Blood, guts and all-out terror will replace presents, mince pies and brandy as the preferred Christmas treats of Manchester horrors fans this month.
The city’s horror maestros Grimm Up North return with not one, but two double bill fright fests.
Spread across two weekends, The Dancehouse Theatre, on Oxford Road, will be screening three terrifying premieres and an 80’s classic, all for your uncomfortable ‘enjoyment’.
If that wasn’t enough, you can browse the Grimm shop, raid the bar – with bottled beers from just £1.50 – and get involved in the big screen Christmas quiz.
The terror kicks off on Friday December 14 at 7:15pm, with an unmissable double – the North West premiere of V/H/S, followed by cult classic Christmas Evil.
V/H/S is the hotly anticipated flick from some of horror’s hottest talent, including Ti West (The Innkeepers) and Glen McQuaid (I Sell the Dead).
With a chilling sequel already on its way, V/H/S triumphs in bringing a shocking new perspective to outdated video software.
Christmas Evil is the pinnacle of the ‘Yuletide Slashers’ genre and described by cult movie kingpin John Waters as the ‘greatest Christmas movie ever made’.
Forget Elf and Love Actually, this dark piece of cinema – also known as You Better Watch Out and Terror in Toyland – is sure to get you in the festive spirit.
Then it’s back to the theatre next Friday for round two – Sci-fi psychological thriller The Corridor and haunted house flick When the Lights Go Out.
The Corridor kicks off at 7:30, following a group of youngsters on a weekend excursion in the forest gone wrong – you can imagine the rest.
Then it’s back to home-grown scares with When the Lights Go Out, based on real events in 1970s Yorkshire and bringing haunted house horror into the real world.
Tickets are available at £7.50 – less than what you might pay to see the latest trifle in the cinema – so don’t miss out on a truly horrifying evening.