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Event Report: Screamfest LA 2011: Exclusive Night #4 Photo Gallery, Chat with Declan O’Brien, and More!

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Our coverage of the 11th annual and venerated Screamfest LA Film Festival continues with our event report for Monday night, October 17th, when we hit the carpet to bring you further ocular candy and also caught the premieres of the features Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings and Madison County.

Those walking the black carpet and in attendance for the evening included Wrong Turn 4 writer and director Declan O’Brien with cast members Terra Vnesa, Jenny Pudavick, Daniel Skene, Sean Skene and Scott Johnson as well as Madison County writer/director Eric England, producer/actor Ace Marrero, Matt Mercer, Natalie Scheetz, and more.

Speaking on the carpet with Wrong Turn 4 director O’Brien, the filmmaker stated of the film (which hits Blu-ray and DVD this October 25th via 20th Century Fox) in comparison to Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead, which he also wrote and directed, “It was a really fun experience. I think it’s a thousand percent better than the third one. I think it’s the best film I’ve ever done. I’m really happy with it.

Commenting on the sold-out screening, “It’s a packed house tonight!” effused the filmmaker, who in a quick turnaround filmed Wrong Turn 4 earlier this year in Manitoba, Canada (see our gallery of stills from our March set visit here). “I guess we had 800 RSVP’s, and there are only 460 seats! We have all of the Canadian cast members here, and they are really into it!”

As for what’s next on Declan’s plate (in addition to his killer hillbilly flicks, he previously directed the 2010 feature Sharktopus), “I just finished writing a script for Fox, and I’m waiting to hear on that if we are to start shooting in January. It’s an action film. I’m the ‘blow ‘em up, shoot ‘em up guy’ now so we’ll see!”

Given the general low opinion held by horror fans of Wrong Turn 3, the audience found themselves pleasantly surprised with O’Brien’s fourth in the series and responded boisterously to the effective comedy and sheer amount of gratuitous kills, sex and nudity which makes up the entirely enjoyable Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings (review here).

For more visit the Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings Facebook page.

As for the Madison County carpet, unfortunately there was a bit of an overlap with that and the Wrong Turn 4 screening, and thusly we missed it, although look for a review of director Eric England’s backwoods slasher here soon. And for those that missed the Madison County screening on Monday, here’s some good news: Screamfest is hosting an encore screening tonight, October 20th, at 10:15 pm.

If you’re planning to hit Screamfest LA before it wraps up on October 22nd, buy tickets here.

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