Screamfest LA Announces Opening Film   

September 18, 2008 Rachel Belofsky, founder of the annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival, is pleased to announce that Michael Dougherty’s "Trick r Treat" will be the Opening Night film at Screamfest in the prestigious Grauman’s Theatre on October 10.

A Q and A with Michael Dougherty will follow the screening. "Trick R Treat" was written and directed by Michael Dougherty and produced by Bryan Singer, Alex Garcia and Dan Harris. This will be Michael Dougherty’s return to Screamfest as he won Best Animated Short in 2003 for his short DEADTIME STORIES. The 8th annual festival will be held October 10th-19th at the Mann Chinese Theaters in Hollywood, California. This will be the first public showing of the film.

Here's the synopsis: It is said that Halloween is the night when the dead rise to walk among us and other unspeakable things roam free. The rituals of All Hallows Eve were devised to protect us from their evil, and one small town is about to be taught a terrifying lesson that some traditions are best not forgotten. Nothing is what it seems when a young couple learns the dangers of blowing out a Jack-o-Lantern before midnight; four beautiful women cross paths with a costumed stalker; a group of pranksters discovers the horrifying truth buried in a local legend; and a cantankerous hermit is visited by a strange trick-or-treater with a few bones to pick. Costumes and candy, ghouls and goblins, monsters and mayhem... the tricks and treats of Halloween turn deadly as strange creatures of every variety-- human and otherwise --try to survive the scariest night of the year. The film stars Anna Paquin, Dylan Baker, Leslie Bibb, Tahmoh Penikett, and Brian Cox.

“We are extremely excited to open the festival with Michael Dougherty’s film,” says founder Rachel Belofsky, “horror fans are going to love it!” “It is one of the best horror comedies I have ever seen!”

The Screamfest Horror Film Festival is the largest horror film festival in the United States. Some of the top-rated horror online publications have called it the "Sundance of Horror."

The festival has hosted many famous filmmakers as guests, including Sam Raimi, Wes Craven, Sean Cunningham, Clive Barker, Eli Roth, James Wan, Zack Snyder, Stan Winston, and John Landis.

For more information please call the Screamfest Horror Film Festival at 310-358-3273 or visit to order tickets. Screamfest is a 501 3 ( c ) non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the careers of talented directors and writers within the genre.

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