Grimmfest To Screen Classic Films From Craven, Hooper, Cronenberg And Carpenter For "Horror Leg

Grimmfest Horror Legends Season 2020

Considered one of the UK’s biggest horror cinema specialists, 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, this spring and early summer.

From The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Videodrome, to They Live and A Nightmare on Elm Street, horror fans can join Grimmfest throughout 2020 for some classic horror movies from four of the genre's greatest directors, Tobe Hooper, David Cronenberg, John Carpenter and Wes Craven. 16 classic horror movies in total, spread over 4 special day events!

All screenings will be held at Stockport Plaza in the United Kingdom.

Check out the entire schedule below.



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


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

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 Leatherface is back. And this time he’s got Dennis Hopper to answer to.

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



“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 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 “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 “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 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.



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

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

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



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

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

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

THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS 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 One, two, Freddy’s coming for you……


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Grimmfest Horror Legends Season 2020