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As another year of Call For Entries at the 14th annual Screamfest® Horror Film Festival nears its final deadline (8/1/14), it makes me reflect fondly on some of our past films.

Last year’s sold out screening of BENEATH on opening night was bought by IFC Midnight and is now available on VOD as of June 27th and in theatres July 25th. I highly recommend checking it out. BENEATH won 6 awards at Screamfest including Best Director for Ben Ketai and edited by the very talented Toby Wilkins, a multiple Screamfest alum.


A crew of coal miners becomes trapped 600 feet below ground after a disastrous collapse. As the air grows more toxic and time runs out, they slowly descend into madness and begin to turn on one another. Inspired by true events.

Jeff Fahey stars in Beneath
Jeff Fahey stars in Beneath

2012’s Screamfest big winner was AMERICAN MARY directed by Jen & Sylvia Soska. It garnered distribution due to the festival. It topped the charts during its VOD release followed by a limited theatrical release. The Soska's next film is SEE NO EVIL 2.

Katharine Isabelle makes the cut
Katharine Isabelle makes the cut


Starring Katharine Isabelle (GINGER SNAPS), AMERICAN MARY follows medical student Mary Mason as she becomes increasingly broke and disenchanted. The allure of easy money sends Mary into the twilight world of body modification and underground surgeries where obsessed flesh artists will pay anything and go through any pain to get their unusual procedures done. But Mary soon finds that her new 'profession' leaves more marks on her own psyche than on her freakish clientele.

2011’s multiple Screamfest award-winner, CRAWL, was acquired by the ever awesome Bloody-Disgusting’s label, Bloody Selects, after they saw CRAWL’S world premiere at Screamfest.

Georgina Haig  shines in CRAWL (2011)
Georgina Haig shines in CRAWL (2011)


This character-driven thriller set in an unknown, rural town. A seedy bar-owner hires a mysterious Croatian to murder an acquaintance over an unpaid debt. The crime is carried out, but a planned double-crossing backfires and an innocent waitress suddenly becomes involved. Now a hostage in her own home, the young woman is driven to desperate measures for survival. A suspenseful, yet darkly humorous chain of events builds to a blood-curdling and unforgettable climax.

2010’s big winner was Chris Smith’s BLACK DEATH distributed by Magnolia.

Sean Bean stars in Black Death
Sean Bean stars in Black Death


"A savvy, stylish horror-actioner that's more than the sum of its genre parts." Medieval England has fallen under the shadow of The Black Death. In this apocalyptic world, filled with fear and superstition, a young monk called Osmund is charged with leading a fearsome knight, Ulric (Sean Bean) and his group of mercenaries to a remote marsh. Their quest is to hunt down a necromancer - someone able to bring the dead back to life. Torn between his love of God and the love of a young woman, Osmund discovers the necromancer, a mysterious beauty called Langiva. After Langiva reveals her Satanic identity and offers Osmund his heart's desire, the horror of his real journey begins....

From executive producer Antonio Banderas, sci-fi/thriller BEFORE THE FALL took home 4 awards in 2009. Director F. Javier Gutierrez is now attached to direct the remake of THE CROW. Javier was in the festival previously in 2005 with his short film BRASIL. If you have not yet seen BEFORE THE FALL, it is a must see. It is a powerful piece of cinema.

Victor Clavijo in BEFORE THE FALL
Victor Clavijo in BEFORE THE FALL


A giant meteorite is about to collide with Earth. The planet is gripped by despair and chaos. The inhabitants of Laguna listen to the news in terror. Ale, a frustrated young man who lives with his mother, decides to spend his last days shut away, getting drunk and listening to his favourite music. But his plans change when he is forced to help his mother to protect his brother’s four children when Lucio, an ambiguous, disturbing stranger appears.

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Who can forget when THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE made its West Coast premiere and twisted the minds of genre fans for years to come. It garnered so much popularity that it was later spoofed on SOUTH PARK among many other places.

You can watch the South Park clip here -

Dr. Heiter marvels at his Human Centipede
Dr. Heiter marvels at his Human Centipede


Two American girls are on a road trip through Europe. In Germany they end up with a broken car in the woods. They search for help and find an isolated villa. The next day they awake to find themselves trapped in a terrifying makeshift basement hospital along with a Japanese man. A German man identifies himself as a retired surgeon specialized in separating Siamese twins. However his three "patients" are not about to be separated, but joined together in an horrific operation. He plans to be the first person to connect people via their gastric system, in doing so bringing to life his sick lifetime fantasy "the human centipede".

I'm excited to see what this year brings. If you are a filmmaker, today July 15th is our regular deadline. Final deadline is 8/1/14.

Stay tuned as we stroll further down the Screamfest memory lane....


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