(August 24, 2012) Washington, DC:

The Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival announced this week seven of the twenty‐one features that will screen at the seventh annual festival, held this year at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD from October 10‐18, 2012. International festival hit, EXCISION will open Spooky Movie 2012 on Wednesday, October 10 at the AFI Silver Theatre. EXCISION, from Northern Virginia native Richard Bates Jr., premiered this year at Sundance and has gone on to great acclaim all over the world, at some of the most prestigious festivals.

“I love the Spooky Movie Film Festival!” said Bates. “I’m from Virginia and the short‐film version of my new feature screened there back in 2008.”

On Thursday, October 11 Spooky Movie presents the filmed spook show, PLAY DEAD, starring Todd Robbins and co‐directed by Shade Rupe, author of Dark Star Rising, and Teller (from Penn and Teller). 

“I’m so looking forward to having PLAY DEAD at Spooky Movie!” Teller said. “I love the idea of bringing more lying, evil, and skullduggery to Washington, D.C.!”

Jennifer Lynch’s controversial new film, CHAINED, screens on Friday, October 12 at Spooky Movie. “CHAINED is, I hope, a disturbing and sometimes awkwardly humorous exploration into how Monsters are made,“ Lynch told us. “Along with telling the story of a boy being raised by a serial killer, I hope to be exposing the reason…not the excuse, for why humans continue to hurt each other. We cannot ignore our own hand in building killers.”

Things get out of control on Saturday, October 13 with the DC area premiere of the Tribeca Film Fest hit, RESOLUTION, which Sight on Sound called “A deeply original horror masterpiece!”

All good things come to an end, and on Thursday, October 18 we begin our closing night with the U.S. Premiere of the modern Brazilian masterpiece, NERVO CRANIANO ZERO, from director Paulo Biscaia Filho, who will be present for a crazy Q&A.

NERVO CRANIANO ZERO will not be the only premiere at the festival, however:

On Sunday, October 14, the festival is proud to announce the inaugural Spooky Movie Local Filmmaker Summit, moderated by Eduardo Sanchez.

The Mid‐Atlantic region – home of cult legends John Waters, George Romero, Don Dohler, Jeff Krulick and more – has long been fertile ground for creative independent filmmaking. In the first‐ever Spooky Movie Local Filmmaker Summit, area filmmakers will come together to discuss the making of films (of all genres) in the area.

Eduardo Sanchez, co‐director of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and director of 2011’s LOVELY MOLLY, will host a 90‐minute roundtable discussion/Q&A about all aspects of true independent filmmaking, including casting, production, marketing and “making it.” Joining him will be several local filmmakers, including Justin Timpane (NINJAS VS Trilogy), Eric Thornett (A SWEET AND VICIOUS BEAUTY), Matt Lockhart (THE WATERMEN, Spooky Movie 2011), Jamie Nash (TWO FRONT TEETH, Spooky Movie 2006) and many more. Participating filmmakers will also present clips from their newest films.

Following the discussion will be two World Premieres – the Gothic A SWEET AND VICIOUS BEAUTY and the horror/comedy NINJAS VS. MONSTERS, both from Mid‐Atlantic filmmakers. 

In all there will be twenty‐one features and thirty‐one shorts programmed over the course of nine nights at the largest Spooky Movie Film Festival yet. The full schedule will be announced in early September. At the same time, tickets and passes will be available through the AFI Silver box office and website (www.afi.com/silver).

Founded in 2006, the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival is Washington, D.C’s only genre‐based film festival. Recognized as one of D.C.’s premiere festival events, as well as “the world’s premiere horror film festival” (BadLit.com), Spooky Fest works closely with our partners to offer year round screenings of feature and short films, in addition to our signature festival event every October. More information can be found www.spookyfest.com. 

Media release and photo furnished by Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival



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