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The Master Cleanse Premiere - Photos

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The imaginative fantasy horror movie, ‘The Master Cleanse,’ celebrated its Los Angeles premiere at the 16th annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival. The movie’s L.A. premiere at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres took place October 22, 2016. In attendance were actor-executive producer Johnny Galecki and filmmaker Bobby Miller, who made his feature film writing and directing. Bobby Miller is a Screamfest alumni with his short film Tub that premiered in 2010. Other special guests at the screening included actors Chris Hardwick who moderated the Q& A following the screening. ‘The Master Cleanse’ follows Paul (Galecki), who was recently left at the alter, and seems destined and content to now wander through life without a clear sense of purpose. However, his outlook on life suddenly changes after he sees a television commercial that advertises a spiritual retreat in the mountains. Hoping that the retreat can deliver on its promise to inspire complete renewal in him, he visits its website to find more information. After following the website’s cryptic instructions, Paul finds himself in an anonymous corporate office. Along with a few other people who are in similar emotional situations, they’re all encouraged to discuss their deep emotional pain on camera, which serves as an audition reel for the retreat. Paul captures the attention of the retreat’s officials, so he’s soon sent into the mountains with a derisive group of individuals. The group is then introduced to their whimsical guide, Lily (Anjelica Huston). - KAREN BENARDELLO

Check out more photos from the pre-party, red carpet and Q&A of ‘The Master Cleanse’s L.A. by clicking here.

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My Father Die Premiere

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The revenge thriller, MY FATHER DIE celebrated its Los Angeles premiere at the 16th annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival as the closing night film.

The movie’s L.A. premiere at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres took place October 27, 2016. In attendance were director Sean Brosnan, who made his feature film writing and directing. Other special guests at the screening included the cast and crew from the film. A Q& A followed the screening.

MY FATHER DIE was also a big winner at the closing night awards. Winning the amazing Stan Winston designed skull award for Best Editing, Best Musical Score, Best Director, and Best Picture. Sean Brosnan was in attendance to accept the awards.

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Wolf Creek POP TV Screening Event

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Murdering psychopath Mick Taylor (John Jarratt), one of the most terrifying killers ever depicted on the big screen, attended Screamfest on Wednesday, October 19 at 8:30 PM for the special screening of the WOLF CREEK television series: www.poptv.com/wolfcreek. Fans joined John for a complimentary cocktail reception at Sid's Bar in the theater lobby while playing horror trivia.

Jarratt whose chilling performance as the iconic character Mick Taylor in the feature films “Wolf Creek” and “Wolf Creek 2,” did a rambunctious Q&A moderated by the Festival Ambassador Lydia Hearst.

30,000 people go missing in Australia each year, with 90 percent found within the first month. The rest are never seen again...

Inspired by the cult movie—which was named one of “The 25 best horror movies since 2000” (AV Squad), one of “The 100 Best Horror films” (Time Out), and one of “The 25 Best Horror Movies Since The Shining” (Vulture)—the six-part television event, WOLF CREEK, is a psychological thriller premiering Friday nights at 10:00 PM, ET/PT (starting October 14) exclusively on cable network Pop.

This primetime event at LA Screamfest will include a screening of two back-to-back, uncut episodes followed by a one-on-one chat with WOLF CREEK star John Jarratt. Fan engagement and photos with John will take place at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres.

ABOUT POP:
Fans don’t sit at the outskirts of pop culture making snarky comments. They live right smack in the middle of it, sharing, creating, and connecting their passions with others. At Pop, fans finally have a destination that celebrates the fun of being a fan. Fans aren’t even fans anymore — they’re gladiators, tributes, human beings and blockheads. Seen in more than 80 million homes, Pop gives fans a dedicated channel that loves being a fan as much as they do. A channel that respects talent over celebrity. A channel filled with optimism, passion, humor, and excitement. A channel that understands the fun doesn’t stop when the credits roll… it’s really just the beginning.

Pop is a joint venture of CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF). The partnership combines CBS’s programming, production and marketing assets with Lionsgate’s resources in motion pictures, television and digitally delivered content. Pop’s ownership structure is comprised of the company with the #1 broadcast network and many of the top first-run syndication series (“Entertainment Tonight,” “The Insider”) and the studio that produces and distributes the blockbuster “Hunger Games,” “Twilight” and “Divergent” franchises and produces such award-winning TV series as “Mad Men” and “Orange is the New Black.”

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Happy Hunting Premiere

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The visually stunning film, HAPPY HUNTING celebrated its World Premiere at the 16th annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival on October 21, 2016 at 9:30PM.

Happy Hunting, with its directorial debut by Joe Dietsch and Louie Gibson, stars Martin Dingle Wall, Ken Lally, Kenny Wormald, Conner Williams, and Gary Sturm. In addition to the directors, producers
Bryson Pintard and Jeff Kalligherin along with cast and crew were in attendance. Other special guests at the screening included actress Annet Mahendru of the award winning show "The Americans."
A Q& A followed the screening.

