Grimmfest announces 2020 Legends Season


In 2020, Grimmfest pays 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.

Join us at Stockport Plaza throughout 2020 for some classic horror movies from four of the truly great genre 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.

FULL SEASON PASS: £80.00 (+booking fees)
DAY PASS: £23.50 (+booking fees)
INDIVIDUAL FILMS: £7.50 (+booking fees)
Click on individual days or films to access tickets.

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

Doors Open: 12.30pm.

1.00pm TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (83 mins). 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.

2.50pm POLTERGEIST (114 mins). 15 Cert
“They’re heeeeerrrre!” Spielberg tries his hand at horror but is smart enough to enlist Hooper to direct.

5.10pm TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 (101 mins). 18 Cert
Leatherface is back. And this time he’s got Dennis Hopper to answer to.

7.10pm SALEM’S LOT (180 mins) 15 Cert
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.

Doors Open: 12.30pm.

1.00pm RABID (91 mins) 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.

3.10pm VIDEODROME (87mins) 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.

5.10pm THE FLY (96 mins) 18 Cert
“There was an old lady who swallowed a fly. I don’t know why. Perhaps she’ll die…” One of the genres greatest ever love stories. Yes, seriously.

7.15pm CRASH (100 mins) 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.

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

Doors Open: 12.30pm.

1.00pm PRINCE OF DARKNESS (102mins) 15 Cert
Carpenter’s homage to Nigel Kneale’s Quatermass series. With added satanism. And Alice Cooper.

3.10pm BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (99mins) 15 Cert
Every 70s martial arts movie you ever loved put into a blender, and then thrown at Kurt Russell. Who comes out fighting.

5.20pm THEY LIVE (94mins) 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.

7.20pm IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (95mins) 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 reinvented horror at least four times. Most directors don’t even manage it once.” – Kim Newman.

Doors open 12.30pm.

1.00pm THE HILLS HAVE EYES (90 mins) 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.

3.00pm SCREAM (111 mins) 18 Cert
What happens when the killers don’t play by The Rules any more?

5.15pm THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS (102 mins) 15 Cert
Part fairy tale, part social satire, Craven tackles the subjects of homelessness and urban gentrification in typically full-on fashion.

7.10pm A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (91 mins) 18 Cert
One, two, Freddy’s coming for you……

Find out more about Grimmfest’s Legends Season.

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