Screamfest Horror Film Festival, America’s largest, and longest running horror movie festival, just announced its 2017 official schedule and the second wave of its festival lineup. The 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. This year’s festival will showcase a total of 19 feature films. Full schedule and tickets can be purchased at the official website.
2017 SECOND WAVE TITLES
1922 (USA) 2017
Directed by Zak Hilditch
Written by Zak Hilditch
Cast: Thomas Jane, Molly Parker, Dylan Schmid, Kaitlyn Bernard, Bob Frazer, with Brian D’arcy James, and Neal McDonough
Produced by Ross M. Dinerstein
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.
ALONE (FRANCE) 2017
Directed by David Moreau
Written by David Moreau, Bruno Gazzotti, Guillaume, Fabien Vehlmann Moulin
Cast: Sofia Lesaffre, Stéphane Bak, Jean-Stan Du Pac, Paul Scarfoglio, Kim Lockhart & Thomas Doret
Produced by Abel Nahmias
Leïlais 16. She wakes up late, like any other morning. Except that today, no one is here to tell her to get moving. Where are her parents? She gets on her bike and rides through the neighborhood: it’s all empty. Everybody has disappeared. Thinking she’s the sole survivor of an unexplained disaster, she eventually crosses ways with four other teenagers: Dodji, Yvan, Camille and Terry. Together they will try to understand what has happened and to learn to survive in a world that has become hostile… But are they really alone?
DOUBLE DATE (UK) 2017
Directed by Benjamin Barfoot
Written by Danny Morgan
Cast: Danny Morgan, Georgia Groome, Michael Socha & Kelly Wenham
Produced by Maggie Monteith & Matthew James Wilkinson
Meet innocent Jim, terrified of girls, and on a reluctant quest to prove his manhood the night before he turns 30. He and his cocky friend Alex think they’ve hit the jackpot when they meet the beautiful siblings Kitty and Lulu, who seem up for anything on a wild party-fuelled night. But little do they know that the femmes fatales want to make Jim lose much more than just his virginity – Getting laid has never been so bloody difficult.
LAPLACE’S DEMON (ITALY) 2017
Directed by Giordano Giulivi
Written by Duccio Giulivi, Giordano Giulivi
Cast: Alessandro Zonfrilli, Carlotta Mazzoncini, Duccio Giulivi, Ferdinando D’Urbano, Silvano Bertolin, Simone Moscato, Simone Valeri, Walter Smorti
Produced by Duccio Giulivi, Silvano Bertolin, Ferdinando D’Urbano, Giordano Giulivi
Eight people are imprisoned in a secluded mansion on an uninhabited island. After waiting in vain for the host, they find a model with eight self-propelled pawns that reproduces the movements of each group member in real time…
THE LODGERS (IRELAND) 2017
Directed by Brian O’Malley
Written by David Turpin
Cast: Charlotte Vega, Bill Milner, Eugene Simon, David Bradley Moe Dunford, Deirdre O’Kane, Roisin Murphy
Produced by Ruth Treacy, Julianne Forde
A gothic ghost story about orphaned twins Edward and Rachel who share a crumbling manor in 1920s rural Ireland – but they are not alone. They share the house with unseen entities who control them with three absolute rules. As separate fates draw them apart, the twins must face the terrible truth about their family’s ghostly tormentors.
VIDAR THE VAMPIRE (NORWAY) 2017
Directed by Thomas Aske Berg and Fredrik Waldeland
Written by Thomas Aske Berg and Fredrik Waldeland
Cast: Thomas Aske Berg, Brigt Skrettingland, Kim Sønderholm, Marit Sanden
Produced by Thomas Aske Berg, John Iver Berg, Fredrik Waldeland
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.
TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY (USA) 2017
Directed by Derek Dennis Herbert
Cast: Kane Hodder, Robert Englund, Bruce Campbell, Cassandra Peterson, Adam Green, Mike Aloisi, John Carl Buechler, Sean S. Cunningham
Produced by Andrew Barcello, Derek Dennis Herbert
Featuring interviews with cinema legends, including Bruce Campbell (Ash vs. Evil Dead), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), and Cassandra Peterson (Elvira: Mistress of the Dark), To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story peels off the mask of Kane Hodder, cinema’s most prolific killer, in a gut-wrenching, but inspiring, documentary. To Hell and Back is the harrowing story of a stuntman overcoming a dehumanizing childhood filled with torment and bullying in Sparks, Nevada. After surviving a near-death burn accident, he worked his way up through Hollywood, leading to his ultimate rise as Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th series and making countless moviegoers forever terrified of hockey masks and summer camp. After decades of watching Kane Hodder on screen, get ready to meet the man behind the mask in To Hell and Back – an uniquely human story about one of cinema’s most vicious monsters.
LIKE.SHARE.FOLLOW (USA) 2017
Directed by Glenn Gers
Written by Glenn Gers
Cast: Keiynan Lonsdale , Ema Horvath, Nate Hartley, Abraham Benrubi
Produced by Adam Hendricks, John Lang and Greg Gilreath
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.
Along with the myriad of horror films at the festival, Screamfest will also host several special screenings.
• 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.
• 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.