HAPPY HUNTING was also a big winner at the closing night awards. Winning the amazing Stan Winston designed skull award for Best Cinematography by Joe Dietsch.

Warren is a degenerate drifter, scraping by, suffering from debilitating alcohol withdrawals on a daily basis. On his way down to Mexico, he finds himself stranded in Bedford Flats, a one-horse town nestled deep in the American desert. It was a once-prosperous hunting community that has been reduced to an impoverished dust bowl. Unfortunately for Warren, it turns out that the town’s pastime is rounding up drifters and hunting them as part of an elaborate sporting event. To make matters worse, he’ll go into alcoholic withdrawal unless he finds a way to stay intoxicated. It all builds to a blood-soaked, live-or-die showdown deep in the desert.

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Photos courtesy of Angelica Ulloa

Shorts Programs

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Screamfest had an amazing six blocks of short films and one block of student short films premiering at the 2016 festival. We were fortunate to have some short filmmakers in attendance for the majority of the festival who supported their fellow filmmakers. It was great getting to know these filmmakers and making new friendships. They also had the opportunity to network with other filmmakers during the ten day festival run. The winner of the Best Short award was A NEARLY PERFECT BLUE SKY by Quarxx. The winning student short was PIGSKIN by Jake Hammond.

The Shorts 1 program on Saturday 10/22 at 6pm included the short films: Oedipus, Blood Trail, Cauchemar Capitonné, Into the Mud, Consurgo, KITCHEN_REMODEL.wmv, Laura Lost and Yummy Meat: A Halloween Carol.

The Shorts 2 program on Saturday 10/22 at 2pm included the short films: The Incredible Tale of the Incredible Woman-Spider, Never Tear Us Apart, Gavage, Frozen Eye, First Like and Creatures of Whitechapel.

The Shorts 3 program on Sunday 10/23 at 2pm included the short films: Agatha, The Babysitter Murders, A Nearly Perfect Blue Sky, Reflex, Kiss the Devil in the Dark.

The Shorts 4 program on Sunday 10/23 at 12pm included the short films: Black Ring, Overtime, It’s A Boy, Death Metal, Ok Monster, In the Kitchen with…, Blue Moon, The Last Junkie on Earth, Last Resort and The Perfect Family.

The Shorts 5 program on Saturday 10/22 at 4pm included the short films: Whisper, Alien Inside, Frail, A Father’s Day, Blackbird, La Cena, Those Among Us and Monsters.

The Shorts 6 program on Sunday 10/23 at 4pm included the short films: The Sunken Convent, No Caller ID, NSFW, Little Boy Blue, Wandering Soul, Feeding Time and Scratch.

The Student program on Saturday 10/22 at 12pm included the short films: Home Education, Charlie, The Ghost, Wan Mei (Perfect), Pigskin and Bobo.

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Photos courtesy of Angelica Ulloa

Found Footage 3D Premiere

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Found Footage 3D made its Los Angeles premiere at Screamfest on October 26, 2016 in 3D!

The Director Steven DeGennaro; actors Carter Roy, Alena von Stroheim, Chris O'Brien, Jessica Perrin, Scott Allen Perry, Scott Weinberg; Producer Charles Mulford and the Cinematographer Drew Daniels were in attendance at the premiere.

Found Footage 3D is about a group of filmmakers sets out to make the first 3D found footage horror movie,
but find themselves IN a found footage horror movie when the evil entity from their film escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage.

Photos courtesy of Angelica Ulloa

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Fox Exorcist Episode Screening

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The EXCLUSIVE Free Screening of Fox's THE EXORCIST, Inspired by the classic movie with DVD giveaways & party courtesy of Scream Factory took place on October 21,2016.

The evening began with the screening of Chapter Five: Through My Most Grievous Fault and concluded with a Q&A moderated by Deadline's Dominic Patten which included Exorcist producer Rolin Jones, chapter 5 director Jason Ensler, and surprise guest actress Sharon Gless who plays Chris Macneil on the show. The Q&A discussed some of the technical aspects of shooting the series and how their respect of the original film is presented in the series. Actress Sharon Gless made her debut on the evenings episode screening. A party was held at Sid's Bar located in the theater lobby after the screening where everyone who signed up for the free screening was given a complimentary drink.

Starring Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Geena Davis (Thelma & Louise) Alfonso Herrera (The Chosen) and Ben Daniels (“House of Cards”), “The Exorcist” returns as a contemporary psychological TV thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of terrifying demonic possession.

BloodyDisgusting says it is the " most epic episode to date." Come experience it yourself before the episode airs!

Watch The Exorcist Fridays at 9/8c on FOX.

