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It’s ScreamFest Time In LA! THE SIGNAL, DIARY OF THE DEAD, INSIDE And More!

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. I first came into contact with the fine folks over at Screamfest LA several years ago, and it’s been impressive to see how far they’ve brought this fest in just a few short years. Harry and Tim League in Austin have an advantage in knowing their venue. Programming an event at an Alamo Drafthouse is a pleasure. Dealing with theaters in Los Angeles is not always such a pleasure, as anyone who’s ever tried to run a film series can tell you. It’s a testament to the hard work of Rachel Belofsky and all the great people she’s worked with over the years of the fest so far to see that they have continually booked better and better venues for the festival, and now they’re using the Mann’s Chinese, which is a really cool place for a festival like this. Easy to get to. Lots of parking. Comfortable seats. Should be a lot of fun. I’m just going to run the full press release. You should pay attention to quite a few of these... there’s definitely plenty of stuff I’d love to see like INSIDE or PARANORMAL ACTIVITY or DIARY OF THE DEAD or Jake Kennedy’s DAYS OF DARKNESS or Robert Kurtzman’s film or SHROOMS. It’s a great line-up overall, with a lot of second or third films from guys whose work I’ve seen and liked in the last few years like Kennedy or Mike Williamson (whose IN THE WALL seems to be gathering a lot of enthusiastic buzz everywhere it plays), and that’s always exciting. One of the questions I hear a lot right now from film fans I talk to is, “Why can’t I see something scary in theaters as we gear up to Halloween?” And most of them tell me right away that they’re just not interested in another SAW sequel for the fourth year in a row. They ask me why were aren’t two a week at the moment, and I don’t have an answer for them. This seems fundamental to me. I wish Warner Bros. had not bumped TRICK R TREAT to 2008, because I could certainly get excited about seeing that right now. Instead, I guess I’ll have to settle for a 3-D screening of FRIDAY THE 13th PART 3 IN 3-D. Oh… wait… that’s not settling. That sounds awesome! They’re also showing 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, which I really liked, and it sounds like their special screening’s going to be a blast. Anyway... enough. Check this out, and then follow the links over to ScreamFest’s official site, where you can read about the films and maybe even pick up tickets. Hopefully I’ll see you at something, and if I do, make sure you say hello, horror fans.
Rachel Belofsky, founder and festival director of SCREAMFEST Horror Film Festival has announced its 2007 selected films this morning. The ten day festival running October 12th – October 21st, 2007 will include nineteen independent feature films, twenty-nine shorts and ten special screenings. Screenings will be held at the Grauman’s Mann Chinese 6 Theatre located at Hollywood and Highland in Hollywood. ScreamFest will open on October 12th with George A. Romero’s DIARY OF THE DEAD. Feature films eligible for awards include Denmark’s KOLLEGIET (ROOM 205), directed Martin Barnewitz, Frances’s A’L’INTERIEUR directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julian Maury which is this year’s Centerpiece Film, Thailand’s ALONE directed by Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom, DAYS OF DARKNESS directed by Jake Kennedy, Austria’s DEAD IN 3 DAYS directed by Andreas Prochaska, Netherland’s DOOEIND (Dead End) directed by Martin Barnewitz, HALLOWED GROUND directed by David Benullo, Pakistan’s first gore film HELL’S GROUND, directed by Omar Khan PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, Robert Kurtzman’s THE RAGE, Ireland’s SHROOMS directed by Paddy Breathnach, THE SIGNAL directed by David Bruckner, Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry which made its premiere in this year’s Sundance, and SYMPATHY directed by Andrew Moorman. Making its US debut at ScreamFest 2007 is STORM WARNING directed by Jamie Blanks (URBAN LEGEND). Making their world premiere at Screamfest 2007 includes TOOTH AND NAIL (Michael Madsen, Rider Strong) directed by Mark Young, WASTING AWAY directed by Matthew Kohnen, FRAYED directed by Norb Caoili and Rob Portman and The Closing Night Film TIMBER FALLS directed by Tony Giglio and produced by Arnold Rifkin and Chris Eberts. Special screenings include the 25th anniversary screening of the classic FRIDAY THE 13TH Part 3 in 3D followed by a Q & A with Tracie Savage, Paul Kratka, Richard Brooker, Larry Zerner, David Katims and Harry Manfredini. As well as the special advance screening of 30 DAYS OF NIGHT. The special screening will be attended by the film’s stars, Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, and Ben Foster. Producers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, director David Slade, and Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith, authors of the graphic novel on which the film is based, will also attend. (Niles also contributed to the screenplay.) “We are extremely excited to present this special screening of David Slade’s film 30 Days of Night,” said Belofsky. “Horror fans looking for a new take on the vampire legend are going to love it.” 30 Days of Night marks Steve Niles’ return to Screamfest; last year, the festival opened with David Arquette’s The Tripper, which Niles executive produced. ScreamFest is open to the general public and tickets are available by calling (310) 358-3273 or purchase opening night and festival passes by visiting their website at www.screamfestla.com. Tickets for individual films are $10.00, while a ScreamFest pass is $300.00. Full Festival passes include all screenings, after parties, and the closing dinner awards ceremony. Screamfest is sponsored by Boost Mobile, Dimension Extreme, Shocktilyoudrop.com, Fearnet, Screenplay.com, Baseline and Moviola. Dedicated to “Discovering The New Blood of Horror and Honoring The Masters” ScreamFest is in its seventh year.

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  • Oct. 11, 2007, 7:37 a.m. CST

    friday in 3d

    by axemurder

    sounds sweet

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Why wasn't Friday 13th 3 ever released in 3D on DVD?

    by TheNorthlander

    They did it with Freddy's Dead.

