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Screamfest Horror Film Festival Announces First Wave of 2018 Line Up


Screamfest Horror Film Festival Announces First Wave of 2018 Line Up

Lin Shaye

Horror actress Lin Shaye, who’s serving as the 2018 Screamfest Horror Film Festival ambassador.
Photo Credit: Jesse Haddock

Movie fans in Los Angeles are set to be scared this month, as Screamfest Horror Film Festival has announced the first wave of its official 2018 film line up. Now in its 18th year, America’s largest and longest running horror film festival is scheduled from October 9-18 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters in Hollywood. The festival has provided a platform for filmmakers and actors to showcase their latest work to audiences.

Actress Lin Shaye, the star of the successful horror franchise, ‘Insidious,’ as well as other popular horror films as ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street,’ ‘Dead End,’ ‘2001 Maniacs’ and the soon-to-be-released reboot, ‘Grudge,’ will serve as this year’s festival ambassador. “Screaming is good for the soul,” said Shaye. “I am extremely excited and honored to serve as this year’s Screamfest ambassador! I’m thrilled to support and celebrate a space where filmmakers, actors and fans can unveil their hard work, and celebrate the horror genre.”

Screamfest Horror Film Festival, which is best known for discovering ‘Paranormal Activity’ in 2007, will offer access to some of the most creative forces in the horror genre. That access will be granted through film screenings, Q&As and conversations with some of the most captivating artists working in the industry today. Film festival badges and individual film are currently on sale on the festival’s official website. All screenings are open to the general public.

Screamfest Horror Film Festival has announced that the following films have been admitted to the festival:

Splinter-Versary – 10 year anniversary screening of ‘Splinter’:

‘Splinter’ premiered at Screamfest 2008 and took home six awards that year.

Synopsis: A couple retreats to the wilderness for the weekend but are car-jacked by an escaped convict and his girlfriend on the run from the police. As they travel the backroads, they find themselves in deeper trouble. A parasitic creature has taken over the woods, and the two couples are now in its sights. Finding shelter at a gas station, they must use their wits and every weapon at their disposal to stave off the onslaught, not only from the insatiable creature, but also each other.

Directed by: Toby Wilkins

Written by: Ian Shorr and Kai Barry

Main Cast: Shea Whigham, Paulo Costanzo and Jill Wagner

‘Amityville Murders’: (US) – 2018

Directed and written by: Daniel Farrands

Cast: John Robinson, Chelsea Ricketts, Paul Ben-Victor, Diane Franklin, Burt Young and Lainie Kazan

Synopsis: On the night of November 13, 1974, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. took a high-powered rifle and murdered his entire family as they slept. At his trial, DeFeo claimed that “voices” in the house commanded him to kill. This is their story.

World Premiere

‘Dementia II’ (US) – 2018

Directed, written and produced by: Matt Mercer and Mike Testin

Cast: Suzanne Voss, Matt Mercer, Najarra Townsend and Graham Skipper

Suzanne wasn’t always this confused. She wasn’t always dead either… When an ex-con takes a job as a handyman for an unstable elderly woman to avoid a parole violation, it becomes a choice he may regret.

West Coast Premiere

‘Discarnate’ (US) – 2018

Directed by: Mario Sorrenti

Written by: Mario Miscione and Marcella Ochoa

Cast: Thomas Kretschmann, Nadine Velazquez, Josh Stewart, Chris Coy and Bex Taylor-Klaus

A neuroscientist’s obsession with a drug that expands the human mind inadvertently unleashes a deadly supernatural force on his team.

World Premiere

‘The Final Wish’ (US) 2018

Directed by: Timothy Woodward Jr.

Written by: Jeffrey Reddick, Jonathan Doyle and William Halfon

Cast: Shaye, Michael Welch (‘Twilight’ franchise, ‘All The Boys Love Mandy Lane‘) Tony Todd (‘Final Destination,’ ‘Hell Fest,’ ‘Candyman’) Spencer Locke (‘Insidious: The Last Key,’ ‘Resident Evil: Afterlife,’ ‘Resident Evil: Extinction’)

Synopsis: From the creator of the ‘Final Destination’ franchise comes a new tale of death. Following the passing of his father, Aaron Hammond (Welch) returns to his hometown to help his devastated mother (Shaye) and to confront his past demons. Shifting through his father’s belongings, Aaron comes upon a mysterious item that is far more than it seems.

World Premiere

‘Open 24 Hours’ (US) 2018

Directed and written by: Padraig Reynolds

Cast: Emily Tennant, Brendan Fletcher and Vanessa Grasse

Synopsis: A paranoid delusional woman, Mary White (Grasse), has just been released from a mental hospital for setting her serial killer boyfriend on fire. Her boyfriend, James Lincoln Fields is a brutal serial killer known as The Rain Ripper. After being released from the Hospital, Mary’s vulnerable demeanor aids her in obtaining employment at an all night petrol station. However, left alone to her own devices, her paranoia and hallucinations return with furious consequences. Customers and friends suddenly start turning up dead, mutilated, all around her. Is The Rain Ripper back to finish her off?

West Coast Premiere

‘Pledge’ (US) 2018

Directed by: Daniel Robbins

Written by: Zack Weiner

Cast: Zachery Byrd, Aaron Dalla Villa, Cameron Cowperthwaite, Phillip Andre Botello, Jesse Pimentel, Erica Boozer, Joe Gallagher, Weiner and Jean-Louis Droulers

A group of college freshmen pledge an exclusive fraternity but soon realize there’s more at stake than they could have ever imagined.

US Premiere

For more information on the Screamfest Horror Film Festival, visit its Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages.

Screamfest Horror Film Festival
TCL Chinese 6 Theaters, 6925 Hollywood Blvd,Los Angeles,CA-90028
Starting on
October 9, 2018
Ending on
October 18, 2018
Screamfest Horror Film Festival has announced the first wave of its official 2018 film line up. Now in its 18th year, America's largest and longest running horror film festival is scheduled from October 9-18 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters in Hollywood.
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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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