Screamfest 2018: First Wave Announced

Screamfest 2018: First Wave Announced 1
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The first wave of films have been announced for this year’s Screamfest, America’s longest running horror film festival. Lin Shaye has been chosen as this year’s festival ambassador, which will be taking place October 9-18 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters in Hollywood. Highlights include a new Amityville film which goes back to the original murders in the house, a sequel to Mike Testin‘s 2014 film Dementia, and Zack Weiner‘s frat thriller Pledge.

Take a look below for all the films announced thus far, and be sure to click over to for more information.

SPLINTER-VERSARY– 10 year anniversary screening of SPLIINTER 

***Splinter premiered at Screamfest 2008 and took home six awards that year. ***

A couple retreats to the wilderness for the weekend but are car-jacked by an escaped convict and his girlfriend on the run from the police. As they travel the backroads, they find themselves in deeper trouble. A parasitic creature has taken over the woods, and the two couples are now in its sights. Finding shelter at a gas station, they must use their wits and every weapon at their disposal to stave off the onslaught, not only from the insatiable creature, but also each other.

Directed by: Toby Wilkins

Produced by: Kai Barry & Ted Kroeber

Executive Producer(s): Graham Begg, Chad Burris, Jamie Carmichael, Mark Cuban

Written by: Ian Shorr, Kai Barry

Main Cast: Shea Whigham, Paulo Costanzo & Jill Wagner



Directed by: Daniel Farrands

Written by: Daniel Farrands

Cast: John Robinson, Chelsea Ricketts, Paul Ben-Victor, Diane Franklin, Burt Young, Lainie Kazan

Produced by: Eric Brenner and Lucas Jarach

On the night of November 13, 1974, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. took a high-powered rifle and murdered his entire family as they slept. At his trial, DeFeo claimed that “voices” in the house commanded him to kill. This is their story.

World Premiere



Directed by: Matt Mercer and Mike Testin

Written by: Matt Mercer and Mike Testin

Cast: Suzanne Voss, Matt Mercer, Najarra Townsend, Graham Skipper

Produced by: Matt Mercer and Mike Testin

Suzanne wasn’t always this confused. She wasn’t always DEAD either… When an ex-con takes a job as a handyman for an unstable elderly woman to avoid a parole violation, it becomes a choice he may regret.

West Coast Premiere



Directed by: Mario Sorrenti

Written by: Mario Miscione, Marcella Ochoa

Cast: Thomas Kretschmann, Nadine Velazquez, Josh Stewart, Chris Coy, Bex Taylor-Klaus

Produced by: Harald Kloser (Independence Day: Resurgence.White House Down, 2012), Marcella Ochoa, Co-produced by John Michael Elfers

A neuroscientist’s obsession with a drug that expands the human mind inadvertently unleashes a deadly supernatural force on his team.

World Premiere


DRAUG (Sweden) 2018

Directed by: Klas Persson and Karin Engman

Written by: Klas Persson and Karin Engman

Cast: Elna Karlsson Thomas Hedengran Nina Filimoshkina Ralf Beck Urban Bergsten Matti Boustedt

Produced by: Klas Persson and Karin Engman

In the 11th century a missionary goes missing somewhere in the huge forests bordering the northern parts of Sweden. Among the rescue party chosen to find him is Nanna, a young woman on her first real mission and her first return to the part of the country where she was born. But what they will find deep inside those woods is something else entirely. Something dark. Something ancient. Something evil.

World Premiere


Directed by: Timothy Woodward Jr.

Written by: Jeffrey Reddick, Jonathan Doyle, William Halfon

Cast: Lin Shaye ( Insidious franchise, Ouija franchise) Michael Welch (Twilight franchise, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane) Tony Todd (Final Destination, Hell Fest, Candyman) Spencer Locke (Insidious: The Last Key, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Extinction)

Produced by: Jeffrey Reddick, Lauren De Normandie, Timothy Woodward Jr, Johnny Cleveland, Thommy Hutson

From the creator of the Final Destination franchise comes a new tale of death. Following the passing of his father, Aaron Hammond (MICHAEL WELCH) returns to his hometown to help his devastated mother (LIN SHAYE) and to confront his past demons. Shifting through his father’s belongings, Aaron comes upon a mysterious item that is far more than it seems.

