Grimm Knows Best
Last year our eagle-eyed team spotted the potential in the grindhouse gore-fest Dead Hooker in a Trunk and held its UK premiere at Grimm up North 2010. Since then Dead Hooker has become an underground hit, securing UK distribution with Bounty Films and due for release on May 23rd. The film has received praise from critics but has also courted controversy recently in Canada; the film was pulled from a screening after public outcry over its sensational title, but hey there's no such thing as bad publicity, right?
Other films gaining success since the festival include slowburning Mexican cannibal shocker We Are What We Are (Jorge Michel Grau), which achieved a nationwide cinema release and great critical acclaim. Praise for Amer (Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani), an homage to classic Italian masters like Argento, continues to pour in from numerous sources, including Mark Kermode's Movie Round-Up noting its "broiling visual style" and "splatter-tastic end".
We would also like to support Sushi Typhoon, the makers of the insanely hilarious Alien vs. Ninja (Seiji Chiba), screened at Grimm 2010, who are travelling the USA screening their back-catalogue of films in a campaign they've titled "Splatter Matters" to raise funds for the victims of the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami.