screamfest September 9, 2014 - 4:28pm
14th ANNUAL ……………
Screamfest Announces Shorts To Die For
Alone (Seule) (France) – Directed by Didier Philippe - Claire, a young woman, lives alone in a large apartment. Her fear of the outside world stops her from going out and letting people in. One day, she discovers evidence revealing that a man lives in her home. The presence of that man becomes more and more apparent and eventually threatening...
3 Versos (US) – Directed by Antonio Yee – After a violent encounter with an abusive spirit, two sisters seek the help of a mysterious medium who guarantees that she can rid them of their problem.
Behind The Bush (France) – Directed by Yoann Luis - Humiliation and violence punctuate the life of this broken man. The silence is his refuge, the perversion his outlet...
Cold Feet (Canada) – Directed by Daniel D’Alimonte - A mop boy clashes with his superior after an unfortunate accident in this gory comedy. Official Festival Selections Fantasia Film Festival Montreal 2014 Houston Worldfest (Golden Remi Award) 2014 Rincon International Film Festival (Film Excellence Award) 2014 ScreamFest LA 2014 Italian Contemporary Film Festival 2014 Mascara Popcorn Film Festival 2014 Razor Reel Flanders Fantastic Film Festival 2014
Count To 10 (US) – Directed by Vincent Masciale A single mother in a new house tries to reassure her son that fear is only in his mind...but what if she's wrong?
Day For Nite (Nuit Americhèn) (Italy) – Directed by Federico Greco – An Italian director and two actors shoot the key scenes of a no-budget-badly-English-spoken-splatter-horror-movie in a strange villa on the outskirts of Rome. But something, obviously, goes wrong.
Dead Hearts (Canada) – Directed by Stephen W. Martin - A young mortician learns that not even death can stand in the way of true love. A whimsical, gothic bedtime story filled with love, loss, taxidermy, kung-fu, and biker werewolves.
Downstairs (US) – Directed by Lee Boxleitner - A staunch security guard has the night from Hell, when his curiosity sends him investigating what goes on... Downstairs.
DUI (US) – Directed by Nicholas Kramer - DUI is a 16 minute thrill ride! This chilling suspense horror thriller tells a gripping story of an everyday young couple who land in the wrong place at the worst time. It contains a compelling story, tense plot twists and a claustrophobic sense of hopeless desperation. David Ross Paterson, Jenna Stone and Chase Clarke give outstanding performances that will pull you in and leave you on the edge of your seat.
Evil Twin (Germany) – Directed by Christian Pfeil – The film begins at the end of a robbery. The main characters, the up-market criminals, are old friends and also two sets of brothers. In the job they just completed, teleportation technology was stolen and this brought out the worst in one of them. The Evil Twin begins a fight that catapults them back and forth through time and space; nobody knows which way this fight will go or the next place the devices will send them… Who will be the winner in this brotherly battle and have the control of the teleportation and the gang?
Facsimile (UK) – Directed by Justin Villiers - Three eco-activists break into a warehouse in search of a police device that they plan to destroy. What they find is something they could never have imagined ...
The Gas Man (UK) – Directed by Matt Palmer – A gas man makes a call to a woman who lives alone.
Good Samaritan (US) – Directed by Jeffrey Reddick - Nathan is an agoraphobic who videotaped a man get fatally beaten while bystanders watched and didn't intervene. Nathan is interviewed by a TV pundit, who blasts him for his inaction and points out that two of the other witnesses have died mysteriously. Nathan is convinced the other deaths were accidents. But one night, he finds himself confronted by haunting visions and wonders if his own guilt is tormenting him, or something far more insidious.
Hunger (US) – Directed by Brian Frager - A desperate mother on the run from domestic violence struggles to protect her disturbed young daughter, but their dark past threatens to ensnare them. Love is a vicious cycle.
Hunt and Prey (Germany) – Directed by Nadine Knobloch - Maria and Radu are a couple in love planning their wedding. But there is a secret between them that will change their lives forever.
In the Deathroom (Germany) – Directed by Milos Savic - Fletcher, an unassuming nobody tells his psychiatrist, how he was mistakenly captured by a mysterious secret intelligence service. Supposedly, this intelligence has tried to manipulate him into an elaborate game of power, in order to break his spirit. Fletcher's psychiatrist faces this story distrustfully and tries to help his patient, not to lose his mind. Because the truth is even more frightening.
Intruders (UK) – Directed by Santiago Menghini - In the aftermath of a deadly haunting in a small suburban home, a sinister omnipresent entity proceeds to cause havoc in the private lives of a young boy, an unsuspecting teen, and absent minded inspector.
