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6 Essential Watches for Grimmfest 2021 Online

The online edition of Grimmfest kicks off today, and after sampling the physical event last weekend we have put together six essential watches from the comfort of your own home.

Midnight

Midnight is an adrenaline rush like no other film being shown on the festival circuit.

We follow a deaf woman and her mother, who accidentally interrupt a serial killer stalking the streets, only to become his next potential victims.

Midnight is a thrill ride from start to finish which will leave you spellbound by its conclusion. A festival highlight.

The Sadness

Another Korean export The Sadness is quite possibly the most extreme and depraved film you will watch all year.

After a year of combating a pandemic with relatively benign symptoms, a frustrated nation finally lets its guard down. This is when the virus spontaneously mutates, giving rise to a mind-altering plague. The streets erupt into violence and depravity, as those infected are driven to enact the most cruel and ghastly things they can think of.

Once The Sadness shifts gears it doesn’t let go, and while it is at times a difficult watch; you cannot deny the quality and dedication to doubling down on its insane concept.

The Righteous

The directorial debut of Mark O’Brien, shot in black and white sees a couple take in a mysterious man after he sports a leg wound near their home in bad weather.

Slowly they discover there is more to him than initially suspected and they could be in mortal danger. Even though O’Brien directs his character of Aaron is the best in the film, as he oozes dread and almost makes you want to grab through the screen to throttle him as he toys with this couple.

Given the title it also poses questions about faith and what it means to be a holy man who has sinned.

Be careful what you wish for, be certain what you pray for.

Happy Times

It’s quite difficult to describe the whacky and balls-to-the-wall Happy Times without spoiling some plot strands.

Think of this as the ultimate work dinner party gone wrong. I suppose you never really know your colleagues until you drink with them.

Director Michael Mayer cleverly interweaves multiple plots in what becomes a fight for survival which is sidesplittingly funny at times.

One of the best off-kilter genre comedies of the year easily.

Night at the Eagle Inn

Sarah Moss (Amelia Dudley) and her ultra-snarky gay twin Spencer (Taylor Turner) are on a mission. They’ve left Philadelphia and arrived at an out of the way hotel near the Canadian border; it’s the same hotel where their mother and father tragically perished on the night of the twins’ births. 

While some have mentioned the haunted hotel vibes of ‘The Shining’ in this movie its quirky, darkly humorous feel reminded me of Ti West’s 2011 flick ‘The Innkeepers’. Like most of Bloomquists’s movies it doesn’t outstay its welcome; the light comedic touch would probably wear in a longer film. But its humour is deceptive; there’s some disturbing imagery on display here and Schweers’ unhinged performance keeps things very spiky. Good stuff.

Slapface

Jeremiah Kipp’s Slapface takes the idea of the imaginary friend and takes it to complete new and chilling levels.

After the loss of the boys mother off-screen it is left to older sibling Tom to look after him but he has found a coping method at the bottom of a bottle.

We find out that Lucas has either befriended or manifested a hag-like creature which lives in the nearby woods which seems to be getting more wild and the story develops. The design for this monster is truly incredible and is worth checking out the film alone for.

The two central performances from Lucas and Tom are fantastic and really drive the film forward until a truly gut-wrenching finale. A harrowing but essential watch.

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