Horror has never been more popular and Screamfest Film Festival is back to satisfy those who love it. Dedicated to supporting and developing independent filmmakers in the creepy movie realm, the self-proclaimed “Sundance of Horror” has given exposure to now established names such as Victor Garcia (Return to House on Haunted Hill, Mirrors2), Toby Wilkins (Splinter, The Grudge3) and the Paranormal Activity franchise’s Oren Peli. Who will be next to scare the pants off audiences and score distribution? Check out the 10-day, woman-produced event (which kicked off earlier this week) and judge for yourself.
World Premieres include Slayers, the latest from director K. Asher Levin about a vampire killer, and Deer Camp, about a deer-hunting trip gone wrong from L. Van Dyke Siboutszen. North American debut screenings include The Revelation, about a COVID-19 conspiracist and The Domestic, a South African horror story.
L.A. premieres include Employee of the Month, a Belgian scary workplace tale and Swallowed, a queer-themed yarn about two friends who have a harrowing evening in the woods starring Jena Malone. Other intriguing titles include Give Me an A, billed as a reaction to the overturning of Roe V. Wade; Living with Chucky, a doc about the making of the killer doll flick and The Retaliators (celebrating its VOD release) featuring featuring members of rock bands Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, The Hu, Ice Nine Kills and Escape The Fate. Classics such as The Lost Boys (with a Jason Patric Q&A) are also scheduled.
The big closing night event at the Ace Hotel Theater is Prime Video and Blumhouse’s preview showing of Run Sweetheart Run, about a business dinner turned stalking nightmare. A Q&A will follow this one. Most Screamfest screenings take place with black carpet premiere events at the TCL Chinese theaters in Hollywood, but see the website for full schedule and locales. screamfestla.com.
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