Screamfest 2018: Announcing First Wave of Titles And Lin Shaye as Fest Ambassador

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Screamfest 2018: Announcing First Wave of Titles And Lin Shaye as Fest Ambassador
Screamfest is set to descend upon the City of Angels early in October, intent on littering the streets with devils and all manner of horror and terror. 
 
The festival has announced the first wave of titles playing at the festival. There will a ten year anniversary screening of Splinter, which premiered at the festival in '08. Indian horror flick Tumbbad is also playing at the festival. Other than The Golem from the Paz brothers (Jeruzalem) I'm not picking up on a lot of recognizable titles here, but then I'm not an outright horror guy either. 
 
They also announced that the great Lin Shaye will be this year's festival ambassador. A common face in the horror genre for decades it will be a pleasure for her fans to see her at the festival.
 
America’s largest and longest running horror film festival, Screamfest Horror Film Festival, is proud to announce the first wave of its official 2018 film line up.  In its 18th year, the festival, which will run from Oct. 9-18, 2018 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters in Hollywood, has launched careers - providing a platform for filmmakers and actors to showcase their latest work to enthusiasts and general audiences. Actress Lin Shaye, the star of the successful horror franchise Insidious and other popular horror films including A Nightmare on Elm Street, Dead End, 2001 Maniacs, and the soon-to-be-released reboot, Grudge, will serve as this year’s festival ambassador.
 
“Screaming is good for the soul,” said Shaye.  “I am extremely excited and honored to serve as this year’s Screamfest ambassador and scream with all of you! I’m thrilled to support and celebrate a space where filmmakers, actors and fans can unveil their hard work, and celebrate the horror genre.”
 
Screamfest Horror Film Festival will offer unique access to some of the most creative forces in the horror genre through film screenings, Q&As and conversations with some of the most captivating artists working in the industry today. 
 
“We could not be more excited to partner with Shaye,” said Belofsky.  “Her work has inspired many and she has become a force in the horror and genre community.”
 
The festival is best known for discovering Paranormal Activity in 2007. Other past premieres include Tragedy Girls, Tigers Are Not Afraid, Trick ‘r Treat, 30 Days of Night, Let the Right One In, The Grudge, The Collection, The Human Centipede and Diary of the Dead. Wes Craven, John Carpenter, Sam Raimi, Clive Barker, Eli Roth, James Wan, Zack Snyder, William Friedkin and John Landis are just some of the filmmakers who have supported the festival year after year.
 
Film festival badges are currently on sale at www.ScreamfestLA.com and individual film tickets will be available end of September 2018. All screenings are open to the general public. Winners will receive a 24 karat gold dipped skull trophy designed by the legendary, Academy award-winning special make-up effects creator, Stan Winston, who partnered with the festival until his passing.
 
Screamfest Horror Film Festival is proud to announce that the following films have been admitted to the festival – the first wave of the 2018 line up. 
 
 
SPLINTER-VERSARY– 10 year anniversary screening of SPLIINTER 
 
***Splinter premiered at Screamfest 2008 and took home six awards that year. ***
 
A couple retreats to the wilderness for the weekend but are car-jacked by an escaped convict and his girlfriend on the run from the police. As they travel the backroads, they find themselves in deeper trouble. A parasitic creature has taken over the woods, and the two couples are now in its sights. Finding shelter at a gas station, they must use their wits and every weapon at their disposal to stave off the onslaught, not only from the insatiable creature, but also each other.
 
Directed by: Toby Wilkins
 
Produced by: Kai Barry & Ted Kroeber
 
Executive Producer(s): Graham Begg, Chad Burris, Jamie Carmichael, Mark Cuban
 
Written by: Ian Shorr, Kai Barry
 
Main Cast: Shea Whigham, Paulo Costanzo & Jill Wagner
 
 
AMITYVILLE MURDERS: (US) - 2018
 
Directed by Daniel Farrands
 
Written by Daniel Farrands
 
Cast: John Robinson, Chelsea Ricketts, Paul Ben-Victor, Diane Franklin, Burt Young, Lainie Kazan
 
Produced by Eric Brenner and Lucas Jarach
 
On the night of November 13, 1974, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. took a high-powered rifle and murdered his entire family as they slept. At his trial, DeFeo claimed that "voices" in the house commanded him to kill. This is their story.
 
World Premiere
 
 
 
DEMENTIA II (US) - 2018
 
Directed by Matt Mercer and Mike Testin
 
Written by Matt Mercer and Mike Testin
 
Cast: Suzanne Voss, Matt Mercer, Najarra Townsend, Graham Skipper
 
Produced by Matt Mercer and Mike Testin
 
Suzanne wasn't always this confused. She wasn't always DEAD either... When an ex-con takes a job as a handyman for an unstable elderly woman to avoid a parole violation, it becomes a choice he may regret.
 
West Coast Premiere
 
 
 
DISCARNATE (US) - 2018
 
Directed by Mario Sorrenti
 
Written by Mario Miscione, Marcella Ochoa
 
Cast: Thomas Kretschmann, Nadine Velazquez, Josh Stewart, Chris Coy, Bex Taylor-Klaus
 
Produced by Harald Kloser (Independence Day: Resurgence.White House Down, 2012), Marcella Ochoa, Co-produced by John Michael Elfers
 
A neuroscientist's obsession with a drug that expands the human mind inadvertently unleashes a deadly supernatural force on his team.
 
