Cronenberg Day & Horror Legends Season

In 2020, Grimmfest will pay tribute to four Legends of Horror, in the suitably elegant, art-deco surroundings of Stockport Plaza. Experience classics of the genre in suitably grand, elegant style, in the most beautiful Picture Palace in the region.

Grimmfest has partnered with The Horror Channel to offer big screen presentations of a whole host of classic horror films from four masters of the genre all on the big screen, across Spring and early Summer. Tobe Hooper (9/2/20), David Cronenberg (8/3/20), John Carpenter (9/5/20) and Wes Craven (5/7/20). 16 movies in total over 4 special day events.


“Everybody’s a mad scientist, and life is their lab. We’re all trying to experiment to find a way to live, to solve problems, to fend off madness and chaos.” – David Cronenberg.

Doors Open: 12.30pm.

1.00pm RABID (91 mins) 15 Cert

In the wake of the Soska Twins’ recent remake, a chance to revisit the stark, bleak original; the film in which Marilyn Chambers truly is insatiable.

3.10pm VIDEODROME (87mins) 18 Cert

“Long live the new flesh!” Remember the whole “video nasties” hysteria of the 1980s? Fear of what exposure to such things might be doing to the young? It could have been a lot worse.

5.10pm THE FLY (96 mins) 18 Cert

“There was an old lady who swallowed a fly. I don’t know why. Perhaps she’ll die…” One of the genre’s greatest ever love stories. Yes, seriously.

7.15pm CRASH (100 mins) 18 Cert

Cronenberg’s cinematic reimagining of J.G Ballard’s novel was described as “beyond the bounds of depravity” by critic Alexander Walker. The perfect combination of filmmaker and source material, in other words.

And to celebrate the day, Grimmfest have produced a special Grimmfest Cronenberg trailer right here:

Tickets are available here:

If you fancy a chance of winning a couple of day passes to the event alongside a Grimmfest goodie bag chock full of horror goodies, Grimmfest are running a competition right here (Comp closes Friday 28th Feb):

GRIMMFEST: International festival of horror, cult and fantastic cinema and UK Exhibitor. Grimmfest bring the very best in new independent genre cinema and classic genre films to Manchester UK and beyond. With regular screenings throughout the year and the main festival in early October. Grimmfest is now in its 2nd decade and recently voted one of the top ‘30 Bloody Best Genre Festivals in the World’ by Movie Maker magazine.

THE HORROR CHANNEL: Horror Channel is a British television channel showing horror films and television series and some science fiction. It is broadcast in the UK and Ireland. Specialized programming includes cult films, classic horror, comedy, B movies, modern thrillers, series, home-produced specials, biographies and documentaries. 

Freeview UK: Channel 70
Sky UK & Ireland: Channel 317; Channel 318 (+1)
Virgin Media UK: Channel 149; Channel 202 (+1)
Freesat UK: Channel 138; Channel 139 (+1)

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