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2019 First Wave Announcement


Screamfest Horror Film Festival
Oct. 8-17, 2019
TCL Chinese 6 Theaters in Hollywood
September 9, 2019

Screamfest Horror Film Festival 2019 First Wave Announcement with ‘Eat, Brains, Love’ As Opening Film.

Here’ the first wave of the lineup:

The Deeper You Dig
Directed by Toby Poser and John Adams
Written by Toby Poser and John Adam
Cast: Toby Poser, Zelda Adams, John Adams, Shawn Wilson
Produced by Toby Poser
When a murderer tries to hide his guilt, he learns that love can’t be buried.

EAT, BRAINS, LOVE (Opening Night)
Directed by Rodman Flender
Written by Mike Herro, David Strauss
Cast: Jake Cannavale, Angelique Rivera, Sarah Yarkin, Patrick Fabian
Produced by Tommy Coriale, Tony DiSanto, Brian Hoff, Van Toffler, Cody Zweig
Based on the living dead road trip novel by Jeff Hart, a gory, funny, surprisingly engaging zom-rom-com from Rodman Flender, director of IDLE HANDS. The good news: Jake's dream girl, Amanda, finally knows his name. The bad? It's because they both contracted a sexually transmitted mysterious zombie virus and devoured the brains of half their senior class. Now both are on the run from Cass, a teen psychic sent by the government's top-secret Necrotic Control Division to track them down as they search for a cure while weighing up the existential question of who really deserves to be eaten alive.
North American Premiere

“Stands on its own two rotting feet as one of the funniest and most memorable teenage zombie movies we’ve seen in years. ⭑⭑⭑⭑” -David Gelmini, Dread Central

“A brilliant blend of gore, gags, laughs and scares. 5/5⭑” - Phil Wheat, Nerdly

“An absolutely hilarious joy ride from start to finish.” - Pip Ellwood Hughes, Entertainment Focus

"Sexy, snappy, shamelessly tasteless fun.” - Shaun Munro, Flickering Myth

“Wicked, satiric… deliciously flip.” - Kim Newman, author, “Nightmare Movies”

“Constantly subversive.” - Ben Robins

Directed by: Jon Dabach, Danny Isaacs, Tom Colley & Rob Marglies
Written by: Jon Dabach
Cast: Tony Todd, Dylan Baker, Samm Levine, Robin Bartlett, Agnes Bruckner, Vanessa Lengies, Brett Edwards, and Lindsay Mushett
Produced by: Jon Dabach & Rob Margolies
A chilling horror/thriller anthology film, IMMORTAL boasts career-best performances from Tony Todd, Dylan Baker, Robin Bartlett, Samm Levine, and Agnes Bruckner. Thrown into the face of death only to emerge unharmed, the characters of Immortal are left staring at their lives in the face with uncertainty and fear like they've never imagined.
Los Angeles Premiere

Kindred Spirits
Directed by Lucky Mckee
Written by Chris Sivertson
Cast: Caitlin Stasey, Sasha Frolova, Macon Blair and Thora Birch
Produced by Ash Christian, Michael Moran
Chloe, a single mother in a relationship with Alex, has her life turned upside down when her younger sister, Sadie, comes home after a long, unexplained absence. Though Sadie seems to want to settle in with her sister and 17-year-old niece (becoming quite a handful herself), she’s actually a deeply disturbed young woman who has a sinister agenda regarding anyone who gets between her and her big sister.
West Coast Premiere

Directed by Audrey Cummings
Written by Jason Krawczyk
Cast: Oluniké Adeliyi Peter MacNeill Kiana Madeira Michelle Nolden Noah Danby
Produced by Jennifer Mesich
Lacey, a socially detached loner is cursed with immortality and her never-ending tedium of existence. In her attempts to keep her compulsions in check, she seeks out the darkest souls humanity has to offer. Lacey must now face her own inner demons while simultaneously finding her next meal.
US Premiere

