The Beta Test

Source: Vanishing Angle

The Beta Test

US directors Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe’s feature The Beta Test will open the UK’s genre film festival Grimmfest which is running as a physical event in Manchester from October 7-10.

Cummings and McCabe will also star in the film about a Hollywood agent who gets sucked into a world of sexual infidelity and mysterious streams of digital data. Los Angeles based-Vanishing Angle produced the horror thriller. The feature initially premiered in the Berlin International Film Festival’s Encounters.

The festival is screening three world premieres: Argentinian Sebastian Perillo’s The Nights Belong To Monsters, American director D.M. Cunningham’s The Spore and Shot In The Dark from American filmmaker Keene McRae.

This year the festival will present 26 films, more than ever before, and has expanded onto two screens at Manchester venue Odeon Great Northern. 

The competition jury includes Stewart Bridle, manager of the UK’s Horror Channel, and US actress, writer and director Brea Grant. All films will be in the running for best feature, best short, best director, best actress, best actor and best SFX. 

The Grimmfest lifetime achievement award will be presented to US actress Dee Wallace, best known for her role in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

Most of the films will available to view online across the festival’s online event from October 15-17 via Eventive. 

Grimmfest 2021

The Beta Test (US) 
Dirs: Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe 

The Deep House (FR/BEL)
Dirs: Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury 

Night At The Eagle Inn (US)
Dir: Erik Bloomquist

Night Drive (US)
Dirs: Brad Baruh and Megan Leon 

King Knight (US)
Dir: Richard Bates Jr. 

Alone With You (US)
Dirs: Emily Bennett and Justin Brooks

Faceless (US)
Dir: Marcel Sarmiento

Motherly (CAN)
Dir: Craig David Wallace

Seagull (UK)
Dir: Peter Blach

Val (US)
Dir: Aaron Fradkin

Shot In The Dark (US)
Dir: Keene McRae

The Pizzagate Massacre (US)
Dir: John Valley 

The Righteous (CAN)
Dir: Mark O’Brien

Two Witches (US)
Dir: Pierre Tsigaridis

Midnight (S KOR)
Dir: Kwon Oh-seung 

The Free Fall (US)
Dir: Adam Stilwell

We’re All Going To The World’s Fair (US)
Dir: Jane Schoenbrun

The Guest Room (IT)
Dir: Stefano Ludovico 

Hotel Poseidon (BEL)
Dir: Stefan Lernous

Slapface (CAN)
Dir: Jeremiah Kipp

On The Third Day (ARG)
Dir: Daniel de la Vega

Tarumama (COL)
Dir: Andres Beltran

The Nights Belong To Monsters (ARG)
Dir: Sebastian Perillo

Forgiveness (MEX)
Dir: Alex Kahuam

The Spore (US)
Dir: D.M. Cunningham 

The Sadness (TAI)
Dir: Rob Jabbaz