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List of Horror Film Festivals in Los Angeles

It’s wonderful to live in a town that really supports its horror filmmakers and fans. In September and October, you could attend a new horror film festival nearly every weekend. So break out your calendar and make sure to red pencil-in these LA area horror film festivals.

Picture via Discovery News

Picture via Discovery News

Presented in order of date:

  1. International Fear and Fantasy Film Festival (Burbank, CA) – The festival screens films from upcoming filmmakers and genre classics. supports a wide range of fear and fantasy films, including documentaries on social fear, science fiction and hardcore genre films. Last held: May 7 – 11, 2013 http://fearandfantasy.com/
  2. Big Bear Horro-Fi Film Festival (Big Bear, CA) – Where horror filmmakers and fans share their “grizzly” stories and then attempt to fall sleep in their cabin in the woods each night. Sounds like fun to us! Last held: May 18 – 19, 2013 http://bigbearhorrorfilmfest.com/
  3. Viscera Film Festival (Hollywood, CA) – Celebrating genre and horror films by women. Last held: July 13, 2013 http://www.viscerafilmfestival.com/
  4. Everybody Dies Film Festival (Orange County, CA) – Because everyone knows that the OC is a terrifying place. And a great place to see indie horror films. Save the date: September 13 – 15, 2013 http://everybodydiesfilmfest.com/
  5. H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival (San Pedro, CA) – A must-attend if you are an H.P. Lovecraft fan. And why wouldn’t Cthulu be hiding in the Port of Los Angeles these days? Save the date: September 27 – 29, 2013 http://www.hplfilmfestival.com/
  6. Shriekfest (Hollywood, CA) – International horror/thriller/sci-fi/fantasy festival and screenplay competition. Dapper Cadaver is excited to be sponsoring the Best Short Screenplay award this year! Save the date: October 3 – 6, 2013 http://www.shriekfest.com/
  7. Screamfest (Hollywood, CA) -  The largest and longest running horror film festival in the United States. Save the date: October 8 – 17, 2013 https://screamfestla.com
  8. LA Horror Fest (Hollywood, CA) – Celebrating independent filmmakers in the horror genre. Great way to spend your Halloween weekend. Save the date: October 26 – 27, 2013 http://www.lahorrorfest.com/
  9. Shockfest Film Festival (Hollywood, CA) – Celebrates films that are different from the mainstream, including documentaries and music videos. Also hosts a Miss Shockfest competition. Last held: November 16 – 17, 2012 Check the site for 2013 dates. http://www.shockfilmfest.com/

Are there any Los Angeles horror film fests that I missed? Post them in the comments section!


Horror Movie Franchises in Space

In honor of the space shuttle Endeavour flying over LA today, we’ve been thinking about the best horror movies set in outer space. In terms of quality, nothing can really beat Alien and its sequels/prequels. (Who else is excited about Prometheus coming out on DVD next month?)

Check out the 1979 trailer for Alien:

But who can forget the horror movie franchises that have gone to space simply because they can:

What horror franchise should go to space next? Saw in space? Paranormal Activity in space? Let us know in the comments!

By the way, if you haven’t already, check out our alien and sci fi props.


Haunt Openings & Link Round-Up

Knotts Scary Farm and Universal Halloween Horror Nights open this weekend. If you go, let us know which mazes and scare zones were the best in the comments section.

Eli Roth at the Hostel Maze

Eli Roth at the Hostel Maze at Universal Halloween Horror Nights - via his tumblr

If you are staying home and getting your scary kicks on the interwebs, check out the links below:

  • The Human Centipede 2 is out and receiving some scathing, but highly entertaining reviews. Quote from the Bloody Disgusting review: “The Human Centipede 2 serves as nothing more than a reminder that there is no God, and, if He does exists, then he sent Tom Six as punishment for our misdeeds.”
  • MTV Geek is featuring gore-geous art from Roman Dirge’s new book Taxidermied.
  • Scare Zone has a great post on common haunt themes with a helpful list of where you can find them.
  • Suicide Girls has posted the super hot third chapter of The Killswitch Review. If you like to balance out your steady diet of horror with a little gothic/sci-fi steaminess.

Happy freaky Friday!


GO: Suspiria at Hollywood Forever & CarnEvil Musical

For your horror-lovin’ enjoyment in LA this weekend:

Suspiria at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
suspiria

When: Friday 9/16, gates: 6:30 pm / movie: 8:00 pm

Where: Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard at Gower

Price: No reservation necessary, $10 donation tickets available at gate, $10 parking

Info: Bring blankets, drinks and picnic dinner for this screening of Dario Argento’s classic Suspiria below the stars. Amazing, visually stunning ’70s horror film by a true master. Even if you’ve seen it before, there’s nothing like seeing it in a cemetery with friends. No one under 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian. Learn more…

CarnEvil

When: Friday 9/16 & Saturday 9/17 at 8:00 pm

Where: Sacred Fools Theater Company, 660 N. Heliotrope Drive

Price: $25 – buy online

Info: Official synopsis: “A young man with a dark and troubled past returns to his family’s carnival after a long absence, and finds himself thrust into the darkness he tried to leave behind. An unspeakable horror is released and our hero must face unholy truths and long-kept secrets about himself and his family in order to save everything he cares about from complete and utter destruction.” The “influences” for this production read like a list of my favorite people: H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, Dario Argento, Tobe Hooper, Wes Craven, Ray Bradbury, Vincent Price, Depeche Mode, David Bowie & Bjork! Learn more…
Know of any other goth goings-on this weekend? Post the event in the comments!

Top 5 Werewolf Transformations

american werewolf in london transformation

 

 

Over at FEARnet, they just posted Teen Wolf producer Jeff Davis’ top 5 werewolf movies of all time. Some of my favorites are missing, like The Company of Wolves. But I really can’t imagine doing a werewolf movie list where American Werewolf in London isn’t at the top. Why? The money shot of the werewolf genre: the transformation scene.

 

 

Here are my top 5 werewolf transformations:

5. Trick R Treat

4. Bad Moon

3. The Howling

2. The Company of Wolves

My personal favorite is the bizarre wedding scene (skip to the 4 min mark for the transformation action).

Although this one is amazing, too:

1. American Werewolf in London - nothing beats these FX by Rick Baker and team

What are your favorite werewolf transformations?


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