As October continues along, with temperatures cooling down, new beauty regimes to consider as our skin adjusts to the weather, and children readily await the rick or treat, we continue the celebration of Horror, along with trickery and frights.
One of the most beautiful things in life is to find beauty in abnormality, the small defects or quarks that make something even more beautiful. Many a person has been drawn to The Bride of Frankenstein or Elvira, not the ideal beauty, but beauty none the less.
As I always say, to live a whole and balanced life and retain our youth one must find the time to experience joy and laughter, the time to celebrate something, October is the celebration of many things.
The perfect place to do such a thing this year, from Octorber 8th - 17th, is at the 13th Annual Screamfest film festival. Some have touted it as "the Sundance of horror." I can't cite the source because I found this on their website, and I didn't see the source there, but you should look it up. However, since I've been attending Screamfest over the years, I can absolutely agree with that quote. Between movies, parties, and deals, one can get swept up in the excitement very easily.
On October 8th their annual opening night film and party begins at 8pm. The film is "Beneath," followed immediately by what I can only imagine will be another stellar party.
This is hands down one of the best film festivals in Los Angeles. Year after year festival director Rachel Belofsky, and her crew, work very hard to bring you the best new horror movies. The majority of the films selected end up getting agents, sales, distribution etc.
Screamfest is one of the most well organized, respected, and professional Los Angeles festivals in genre movies. A plus side to that, is there are many parties through out the entire event. You will meet film professionals from all over the world. Most people in attendance are totally approachable, and are there to celebrate October, movies, horror, as well as make deals.
Changes this year, from last year, include the venue. I am looking forward to the screenings at Laemmle in North Hollywood, a need transition from Downtown LA. With better parking, easily accessible from the freeways, and of course the rich Hollywood history that comes along with all of the Laemmle theaters brand. I'm confident that this venue will be a nice change.
Attendees include horror fans, industry, press, buyers, and agents, as well as often having notable talent in attendance including Eli Roth, James Wan, Mike Mendez, Tammi Sutton, Jeffrey Reddick, etc.
Screamfest is absolutely the one festival in Los Angeles that you must attend. It is hands down a killer time.
See you there!
For more information on this awesome festival visit their website: http://www.screamfestla.com/
For my articles on th 21th annual Screamfest 2012 click the links below:
Below is a copy paste press-release from the festival:
Screamfest Announces Next Wave of Films.
Hollywood, CA., September 24, 2013 – Screamfest®, premiering films from around the world. http://screamfestla.com/film-guide Screamfest takes place October 8 through October 17 at the Laemmle NoHo 7 (5240 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601).
Next Wave Screening Highlights at Screamfest 2013
· Chimeres (Switzerland) – Directed by Olivier Beguin - While taking a holiday in Romania with his girlfriend Livia, Alexandre is hit by a car. He is hospitalized and has to undergo a blood transfusion. On his return he seems to suffer from a strange disease ... US Premiere
· The Dead 2, India (UK) –Directed by Howard J Ford & Jon Ford. - The eagerly anticipated follow-up to the Ford Brothers’ African set ‘The Dead’, ‘The Dead, India’ move us to the hustle and bustle of India as the outbreak of the walking dead take hold. An American engineer teams up with a surviving orphan street kid to trek 300 miles across stunning but deadly rural Indian landscapes to the now infested slums of Mumbai to try and save his pregnant girlfriend. The first ever international zombie movie shot in Incredible India, 'The Dead 2, puts the Ford Brother's unique vision on a far bigger canvas, with breath taking scope, thrilling action and emotional resonance... – US Premiere
· Delivery (US) – Directed by Brian Netto - In this unnerving chiller, Kyle and Rachel Massy are a young couple who have agreed to document their first pregnancy for a reality show. During the production, a series of unexplained phenomena start plaguing the couple, eventually derailing the production of the show. Rachel, growing increasingly paranoid, starts to believe that there might be something seriously wrong with their unborn bundle of joy.
· The Demon’s Rook (US) –Directed by James Sizemore A young boy named Roscoe is taken to a world where demons dwell. Raised into manhood by an elder demon, he is taught to master the dark arts. During his training, he accidentally unleashes an ancient race of evil demons. They discover our world and release a nightmarish foray of monsters upon it. Paying homage to its colorful roots and packed full of practical effects, The Demon's Rook is sure to please. – Produced by James Sizemore, Tim Reis, Ashleigh Jo Sizemore & Colin Geddes - LA Premiere
· Frost (Iceland) – Directed by Reynir Lyngdal and from the team of Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre - A young couple, physiologist Agla and filmmaker Gunnar wake up at a glacier drilling camp only to find the camp mysteriously abandoned and their co-workers gone. When searching for the lost team they realize they’re up against an unknown deadly force. - US Premiere
· The Gauntlet (US)–.Directed by Matt Eskandari starring Bai Ling- In a sunken castle underneath the earth, five strangers wake. They have no food. No memory. No water. And no way out. They don't know it yet, but in Hell only their sins can save them. They must organize and band together for the sinister adventure that awaits... - US Premiere
· Goldberg & Eisenberg (Israel) –Directed by Oren Carmi - Goldberg is a mediocre computer programmer. Eisenberg is an emotionally disturbed thug. Unfortunately the two cross paths. "Goldberg & Eisenberg" is the first Israeli urban psychological thriller, and the first dark genre film ever to be approved for production by the Israel film fund. Inspired by Coen bros, Polanski, Park Chan-Wuk. Currently in preliminary talks to be remade as a mini series for a major American cable channel. - LA Premiere
· Para Elisa (Spain) – Directed by Juanra Fernandez - A student enters a terrifying world of obsession and misery when she answers a job advertisement requesting a nanny. Held prisoner in a house full of antique toys, she must overcome her deranged captors or become a living doll. US Premiere
· Savaged (Canada) – Directed by Michael S. Ojeda - While travelling across country, Zoe, a lovely deaf mute woman, stumbles on a horrific crime – a gang of rednecks slaughtering two Native American boys. Zoe’s brave attempt to save one of the boys seals her fate. She is captured, raped and left for dead. When an Indian shaman finds her clinging to life in a shallow grave he attempts to save her – but something goes horribly wrong. The spirit of an ancient Apache warrior takes host of Zoe’s dead body. So now she walks amongst the living, hell-bent on getting revenge. One by one she slaughters the men who brutalized her, while the clock ticks away on her quickly decomposing body. World Premiere
· The Seasoning House – (UK) Directed by Paul Hyett - The Seasoning House - where young girls are prostituted to the military. Angel (Rosie Day), an orphaned deaf mute, is enslaved to care for them. She moves between the walls and crawlspaces, planning her escape. Planning her ingenious and brutal revenge. - :LA Premiere
· Viscera – (US) Directed by Pete DiFolco & Craig DiFolco - In the aftermath of a flesh-eating plague that has wiped out most of humanity, a surviving man and woman face unimaginable horrors when he suddenly becomes infected. Confined to the basement of an abandoned farmhouse, she tends to him as his body rapidly deteriorates over the next four days. But they soon find themselves up against more than just the disease. A crazed infected woman begins to stalk the farmhouse. A suspicious stranger arrives promising the key to survival. And the only possible cure is an injected drug that slowly drives you insane. – World Premiere