In the words of Screamfest themselves, here’s what they say:
Screamfest was formed in August 2001 by film producers Rachel Belofsky and Ross Martin in order to give filmmakers and writers in the horror/sci-fi genres a venue to have their work showcased to people in the industry. We are very proud that the majority of the films showcased now have distribution. (from Screamfestla.com)
Now more importantly, here’s what I say. Screamfest is a rocking sweet deal for horror fans. You may remember me covering Shriekfest awhile back and I liked it, but was underwhelmed with the quality of submissions. Well at Screamfest, they take this stuff seriously and we get some awesome movies that deal with decent budgets and name actors.
The festival ran from October 13th until the 22nd and even the lowest key movies had stars turn out. The festival featured movies directed by or starring many notables including David Arquette (The Tripper), Snoop Dogg (Hood of Horror), Tim Sullivan (Hood of Horror and Driftwood), Tom Jane (The Tripper) and crowd favorites Robert Englund (Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon) and Kane Hodder (Hatchet and cameo in Behind the Mask).
Ticket prices were about $13 bucks a pop, although Feast, Slither, and Pumpkinhead: Ashes to Ashes were all shown for free, that’s damn right, for free. You can’t beat that.
All in all it was a great time. Good theater with mostly good movies. Check back to get a taste of everything I managed to see.
Yours in Gore,
Robert “hack-n-slash” Fure