Itsy Bitsy Spiders (US) – Directed by Bertrand Paré – Edwin has a dark obsession with drawing spiders. His mother does her best to curb his increasingly odd behavior, but unbeknownst to her, a terrifying mystery will soon be solved with the help of these sinister drawings.
The Landing (Australia) – Directed by Josh Tanner - A man returns to the midwestern farm of his childhood on a desperate mission to unearth the horrifying truth of what landed there in the summer of 1960.
The Last Halloween (Canada) – Directed by Marc Roussel - The city is quiet; the streets, deserted. It doesn’t much feel like Halloween, and yet four young trick-or-treaters – a Ghost, a Devil, a Grim Reaper and a Witch – make their way through the night, door to door and house by house, gathering up an unlikely harvest of kindness amid the devastated wreckage of society’s collapse. In a world where the only rule is that there are no rules anymore, it is perhaps a fitting irony that it should all come down to this… a simple choice between two starkly different options. The Last Halloween is here at last, and the time has come to make your choice. So, what will it be? Trick? Or treat?
Mineral (US) - Directed by Michael Marino - After painfully passing a kidney stone, a slob discovers that a new breed of monster has invaded his home with deadly intentions.
Monstro! (US) - Directed by Christopher Romano - A rickety scientific expeditions searches the dark Amazon for a mythic creature... but the creature, it seems, has a less than mythic agenda!
MOTH (Man of the House) (UK) - Directed by O- T Fagbenle - We follow a 9 year old boy in a post-apocalyptic world trying to look after his sick mother. Can he stay alive? Remain a child? Can he save his mother? On a deeper level the film is inspired by the lives of children who grow up with mentally ill or addict parents. In many ways it's a film about abandonment of the worst kind - abandoned even though your parent is still present.
Mr.Dentonn (Spain) – Directed by Ivan Villamel - On a cold winter night, Laura reads his brother David the story of a strange creature that attacks children. Suddenly, a shiver runs Laura's body, feeling a strange presence in the house. It’s him.
The Muck (US) – Directed by Tony Wash - Laverne arrives home and decides to relax in the bathtub. She strips down, settles into the tub, and closes her eyes. Serenity at last... or so she thought! The Muck will leave you never wanting to take a bath again!
Naked Zombie Girl (US) – Directed by Rickey Bird -In "Naked Zombie Girl," two prostitutes and their friend, Tony, have just escaped a zombie attack in a 1971 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham. Unfortunately, Tony has been bitten and is about to turn into a zombie. That's all you really need to know other than star Meghan Chadeayne somehow loses her dress and goes on a maddening zombie-killing spree.
The Quota (US) – Directed by Cush – Lucy and Viv clean up messes for the county, and they're having a bad day. Viv's husband has just left her, and supervisor Lucy struggles to figure out how the two will make their numbers or lose their jobs. On a routine stop, the ladies are led into a very remote area by a psycho killer. Yeah, their day just got worse.
Reaver (US) Directed by Len LoBiondo - One year after the mysterious disappearance of his father, Chris has taken on the responsibility of raising his rebellious younger sister, Julie. Haunted by memories of his father’s obsessive belief in a supernatural threat to the family, Chris has done his best to move on, keeping the struggling family unit on track. As Chris finally begins to make a clean break with the past, tensions between the siblings reach a breaking point, and something terrible descends upon the house...
Sentient (US) – Directed by Abel Vang and Burlee Vang - Adam, the sole survivor of his platoon, is taken hostage by a ragtag group of Afghan insurgents. But as his captors interrogate him, they quickly discover the terrifying truth that he is not who he appears to be.
Sequence (US) – Directed by Carles Torrens - Sequence tells the story of Billy, an average Joe whose life gets turned upside down literally overnight, as he wakes up one morning to realize the entire world has dreamed about him the night before. To make things worse, the dream was allegedly so traumatic that his girlfriend runs away from him, he gets fired from his job, and his run-ins with strangers get progressively more violent. Will Billy survive the weirdest, wildest day of his meager existence?
Service (US) – Directed by Jerry Pyle - Lucy and her daughter get trapped in a closet by a home invader in a house she was hired to clean.
Silk (US) – Directed by Rob Himebaugh - After acquiring a jar of rare silk from the vast desert expanse of Afghanistan, a CIA field operative becomes impregnated by the desert spider hidden inside, and later gives birth to a brood of hungry spiderlings that eat her alive.
Slut (US) – Directed by Chloe Okuno - Maddy is 16 years old. She lives alone with her sick grandmother in a rundown farmhouse off a highway in Nowheresville, Texas. She does her best to take care of her mute, wheelchair-bound grandmother, but life at home is lonely and depressing. So, like everyone else within a 20 mile radius, Maddy spends her free time at the only place with half a pulse- the local roller rink. With her shabby clothes, large glasses, and dangerous naiveté, Maddy is a hopeless misfit amongst her peers. Determined to embrace her inner vixen, Maddy looks to a girl named Jolee- beautiful, blonde, and unapologetically promiscuous- as a sort of model for what attracts men. Unfortunately for Maddy, it’s just at this time that an older, charismatic Stranger enters her life, a man whose charm masks the impulses of a murderous, misogynistic psychopath.
