Just in case everything was getting a bit too jolly and nice during advent, Grimm Up North are celebrating the festive season in their own inimitable style by screening some truly terrifying shockers on the two Fridays running up to Christmas.
Screening on the 14th Dec is V/H/S (2012), a well constructed horror anthology from Ti West (The Innkeepers), Glen McQuaid (I Sell the dead), Adam Wingard (A Horrible way to die) and others. When a group of petty criminals are hired by a mysterious party to retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere, they soon realise that the job isn’t going to be as easy as they thought. In the living room, a lifeless body holds court before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of VHS tapes. As they search for the right one, they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last.
This is double billing with Christmas Evil (1980) a horror classic from the small but perfectly formed micro-genre of Yuletide Slashers. A true dark Christmas oddity that cult movie kingpin John Waters described as ‘greatest Christmas movie ever made.’ And with the tagline, ‘Better Watch Out… Better Not Cry… Or You May Die!’ who can possibly resist an opportunity to see it on the big screen?
And on the 21st December, Canadian Sci-fi/psychological horror, The Corridor (2011) will be screening. When a group of friends join up for a reunion in an isolated forest to come to terms with their traumatic pasts, mayhem and murder are sure to ensue.
This will be followed by local(ish) When the Lights Went Out (2012) which was based on a series of real events in Yorkshire, bringing the haunted house genre into the real world. ‘A proper Northern horror film’, When the Lights Went Out is a terrifying tale of an incredibly violent poltergeist and the attempts taken to exorcise it.
The films are showing at the Dancehouse Theatre. Check the website for more details.