Updated: Monday, 15th September 2014 @ 10:14am

Grimm Up North celebrate hero of cult and horror cinema in Manchester – Roger Corman

Grimm Up North celebrate hero of cult and horror cinema in Manchester – Roger Corman

By Karl Dyer

Roger Corman is hardly a household name. He’s not in line with stars of the screen such as William Shatner and Jack Nicholson.

Yet he worked with these two in some fantastic pieces of film and now Manchester’s resident film fanatics Grimm Up North are dedicating a night of screenings in his honour.

At the International Anthony Burgess Foundation – just a stone’s throw from Oxford Road station – you can catch Corman’s World and Sharktopus on Friday March 16.

Alex Stapleton’s Corman’s World is a brilliant documentary that tracks Corman’s rise through Hollywood as he dabbles in writing, directing, producing and even in a little bit of acting.

With contributions from Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and a choked up Shatner, Corman’s World is a fantastic insight into this seasoned filmmaker’s influence on modern movies.

Corman is famed for his adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe’s works but he’s also a dab hand at taking a satirical look at his beloved industry and Sharktopus is just that.

An absurdly titled monstrosity executed with tongue firmly in cheek, prepare to be bewildered as half shark half octopus Sharktopus reeks havoc on the shores of Mexico.

Surely this is a night not to be missed for any die hard film fanatic or lover of the weird and wonderful and tickets are now on sale for £6.50 (plus booking fee) at www.grimmfest.com