COMES TO LIFE AT NEW BEVERLY CINEMA
Horror fans listen up, the inaugural Hollywood Horrorfest (HHF) is coming to Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema.
Celebrating the past and embracing the future of indie horror filmmaking, HHF will be presented by filmmaker and events organizer Miles Flanagan for two days, Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29 at the New Beverly Cinema—an L.A. haven for indie and classic film.
In a move that gives back to the diehard horror fans, most of the festival will be free, except for the opening and closing night events, which will include red carpet screenings of The Howling andReturn of the Living Dead, respectively. A portion of the $10 admission fee from each event will directly benefit the Vincent Price Art Museum, ed at East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park.
This year, HHF will honor Roger Corman alumni Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins) with the first ever Price Award, which “honors an artist whose work has achieved iconic status in the horror/fantasy genres.”
Festival Director Miles Flanagan praises Dante’s work and points out the filmmaker’s influence is still felt today.
“Not only did The Howling break new ground narratively, but it also affected the way cinematic werewolves where presented—to this very day. The look created by both Dante and Rob Bottin was, and still remains, iconic. This film was a real game-changer.”
Vincent Price’s daughter and Vincent Price Art Museum Director, Victoria Price will personally present the prestigious Price Award to Joe Dante. She will also be talking about her father and bringing awareness to her father’s museum and art legacy.
Actor Dick Miller (Gremlins, Terminator, Bucket of Blood) will also receive the first Impact Award for his contribution and impact on the horror/fantasy genres.
With twelve world premieres, the festival kicks off with free screenings of films in competition starting at 3:30pm on Friday, March 28. Day 1 continues with an impressive red carpet, cast and crew reunion screening of Dante's classic The Howling. Presented in digital hi-def, this will be the best this film has looked since its original release in 1981. The day concludes with a free West Coast Premiere of Afflicted; winner of the Best Picture (Horror), Best Screenplay (Horror), Best Director (Horror) awards at the 2013 Fantastic Fest, and recipient of awards of recognition from the Toronto International Film Festival and the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival.
For Closing Night, the festival celebrates the 30th anniversary of the filming of the classic, funny (and very influential) Return of the Living Dead with a gala red carpet cast and crew reunion.
Festival Director Miles Flanagan proudly proclaims, “We look forward to years of bringing the indie horror film community closer together. Honoring classic artists, educating each other, networking and successfully fundraising is our goal. And making people aware of the amazing legacy that is the Vincent Price Art Museum is the icing on the cake.”
The inaugural Hollywood Horrorfest takes place March 28 and 29 at the New Beverly Cinema, located at 7165 West Beverly Blvd.