Directed by Teddy Grennan
Written by Teddy Grennan
Cast: Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Bruce Dern, Robert Longstreet, Ross Partridge, Michael Weaver
Produced by Marsha Oglesby, Heath Franklin, Teddy Grennan, Bennett Krishock
When a nature photographer explains to the Police how she fought her way out of the Watchatoomy Valley, they dismiss her crazed and violent story as a meth-induced nightmare. But when they discover that she's telling the truth, it's too late.
Los Angeles Premiere

Directed by Patrick Lussier
Written by Todd Farmer, Patrick Lussier
Cast: Omar Epps, Ellen Adair, Kristina Reyes, Jamie Kennedy, Tom Atkins
Produced by Ita Kennedy, Ellen S. Wander
On Halloween night in 2015, Patrick “Trick” Weaver massacred his classmates at a costume party. After being arrested, he managed to escape police custody, but not before being shot five times by Detective Mike Denver (Epps). Everyone believes Trick must be dead, but when a masked killer reappears the following Halloween, and every Halloween after that, they realize the nightmare is not over. With Trick wreaking havoc and killing innocent people in increasingly terrifying ways, Denver will stop at nothing to finish what he started and bring the carnage to an end.
North American Premiere

The Wretched
Directed by Brett Pierce & Drew T. Pierce
Written by Brett Pierce & Drew T. Pierce
Cast: John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Jamison Jones, Azie Tesfai, Zarah Mahler, Kevin Bigley
Produced by Ed Polgardy, Chang Tseng
A defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parent's imminent divorce, faces off with a thousand year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman next door.
Los Angeles Premiere

Screamfest is sponsored by Birns & Sawyer, Panasonic, ELMA, HorrorPack, Simple DCP, Dapper Cadaver, and InkTip. Screamfest is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Screamfest is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

Formed in August 2001 by film producer Rachel Belofsky, Screamfest Horror Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that gives filmmakers and screenwriters in the horror and science fiction genres a venue to have their work showcased in the film industry. Among the numerous films that have been discovered and/or premiered at the festival include “Tigers Are Not Afraid.”, “Paranormal Activity,” “30 Days of Night,” “Trick ‘r Treat” and “The Human Centipede.” For more information, visit or email

2019 Second Wave Announced!



For immediate release: (HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – September 25, 2019) The 2019 Screamfest Horror Film Festival unveils its second-wave of feature films lineup and will showcase new work from American and international independent horror filmmakers. The 2019 Screamfest Film Festival will take place October 8 - October 17, 2019 at the famed TCL Chinese 6 Theatres located in Hollywood, California.

“We are excited to bring audiences the best the genre has to offer from the independent horror film community.” -- Founder & Festival Director Rachel Belofsky.

Awards are given in the categories of Best Feature, Directing, Cinematography, Editing, Acting, Makeup, Special Effects, Visual Effects and Musical Score. In addition, there are special categories for Best Animation, Best Short, Best Documentary and Best Student Film.
The second-wave of the 2019 feature film lineup is as follows:

A Good Woman Is Hard To Find (UK/Belgium) US Premiere
Directed by Abner Pastoll
Written by Ronan Blaney
Produced by Guillaume Benski, Junyoung Jang
A dynamic killer thriller with its finger firmly on the pulse of stark social commentary and shattering suspense. Recently widowed mother of two Sarah is desperate to know who murdered her husband in front of her young son, rendering him mute. Coerced into helping a low-life drug dealer stash narcotics stolen from the local Mr Big, she’s forced into taking drastic action to protect her children, evolving from downtrodden submissive to take-charge vigilante.
Cast: Sarah Bolger, Edward Hogg, Andrew Simpson, Jane Brennan, Susan Ateh, Josh Bolt, Siobhan Kelly

City of Ashes (Columbia) World Premiere
Directed by Jhon Salazar
Written by Jhon Salazar
A Colombian farmer, faced with the sterility of his wife, wants to adopt his orphan niece, but in order to achieve this he must destroy the demon of the town who is opposed and who, without knowing, had always intervened negativity in his life.

