Grimmfest 2021 Preview #1

Kristoffer McMillan in Shot in the Dark

We’re back!  Or at least… some of us are.  Dan and Ian will be your company for the first episode of the second series of –And Now The Podcast Starts!  But fear not, Kirsty, Stella and Howard will all be returning in future episodes, accompanied by a number of great guests.

And Grimmfest is back!  Yes, it’s time again for the North of England’s premiere festival of fantastic films, which, following an all-virtual festival last year during lockdown, now reappears as a hybrid.  It returns as a live event to its traditional home, the Odeon Great Northern in Manchester, from 7-10 October; and then follows this with a virtual festival from 14-17 October.  All the details of what’s on, and ticketing links, can be found at

Grimmfest is the main topic this week, as Ian and Dan talk to the talents behind three of the films.

00.09.53 Director/co-writer Erik Bloomquist (Twitter: @ErikCBloomquist) and actors Amelia Dudley (@AmeliaDudley) and Taylor Turner discuss their American sinister hotel thriller, Night At The Eagle Inn.  Find out more about the film here.

00.39.16 Director/co-writer Conor Boru (Twitter: @ConorBoru), producer Dom Lenoir (@DirDomLenoir) and actor/co-producer Jared Rogers (@jaredrogersword) discuss their British serial killer mockumentary, When The Screaming Starts (we like that title! Twitter: @WhenScreaming).  You can see the film’s teaser trailer and find out more here.

01.20.37 Finally, director/co-writer/actor Keene McRae and actor/co-writers Kristoffer McMillan and Lane Thomas (all three of whom are also producers) discuss their American film Shot In The Dark (@ShotDarkFilm), a unique ‘inspired by true events’ hybrid of serial killer, love story and meditation on smalltown prospects.  See the film’s trailer at their website here.


Marvel’s What If? and The Strain are both available on Disney+.

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