America's largest and longest running horror film festival, Screamfest Horror Film Festival, is proud to announce the first wave of its official 2018 film line up.  In its 18th year, the festival, which will run from Oct. 9-18, 2018 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theaters in Hollywood, has launched careers – providing a platform for filmmakers and actors to showcase their latest work to enthusiasts and general audiences. Actress Lin Shaye, the star of the successful horror franchise Insidious and other popular horror films including A Nightmare on Elm StreetDead End2001 Maniacs, and the soon-to-be-released reboot, Grudge, will serve as this year's festival ambassador.

"Screaming is good for the soul," said Shaye.  "I am extremely excited and honored to serve as this year's Screamfest ambassador and scream with all of you! I'm thrilled to support and celebrate a space where filmmakers, actors and fans can unveil their hard work, and celebrate the horror genre."

 Screamfest Horror Film Festival will offer unique access to some of the most creative forces in the horror genre through film screenings, Q&As and conversations with some of the most captivating artists working in the industry today. 

The festival is best known for discovering Paranormal Activity in 2007. Other past premieres include Tragedy Girls, Tigers Are Not Afraid, Trick ‘r Treat, 30 Days of NightLet the Right One InThe GrudgeThe CollectionThe Human Centipede and Diary of the Dead. Wes Craven, John Carpenter, Sam Raimi, Clive Barker, Eli Roth, James Wan, Zack Snyder, William Friedkin and John Landis are just some of the filmmakers who have supported the festival year after year.

Film festival badges are currently on sale at and individual film tickets will be available end of September 2018. All screenings are open to the general public. 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.

The Festival is proud to announce that the following films have been admitted – the first wave of the 2018 line up. 

1. 10 year anniversary screening of Splinter

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

2.The Amityville Murders: (US) – 2018

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

3.Dementia II (US) - 2018

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

4.Discarnate (US) - 2018

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, 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

5.Draug (Sweden) 2018

Directed, written, and produced by Klas Persson and Karin Engman

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

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

6. The Final Wish (US) 2018

Directed by Timothy Woodward Jr.

Written by  Jeffrey Reddick, Jonathan Doyle, William Halfon

Cast: Lin Shaye, Michael Welch, Tony Todd, Spencer Locke

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 (Welch) returns to his hometown to help his devastated mother (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

7.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 Paz, 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 co-directed by Doron and Yoav Paz.

North America Premiere

8.The Haunted (UK )  2018

Directed and written by:

David Holroyd


Sophie Stevens, Nick Bayly, Ray MacAllan, Maggie Daniels, 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

9.Lost In Apocalypse (China) 2018

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

10.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 (Grasse), has just been released from a mental hospital for setting her serial killer boyfriend on fire. Her boyfriend, James Lincoln Fields is a 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

11.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

12.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

13.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

US Premiere