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Screamfest Horror Film Festival

With an eerie knack for predicting the next terrifying hit, the Screamfest Horror Film Festival has been called the “Sundance of Horror.” Known for discovering cult favorite Paranormal Activity long before it became a box-office hit, the largest horror film festival in the U.S. screens the latest films from independent filmmakers from around the world. The festival has introduced several indie sensations, including Hatchet, The House of the Devil and Human Centipede. Founder Rachel Belofsky (producer of Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film) started the festival in 2001. Now housed at Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood & Highland, with guests including Wes Craven, Eli Roth, Rob Zombie and David Arquette, Screamfest has become recognized as a determining showcase for the latest in horror, fantasy and sci-fi. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd. (310) 358-3273, screamfestla.com. —Deidre Crawford