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 8:24 a.m. CST

    I am so there.

    by Psyclops

    I've been attending this festival for the last couple of years and I can't wait to see some of the films they have scheduled. I'm checking out DIARY OF THE DEAD this Friday for sure and I'm hoping to catch the screening of THE SIGNAL on the last day of the fest.

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 8:27 a.m. CST

    TheNorthlander

    by Psyclops

    As far as I know the DVD releases for FRIDAY THE 13th PART III have never been available in 3D. The 3D sequences for FREDDY'S DEAD didn't look all that impressive on DVD either.

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Psyclops

    by TheNorthlander

    That's what I thought. Yeah the Freddy's Dead sequence didn't look very impressive in the theater either, but it was still cheesefun. Also, I've never seen Friday in 3D. Hey wasn't there also a Jaws in 3D?

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Timber Fall sucks.

    by classyfredblassy

    Wrong Turn looks like Citzen Kane in comparision to it. "Paranormal Activty" is actually pretty good. Like the best episode of "Ghost Hunters", ever.

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Wow 300 bucks!!??

    by kilik777

    Im no longer gonna complain about the Fantastic Fest prices from now on. I thought the Fantastic Fest line up ended up a little weak but their line up looks straight up pathetic. Inside is a kick ass movie. Ive heard some mixed reviews about Alone. Ive seen Friday the 13th part 3d about 4 times now thanks to the Alamo Drafthouse. http://tinyurl.com/pv8do

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Friday th 13th in 3D is now considered a "classic?"

    by Lance Rocke

    Damn, we really do need some new horror films.

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 10:36 a.m. CST

    3D looks like shite in Anaglyphic format

    by geekzapoppin

    The only way to get a decent 3D picture at home is to use a field-sequential system which won't work on a digital TV and halves the resolution of the picture or to use an ultra-expensive 3D DLP system. The studios aren't going to waste the money on producing many DVDs for this system, though you can get the SPY KIDS and SHARKBOY AND LAVAGIRL films for it. If you have a standard-def interlaced TV set then it isn't too expensive to get a field-sequential converter and bootleg discs of most of the 3D films from the '50s and '80s as they were released on a now-defunct LD system in Japan a while back. The picture quality on most of them is pretty dreadful, though the 3D does work.

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 11:36 a.m. CST

    30 DAYS OF NIGHT is a bad movie

    by LaudnerGomez

    Slade has no directorial vision - he relies on hacky, tired techniques (open-shutter, shaky cam, flash editing) and can't tell a story to save his life.

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Friday 13th 3-D is a classic.

    by Shoegeezer

    They show it every couple of years at the NFT in London and it's always one of the most enjoyable movies to see. Never seen it without an audience totally digging it, it's great. Even bad acting is fun in 3-D. I remember one day in my teens I saw Spacehunter, Jaws 3 and Friday 3-D all in the same day. I had such a headache for days afterwards due to the different 3-D techniques being used but it was well worth it.

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Damnnit!

    by Ironmuskrat

    Why do all these events seem to take place West of the Mississippi... No love for the Midwest or East coast.

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Is Friday 13th 3D the one where...

    by FILMFUNK

    He fires a Speargun straight into camera coz i think i saw it years ago on VHS and without the 3D it's absolute Shite! If i'm membering rightly there just really lame shit like a guy throwing a Yo-Yo at the screen and makes the teeth flying at you in Jaws 3D look like genius! 3D sux shit! where's Cameron and Lucas' new propper 3D we were promised?

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Funny story though...

    by not_feeling_the_love

    I caught Friday the 13th 3D at a press screening in Vancouver BC the night before it opened. I thought the 3D effects on screen were good. So 2 buddies and I went to the Capital 6 on opening night each with a baggies full of large peeled grapes - and sat in the front row. At the right moment, as Jason squeezes the eye out of the head, we hurled a handful each of the peeled grapes into the crowd. The staccato of screams in the audience was amazing. You tell exactly who got 'hit' by the flying eye. 2 people ran from the theatre. Girls were crying, and the number of 'WTF!'s', and 'OH GODS!' were a reward for a prank well done.

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Who are the ad wizards...

    by wampa 1

    ...who came up with this one?

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 2:20 p.m. CST

    How about a 3D retro of Parasite?

    by skimn

    A post apocalypse Alien ripoff from the early '80s that featured a very young disco'ed-out Demi Moore. Produced by Charles Band, if memory serves correct. I remember someone being impailed by a long tube that inexplicably dribbled blood from the inside of the tube...comin' atcha in 3D!!!!

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 2:30 p.m. CST

    I've already got tix for Diary and Paranormal Activity

    by cinemaniac1979

    Can't freakin' wait. This is gonna be one hell of a weekend.

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Parasite rock!

    by classyfredblassy

    It was the first "futuristic horror film". Love the scene were the Parasite comes thru the woman's face. Oooh, shivers on my goosebumbs.

  • Oct. 11, 2007, 6:22 p.m. CST

    SYMPATHY the MOVIE TO SEE!!

    by BigTroubleJack

    I saw this film, SYMPATHY, at the HorrorHound Film Festival where it played to a packed house. It's fu*kin' great! One of my favorites of the year and I can't wait to see it again... It's what I want from modern day genre films (that I never get from recent studio releases) -- great acting and dialogue, a smart intense plot that never lets up, but ultimately tons of originality and ingenuity in the way they pulled it off. No saw editing or overdone stuff. The whole film is in one room with three characters. It's great stuff man -- it's the one to see. Don't miss it!