called Girl; and Dead Cool.

My two top picks from Friday were Office Uprising and Summer of ’84. Office Uprising was a fun comedy horror in the vein of The Belko Experiment, while Summer of ’84 was a fantastic throwback to ’80s suburban horror (The ‘Burbs, Fright Night etc) with a killer soundtrack and an excellent cast. I’ve since bought this film on Amazon Video (more about that tomorrow).

As for the shorts, We Summoned a Demon and The Dollmaker were fab, but the top pick has to go to Dead Cool which was simply superb. This is a short which needs to be seen and could have easily been developed into a longer story or incorporated into an anthology film.

Saturday 6th October:

  • Nightmare Cinema + Producer Intro and Q&A
  • The Witch in the Window + Director/cast Intro and Q&A
  • Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich + Intro and Q&A with actress Barbra Crampton

Nightmare Cinema was an anthology film that included two very strong chapters, but was let down by three not-so great segments. The Witch in the Window was the best of Saturday’s films and included a couple of moments which genuinely caused goosebumps – a rarity these days.

Sunday 7th October:

  • Pledge 
  • Short: Conductor

I only watched one film and one short on Sunday and I’m afraid I didn’t think much of either. 😦

During the course of the weekend I watched a total of 12 movies (out of 21) and eight shorts (out of 15). So, that’s roughly half of the weekend’s programme.

I’ll publish a full round-up of Grimmfest 2018 shortly, going into a little more detail about the event itself, including my thoughts on what was an extensive weekend of horror.

As for 60 Days of Halloween? Well, that continues tomorrow…

No rest for the wicked.