The Screamfest Horror Film Festival is known as “the largest and longest running horror film festival in the United States” according to its website. Every year, it showcases new films from independent horror filmmakers in the United States and the rest of the world. Some of the movies that premiere at the festival go on to become big box office hits such as The Grudge (2004) and Paranormal Activity (2007).
What can you expect to see at this year’s Screamfest Horror Film Festival? The “first wave” of films was recently announced, including the following:
Daniel Farrands’ Amityville Murders stars John Robinson (Elephant, Transformers) and Chelsea Ricketts (True Blood, Scream Queens). It tells the story of the DeFeo family, who lived in the infamous Amityville Horror house before the Lutz family moved in. In 1974, Ronald DeFeo murdered his entire family there, including his own parents and his siblings.
Another movie that will be featured at the festival is Mario Sorrenti’s Discarnate. This thriller stars Thomas Kretschmann (Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Blade II) and Nadine Velazquez (Snitch, Ride Along 2). Here is IMDB’s plot summary of the film: “A neuroscientist’s obsession with a drug that expands the human mind inadvertently unleashes a deadly supernatural force on his team.”
One of the international offerings at this year’s festival is Draug. This Swedish horror film is directed by Karin Engman and Klas Persson and stars Elna Karlsson (The Great Dying) and Thomas Hedengran (Dead on Arrival, Hamilton). According to IMDB, it is set in the 11th century and involves a search for a missing missionary in some “ancient” and “evil” woods.
The Final Wish
This year’s festival ambassador, Lin Shaye (best known for her work in the Insidious movies), will star in another film premiering at Screamfest called The Final Wish. Bloody Disgusting describes it as “a new tale of death” from the creator of the Final Destination franchise. An important part of the movie is that one of the main characters discovers “a mysterious item that is far more than it seems.”
The 2018 Screamfest Horror Film Festival will run from October 9-18 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, CA. More information about the festival is available at the Screamfest website.