2016 Screenings

ScareLA is thrilled to announce our 2016 Screening Program! We reviewed an overwhelming 2,100+ submissions from 20 countries to select our 74 finalists. Award-winning documentaries, Sundance selections, frightening features, spooky shorts, horror cult classics and indie gems  – you name it – we’ve got it! So dare to creep into the dark and take a seat in our screening room this summer, we will trick, treat and amaze! All included in the price of admission.


  • DAre panels and screenings FREE?

  • DWhat is a Fear Freak?

    Fear Freak is a preferred admission ticket level, giving you access to programming with less wait and hassle. Highly recommended if you are hoping to see some of our most popular presentations, spaces fill up fast!

  • DWhat is a Scare Student?

    A Scare Student level pass is required to register for any of our workshops, make and takes or education tracks. All material fees are included in the price of this all-you-can-learn ticket!

  • DWhat is a VIP Monster?

    Only a small number of VIP Monster tickets are sold every year. Enjoy front-of-line entry throughout the venue, front row reserved seating, gift bag, limited edition 2016 T-shirt designed by artist Ben Russel, VIP concierge and more!

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SAT, Aug 6: 12:00 - 1:30 (Screening Room)

Horrible Imaginings : Featured Film Festival Block

SCREENING ROOM : San Diego’s premiere film festival dedicated to macabre cinema and art is proud to present a gruesome treat for ScareLA audiences: Chomp | Cogas | Ghost Train | Howl of a Good Time | Lunch Hour | Mr. Denton | No Turning Back | Reborn (or The Young Woman and the Snail) | Sanguine Craving | We All Go The Same

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SAT, Aug 6: 1:30 - 2:00 (Screening Room)

Wicked Witches : Films of Magic & Mayhem

SCREENING ROOM : Films of magic and mayhem. Here’s what’s brewing in the cauldron: The Golden Pen | Sparks | The Sweetmeat Boy | The Trials and Errors of Suzette Le’Ago and the Downstairs Neighbor (or Half Magic) | Witch’s Moon


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SAT, AUG 6: 2:00 - 2:30 (SCREENING ROOM)

Fun Size Horror : Horror Shorts With a Bite

SCREENING ROOM : Fun Size Horror is a collective of genre-loving filmmakers always on the search for new and exciting films. Enjoy their selection of original short films that explore horror from every angle; all made into bite size pieces. Like a bag of Halloween candy, Fun Size Horror is exciting, unexpected…and of course, a little dangerous. Parmanesia | Persephone | Pillow Fight | Prey | Trust

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SAT, AUG 6: 3:00 - 4:30 (SCREENING ROOM)

Shriekfest : Featured Festival Block

SCREENING ROOM : Shriekfest, the longest running indie horror film festival in Los Angeles is celebrating it’s 16th year this Oct 6-9! Enjoy a special curated selection of some of their best films only at ScareLA: Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse | Iris, Knock | The Man Who Loved Flowers | Peek A Boo… | The Smiling Man | Sweet Hollow (Shriekfest’s Founder and Festival Director Denise Gossett has been in the entertainment business for more than 20 years. She can be seen in the latest Tom Hiddleston movie “I Saw the Light”, with Morris Chestnut in “When the Bough Breaks” in the Mel Gibson movie “Get the Gringo”, “The Last Ride” with Dennis Hopper)

ScareLA’s first-ever Audience Award is presented with support by Shriekfest

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SAT, AUG 6: 4:30 - 5:30 (SCREENING ROOM)

Zomedy = Zombies + Comedy Shorts

SCREENING ROOM : Need we say more? Bring your brainz and indulge in some real rotten fun with some zombie comedy in: April, Grroaarrggll!! | Not the End of the World | The Spaghetti Massacre | A Zombie Next Door

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SAT, AUG 6: 5:30 - 7:00 (SCREENING ROOM)

The Blackout Experiments : Featured Documentary

SCREENING ROOM : Follow a group of people who discover the ultra-scary, psycho-sexual horror experience Blackout, and develop an obsession that hijacks their lives and blurs the line between reality and paranoid fantasy: In a culture that has embraced immersive theatre and interactive entertainment, the rise of extreme haunts such as the horror experience Blackout has become essential to an audience that hungers to test their limits. Rich Fox‘s otherworldly narrative-driven documentary seeks out the survivors of some of Blackout’s most intense simulations. Obliterating the line between real and imagined, this experiment dares its victims to stare into the hidden pleasures of a waking nightmare, and then it stares right back. Adult supervision advised.sundance scarela blackout experiments documentary film festival

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SAT, AUG 6: 7:00 - 8:30 (SCREENING ROOM)

Tales of Halloween : Featured Film

SCREENING ROOM : Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents: Named “the best horror anthology since Trick ‘r Treat” by Fangoria, this critically acclaimed Epic Pictures film weaves together ten chilling tales from horror’s top directors. Ghosts, ghouls, monsters, and the devil delight in terrorizing unsuspecting residents of a suburban neighborhood on Halloween night. (Directors: Darren Lynn Bousman “The Night Billy Raised Hell” | Axelle Carolyn “Grim Grinning Ghost | Adam Gierasch “Trick” | Andrew Kasch “This Means War” | Neil Marshall “Bad Seed” | Lucky McKee “Ding Dong” | Mike Mendez “Friday the 31st” | Dave Parker “Sweet Tooth” | Ryan Schifrin “The Ransom of Rusty Rex” | John Skipp “This Means War” | Paul Solet “The Weak and the Wicked”)

