Elijah Wood's SpectreVision announces L.A. horror film festival

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Elijah Wood’s company SpectreVision Wednesday announced the first annual SpectreFest, a 13-night celebration of horror and music to be held in Los Angeles from October 19-31 in partnership with the Cinefamily cinema. SpectreVision is an independent horror film company founded by Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh C. Waller.

SpectreFest’s opening night event will be a screening of John Landis’ horror-comedy classic An American Werewolf in London held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, in conjunction with Cinespia. SpectreFest will also host screenings of E.L. Kat’s jet-black comedy Cheap Thrills (see pic above), the Elijah Wood- and John Cusack-starrer Grand Piano, the Josh C. Waller-directed Raze (a clip from which was debuted exclusively on Inside Movies earlier today), and Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, with a soundtrack provided by Chrome Canyon.

Musician Ariel Pink will accompany a lineup of experimental shorts curated by Cinefamily and at an event called “Childhood Haunts” Insidious screenwriter Leigh Whannell will show a selection of clips from films which scared him as a child followed by a full-length screening of Australian TV movie The Fortress. The festival will close with a Halloween night party at the Bootleg Club. With the exception of the opening and closing nights, all events will take place at the Cinefamily theater in Hollywood.

“Our aim with SpectreFest is to provide an immersive, visceral experience beyond mere entertainment,” Daniel Noah said in a statement.  “Genre films, as well as cinema’s close cousin, music, can tweak our minds to show us new ways of interpreting the world we live in.  SpectreFest is an offering of some of the best of both from around the world.”

SpectreVision’s forthcoming film projects include the Wood-starring, Whannell-cowritten Cooties and the vampire Western, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. Meanwhile, the SpectreVision and Random Bench production Toad Road — a semi-documentary horror-thriller — will begin a week-long run at Hollywood’s Arena Cinema on October 18 and will then transfer to New York’s Cinema Village.

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