Timothy (Spain) – Marc Martinez - Simon is a little boy that has to deal with his babysitter, Sonia, a total nuisance. But that same night Simon will receive and unexpected visitor, Timothy, the main character of Simon's favorite show, a visit he will never forget.
To The Other Side (Spain) – Directed by Alicia Albares – Sara Sanabria, writer, and his lover, Adolfo Santolaya, lived their lives absorbed by just one obsession: the belief that, hidden in an abandoned mansion, there was a gate that ended in an unknown dimension. Seeking the path of his retired teacher, Enrique will reach the place where the track of the couple got lost. He will meet an odd old man who hides a lot of secrets, and he will immerse Enrique into the legend of Sara. Surrounded by mystery, he will have to discover the truth and dare to cross the last frontier.
The Tour (UK) – Directed by Damon Rickard & Alex Mathieson - Darkmoor Manor is England's most haunted house, its doors closed to the public. It is now just part of a tour which helps attracts visitors to a struggling town. That is until the tour guide (Tom Gordon), trying to impress two attractive American visitors (Jessica Cameron and Heather Dorff) promises to get them inside. But none of them could be prepared for what was waiting within the shadows of the house.
The Visitant (US) – Directed by Nick Peterson - A mother protects her children from a demon.
Welcome To The Building (US) – Directed by Matt Tente - WELCOME TO THE BUILDING explores an innocent crush and online infatuation that takes a dark and dangerous turn, after Clare moves next door to an unassuming and unstable neighbor. Inspired by classic thrillers, the film brings a contemporary approach to the genre, showing us just how vulnerable we are online, in our everyday lives and when those two worlds intersect. This shockingly realistic portrayal of an obsessive stalker will leave audiences fearing the digital devices that we have all come to rely on.
Zero (Australia) – Directed by Chris Smellin and Robert Smellin - A young mother must come to terms with letting go the thing she loves the most, her only son. She must do the deed herself for he is subject zero, the undead...
Zugar Zombie (Columbia) - Alexander Quezada - Zugar Zombie tells a story that from irony portrays a reflection of how things work in a small Latin American society.
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screamfest September 29, 2014 - 11:17am
A group of martial arts students are en route to an island that supposedly is home to the ghosts of martial artists who have lost their honor. A Hitler lookalike and his gang are running a female slavery operation on the island as well. Soon, the two groups meet and all sorts of crazy things happen which include cannibal monks, piranhas, zombies, and more!
screamfest October 16, 2014 - 1:19pm
Have a look at some of the Screamfest Opening Night fun that took place on Tuesday October 14th, of the SOLD OUT world premiere of Parlor. Check back often for updated photos and video of the events over the ten days of the festival. Video courtesy of. Opening night red carpet photos by Angelica Ulloa and Sean Decker of Dread Central. Parlor Q&A photos and Opening Night Party photos by Angelica Ulloa. Spoiler Alert! Don't watch THE Q & A video until AFTER you've seen the film! This was the Q&A following the sold-out screening-- SEE MORE PHOTOS & VIDEOS HERE.
screamfest October 23, 2014 - 9:39pm
We were honored to screen each film selection in the festival this year and to celebrate the winners. The 14th annual Screamfest Horror Festival concluded on the evening of October 22nd with an Awards Ceremony and Reception. The hosts for the evening were Sean Decker of Dread Central and actress Bel Delia of The Tunnel a 2011 Screamfest Selection. Awards were given out in 14 categories including the Best Screenplay Award. Congratulations Festival Winners!
Best Short – The Landing directed by Josh Tanner
Best Horror Comedy Short – Dead Hearts directed by Stephen W. Martin
Best Student Film – Slut directed by Chloe Okuno
Best Musical Score – Frank Hall for Julia
Best Editing – Sverrir Kristjánsson for Julia
Best SFX Makeup – Brian Spears for Julia
Best Actress “Brought to you by Backstage” – Ashley C. Williams for Julia
Best Actor “Brought to you by Backstage” – Matthew Gray Gubler for Suburban Gothic
Best Special Effects – Dark Was the Night
Best Visual Effects – Dark Was the Night
Best Cinematography - James Swift for White Settlers
Best Director – Alejandro Hidalgo for The House at the End of Time
Best Picture – The House at the End of Time
Best Screenplay – Asylum by Michael Strode and Eric Wostenberg
screamfest October 24, 2014 - 3:58pm
Screamfest is pleased to announce the Winner of our 2014 screenplay competition. Congratulations!
