Screamfest LA Starts TONIGHT- You Better Be There!

The excellent horror festival Screamfest LA kicks off tonight at Loews Universal Studios Cinemas, Universal CityWalk and runs all the way through NEXT Sunday October 23rd! We’ve been hard at work preparing for this great genre fest and inside you’ll find all of our film pages along with reviews for the films, so you know what to spend your dough on. Right off the bat I’m going to tell you to make sure you clear your calenders for the 18th to check out Curandero and Wolf Creek. Read on for our list and enjoy…
Discover the New Blood of Horror and honor the Masters from October 14 -23rd, 2005 at Loews Universal Studios Cinemas, Universal CityWalk as this year’s Screamfest LA paints the town red. Today most of this year’s film line-up has been released- and it looks fantastic! Read on and see what you’ll be watching for the first time here in the States…

Order your tickets now or I’m gonna kick your ass!

October 14th
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Cruel World Kelsey T. Howard’s slasher film in a reality TV-show setting, starring Edward (TERMINATOR 2) Furlong, Jaime Pressly, Susan (THE IN CROWD) Ward and Andrew (TEENAGE CAVEMAN) Keegan.

SYNOPSIS
Nine contestants are excited about the prospect of winning a million dollars on the hottest new reality show. At first it looks like it is going to be a blast, but things get dark very quickly. The contestants soon learn that a scorned reality TV show runner up has trapped them, and getting voted off will cost them their lives.

October 15th
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Stasis

SYNOPSIS
A deceased woman is brought back to life in a grotesque world, alive and unnatural. All hopes and dreams of a new life are erased, as she is absorbed into this nightmare of STASIS.

Three… Extremes

SYNOPSIS
Asia’s cross-cultural trilogy , which features horrific segments helmed by masterful moviemakers Fruit Chan, Park Chan-wook and Takashi Miike.

Jeremy’s Wake Up Call

SYNOPSIS
A young student realizes skipping school is a bad idea when he and his friends are murdered with a writing utensil.

Bunshinsaba

SYNOPSIS
A high school girl moves from Seoul to a remote village. She leads a terrible life at her new school because of constant harassment and bullying by classmates. In a desperate bid to escape the traumatizing experience and get back at the school bullies, she chants “Bunshinsaba,” an incantation that is supposed to facilitate communication with a spirit. Over the next couple of days, her tormentors mysteriously begin to die. Due to the mysterious deaths, the entire village is gripped by horror and hysteria. But the elders of the village are hiding a dirty secret.

October 16th
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Cookers (review)

SYNOPSIS
Two young outlaw drug addicts steal a van-load of chemicals used to “cook” crystal-meth . On the run, the couple breaks into a rural farmhouse intent on cooking a batch of grade-A speed . But, strange and terrifying things start to happen at the house and they don’t know if they’re hallucinating from all the speed or if it’s real…

October 17th
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Boo! (review)

SYNOPSIS
Some hospitals don’t have a 13th floor. Santa Mira Hospital shouldn’t have had a third. It’s something a group of five college students discover when they enter an abandoned hospital on Halloween night only to discover that rumors about the place being haunted are very real. Running into other people who are trapped in the hospital, they uncover the truth about a vengeful spirit who is hell bent on making sure no one, except himself, gets out alive.

Death Tunnel (review)

SYNOPSIS
An upscale college initiation strands five girls in Waverly Hills Sanatorium, one of the scariest places on earth. Within five floors of this diseased hospital, haunted by five ghosts of it’s tortured past, the girls, one by one become infected of its tragic history. A 500-foot underground body chute, built to remove the dead bodies of its patients reveals the real terror as the only way out is through the Death Tunnel.

October 18th
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Curandero

SYNOPSIS
A journey that takes one man into the bowels of black magic in Mexico City.

Wolf Creek (review #1, #2)

SYNOPSIS
The film, made for less than $2 million, centers on a group of backpackers who have a run in with a loopy stranger, played by John Jarratt.

October 19th
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Sigaw (review)

SYNOPSIS
A young man named Marvin moves into a unit of an old apartment building. Except for the occasional noise from an apartment down the hall, the place is almost perfect. The noise turns out to be an abusive husband who frequently beats his wife in front of their young daughter. Marvin musters up enough courage to find out more about the quarrelling couple, but he uncovers a secret that sets into motion a series of hauntings that follow Marvin and his girlfriend around. Marvin and his girlfriend must now confront the evil in the apartment building, or be forever haunted by its secret.

Art of the Devil

SYNOPSIS
A mysterious and weird murder of a millionaire’s entire family grips the attention of the general public. Not a clue is uncovered; not a person can be figured as the killer. The mysterious and gruesome killings baffle everyone. A crime reporter goes to investigate the murders. His probe leads to a beautiful and delicate lady. How can he convince the others that she is the master of the occult, someone who is skilled in The Art of the Devil!

October 20th
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George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead (review #1, #2)

SYNOPSIS
The world has been overrun by zombies and some remaining survivors have barricaded themselves inside a walled city to keep out the living dead. As the wealthy hide out in skyscrapers and chaos rules the streets, the rest of the survivors must find a way to stop the evolving zombies from breaking into the city.
Q & A to follow with FX creator Greg Nicotero

Severed

SYNOPSIS
A multi-national forestry company engages in genetic experimentation to increase logging yield in a remote section of forest. But the experimentation goes disastrously wrong, transforming a disparate group of loggers and environmental activists into the “infected” — ravenous, zombie-like creatures who prey upon the few terrified survivors while they attempt to understand and control the disaster.

October 21st
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Reeker (review)

SYNOPSIS
When a lonely highway is inexplicably closed, five students sharing a ride to a party in the desert find themselves trapped at a recently deserted travel oasis. Refusing to let the new circumstances interfere with their fun, they settle in only to be interrupted by odd, haunting visions of severely mutilated travelers. They are soon preyed upon by a decaying creature and as the body count rises, the bizarre mystery deepens.

2001 Maniacs (review)

SYNOPSIS
Travelers who take a wrong turn wind up becoming the planned main course for the hungry residents of Pleasant Valley . Join us afterwards for a Q&A with the director Tim Sullivan and the cast

October 22nd
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Happy End

SYNOPSIS
A young writer moves into an old apartment complex because of a writing block. While searching for the right story for his new novel, he comes upon the remains of the previous tenant and suddenly the apartment seems to develop an uncanny life of its own. He digs deeper and uncovers the path of a well kept secret which robs him of his sleep and almost drives him towards insanity.

Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

SYNOPSIS
In Holstenwall , Germany , it is time once again for the town’s annual fair. It is a beautiful day and two friends decide to enjoy the festivities. They attend the hypnotist Dr. Caligari’s sensational exhibition – a clairvoyant sleepwalker who can tell the future. But when one of the friends asks to have his fortune told, the prophecy is too terrifying to imagine! Death comes to Holstenwall, and the only way to stop it is by discovering the secret of the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

Friday the 13th

SYNOPSIS
Relive the original terror and suspense in this classic 24-hour nightmare of blood. Camp Crystal Lake has been closed for over 20 years due to some vicious and unsolved murders. The camp’s new owner and several young counselors are readying the camp for re-opening despite warnings of a “death curse” by local residents. The curse proves true on Friday the 13 th as one by one each of the counselors is stalked by a violent killer. Q & A to follow with director Sean S. Cunningham & cast & book launching & signing party with Peter Bracke, author of Crystal Lake Memories

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