Last night the highly anticipated Halloween-themed horror anthology Tales of Halloween (review) held its Los Angeles premiere to a packed house at the kick-off of the 15th annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival, and we were there to document it. Read on!
Comprised of ten tales of terror written and directed by “The October Society” (a gathering of some of L.A.’s more respected indie horror filmmakers, who hatched the film’s concept at the infamous Jumpcut Café in 2014) and releasing to select theaters and through video on demand this Friday, October 16, via Epic Pictures, Tales of Halloween debuted to a standing room-only crowd and to thunderous applause.
On the rather congested carpet pre-screening were Screamfest festival head Rachel Belofsky and Tales of Halloween directors Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), John Skipp (A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Paul Solet (Grace), and Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III and IV).
And — take a breath — among the cast members who joined them were Lin Shaye (Insidious), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), Marc Senter (The Lost), legendary director Joe Dante (Gremlins), Cerina Vincent (Cabin Fever), Clare Kramer (“Buffy the Vampire Slyer”), James Duvall (SLC Punk), Robert Rusler (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2), Elissa Dowling, and directors Mick Garris (“Masters of Horror”) and Adam Green (Hatchet), the latter of whom also moderated a filmmaker Q&A following the premiere.
Also on hand to lend their support were Unnatural director Hank Braxtan, original Night of the Demons filmmaker Kevin Tenney, the Wrong Turn series’ Declan O’Brien, Blumhouse’s Jason Blum, and well, basically too many others to count. Check out our overflowing image gallery from the night below.
Chatting with Tales of Halloween producer and “Grim Grinning Ghost” segment director Axelle Carolyn at the after party (held down the street at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Hollywood museum), she stated of the film’s lively reception, ”It’s such a privilege to get to screen Tales of Halloween to our home audience here at Screamfest. This movie was made by horror fans, for horror fans, and is an homage to the extended Los Angeles horror community and the genre that brought us together. We’re so happy with the way it’s been received.”
As for a potential sequel given the current buzz (and let’s face it, these days you’ve gotta have a sequel), Carolyn mused, “It’s too early to make plans right now. Whether we’ll get to tell more Tales of Halloween is up to the audience; if they go see the movie in theaters or on VOD and spread the word, then of course we’d love to talk about a sequel!”
The 2015 Screamfest Film Festival will run October 13th through October 22nd at TCL Chinese Theater. More info and tickets are available at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival website.