Frightfest 2013 preview: The Grief Tourist Simon Fitzjohn July 2, 2013 Film4 Frightfest, Latest News and Videos 1927 Offbeat vacations, serial killers, seedy motels and a return to form from Melanie Griffith form the central strands of The Grief Tourist, a study in criminal cause and effect from director Suri Krishnamma. The film centres on Jim Tahana (Michael Cuddlitz), who, instead of opting for the sights or the beach for his vacations, decides to visit the crime scenes of notorious serial killers – hence grief tourism. For his trip this year Tahana has elected to revisit the crimes of Carl Marznap, a headline-grabbing arsonist from back in the day. But throw in prostitutes, some rancid sexual impulses and a weakening grip on reality on Tahana’s part and we can be pretty sure something nasty will end up happening. Having already been described as haunting, chilling and powerful, and with a trailer that looks something a bit different, The Grief Tourist screens at Frightfest on Sunday August 25.