Grimm Up North rustles up a night of art-house thrillers

By Karl Dyer

Grimm Up North, Manchester’s home of horror cinema, are rustling up another double bill delight at The Dancehouse this Thursday.

Kicking off with Adam Wingard’s violent psycho thriller A Horrible Way To Die ahead of its official UK DVD release before going all art-house with Amer, a psychosexual suspense filled ride for the cinema connoisseur.

A Horrible Way To Die tracks a serial killer as he escapes from prison carving a bloody path through cities and town as he seeks out his ex-wife.

Desperation and precision are present throughout with the handheld style of shooting that has become so adored by horror and thriller fans since The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield a favourite of Wingard’s.

Amer, which went down a storm at 2010’s Grimm Up North festival, is an unsettling account of a woman’s life, tinged with the sexually charged unease of voyeurism and fetishism. Not for the faint-hearted.

It’s a hark back to 1970s European cinema, visually exquisite and oozing with unfamiliar and unique cinematic references that make it a sight to behold.

Anyone from film buffs to fanatics of the weird and wonderful should book their tickets for £6.50 (plus booking fee) at before heading to The Dancehouse on Oxford Road.

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