THE GRINN (2017) Reviews and overview

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‘There is no light’

The Grinn is a 2017 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Matthew Kalamane (Die, My Dear). The movie stars John Carroll, Sarah Leight and Michka Hawkins.


A man awakens in an empty house that he is unable to leave. Battling fatigue, injury and amnesia, and guided only by a cryptic voice on his phone, he begins piecing together fractured memories of the events that led him to be trapped.

With a terrifying presence confining him inside the house, he ultimately discovers a truth more terrifying than he could have ever imagined…


The Grinn is a smartly written, well acted indie film. Of that there is no question. Is it scary? Maybe not physical shock scare-wise… but mentally and emotionally… yes. It is definitely a winner.” Indy Red

“Although this is an independent lower budget movie, and you can tell it is… the script/story is excellent and anyone with a heart will be drawn into this character’s story. It is a smartly written and thoroughly engaging story full of realism, intense emotions, relationship and mental issues of young adults.” Tina Willis

Main cast:

  • John Carroll … Vance
  • Sarah Leight … Leira
  • Michka Hawkins … Diana
  • Victor DiBartolomeo … Daniel
  • Fred DiPietro … The Grinn
  • Annika Albert … Lauren
  • Roman Samoan … Brad
  • Odin Seva’aetasi … Baby
  • Samantha Kelley … Swinger

Filming locations:

Pacific Grove, California

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