Schlocktober is here! And when it comes to Halloween Horror, Cinefamily don’t play around. This year they’re doing it bigger and badder and more brutal than ever before. Nightmare City, a month-long horror festival featuring 73 creepy events is just the start of it. They’ve also got “Video Nasties,” all month, a series of midnight movies famous for freaky content that got each movie banned in the UK.
Elijah Wood (aka Frodo to you Tolkien lovers) has joined forces with Cinespia and Cinefamily for a new production company called Woodshed Entertainment, which will put on the festival and feature “45 repertory screenings, 10 live music concerts, 8 LA film premieres, a blacklight poster art show, and magic and comedy events.” Beginning October 12th, the fest will also collaborate with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Blumhouse of Horrors (look for a sneak peak report here from the media preview tomorrow!), B-Music/Finders Keepers Records, Trepany House at the Steve Allen Theater, Spaceland Productions/The Echoplex and more, with musical participants including: J-Rocc, Peanut Butter Wolf and Siouxie and the Banshees’ Steven Severin, RING filmmaker Hideo Nakata, comics Doug Benson, Greg Proops and Joe Frank.
Wood is quoted in the press release stating, “I’ve been a fan of horror cinema since I was a child and have become increasingly passionate about the genre and its nuances as I’ve grown older.” He adds, “The Cinefamily, a Los Angeles staple and jewel, known for their eclectic programming, is the perfect partner for building a city-wide arts-based festival curating amazing films and live performances that explore and celebrate horror.”
“Los Angeles has a wonderful noir-infused sense of the theatrical; I’ve always felt Halloween was the ultimate Hollywood holiday–so we’re excited to bring a world-class horror festival to our hometown in October,” says Cinefamily executive director and head programmer Hadrian Belove in the press release. “We plan on Nightmare City becoming annual tradition for our beloved city of shadows, a kind of mardi gras of the macabre that we can all look forward to every year.”
EVENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS…
The Sound of Horror – a series of live score and audio horror events:
● Claudio Simonetti, of Italy’s legendary horror soundtrack maestros Goblin, in concert
● A Dark Tale by radio icon Joe Frank: “Old Man”
● Siouxie and the Banshees’ Steven Severin’s live score to Carl Dreyer’s VAMPYR
● European Neoclassical superstar Hauschka scores THE HANDS OF ORLAC
● L.A.’s Tearist weaves a live musical project around 80’s German avant-horror classic
● Stone’s Throw Records night with Peanut Butter Wolf, Chrome Canyon laser show,
and J. Rocc’s live score of TETSUO: THE IRON MAN
● UK Album of the Year award winner James Ferarro’s live score to a rare 35mm print
of ‘80s shot-on-VHS classic BOARDINGHOUSE
● Sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard flown in from Berlin to create a site-specific new work at
the Silent Movie Theatre
Film premieres and previews:
AMERICAN SCREAM: L.A. Premiere of the new Alamo Drafthouse & Chiller TV
release explores the subculture of “home haunts” for Halloween; complete with
authentically haunted premiere party.
MANIAC: L.A. premiere of Franck Khalfoun’s “haute-horror” (Hollywood Reporter)
remake of William Lustig’s MANIAC starring Elijah Wood.
GUILTY OF ROMANCE: The new film by Japan’s master of gore and perversion Sion
KUROYURI-DANCHI: Sneak preview in collaboration with USC of RINGU director
Hideo Nakata’s latest.
TOAD ROAD: LA premiere of Jason Banker’s impressive microbudget debut, an urban-
legend chiller set in a verite scene of drug-and-sex-drenched youth.
Universal B-Sides in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Universal Pictures’ centennial celebration continues with the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Universal’s Legacy of Horror” series. Cinefamily will present the
lesser-known “B-sides” of Universal’s horror canon, including:
HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN
DRACULA (spanish version)
Video Nasties, sponsored by Fourth Wall Studios:
Thirty films in 30 midnights, featuring shocking works, depraved gore, and perverted low-budget films that apparently changed censorship in Britain in the 80s. Though some of these do indeed look grotesque, many were seen here in the U.S. via Elvira’s Movie Macabre. Apparently, Cinespia’s scheduling has them showing from tamest to most twisted. Click below IF YOU DARE! Full ‘VIDEO NASTIES’ schedule HERE.
More Spooky & Simply Outrageous Special Events Planned:
● Comedians Greg Proops and Doug Benson podcast and interrupt RETURN OF THE
LIVING DEAD & RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD II
● Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Horror Trailer Show
● Animation Historian Jerry Beck’s Classic ‘Toon Spooktacular
● RINGU with Hideo Nakata in person
● TV Tuesday presents GHOSTWATCH, the ‘90s haunted mock-newscast that terrified
● Video Nights presents 777, a deep-cut shot-on-video horror unseen since the mid ‘90s
● UNWELCOME: A Blacklight Poster Exhibit curated by Sammy Harkham, featuring Willl
Sweeney, Robert Beatty, Brian Chippendale and more
● Cinespia presents TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRETat the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
● Screen Novelties’ MAD MONSTER PUPPET PARTY: Animation Breakdown and
Screen Novelties, one of LA’s premiere stop-motion studios, present a fundraiser for
the historic Bob Baker Marionette Theatre, with Halloween puppet performances, a
monster making workshop, and a rare screening of 60s animated classic Mad Monster
Most events take place at the Silent Movie Theatre (611 N. Fairfax Ave.), but some are at alternative locales.
For more information visit www.nightmare-city.com