Press Release: “When The Screaming Starts” confirmed for Grimmfest 2021

September 14, 2021 By

Riotous Films in association with FOUR plus10 Films and Little Narwhal Films have confirmed that the horror-comedy mockumentary, When The Screaming Starts, will have its Northern Premiere at Grimmfest 2021 on 9th October.

This is following the film’s World Premiere at Frightfest 2021, where it received an overwhelmingly positive reception from audiences and critics.

Alongside the lead roles of Ed Hartland (The Crown) and Jared Rogers (Killer Weekend), the film stars Yasen Atour, (The Witcher Season 2), Octavia Gilmore (For Sale) and Kaitlin Reynell (Debut Feature).

A wannabe serial killer, a warped filmmaker, and a murderous cult on a blood-soaked rampage. When The Screaming Starts is a darkly comic tale of how far we will go in order to achieve our ambitions.

To celebrate the film’s selection at Grimmfest, a brand new clip of the film has been shared.

When Norman Graysmith is invited into the home of an aspiring serial killer, Aidan Mendle, he believes he has found the subject for the documentary that will transform his failing career. Initially the production goes well with Aidan freely opening up about his desire to kill, but when his early attempt at committing murder falls apart, things begin to unravel.

Aidan desperately tries to maintain his position as the next Charles Manson by starting a murder cult, interviewing prospective members for what he affectionately calls his “family”. The potential candidates provide a rich tapestry of misfits, from the lost and confused to the (most likely) psychopathic. Events begin to spiral out of control and Norman watches his dreams crumbling around him.

When The Screaming Starts marks the feature debut of filmmaker Conor Boru, and was overseen by a production team which includes Dom Lenoir, who directed and produced the award-winning thriller Winter Ridge.

Conor Boru, the film’s director was delighted with the news; “We’re all immensely excited and proud to be bringing When the Screaming Starts to Grimmfest this year! Manchester is such an iconic city and Grimmfest has to be one of the very best horror festivals in the UK. We cannot wait to experience the festival in all its twisted glory!”

Simeon Halligan, festival director of Grimmfest added; “Grimmfest has always been keen to support and to provide a platform for independent British films, and to celebrate British voices within the genre (indeed, this was one of the festival’s founding motivations). We are delighted to be hosting a screening of WHEN THE SCREAMING STARTS, which combines a cutting critique of creative complicity and moral bankruptcy with a very British deadpan comedy of social inadequacy and embarrassment; drawing us into the deluded dreams of its sad-sack characters with subtlety and sympathy, but never downplaying the darkness and brutality of those delusions. It’s very funny, and surprisingly brutal, and we think our audience are going to love it.”

When The Screaming Starts will have its Northern Premiere at Grimmfest 2021 on 9th October

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