ScareLA 2016: Screenings Line-Up

ScareLA is thrilled to announce our 2016 Screening Program! We reviewed an overwhelming 2,100+ submissions from 20 countries to select our 74 finalists. Award-winning documentaries, Sundance selections, frightening features, spooky shorts, horror cult classics and indie gems  – you name it – we’ve got it! So dare to creep into the dark and take a seat in our screening room this summer, we will trick, treat and amaze! All included in the price of admission.

Here are some films playing at ScareLA this year:


SCREENING ROOM : Elvira mistress of the dark queen of halloween scarela convention west coast horror iconCult horror comedy classic coming to the ScareLA screen! Celebrate Elvira, official host of ScareLA 2016, and mingle with her creepiest of fans this August, only at ScareLA:
When her great aunt dies, famous horror hostess Elvira heads for the uptight New England town Falwell to claim her inheritance of a haunted house. But she get much more than what she bargained for, specifically – a witch’s cookbook and a punk rock poodle. Once the stuffy locals get an eyeful of the scream queen’s ample assets, all hell breaks loose. Can the Madonna of the Macabre find love with a studly cinema owner, avoid her creepy great uncle, titillate the town’s teens and become a Las Vegas dance sensation all without being burned alive at the stake?


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SCREENING ROOM : Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents:Named “the best horror anthology since Trick ‘r Treat” by Fangoria, this critically acclaimed Epic Pictures film weaves together ten chilling tales from horror’s top directors. Ghosts, ghouls, monsters, and the devil delight in terrorizing unsuspecting residents of a suburban neighborhood on Halloween night. (Directors: Darren Lynn Bousman “The Night Billy Raised Hell” | Axelle Carolyn “Grim Grinning Ghost | Adam Gierasch “Trick” | Andrew Kasch “This Means War” | Neil Marshall “Bad Seed” | Lucky McKee “Ding Dong” | Mike Mendez “Friday the 31st” | Dave Parker “Sweet Tooth” | Ryan Schifrin “The Ransom of Rusty Rex” | John Skipp “This Means War” | Paul Solet “The Weak and the Wicked”)



SCREENING ROOM : The Los Angeles Horror/Sci-fi Film Festival and Screenplay Competition presents: Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse | Iris, Knock | The Man Who Loved Flowers | Peek A Boo… | The Smiling Man | Sweet Hollow (Shriekfest’s Founder and Festival Director Denise Gossett has been in the entertainment business for more than 20 years. She can be seen in the latestTom Hiddleston movie “I Saw the Light”, with Morris Chestnut in “When the Bough Breaks” in the Mel Gibson movie “Get the Gringo”, “The Last Ride” with Dennis Hopper)

ScareLA’s first-ever Audience Award is presented with support by Shriekfest

ScareLA Announces Film Programming for 2016 Convention

Award-winning Spooky-themed Feature Films and Shorts to Be Screened at the Premiere Summer Halloween FestivalLOS ANGELES, CA, Jun 8, 2016ScareLA, the original summer Halloween convention, is excited to announce its 2016 film programming for this year’s festival to feature 75 exclusive screenings throughout the weekend of August 6-7, 2016 at the Pasadena Convention Center. ScareLA received over 2100 submissions of features and shorts from over 20 countries  around the world and is now unveiling this year’s star-studded lineup. The selection of films are immersed with scary storylines and haunting plots, keeping within ScareLA’s Halloween theme.

“This year’s incredible selection of films will thrill audiences at ScareLA,” said Screening Curator Emily Rua. “The biggest challenge was narrowing down our choices, we had so much extraordinary content to choose from.” ScareLA Founder and Executive Producer Lora Ivanova added “Our number one objective in all of our programming choices is to capture the spirit of Halloween. We are grateful for all of our programming partners and community of talented filmmakers who contributed. We look forward to sharing our dark passion for the scare tradition on screen as well as all throughout the event showfloor this summer!”

Exclusive featured programming includes ”The Blackout Experiments,” a nightmarish tale about extreme haunts, that came into the spotlight during Sundance Film Festival, “Tales of Halloween,” stories of ghosts, ghouls, monsters, the devil, aliens, and ax murderers who terrorize a suburb on Halloween night.produced by Epic Pictures and showcasing an incredible array of local filmmakers, Rodney Ascher‘s ”The Nightmare,” a recent Sundance selection that explores sleep paralysis and has been named one of the scariest documentaries ever, “Sliders of Ghost Town,” a film about the amazing scare art of sliding, and “Creature of the Bates Motel,” with the notorious Brian Evans and comedian Carrot Top – the first music video ever filmed at The Bates Motel, authorized by The Alfred Hitchcock Estate.

Special programming and fun additions will be included with guest feature blocks from top local horror film festivals Shriekfest, Screamfest and Horrible Imaginings, and family-friendly programming with films Halloween Treats, Halloween Tricks, Zomedy, Monsters, Witches and a special Animated block.

Additionally, for the first time ever, ScareLA will be presenting an “Audience Award” to filmmakers and attendees will be able to vote for their favorite film. The winner will receive a special prize from Shriekfest and a free submission into their 2016 festival.

Debuting in 2013, ScareLA opens doors for it’s fourth year this August. The hit summer show celebrates the diverse Halloween industry of the West Coast – from its iconic theme parks to home haunts. The event is a mecca for horror fans and families. Attracting close to 10,000 guests in 2015, ScareLA is one of the fastest growing independent conventions in the U.S.

To buy tickets or to learn more about ScareLA’s 2016 plans, visit the ScareLA website at

About ScareLA

Founded in 2013, ScareLA is the Southern California convention dedicated to all things Halloween. Situated in the entertainment capital of the world, the event celebrates the American scare season traditions and the diverse cultural heritage of the Greater Los Angeles region. Featuring hundreds of specialty vendors, education programming, world-class industry presentations, ScareLA draws over 10,000 professionals, fans and families from the U.S. and abroad to celebrate Halloween early every summer. ScareLA is one of the fastest growing independent fan conventions in the U.S. addressing a $10 billion Halloween industry worldwide.

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