Screamfest 2014: Second Wave of World Premieres Announced

California’s 14th annnual Screamfest kicks off in just about a month, marking the world premieres of a handful of hotly anticipated films. On tap for you today are the second wave highlights so read on to learn a thing or two about some upcoming films that should be on your radar!

For tickets and to learn more, head over to the official Screamfest website.

From the Press Release:
Screamfest announces the second wave of films packed with chills and thrills to be shown at the 2014 festival. Screamfest kicks off its 14th annual event in Los Angeles on October 14 through October 23 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres (6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028).

Second Wave Screening Highlights at Screamfest 2014

· Cyprian’s War (Bulgaria) – Directed by Dobromir Baychev. An excommunicated Eastern Orthodox priest is the only one who can save a possessed young woman. World Premiere

· Dark Was the Night (US) – Directed by Jack Heller. Starring Kevin Durand (“The Strain”) and Lukas Haas (Inception). A long slumbering evil is awoken in the trees outside the remote town of Maiden Woods. Isolated and threatened, it sets its sights on the townspeople as Sheriff Paul Shields (Durand) attempts to overcome the demons of his past so that he may protect those he loves. World Premiere

· Fear Clinic (US) – Directed by Robert Green Hall. Starring Robert Englund, Fiona Dourif, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, and Thomas Dekker. Five desperate patients return to the “Fear Clinic” when their trauma-induced phobias that were caused by the same tragic shooting massacre inexplicably strike them again. Desperate for answers, Sara (Dourif) seeks out Dr. Andover to treat them again with his Fear Chamber — a radical form of exposure therapy that manifests and controls their worst fears in the form of scary hallucinations. But what they encounter is something much more terrifying than their worst fears combined. World Premiere

· Girlhouse (US) – Directed by Trevor Matthews & Jon Knautz. A Halloween-style slasher for the digital age, Girlhouse follows a beautiful young college student who, needing money for tuition, moves into a house that streams content to an X-rated website. After a deranged fan hacks in to determine the house’s location, she finds herself in a terrifying fight for her life. US Premiere

· Preservation (US) –Directed by Christopher Denham. Wit, a brainy anesthesiologist, heads out on a hunting trip in a forest preserve with her husband, Mike, a hedge fund manager, and his brother, Sean, a former Marine. But when the brothers are stalked and captured by three local hunters, Wit must unleash her own animal instincts or else end up a trophy. Los Angeles Premiere

· White Settlers (UK) – Directed by Simeon Halligan. Suspense thriller White Settlers pitches the modern urbanite dream of starting a simple life in the country against the possibility of a very different and terrifying reality. Set in the borders of Scotland, White Settlers takes place over the course of one incredibly tense night and stars Pollyanna McIntosh, internationally renowned for her performance in Sundance horror hit The Woman, festival favourite Love Eternal, and Irvine Welsh’s Filth. It’s Ed and Sarah’s first night at their new home, an isolated farmhouse. This should be a new beginning away from their stressful London lives. And at first it is; come sunset they fall in love all over again as they wander in the beautiful Scottish landscape. But as darkness falls, Sarah suspects they’re not alone, Ed goes to investigate, and quickly the evening becomes a nightmare. It suddenly dawns on them; they do not belong here. And they’re certainly not welcome… US Premiere

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