If you love scary movies, October is not failing you in the fearful film department. Streaming services are packed with Halloween-themed options; Beyondfest just ended another bloody good run in local theaters; and now we have Screamfest, touted as “the Sundance of Horror.” Screening independent filmmakers from around the world, the festival takes place at the TCL Chinese Theatre with a non-stop lineup of scary new cinema and some of old favorites including Evil Dead 2 and Army Of Darkness with Bruce Campbell doing a Q&A and a special screening of The Lost Boys. New blood will be awarded in various categories including Best Short, Best Editing, Best Special Effects, Best Musical Score, Best Actor and Actress, Best Director, Best Picture and more. It all begins tonight with the premiere of the “rockstar horror” flick The Retaliators featuring cameos and music by a host of familiar faces including Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx, Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix, Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory and more who are expected to walk the fest’s black carpet. Masks indoors required plus proof of vaccination or negative Covid test within 72 hours. Temperature checks also required for entry. Oct. 12-21; various times. 6926 Hollywood Blvd. See full lineup at screamfestla.com.


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