Now in its 15th year, the Screamfest Horror Film Festival is running from October 13th through the 22nd in Hollywood, California, and this year’s event is stacked top to bottom with goodness – including the world premiere of American remake Martyrs.
Other highlights of Screamfest 2015 include the premiere of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and a special 10th anniversary screening of John Gulager’s Feast – has it really been 10 years already?! – as well as a documentary chronicling the game-changing impact of Saw.
Read on for the full lineup of feature films screening at the fest, and head over to Screamfest.com to learn more and purchase tickets!
Director: Eytan Rockaway
A claustrophobic thriller that follows a troubled young woman (Louisa Krause) who, in a last-ditch effort at getting her life together, takes a job working nights as a security guard at an abandoned luxury apartment building. Stuck with a brusque rent-a-cop (Jason Patric) as her partner, she tries to not let her mind play tricks on her while she patrols the empty halls. But as the night progresses strange things begin to happen – and she realizes it may not all be in her head.
CURVE (USA) 2015, U.S. Premiere
Director: Iain Softley (The Skeleton Key, K-PAX)
A young woman (Julianne Hough) becomes trapped in her car after a hitchhiker causes her to have an automobile accident.
CONDEMNED (USA) 2015, World Premiere
Director: Eli Morgan Gesner
Fed up with her parents’ bickering, poor-little-rich-girl Maya (Dylan Penn) moves in with her boyfriend (Ronen Rubinstein) who is squatting in an old, condemned building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
ESTRANGED (UK) 2015, Los Angeles Premiere
Director: Adam Levins
January is forced to return home after six wild years abroad. A road accident has left her wheelchair-bound with amnesia. Not only has she forgotten her family, but also her childhood and is surprised to discover her home is a stately country manor
FEAST 10 Year Anniversary Screening (2005)
Director: John Gulager
The patrons of a remote desert bar are forced to fight a marauding horde of man eating beasts bent on getting in. A reunion cast and crew Q & A follows the screening.
GAME CHANGER: THE LEGACY OF SAW (USA) 2015 – FREE SCREENING
Generations of movie fans have thrilled to Saw’s blood-curdling story of a serial killer who traps his victims in a sadistic game of survival. “Game Changer” takes you behind the scenes, as cast and crew reveal the stories behind the film that launched the most successful horror franchise in movie history.
HANGMAN (USA) 2015, Los Angeles Premiere
Director: Adam Mason
Returning from vacation, Aaron Miller (Jeremy Sisto) and his family find their home has been broken into. After cleaning up the mess they continue with their lives, shaking off the feeling of being violated. But little do they know the nightmare has just begun.
THE LABYRINTH (USA) 2015, World Premiere
Directors: Kaushik Sampath, Quyen Nguyen Le, Tarek Tohme, Katrelle Kindred, Victoria Rose, Camila Tanabe, John Berado and Jessica Kaye
The Labyrinth is a bold new feature-length film by James Franco and Vince Jolivette’s Rabbit Bandini Productions, made in partnership with USC’s School of Cinematic Arts.
MARYTRS (USA) 2015, Los Angeles Premiere
Directors: Kevin Goetz & Michael Goetz (Scenic Route)
A woman and her childhood friend seek out revenge on those who victimized and abused them.
NACIYE (Turkey) 2015, U.S. Premiere
Director: Lutfu Emre Cicek
A pregnant couple (Esin Harvey, Gorkem Mertsoz) travels for the weekend to check on the house they rented on a whim for the remainder of the pregnancy. On their first night at the secluded home, they encounter the dangerous woman (Derya Alabora Innocence, When We Leave, A Most Wanted Man) who claims to be its rightful owner.
PATCHWORK (USA) 2015, World Premiere
Director: Tyler MacIntyre
Three women go out for a night on the town separately and wake up together in a decidedly compromising position. After being murdered, dissected, and reassembled into a single person, Jennifer, Ellie, and Madeleine find themselves trapped inside the body of Stitch. Frankenstein meets the Hangover as these frightful femmes piece together what happened to them and who is responsible, tearing through anyone who gets in their way.
PHASE IV (1974)
Director: Saul Bass
The only feature film that Saul Bass ever directed is a complete psychotropic delight. This woefully underseen film follows in the footsteps of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 as a classic of trippy, freak-out cinema. Deep in a secluded desert facility, scientists are studying the behavior of ants, when they discover that the ants are a collective sentient consciousness that may be influencing humanity. The scientists attempt to destroy them, but the ants have other ideas. This is a rare chance to see Saul Bass’s original ending in all its glory. Recently discovered, the ending was removed by the Studio for being too weird. Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Film Archivist Sean Savage will introduce the film.
SLUMLORD (USA) 2015, U.S. Premiere
Director: Victor Zarcoff
Claire and Ryan, a newlywed couple, move into a new house across the country, only to find out that their marital issues are the least of their problems. Unbeknownst to them, their grim and lascivious landlord has been spying on them from day one.
THE TAKING (UK) 2015, U.S. Premiere
Director: Dominic Brunt
Two women with aspirations of opening their own business borrow money from a loan shark, but when his terms turn violent, they’re forced into bloody retaliation.
THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE (USA) 2015
Director: Perry Blackshear
Suspecting that people are transforming into malevolent shape-shifters, Wyatt flees to New York City to seek out his estranged childhood friend Christian. As the mysterious horrors close in on Wyatt, he questions whether to protect his only friend from an impending war, or from himself. A genre-bending story about love, loyalty and living nightmares.
THE WOODS (THE HALLOW) (UK) 2015, Los Angeles Premiere
Director: Corin Hardy
A family who move into a remote millhouse in Ireland find themselves in a fight for survival with demonic creatures living in the woods.