One of our favorite horror film festivals is back with a frighteningly good line-up that has us howling with delight. Screamfest Horror Film Festival, America’s largest, and longest running horror movie festival, has announced its 2017 official schedule and the second wave of its festival line up. The gargantuan film fest will run from Oct. 10 – 19, 2017 at the TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood. Over its seventeen-year run, the female-run festival has launched careers – providing a platform for filmmakers and actors to showcase their latest work to enthusiasts and general audiences.
“We are excited to share the truly imaginative work these diverse filmmakers have created to our audience,” said Rachel Belofsky, Screamfest Founder and Festival Director. “These films push the envelope and raise the bar.”
This year’s festival will showcase a total of 19 feature films. Badges are currently on sale to the general public at www.ScreamfestLA.com and individual film tickets and day passes will also be available.
SCREAMFEST 2017 OFFICIAL SCHEDULE
DEAD ANT – Tues. Oct. 10th 7:30 PM
TRENCH 11 – Wed. Oct. 11th 7:00 PM
Northern France, 1918. Canadian tunneller ABRAHM BERTON (Rossif Sutherland) specializes in tunneling under enemy lines and exploding their trenches from below. It’s brutal, claustrophobic work – even more deadly than life above ground in the trenches. As World War One approaches its bloody conclusion, Berton allows himself the luxury of dreaming about a life after war with his French fiancé, VERONIQUE (Karine Vanasse). Berton’s superiors CAPTAIN JENNINGS (Ted Atherton) and DR. PRIEST (Charlie Carrick) have other plans. They need his unique expertise to lead a team of Allies below ‘Trench 11’ inside a secret underground German base they suspect to be the home of REINER’s (Robert Stadlober) weapon laboratory. World War One was a violent era for the development of lethal force. ‘Mustard gas’ and the machine gun were both invented during these unforgiving years. Reiner has lost control of a highly contagious biological weapon – a parasite which was intended to destroy Allied livestock, but has an even more profane effect on humans. Despite profound apathy towards his commanders and all forms of authority, Berton has to confront this sophisticated and profane evil to survive.
ALONE – Wed. Oct. 11th 9:30 PM
TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID – Thurs. Oct. 12th 7:00 PM
We are in a Mexican city turned into a ghost town by the drug-war. Estrella is 11, and when her mother vanishes, she makes a wish: she wants her mother to come back. And mom does return—from the dead. Terrified, Estrella escapes and joins a rag-tag gang of other children orphaned by the violence, all escaping their own past. But she learns that in a city ruled by death, you can’t simply leave the ghosts behind; they walk with you wherever you go.
VIDAR THE VAMPIRE – Thurs. Oct. 12th 9:30 PM
Vidar Haarr is a 33 year old, sexually frustrated bachelor farmer who leads a Christian, monotonous and strenuous working life on his mother’s farmstead in the Western outskirts of Norway. In a desperate attempt to break free from routine, Vidar prays to a higher power to grant him a life without boundaries. Unfortunately, his prayers are heard and Vidar wakes up one evening as the Prince of Darkness in sin city, Stavanger.
LEATHERFACE – Fri. Oct 13th 7:00 PM
In Texas, years before the events of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, in the early days of the infamous Sawyer family, the youngest child is sentenced to a mental hospital after a suspicious incident leaves the sheriff’s daughter dead. Ten years later, the Sawyer teen kidnaps a young nurse and escapes with three other inmates. Pursued by authorities including the deranged sheriff out to avenge his daughter’s death, Sawyer goes on a violent road trip from hell, molding him into the monster now known as Leatherface.
**After party at Hollywood Roosevelt**
THE FUNHOUSE – Fri. Oct. 13th 10:00 PM
SHORTS BLOCK 1 – Sat. Oct. 14th 12:00 PM
SHORTS BLOCK 2 – Sat. Oct. 14th 2:00 PM
CHILD’S PLAY – Sat. Oct. 14th 4:00 PM
**Q&A follows with director Tom Holland moderated by Sean Decker**
SHORTS BLOCK 3 – Sat. Oct. 14th 6:00 PM
1922 – Sat. Oct. 14th 8:00 PM
After murdering his wife with the help of his teenage son, Wilfred James’ life unravels, and he is haunted by visions of what he has done.
TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL: THE END OF THE END – Sat. Oct. 14th 10:00 PM
Continuing where the cult TV series left off, Todd & The Book of Pure Evil: The End of The End: The Animated Feature Film returns to Crowley Heights to find Todd, Jenny and Curtis grieving the loss of their dear friend Hannah. The three must reunite to fight evil when the Book of Pure Evil returns to Crowley High, bringing with it some familiar faces as well as some new foes. But these enemies are merely warm-ups to the final battle with their greatest nemesis yet: The New Pure Evil One.
SHORTS BLOCK 4 – Sun. Oct. 15th 12:00 PM
SHORTS BLOCK 5 – Sun. Oct. 15th 2:00 PM
SHORTS BLOCK 6 – Sun. Oct. 15th 4:00 PM
THE LAPLACE’S DEMON – Sun. Oct. 15th 6:00 PM
TRAGEDY GIRLS – Sun. Oct. 15th 8:00 PM
RUIN ME – Mon. Oct. 16th 7:00 PM
VAMPIRA: ABOUT SEX, DEATH AND TAXES (FREE SCREENING) – Mon. Oct 16th 9:30 PM
**Free documentary screening & Vampria memorabilia exhibition**
An exploration of the unlikely and dynamic career of the outrageously subversive Finnish actress Maila Nurmi, whose flamboyant personality and claim to notoriety was as presenter of midnight horror movies on L.A. station KABC–notwithstanding the conservative climate of the ’50s.
TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY – Tues. Oct. 17th 7:00 PM
**Q&A follows with Kane Hodder**
THE LODGERS – Tues. Oct. 17th 9:30 PM
LIKE.SHARE.FOLLOW – Wed. Oct. 18th 7:00 PM
Garrett is a rising YouTube star. Shell is a deeply emotional fan. When they begin a romantic relationship, he’s forced to question whether opening your life to strangers online is an invitation community and rescue…or stalking, obsession and madness.
DOUBLE DATE – Wed. Oct. 18th 9:30PM
Thurs. Oct. 19th 7:00 PM
CLOSING NIGHT FILM – **To Be Announced Soon**
Thurs. Oct. 19th 9:00 PM
CLOSING NIGHT PARTY / AWARDS RECEPTION at Hollywood Roosevelt
On October 13, as a tribute to the late Tobe Hooper, Screamfest will show The Funhouse, a film that follows four teenage friends who spend the night in a carnival funhouse and are stalked by a deformed man in a Frankenstein mask.
Get tickets to The Funhouse screening HERE
In honor of the upcoming 30th Anniversary of the release of Child’s Play, Screamfest will present a special screening of the film on October 14. It will be followed by a Q&A with director Tom Holland to be moderated by Sean Decker and Jack Ulrich. Child’s Play follows a single mother who gives her son a much sought after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.
Get Tickets for the Child’s Play screening HERE