Los Angeles, get ready for a real “scream” this October.
The 17th annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival will be at the TLC Chinese theater in Hollywood from October 10-19. The first wave of films has been announced and here is the line-up that will play there:
Dead Ant (World Premiere)
Written and directed by Ron Carlson
When the “one-hit-wonder” glam-metal band “Sonic Grave” embark on a trip to Coachella in hopes of a comeback, their peyote trip pit stop in Joshua Tree incites an “unworldly” viscous attack, and they must “rock” themselves out of harms way.
Starring Tom Arnold, Jake Busey, Ryhs Coiro, Leisha Hailey, Cameron Richardson and Danny Woodburn.
Leatherface (North American Premiere)
Directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury
In Texas, years before the events of the Texas Chain Saw 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.
Starring Stephen Dorff, Lili Taylor, Sam Strike, Sam Coleman, and Vanessa Grasse.
Ruin Me (L.A. Premiere)
Directed by Preston DeFrancis
Written by Trysta A. Bissett and Preston DeFrancis
Alexandra reluctantly tags along for Slasher Sleepout, an extreme event that is part camping trip, part haunted house, and part escape room. But when the fun turns deadly, Alex has to play the game if she wants to make it out alive.
Starring Marcienne Dwyer, Matt Dellapina, Chris Hill, Eva Hamilton, John Odom, Cameron Gordon, and Sam Ashdown.
Tigers Are Not Afraid (L.A. Premiere)
Written and directed by Issa López
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.
Starring Paola Lara, Hanssel Casillas, Rodrigo Cortes, Ianis Guerrero, and Juan Ramón López.
Todd and the Book of Pure Evil: The End of the End (U.S. Premiere)
Directed by Craig David Wallace and Rich Duhaney
Written by Charles Picco and Craig David Wallace
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.
Starring Alex House, Maggie Castle, Bill Turnbull, Melanie Leishman, Jason Mewes, and Chris Leavins.
Tragedy Girls (U.S. Premiere)
Directed by Tyler MacIntyre
Written by Chris Lee Hill and Tyler MacIntyre
Best friends Sadie and McKayla are on a mission to boost their social media fandom as amateur crime reporters hot on the trail of a deranged local serial killer. After they manage to capture the killer and secretly hold him hostage, they realize the best way to up get scoops on future victims would be to, you know, murder people themselves. As the @TragedyGirls become an overnight sensation and panic grips their small town, can their friendship survive the strain of national stardom? Will they get caught? Will their accounts get verified?
Starring Brianna Hildebrand, Alexandra Shipp, Kevin Durand, Jack Quaid, and Craig Robinson.
Trench 11 (U.S. Premiere)
Directed by Leo Scherman
Written by Matthew Booi and Leo Scherman
In the final days of WWI a shell-shocked tunneller must lead an Allied team into a hidden German base…100 hundred feet below the trenches. The Germans have lost control of a highly contagious biological weapon that turns its victims into deranged killers. The Allies find themselves trapped underground with hordes of the infected, a rapidly spreading disease and a team of German Stormtroopers dispatched to clean up the mess. The only thing more terrifying than the Western Front… is what lies beneath it.
Starring Rossif Sutherland, Robert Stadlober, Charlie Carrick, Shaun Benson, and Karine Vanasse.
For more information on Screamfest, go to the official website of the film festival at http://www.screamfestla.com