Hanna’s Homecoming (Germany)
Directed by Esther Bialas
Written by
Produced by
After three years at boarding school, Hanna is returning home to her little village to help her father's butcher’s shop during her break. Soon she learns that she is not welcome in the village. Everyone remembers the horrific news story about her mother’s death which was followed by the discovery of three dead men in the marsh. While superstition rules the village, everyone believes her mother was a witch and had lured these men into the marsh directly to their death. While struggling to make friends, she meets the extroverted city girl Eva. Thinking she has finally found a friend, scary accidents are starting to happen around her … while Hanna’s confidence and with that her “power” starts to grow.
Cast: Valerie Stoll, Milena Tscharntke, Godehard Giese

Here Comes Hell (UK) LA Premiere
Directed by Jack McHenry
Written by Jack McHenry, Alice Sidgwick
Produced by Olivia Loveridge
A 1930s dinner party descends into chaos and carnage when the evening entertainment accidentally leads to the opening of Hell. Rivalries and old friendships are put to the test as the guests must battle ghosts, ghouls - and one another - before it is too late.
Cast Margaret Clunie, Jessica Webber
Porno (USA) LA Premiere
Directed by Keola Racela
Written by Matt Black, Laurence Vannicelli,
Produced by: Chris Cole, Sarah Oh
When five teen employees at the local movie theater in a small Christian town discover a mysterious old film hidden in its basement, they unleash an alluring succubus who gives them a sex education...written in blood.
Cast Evan Daves, Larry Saperstein, Jillian Mueller, Glenn Stott, Robbie Tann, Peter Reznikoff, Katelyn Pearce

RABID (USA) North American Premiere
Directed by: Jen & Sylvia Soska
Written by: Jen & Sylvia Soska, Jon Serge
Produced by: Jon Vidette, Paul Laldone, Michael Walker
Aspiring fashion designer, Rose Miller, has her dreams torn away into
a nightmarish reality when a freak accident leaves her horribly
disfigured. After receiving a miracle procedure involving an
experimental skin graft from the mysterious Burroughs Clinic, Rose is
transformed into the beauty of her dreams. But nothing comes
without a cost and Rose begins to feel terrifying side effects that tear
at her last threads of sanity. Still driven by her ambition she struggles
to keep up appearances as the procedure reveals that something
much darker than she ever could have imagined is being brought to
the surface. What price will Rose have to pay to have everything she
ever wanted? It may just cost her her humanity.
Cast: Laura Vandervoort, Benjamin Hollingswoth, Phil Brooks, Stephen McHattie

Red Letter Day (Canada) LA Premiere
Directed by Cameron Macgowan
Written by Cameron Macgowan
Produced by Jason Wan Lim
While adjusting to a new life in a quiet suburban community, a recently divorced mother and her two teens receive mysterious red letters instructing them to kill or be killed.
Cast: Dawn Van de Schoot, Hailey Foss, Kaeleb Zain Gartner, Roger LeBlanc

The Soul Conductor (Russia) North American Premiere
Directed by Ilya Maksimov
Written by Anna Kurbatova, Alexander Topuria
Produced by Mikhail Kurbatov, Anna Kurbatov, Grigoriy Podzemelnyy
Katya is a conduit between the world of the dead and the world of the quick, and she helps earthbound souls to regain peace. It’s difficult relationships, between Katya and her ‘guests’, for ghosts, too, like real people, have human emotions, habits and sentiments, and they long to find eternal peace.
Cast: Aleksandra Bortich, Evgeniy Tsyganov, Vladmir Yaglych, Aleksandr Robak

The Wave (USA) West Coast Premiere
Directed by Gille Klabin
Written by Carl W. Lucas
Produced by Joshua Bunting, Robert Dehn, Carl W. Lucas, Monte Young
Frank, an opportunistic insurance lawyer, thinks he’s in for the time of his life when he goes out on the town to celebrate an upcoming promotion with his co-worker, Jeff. But their night takes a turn for the bizarre when Frank is dosed with a hallucinogen that completely alters his perception of the world, taking him on a psychedelic quest through board meetings, nightclubs, shootouts, and alternate dimensions. As Frank ping-pongs between reality and fantasy, he finds himself on a mission to find a missing girl, himself… and his wallet.
Cast: Justin Long, Donald Fiason, Tommy Flanagan, Sheila Vand, Katia Winter, Sarah Minnich, Bill Sage

