Grimmfest Announce Rabid with Guest Directors, The Soska Sisters & Two Further European Premieres

Grimmfest returns on 3rd October 2019 for four days of horror, cult and fantastic films at the Odeon Great Northern cinema in Manchester, UK.

The festival previously revealed that director, writer and actress Pollyanna McIntosh (Jadis from THE WALKING DEAD) will attend the festival to present her directorial debut DARLIN’, a sequel to Lucky McKee’s 2011 film THE WOMAN. While the full festival line-up is being kept under wraps until Monday 2 September, Grimmfest are now releasing a further sneak peek at what they have in store, with details of a handful of new movie premieres and special guests.

Grimmfest are thrilled to announce that RABID, the much-anticipated remake of David Cronenberg’s horror classic, will receive its Northern UK Premiere screening at the festival. The film is a mischievous reimagining of the original, which stirs some sly fashion industry satire into the mix. The festival team is honoured to welcome RABID’s writer/directors Jen and Sylvia Soska (AMERICAN MARY) – also known as the Soska Sisters or the Twisted Twins – to present the screening, complete a limited number of exclusive signings and receive Grimmfest’s special ACHIEVEMENT IN HORROR award, which is sponsored by THE HORROR CHANNEL.

Sticking with the Women in Horror theme Grimmfest will also be hosting the European premiere of SHE NEVER DIED, the female-centric follow up to Grimmfest 2015 hit HE NEVER DIED, written again by Jason Krawczyk but this time directed by up and coming talent Audrey Cummings, with the formidable Olunike Adeliyi stepping into the Henry Rollins role and filling those sizable boots with considerable panache.

Finally, Grimmfest have revealed that they will screen the European premiere of Film Mode Entertainment’s BLOOD VESSEL, a visceral new Creature feature from Aussie special effects guru turned director, Justin Dix, known for his work on films like STAR WARS and THE BABADOOK. Adrift in the North Atlantic, the survivors of a WWII torpedoed hospital ship take refuge on a seemingly abandoned German minesweeper, only to find something else awaits them within.

Festival Director Simeon Halligan said, “We will be announcing the full line up of short and feature film premieres on the 2nd September but until then, we thought it might be fun to share one or two pieces of exciting news.”

A limited number of full festival passes are available now from the Grimmfest website, which grant access to every film screening at the festival (including over 20 feature film premieres and a selection of the best new genre shorts) as well as every cast and crew Q&A, plus signed items from Pollyanna McIntosh and the Soska Sisters, and a complimentary festival goody bag packed with horror treats. Individual film tickets for DARLIN’, RABID, SHE NEVER DIED and BLOOD VESSEL are also now available for purchase.

The 11th edition of Grimmfest takes place from 3 – 6th October 2019 at Odeon Manchester Great Northern. More information and tickets can be found at

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