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Photos courtesy of Angelica Ulloa

Bedeviled Premiere October 22, 2016 (Photos)

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Fear was viral at the LA Premiere of Bedeviled on October 22, 2016 at the 16th annual Horror Festival. The Nicholl Felloship winners directors Abel and Burlee Vang were in attendance along with some of the cast members and an almost sold out crowd!

Five teenagers receive an invite to download a Siri-like app. Once they accept this app which calls itself Mister Bedevil, it begins to torment each of them by tapping into their worst fears. To stop this malevolent force, the teens must learn to trust and depend on each other’s wits and courage.

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Photos courtesy of Angelica Ulloa

‘Central Intelligence’ Gets Fest Bow Ahead Of Release; Screamfest 2016 Dates Set

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Central Intelligence will open the 20th annual American Black Film Festival on June 15 in Miami. The film, a New Line Cinema and Universal Pictures presentation distributed by Warner Bros, opens in theaters June 17. Starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, it follows a lethal CIA agent and one-time bullied geek (Johnson) as he heads home for his high school reunion. Hart plays his former “big man on campus” classmate who misses his glory days. Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul and Danielle Nicolet co-star. The fest runs June 15-19 and features panels with Nate Parker discussing The Birth Of A Nation and Will Packer and cast about the making of Almost Christmas.

The 16th annual Screamfest will take place October 18-27 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. Actress Lydia Hearst (Condemned, #Horror) will serve as ambassador for the festival. America’s longest running horror film festival, Screamfest 2016 will accept submissions for through August 1. All screenings will be open to the general public. The festival is best known for discovering Paranormal Activity in 2007, with other past premieres including 30 Days Of Night, Let The Right One In, The Grudge and The Human Centipede.

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Screamfest 2016: Festival Announces Dates And Names Lydia Hearst Festival Ambasador

Lydia HearstAmerica's largest and longest running horror film festival, Screamfest, is proud to announce that the 16th annual event will take place from Oct. 18-27, 2016 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. Actress Lydia Hearst (Condemned, #Horror) will serve as ambassador for the festival. "I'm honored to serve as ambassador for Screamfest," said Hearst, whose film Condemned premiered at last year's festival. "Screamfest provides an amazing platform for filmmakers and actors like me to showcase our latest work and to receive direct feedback from the horror and genre community." Screamfest is currently accepting submissions for the festival through Aug. 1, 2016. Films from around the globe are expected to screen at the festival. Winners will receive a 24 karat gold dipped skull trophy designed by the legendary, Academy award-winning special make-up effects creator, Stan Winston, who partnered with the festival until his passing. All screenings are open to the general public. "We're excited to showcase the new work of American and international filmmakers for horror movie enthusiasts," said (co-founder Rachel) Belofsky. "Over the last 16 years, we have launched careers and helped garnered distribution for filmmakers. We're proud of the work we showcase year after year." The festival is best known for discovering Paranormal Activity in 2007. Other past premieres include 30 Days of Night, Let the Right One In, The Grudge, The Fourth Kind, The Collection, Trick 'r' Treat, The Human Centipede and Diary of the Dead. Wes Craven, John Carpenter, Sam Raimi, Clive Barker, Eli Roth, James Wan, Zack Snyder, William Friedkin, John Landis and James Gunn are just (some of the) filmmakers who have supported the festival year after year.

SCREAMFEST HORROR FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FIRST WAVE OF 2016 LINE UP

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HOLLYWOOD – Sept. 7, 2016 – America’s largest and longest running horror film festival, Screamfest Horror Film Festival, announces the first wave of its official 2016 film line up. The festival, which will run from Oct. 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. Actress Lydia Hearst (Condemned, #Horror) will serve as ambassador for the festival.

“We’re so thrilled to announce such a diverse group of films this year,” said Rachel Belofsky, Screamfest Founder and Festival Director. “Even in our 16th year, filmmakers continue to push the envelope and amaze us with their incredible imagination, creativity, passion and hard work.”

This year’s Screamfest Horror Film Festival will offer unique access to some of the most creative forces in the horror genre through film screenings, Q&A’s and conversations with some of the most captivating artists working in the industry today. Film festival badges are currently on sale to the general public at www.ScreamfestLA.com and individual film tickets will be available soon.

Screamfest Horror Film Festival is proud to announce that the following films have been admitted to the festival – the first wave of the 2016 line up.

THE MASTER CLEANSE (USA) 2016

Directed by Bobby Miller
Written by Bobby Miller
Produced by Jordan Horowitz, Johnny Galecki, Aaron L. Gilbert
Cast: Anna Friel, Johnny Galecki, Anjelica Huston, Oliver Platt
LA Premiere
Down, out, and heartbroken, Paul attends a spiritual retreat to cleanse himself and fix his broken life but soon discovers that the cleanse releases more than everyday toxins...a lot more. The feature debut from Bobby Miller (TUB), THE MASTER CLEANSE is a trippy and fantastic journey that examines how we deal with the things that weigh us down in life, ultimately asking the all-important question: given the opportunity to literally face your demons, what would you do?

