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Screamfest L.A. 2016: Winners Announced!

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Screamfest L.A.

Another incredible Screamfest L.A. is in the record books, and right now we have a list of the event’s award winners. Read on to see who took home the coveted Skully!

From the Press Release:
America’s largest and longest running horror movie festival, Screamfest, awarded the top movies, filmmakers, and actors of the festival. The festival, which ran from October 18-27, 2016, at the TLC Chinese in Hollywood, has launched careers – providing a platform for filmmakers and actors to showcase their latest work to enthusiasts and general audiences.

MY FATHER DIE and THE MASTER CLEANSE tied with the most awards, each with four. MY FATHER DIE won Best Picture, Best Director with Sean Brosnan, Best Editing by Jason Eric Perlman and Sean Brosnan, as well as Best Musical Score by Justin Small and Ohad Benchetrit.

THE MASTER CLEANSE won the Best Actor category with Johnny Galecki, Best Makeup by Naomi Bakstad, Best Special FX by Nicholas Podbrey, Werner Pretorius, and Creature FX Artists, as well as Best Visual FX by George A. Loucas.

The following is a complete list of winners:

  • Best Short – A Nearly Perfect Blue Sky
  • Best Student Short – Pigskin – Jake Hammond
  • Best Editing – Jason Eric Perlman & Sean Brosnan – My Father Die
  • Best Actor – Johnny Galecki – The Master Cleanse
  • Best Musical Score – Justin Small & Ohad Benchetrit – My Father Die
  • Best Actress – Mimosa Williamo – Lake Bodom
  • Best Makeup – Naomi Bakstad – The Master Cleanse
  • Best Cinematography – Joe Dietsch – Happy Hunting
  • Best Special FX – Nicholas Podbrey, Werner Pretorius & Creature FX Artists – The Master Cleanse
  • Best Visual FX – George A. Loucas – The Master Cleanse
  • Best Unproduced Screenplay – Plum Island – Matthew Lee Blackburn
  • Best Director – Sean Brosnan – My Father Die
  • Best Picture – My Father Die

Actress Lydia Hearst (Condemned, #Horror) served as ambassador for the festival, which showcased 73 films this year. Along with the myriad of horror films at the festival, Screamfest hosted free screenings of TV episodes inspired by the popular horror films WOLF CREEK and THE EXORCIST.

Screamfest is sponsored by Pop TV, Shock Top, Birns & Sawyer, Crypt TV, Brickwork, and Dapper Cadaver. 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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Exclusive: GHOST STORIES Clip Just Wants to Have a Nice, Not-Creepy-At-All Chat

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Last Friday, IFC Midnight released their British supernatural horror film Ghost Stories and we want to keep the hype train a’rollin’ by giving you an exclusive clip from the film where Professor Goodman (co-director Andrew Nyman) meets with Simon Rifkind (Alex Lawther) to discuss a strange and terrifying event the young boy experienced. While Rifkind is agitated to the point that we’re not certain if what he says can be trusted or not, his fear cannot be denied and Professor Goodman is clearly unsure what to make of the situation.

Ghost Stories is directed Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson, the former who stars alongside Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther, and Jill Halfpenny.

Professor Goodman, a psychologist, and skeptic, who has his rationality tested when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three terrifying hauntings. He then embarks on a mission to find rational explanations for the ghostly happenings.

Ghost Stories made nearly $13,000 from one theater in New York City over this past weekend. A delightfully surprising and strong performance, this could see the film expand to more theaters in the coming weeks beyond Los Angeles and other major cities this Friday. However, nothing is confirmed and we can only keep our fingers crossed that each new location performs as well and we have another theatrical horror hit this year!

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BEAST Trailer Offers Slow-Burn Chills

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Don’t be fooled by the Beauty and the Beast style poster for Michael Pearce’s Beast starring Jessie Buckley. The film promises to be a “masterclass in slow-burn chills” and “unexpected and terrifying.”

We’ll see about that once the film hits this May but until then you can check out the poster to the right and the trailer along with a gallery of stills below. After looking through all that, make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The film is written and directed by Michael Pearce and stars Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Trystan Gravelle, and Geraldine James. It’s produced by Ivana MacKinnon, Lauren Dark, and Kristian Brodie. Beast hits theaters via Roadside Attractions and 30West May 11.

Synopsis:

Moll is 27 and still living at home, stifled by the small island community around her and too beholden to her family to break away. When she meets Pascal, a free-spirited stranger, a whole new world opens up to her and she begins to feel alive for the first time, falling madly in love. Finally breaking free from her family, Moll moves in with Pascal to start a new life. But when he is arrested as the key suspect in a series of brutal murders, she is left isolated and afraid. Choosing to stand with him against the suspicions of the community, Moll finds herself forced to make choices that will impact her life forever.

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80’s Throwback EXPOSURE Gets Awesome Trailer and Poster

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Featuring practical effects-based creature designs and a special appearance by horror legend Lynn Lowry, Austin Snell’s Exposure is a throw-back horror experience in the vein of your favorite 70’s and 80’s classics.

And today we have the film’s trailer and poster for your viewing pleasure. You can check out the poster to the right and the trailer below along with some quotes from the film’s director, Austin Snell.

Exposure was self-financed within Sunrunner Films and filmed almost entirely on location in the beautiful city of Leadville, Colorado,” Snell said in a statement. “The production lived and slept in the cabin where the movie was shot, cooking their own meals and working together around the clock for three weeks. All of the effects were designed practically, including full-body creature suits.”

He continues: “It was old-school, independent horror filmmaking. Back in our home state of Kansas, the team finished off production by filming a cameo with horror icon Lynn Lowry. It was a sincere pleasure to work with Lynn, whose talents affected so many of the films and careers that inspired this very movie. She belongs in a film like this.”

What do you think of Adam Snell’s Exposure thus far? Make sure to let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

The film is directed by Austin Snell from a script written by Snell and Jake Jackson and stars Carmen Anello, Owen Lawless (Helltown), and Lynn Lowry (Shivers, The Crazies, I Drink Your Blood, Model Hunger). The film features special effects via Jake Jackson and is produced by Jackson, Snell, and Clayton Ashley.

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In an attempt to reconcile the problems in their relationship, Myra and James venture to an isolated cabin in the mountains. It is there they encounter an ancient evil that haunts the landscape, capable of turning people into deformed monsters. Not only will they be fighting for their relationship, they will be fighting for their lives.

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