We Summon The Darkness (USA) West Coast Premiere (Closing Night Film)
Directed by Marc Meyers
Written by Alan Trezza
Produced by Kyle Tekiela, Mark Lane, Christian Armogida
In 1988, Three best friends Alexis (Alex Daddario), Val and Beverly embark on a road trip to a heavy metal music festival where they bond with three guys in a band. After the show, the group heads off to Alexis’ parents' secluded country home for an afterparty. What should be a night of fun and youthful debauchery instead takes a dark and deadly turn. With killers on the loose, can anyone be trusted?
Cast: Alexandra Daddario, Keean Johnson, Johnny Knoxville, Logan Miller, Maddie Hasson, Amy Forsyth, Austin Swift

Wounds (USA) West Coast Premiere
Directed by Babak Anvari.
Written by Babak Anvai
Produced by: Lucan Toh, Christopher Kopp
Will (Armie Hammer) is a bartender in New Orleans. He has a great job, great friends, and a girlfriend, Carrie (Dakota Johnson), who loves him. He skates across life’s surface, ignoring complications and concentrating on enjoying the moment. One night at the bar, a violent brawl breaks out, which injures one of his regular customers and causes some college kids to leave behind a cell phone in their haste. Will begins receiving disturbing texts and calls from the stranger’s phone. While Will hopes to not get involved, Carrie gets lost down a rabbit hole investigating this strange malevolence. They’ve discovered something unspeakable, and it’s crawling slowly into the light.
Written for the Screen and Directed By Babak Anvari the Award-Winning Director of Under the Shadow.
Wounds made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2019 and screened at the Cannes Film Festival in the Directors Fortnight section in May 2019.
Cast: Armie Hammer, Dakota Johnson, Zazie Beetz , Karl Glusman, Brad William Henke

Passes and Tickets for the 2019 Screamfest Horror Film Festival:
Advance selection ticket packages are now on sale. All packages can be purchased online at

Single tickets cost $11.00 and will go on sale at the end of September.

Screamfest Press Credentials:
Credentialing for the 2019 Screamfest is now open

About the Screamfest Horror Film Festival:
Formed in August 2001 by film producer Rachel Belofsky, Screamfest Horror Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that gives filmmakers and screenwriters in the horror and science fiction genres a venue to have their work showcased in the film industry. Among the numerous films that have been discovered and/or premiered at the festival include “Tigers Are Not Afraid.”, “Paranormal Activity,” “30 Days of Night,” “Trick ‘r Treat” and “The Human Centipede.” For more information, visit or email

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Screamfest is sponsored by Birns & Sawyer, Panasonic, ELMA, HorrorPack, Simple DCP, Dapper Cadaver, and InkTip. Screamfest is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Screamfest is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Oct. 17, 2019 – America’s largest and longest running horror movie festival, Screamfest, awarded this year’s top movies, filmmakers, actors and screenplay Thursday during the fest’s closing night. Screamfest, which ran from Oct. 8 – 17, 2019 at the TLC Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, has launched careers – providing a platform for filmmakers and actors to showcase their latest work to horror film enthusiasts and general audiences.

Screamfest 2019 winners:

Best Editing - Lana Wolverton - The Wave

Best Cinematography - Louise McLaughlin - Resin

Best Musical Score - Tim Williams - We Summon the Darkness

Best Makeup - Kristal Shannon - Eat, Brains, Love

Special Effects - Eric Thelander - The Wave

Visual Effects - Patrick Lawler - The Wave

Best Actress - Sarah Bolger of A Good Woman is Hard to Find

Best Actor - Justin Long of The Wave

Best Short - Bad Hair

Best Student Short - Progeny

Best Screenplay - Fang and Claw by Troy Sloan

Best Director - Gille Klabin of The Wave

Best Picture - Eat, Brains, Love