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SUN, AUG 7: 11:10 - 11:45 (SCREENING ROOM)

Halloween Treats : Spooky Faire for the Whole Family

SCREENING ROOM : Bring the kids! ScareLA welcomes monsters and goblins of all ages – enjoy Hallween in the summer with the entire family this August: Beware of Bunny | The Creature at the Bates Motel | A Dark Night in the Wrong House | Fenrik the Troll | The Halloween Spirit | Happy Halloween with Dr. Gangrene PSA | Holidays of Terror: The Lonely Halloween | Klaazor | The Predators of Transylvania | Rotten Love | Squabblin’ Spooks

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SUN, AUG 7: 11:45 - 12:00 (SCREENING ROOM)

Dark Corners Anthology : Bloody, Creepy & Dark Shorts

SCREENING ROOM : A Horror Anthology of super short horror films. Sometimes bloody. Sometimes creepy. Always Dark: Bloody Mary | In the Closet | Soul Taker | Static

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SUN, AUG 7: 12:00 - 12:30 (SCREENING ROOM)

Halloween Party : From Indie to Oscars Filmmaker Show & Tell

SCREENING ROOM : Looking for love in all the wrong faces: Follow these party hosts’ and unsuspecting guests’ descent into the darkest nights of the year. Trick or treat! (Director, Linda Palmer) Enjoy a special meet and greet with indie Director and Producer Linda Palmer who has had two films as Oscar contenders. She wrote/directed HALLOWEEN PARTY, and OUR FATHER (starring Michael Gross and Michael Worth).  The latter has been in 22 festivals and won 26 awards including:  Audience, Director, Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Cinematic Achievement, and more.  

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SUN, AUG 7: 12:30 - 2:00 (SCREENING ROOM)

ScreamFest : Featured Film Festival Block

SCREENING ROOM : Discovering the New Blood of Horror. Screamfest Horror Film Festival is the largest and longest running horror film festival in the United States. Paranormal Activity was discovered and premiered at the festival in 2007. Some of the largest horror online publications have called it the “Sundance of Horror”: The Bridge Partner | In Extremis | Market St. | Massacre in San Jose | Night of the Slasher | The Prey |Willa

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SUN, AUG 7: 2:00 - 3:30 (SCREENING ROOM)

Monsters : Short Films for the Scary and Strange

SCREENING ROOM : Monsters come in many forms: Adam’s Bad Christmas | The Attic | Dinner | The Fisherman’s Wife | The Marshalls | The Monster | Monsters | Other Lily | Portal to Hell!!! | The Wind

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SUN, AUG 7: 3:30 - 5:00 (SCREENING ROOM)

The Nightmare : Featured Documentary

SCREENING ROOM : Rodney Ascher’s documentary “The Nightmare,” explores the terrifying phenomena of sleep paralysis through the recollections of several people who suffer from it. Cutting between various chilling anecdotes of sinister late night visions and horrifying reenactments, “The Nightmare” manages a tricky balance of visceral fright and sincere investigation. It will freak you out!sundance scarela blackout experiments documentary film festival

SUN, AUG 7: 4:45 - 6:15 (SCREENING ROOM)

Elvira : Mistress of the Dark

SCREENING ROOM : Elvira mistress of the dark queen of halloween scarela convention west coast horror iconCult horror comedy classic coming to the ScareLA screen! Celebrate Elvira, official host of ScareLA 2016, and mingle with her creepiest of fans this August, only at ScareLA:
When her great aunt dies, famous horror hostess Elvira heads for the uptight New England town Falwell to claim her inheritance of a haunted house. But she get much more than what she bargained for, specifically – a witch’s cookbook and a punk rock poodle. Once the stuffy locals get an eyeful of the scream queen’s ample assets, all hell breaks loose. Can the Madonna of the Macabre find love with a studly cinema owner, avoid her creepy great uncle, titillate the town’s teens and become a Las Vegas dance sensation all without being burned alive at the stake?

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SAT, AUG 6: 1:15-2:45 (Main Stage)

Sliders of Ghost Town

MAIN STAGE : Exclusive screening of the acclaimed Sliders of Ghost Town documentary feature presented with a QA with Director Braedon Freeland and special guests: In 1973 the Halloween industry would be changed forever when Knott’s Berry Farm in CA, hosted their very first Halloween Haunt event. Years later, employees of the park known as “Street Monsters” developed a new scare tactic that involved sliding great distances across concrete and asphalt in order to surprise and scare event guests. Since then, sliding has become an all year round activity and can be seen all over the globe. Hear the stories of the monsters who invented or refined this skill into what it is today and see what it takes to be a true Street Monster!

ScareLA Saturday
SAT, AUG 6 7:00pm-2:00am (The Rose)

The Witching Hour : Saturday Night Costume Party

Join the Official ScareLA after party for a spooky good time:

Saturday, August 6th
7:00pm till 2:00am
at The Rose in Pasadena, across from the Convention Center

Summon the spirits of Halloween with us in August! This year our witch circle will be at our new state-of-the-art venue, The Rose – stocked with magic potions for all spell casting needs.
Start by mingling with monsters at our Serial Killer Social. As the lights go down, witness live zombie burlesque by the seductively rotten Post Mortem, followed by the ghoulish sounds of Monte Revolta. Finally raising the dead will be the SPAZMATICS and special guests!
To close out the night, our DJ will spin our favorite witchy tunes and monster mashes so get ready to throw all your dark spells in the cauldron!
21+ only, sorry mini-monsters.