Asylum by Michael Strode & Eric Wostenberg
2014 Five Finalist (listed alphabetically by title):
Asylum by Michael Strode & Eric Wostenberg
Narcosis by Chris Drzewiecki
Recluse by Tim Gordon
Terra Alpha One by Neil Chase
The Complex by Alison Star Locke
2014 Screenplay Semifinalists (listed alphabetically by title):
Asylum by Michael Strode & Eric Wostenberg
Bottomless by Jonathan Figg
Camp Mercy by Ryan Trigg
Chloe by Greg Kaczynski
Ghostlands by Susan Sims
H.P. Lovercraft’s Necromancer by Robert Reineke
Harm House by Tanya Klein
Infinite Darkness by Matthew R. Konopka
Narcosis by Chris Drzewiecki
Newton, NV by David Keffer
Not Again by X. Sydney Ng
Occult Trucking and Storage by Jeff Eyres
Out For Blood by Aaron Liebman
Recluse by Tim Gordon
Run Like Hell by Phillip Petton
Terra Alpha One by Neil Chase
The Complex by Alison Star Locke
The Love Hunters by Ivan Bukta
The Oppression by Steve Boyle
Trick of the Light by Kenneth R. Shaw
Waking Up Dead by Tom Massmann
Warehouse No. 7 by Don Grail
X by Solomon Gray
Congratulations to all of this year’s Semifinalists and thank you again for entering Screamfest!
screamfest October 31, 2014 - 11:15am
screamfest October 31, 2014 - 12:02pm
A sudden and mysterious inheritance brings Danny and his friends to Hobb Springs, a forgotten resort deep in the West Virginia hills. Hobb Springs is being looked after under the watchful care of Jackson and Sally, a socially and awkward couple who introduce Danny to the long lost family he's never known. Soon, Danny is forced to choose between his friends and his bloodline.
"Wrong Turn 6 - Last Resort" Premiere-- Black Carpet and Q&A on Friday October 17th at Screamfest Horror Film Festival. Video courtesy of John Elfers. Wrong Turn 6 red carpet and Q&A photos by Angelica Ulloa.
screamfest October 31, 2014 - 1:24pm
"The House at the End of Time" winner of the Best Picture and Best Director award this year with the short film "The Good Samaritan" and "Refuge" Premiere-- Black Carpet and Q&A on Saturday October 18th at Screamfest Horror Film Festival. Video courtesy of John Elfers. Spoiler Alert! Don't watch until AFTER you have seen the film. The Q&A with director Jefrey Reddick director of Good Samaritan and Alejandro Hidalgo director of The House at the end of Time was moderated by Alisha Grauso of Moviepilot.com following the screening of the film. The House at the End of Time, The Good Samaritan and Refuge black carpet and Q&A photos by Angelica Ulloa.
screamfest November 3, 2014 - 11:21am
Screamfest celebrated the Los Angeles Premiere of Suburban Gothic on October 18th, 20146 at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Suburban Gothic is director Richard Bates Jr's second film following Excision, his gruesome horror about a disturbed teen's mental state.
In attendance from the film were Ray Wise (Twin Peaks), Ray Santiago (“Ash vs Evil Dead,” In Time), Sally Kirkland (Bruce Almighty, JFK), along with director Richard Bates Jr. (Excision, Suburban Gothic) and more. Actor Matthew Gray Gubler won the Best Actor award for his performance.
Synopsis: City-boy Raymond returns to his hometown and finds a vengeful ghost is terrorizing his house. Therefore, this man-child recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to solve the mystery of the spirit threatening people's lives.
Suburban Gothic Premiere-- Black Carpet and Q&A on Saturday October 18th at Screamfest Horror Film Festival. Exclusive video courtesy of John Elfers. Spoiler Alert! Don't watch until AFTER you have seen the film. See director Richard Bates Jr., producer Dylan Hale Lewis, Sally Kirkland and Ray Wise walk the black carpet. View the Q&A that followed the film, moderated by Fred Topel of Craveonline. Suburban Gothic black carpet and Q&A photos by Angelica Ulloa.
screamfest November 3, 2014 - 11:39am
"I Survived a Zombie Holocaust" Premiere-- Black Carpet and Q&A on Saturday October 18th at Screamfest Horror Film Festival. Exclusive video courtesy of John Elfers. Spoiler Alert! Don't watch until AFTER you have seen the film. See director Guy Pigden, DP Jon Wilson and stars Harley Neville & Reanin Johannink walk the black carpet. Watch the Q&A that followed the film, moderated by Fred Topel of Craveonline. I Survived a Zombie Holocaust black carpet and Q&A photos by Angelica Ulloa.