PRESS RELEASE: TOBE HOOPER DAY & HORROR LEGENDS SEASON Manchester, 18 Jan 2020


Grimmfest, considered one of the UK's biggest horror cinema specialists, celebrate the history of horror cinema.


This year, 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.


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.

The Plaza Cinema in Stockport

Join Grimmfest through 2020 for some classic horror movies from four of the truly great directors, 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.

All events start at 1.00pm prompt!


TOBE HOOPER – SUNDAY 9/2/20

“No matter where you’re going it’s the wrong place.” – Tobe Hooper.


TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 18 Cert

Described as “an exercise in the pornography of terror” by James Ferman, former head of the BBFC, it was recently added to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in 1981.


POLTERGEIST 15 Cert

“They’re heeeeerrrre!” Spielberg tries his hand at horror but is smart enough to enlist Hooper to direct.


TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 18 Cert

Leatherface is back. And this time he’s got Dennis Hopper to answer to.


SALEM’S LOT (180 mins) 15 Cert

Nosferatu in Small Town America, in Hooper’s classic adaptation of Stephen King’s novel.


DAVID CRONENBERG - SUNDAY 8/3/20

“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.


RABID 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.


VIDEODROME 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.


THE FLY 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.


CRASH 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.


JOHN CARPENTER - SATURDAY 9/5/20

“In France, I’m an auteur, in Germany a filmmaker, in England a genre film director, in the USA a bum!” – John Carpenter.


PRINCE OF DARKNESS 15 Cert

Carpenter’s homage to Nigel Kneale’s Quatermass series. With added satanism. And Alice Cooper.


BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 15 Cert

Every 70s martial arts movie you ever loved, put into a blender, and then thrown at Kurt Russell. Who comes out fighting.


THEY LIVE 18 Cert

Rowdy Roddy Piper is all out of chewing gum. Those alien invaders had better watch out. The perfect combination of political satire and all-in wrestling.


IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS 15 Cert

“God’s not supposed to be a hack horror writer.” But let’s face it, that would actually explain a lot…


WES CRAVEN - SUNDAY 5/7/20

“Wes Craven reinvented horror at least four times. Most directors don’t even manage it once.” – Kim Newman.


THE HILLS HAVE EYES 18 Cert

Family values in conflict; a stark and brutal confrontation between civilisation and savagery in which the lines between the two become increasingly blurred.


SCREAM 18 Cert

What happens when the killers don’t play by The Rules anymore?


THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS 15 Cert

Part fairy tale, part social satire, Craven tackles the subjects of homelessness and urban gentrification in typically full-on fashion.


A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 18 Cert

One, two, Freddy’s coming for you……

And right now, Grimmfest are hosting a social media competition to win an amazing Grimmfest horror movie goodie bag and 2x passes for our first event, TOBE HOOPER ALL -DAYER. Check out our Grimmfest FB page and website for more info. www.grimmfest.com