TRASH FIRE (USA) 2016
Directed by Richard Bates, Jr.
Written by Richard Bates, Jr.
Produced by Lawrence Mattis, Matt Smith, David Lawson Jr.
Cast: Adrian Grenier, Angela Trimbur, Fionnula Flanagan, AnnaLynne McCord, Matthew Gray Gubler, Sally Kirkland, Ezra Buzzington, Ray Santiago, Molly McCook
LA Premiere
When Owen is forced to confront the past he's been running from his whole adult life, he and his girlfriend, Isabel, become entangled in a horrifying web of lies, deceit and murder. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll be scarred for life.

THE CRUCIFIXION (USA) 2016

Directed by Xavier Gens
Written by Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes
Produced by Leon Clarance, Ara Keshishian, Peter Safran
Cast: Sophie Cookson
LA Premiere
THE CRUCIFIXION is a supernatural thriller based on true events that touches on the universal themes of life vs. death and good vs. evil. The project stars Sophie Cookson (Kingsman: The Secret Service), is written by the Hayes Brothers (The Conjuring) and produced by Peter Safran with Xavier Gens (Hitman) directing.

MY FATHER DIE (USA) 2016

Directed by Sean Brosnan
Written by Sean Brosnan
Produced by Sanja Banic, Alma Bogdan-Turner, Orian Williams, Sean Brosnan, Pierce Brosnan
Cast: Joe Anderson, Gary Stretch, Candace Smith
LA Premiere
Deaf and mute since having his hearing knocked out at the age of 12, Asher has been training for almost two decades to avenge himself on Ivan, the man that killed his older brother 21 years ago. And now that his nemesis is out of prison, he gets his chance. But Asher’s target also happens to be his father.

FEAR, INC. (USA) 2016
Directed by Vincent Masciale
Written by Luke Barnett
Cast: Lucas Neff, Caitlin Stasey, Chris Marquette, Stephanie Drake, Mark Moses, Abigail Breslin
LA Premiere
Produced by Luke Barnett, Vincent Masciale, Natalie Rose Masciale, Heather Kasprzak
Fear, Inc. follows a company of degenerates who can be hired for a premium to bring your greatest fears to life. But when horror junkie Joe Foster’s customized scare seemingly begins, he and his friends must decide if this company is there to scare them, or make them pawns in their own sick game.

BEDEVILED (USA) 2016
Directed by The Vang Brothers (Berlee and Abel Vang)
Written by Berlee Vang, Abel Vang
Produced by Abel Vang, Burlee Vang, Leng Yang , Cheng Yang, Kirk Roos
Cast: Saxon Sharbino, Mitchell Edwards, Brandon Soo Hoo, Victory Van Tuyl, Carson Boatman, Alexis G. Zall, and Jordan Essoe
LA Premiere
Five teenagers receive an invite to download a Siri-like app. Once they accept this app which calls itself Mister Bedevil, it begins to torment each of them by tapping into their worst fears. To stop this malevolent force, the teens must learn to trust and depend on each other's wits and courage.

INICUO: THE BROTHERHOOD (MEXICO) 2016

Directed by Alejandro G. Alegre
Written by Alejandro G. Alegre
Produced by Alejandro G. Alegre, Victor Leycegui, Roberto G. Alegre, Enrique Villanueva
Cast: Isaac Pérez Calzada, Marcos Duarte, Verónica de Alba, Guillermo Jair, Rodrigo Ostap
LA Premiere
After a voyage of discovery FEDERICO creates a new religious cult. He kidnaps FERNANDO, a former collaborator, which will try to leave as heir of worship in the midst of a slaughter justified by their own past tragedies.

LAKE BODOM (FINLAND) 2016
Directed by Taneli Mustonen
Written by Aleksi Hyvärinen and Taneli Mustonen
Produced by Aleksi Hyvärinen, Sophie Holden, Callie McGregor, Claudia Troncoso
Cast: Nelly Hirst-Gee, Mikael Gabriel, Mimosa Willamo, Santeri Helinheimo Mäntylä
US Premiere
Every camper's worst nightmare came true at Lake Bodom in 1960 when four teenagers were stabbed to death while sleeping in their tent.

ABOUT SCREAMFEST HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
Formed in August 2001 by film producer Rachel Belofsky, Screamfest Horror Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that gives filmmakers and screenwriters in the horror and science fiction genres a venue to have their work showcased in the film industry. Among the numerous films that have been discovered and/or premiered at the festival include “Paranormal Activity,” “30 Days of Night,” “Trick ‘r Treat” and “The Human Centipede.”

Screamfest is sponsored by 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.