The Horror Films of LA Film Fest 2013

Jason McDonald

The Los Angeles Film Festival in sunny Southern California is arguably one of the biggest film festivals in the state. As such it attracts a wide breadth of films from countries around the world and filmmakers who specialize in a multitude of styles.  Films from all genres will be represented at the festival including documentaries, short films, crime, drama and…horror.

To get up you to speed, we’ve made a little primer for you to showcase some of the horror films that will be playing at this years festival.  Some of the films being shown will be making their grand premiere and others will be hard to find pieces from around the world.

The Conjuring (Special Screening)

Director: James Wan

Synopsis: Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on the true life story, The Conjuring tells the tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives.

Showing: June 21st

Director James Wan will be making a special appearance to do a Q&A after the screening. For tickets visit their official page.


Delivery (World Premiere)

Director: Brian Netto

Synopsis: In this unnerving chiller, Kyle and Rachel Massy are a young couple who have agreed to document their first pregnancy for a reality show. During the production and after moving to a new home, a series of unexplained phenomena start plaguing the couple, eventually derailing the production of the show. Rachel, growing increasingly paranoid, starts to believe that there might be something seriously wrong with their unborn bundle of joy.

Showing: June 18 & 21


Drug War

Director: Johnnie To

Synopsis: A police captain and his team, aided by a turncoat criminal who’s working all the angles, doggedly work their way up the supply chain of a Mainland China drug syndicate. With each undercover sting, the stakes grow higher as the whole operation becomes riskier and more volatile, climaxing in a brutal display of gunplay in which every bullet has impact.

Showing: June 15 & 19


The Fifth Season

Director: Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth

Synopsis: At first, The Fifth Season might seem like a charming, low-key comedy about an isolated agrarian Ardennes village populated with lovable deadpan characters like a sweet, elderly beekeeper. But soon filmmakers Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth reveal something far more ominous going on: The land has suddenly gone barren, and the cows no longer produce milk. What is going on? And is there anything the village can do to reverse this strange plague?

Showing: June 20 & 22


Lessons of the Evil

Director: Takashi Miike

Synopsis: No one at Shinko Academy is as popular as new English teacher Mr. Hasumi, who, with his natural charm and J-pop good looks, seems perfect. Effortlessly solving high school scandals both expected, like cheating and bullying, and extreme, like an affair between a student and a teacher, Mr. Hasumi quickly becomes everyone’s favorite. There’s just one problem. He’s also a violent psychopath, which doesn’t bode well for anyone who crosses him.

Showing: June 20 & 22


You’re Next

Director: Adam Wingard

Synopsis: With their best fake smiles plastered on their faces, the Davison family has gathered together at their country estate to celebrate Mom and Dad’s anniversary, although there won’t be much celebrating tonight. For just as the dinner conversation begins to get heated, as they all knew it eventually would, murderous mask-wearing maniacs strike. Now, they all have to fight for their lives, if they can just stop arguing amongst themselves first.

Showing: June 16 & 19


Remember, you can purchase tickets to these screenings and more by visiting the official site for the LA Film Festival.


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