World Premiere
 
 
DRAUG (Sweden) 2018
 
Directed by Klas Persson and Karin Engman
 
Written by Klas Persson and Karin Engman
 
Cast: Elna Karlsson Thomas Hedengran Nina Filimoshkina Ralf Beck Urban Bergsten Matti Boustedt
 
Produced by Klas Persson and Karin Engman
 
In the 11th century a missionary goes missing somewhere in the huge forests bordering the northern parts of Sweden. Among the rescue party chosen to find him is Nanna, a young woman on her first real mission and her first return to the part of the country where she was born. But what they will find deep inside those woods is something else entirely. Something dark. Something ancient. Something evil.
 
World Premiere
 
 
THE FINAL WISH (US) 2018
 
Directed by Timothy Woodward Jr.
 
Written by Jeffrey Reddick, Jonathan Doyle, William Halfon
 
Cast: Lin Shaye (Insidious franchise, Ouija franchise) Michael Welch (Twilight franchise, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane) Tony Todd (Final Destination, Hell Fest, Candyman) Spencer Locke (Insidious: The Last Key, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Extinction)
 
Produced by Jeffrey Reddick, Lauren De Normandie, Timothy Woodward Jr, Johnny Cleveland, Thommy Hutson
 
From the creator of the Final Destination franchise comes a new tale of death. Following the passing of his father, Aaron Hammond (MICHAEL WELCH) returns to his hometown to help his devastated mother (LIN SHAYE) and to confront his past demons. Shifting through his father’s belongings, Aaron comes upon a mysterious item that is far more than it seems. 
 
World Premiere
 
 
THE GOLEM (Israel)  2018
 
Directed by Doron Paz and Yoav Paz
 
Written by Ariel Cohen
 
Cast: Alex Tritenko, Brynie Furstenberg, Hani Furstenberg, Ishai Golan, Lenny Ravich
 
Produced by Ariel Cohen, Doron Pazm Shalom Eisenbach, Yoav Paz
 
In this re-imagining of the old mystical folklore, when a woman’s tight-knit Jewish community is besieged by foreign invaders, she conjures a dangerous creature to protect them but it may be more evil than she ever imagined. THE GOLEM is the third feature for co-directed by Doron and Yoav Paz.
 
North America Premiere
 
 
 
THE HAUNTED (UK )  2018
 
Directed by David Holroyd
 
Written by David Holroyd
 
Cast: Sophie Stevens, Nick Bayly, Ray Macallan, Maggie Daniles, Kirstie Steele, Virginia Denham
 
Produced by Crispin Manson, Matthew Stradling 
 
In a rambling, isolated house, Emily’s first night-shift as carer to an elderly dementia patient turns into a nightmare as she is tormented by a vengeful spirit and uncovers the house's dark secrets.
 
World Premiere
 
 
 
LOST IN APOCALYPSE (China) 2018
 
Directed by Sky Wang
 
Written by Sky Wang, Baiying Wu
 
Cast: Martin Yang, Mingyi Yang, E'Naan Zhang, Ray Wang, Fengzhu Jia, Qianhua Chen, Simpson Tang, Man Yang
 
Produced by Iris Liu
 
A group of seemingly unrelated individuals fight their way out of a virus-infested hotel, only to find themselves at a worse place than before.
 
West Coast Premiere
 
 
 
OPEN 24 HOURS (US) 2018
 
Directed by Padraig Reynolds
 
Written by Padraig Reynolds
 
Cast: Emily Tennant, Brendan Fletcher, Vanessa Grasse
 
Produced by 
 
A paranoid delusional woman, Mary White (Vanessa Grasse), has just been released from a mental hospital for setting her serial killer boyfriend on fire. Her boyfriend, James Lincoln Fields is brutal serial killer known as The Rain Ripper. After being released from the Hospital, Mary's vulnerable demeanor aids her in obtaining employment at an all night petrol station. However, left alone to her own devices, her paranoia and hallucinations return with furious consequences. Customers and friends suddenly start turning up dead, mutilated, all around her. Is The Rain Ripper back to finish her off?
 
West Coast Premiere
 
 
PLEDGE (US) 2018
 
Directed by Daniel Robbins
 
Written by Zack Weiner
 
Cast: Zachery Byrd, Aaron Dalla Villa, Cameron Cowperthwaite, Phillip Andre Botello, Jesse Pimentel, Erica Boozer, Joe Gallagher, Zack Weiner, Jean-Louis Droulers
 
Produced by Mark Rapaport, Keaton Heinrichs, Akiva Nemetsky
 
A group of college freshmen pledge an exclusive fraternity but soon realize there's more at stake than they could have ever imagined.
 
US Premiere
 
 
 
TUMBBAD (India) 2018
 
Directed by Rahi Anil Barve, Anand Gandhi
 
Written by  Mitesh Shah, Adesh Prasad, Rahi Anil Barve, Anand Gandhi
 
Cast:  Sohum Shah, Harish Khannaa, Anita Date, Mohd Samad, Jyoti Malshe, Deepak Damle, Dhundiraj Prabhakar Jogalekar
 
Produced by Amita Shah, Mukesh Shah, Sohum Shah
 
A greedy village boy, in 19th century India, pursues a cursed Ancestral treasure, guarded by the devil himself. TUMBBAD opened the Venice’ Film Festival’s Critic’s Week 2018. 
 
West Coast Premiere
 
 
 
YOU DIE (Italy) 2018
 
Directed by Alessandro Antonaci, Stefano Mandalà, Daniel Lascar
 
Written by Alessandro Antonaci, Stefano Mandalà, Daniel Lascar
 
Cast:  Erica Landolfi, Simone Moretto, Micol Damilano, Rocco Marazzita, Alice Piano, Simone Valentino, Carola Cudemo, Ja'Michael Darnell, Daniele Marmi
 
Produced by Daniel Lascar, Simone Offredo, Francesco Scrufari
 
US Premiere
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