World Premiere


THE GOLEM (Israel)  2018

Directed by:  Doron Paz and Yoav Paz

Written by: Ariel Cohen

Cast: Alex Tritenko, Brynie Furstenberg, Hani Furstenberg, Ishai Golan, Lenny Ravich

Produced by: Ariel Cohen, Doron Pazm Shalom Eisenbach, Yoav Paz

In this re-imagining of the old mystical folklore, when a woman’s tight-knit Jewish community is besieged by foreign invaders, she conjures a dangerous creature to protect them but it may be more evil than she ever imagined. THE GOLEM is the third feature for co-directed by Doron and Yoav Paz.

North America Premiere



Directed by: David Holroyd

Written by: David Holroyd

Cast:  Sophie Stevens, Nick Bayly, Ray Macallan, Maggie Daniles, Kirstie Steele, Virginia Denham

Produced by: Crispin Manson, Matthew Stradling

In a rambling, isolated house, Emily’s first night-shift as carer to an elderly dementia patient turns into a nightmare as she is tormented by a vengeful spirit and uncovers the house’s dark secrets.

World Premiere



Directed by: Sky Wang

Written by: Sky Wang, Baiying Wu

Cast: Martin Yang, Mingyi Yang, E’Naan Zhang, Ray Wang, Fengzhu Jia, Qianhua Chen, Simpson Tang, Man Yang

Produced by: Iris Liu

A group of seemingly unrelated individuals fight their way out of a virus-infested hotel, only to find themselves at a worse place than before.

West Coast Premiere


OPEN 24 HOURS (US) 2018

Directed by: Padraig Reynolds

Written by: Padraig Reynolds

Cast: Emily Tennant, Brendan Fletcher, Vanessa Grasse

A paranoid delusional woman, Mary White (Vanessa Grasse), has just been released from a mental hospital for setting her serial killer boyfriend on fire. Her boyfriend, James Lincoln Fields is brutal serial killer known as The Rain Ripper. After being released from the Hospital, Mary’s vulnerable demeanor aids her in obtaining employment at an all night petrol station. However, left alone to her own devices, her paranoia and hallucinations return with furious consequences. Customers and friends suddenly start turning up dead, mutilated, all around her. Is The Rain Ripper back to finish her off?

West Coast Premiere


PLEDGE (US) 2018

Directed by: Daniel Robbins

Written by: Zack Weiner

Cast: Zachery Byrd, Aaron Dalla Villa, Cameron Cowperthwaite, Phillip Andre Botello, Jesse Pimentel, Erica Boozer, Joe Gallagher, Zack Weiner, Jean-Louis Droulers

Produced by: Mark Rapaport, Keaton Heinrichs, Akiva Nemetsky

A group of college freshmen pledge an exclusive fraternity but soon realize there’s more at stake than they could have ever imagined.

US Premiere


TUMBBAD (India) 2018

Directed by: Rahi Anil Barve, Anand Gandhi

Written by:  Mitesh Shah, Adesh Prasad, Rahi Anil Barve, Anand Gandhi

Cast: Sohum Shah, Harish Khannaa, Anita Date, Mohd Samad, Jyoti Malshe, Deepak Damle, Dhundiraj Prabhakar Jogalekar

Produced by: Amita Shah, Mukesh Shah, Sohum Shah

A greedy village boy, in 19th century India, pursues a cursed Ancestral treasure, guarded by the devil himself. TUMBBAD opened the Venice’ Film Festival’s Critic’s Week 2018.

West Coast Premiere


YOU DIE (Italy) 2018

Directed by: Alessandro Antonaci, Stefano Mandalà, Daniel Lascar

Written by: Alessandro Antonaci, Stefano Mandalà, Daniel Lascar

Cast: Erica Landolfi, Simone Moretto, Micol Damilano, Rocco Marazzita, Alice Piano, Simone Valentino, Carola Cudemo, Ja’Michael Darnell, Daniele Marmi

Produced by: Daniel Lascar, Simone Offredo, Francesco Scrufari

US Premiere

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