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Yet again, Halloween approaches and all the ghouls and goths come out to play. Get your blood-and-guts fix this week and next when ScreamFest and the Grindhouse Film Festival hit town.

SCREAMFEST LA

Founded in 2001, this festival was started to give writers and directors in horror and sci-fi a place to showcase their works to fans and the industry. This year, the festival runs from October 14th – 23rd at the Loews Universal Studios Cinemas on CityWalk.

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This year's guest of honor is Sean S. Cunningham, producer and director of Friday the 13th, which will have a special 25th anniversary screening during the festival. Also playing are the Los Angeles premieres of Curandero and Wolf Creek, the US premiere of 2001 Maniacs (the sequel to Herschell Gordon Lewis' camp classic 2000 Maniacs, starring Robert Englund), Cruel World (starring Eddie Furlong), Rats (written by Frank Miller) and the unrated director's cut of Romero's Land of the Dead.

Tickets are available online through the website.

GRINDHOUSE FILM FESTIVAL

Once a month, Eric Caidin and Brian Quinn bring the Grindhouse Film Festival to the New Beverly Cinema, screening 35mm double feature classics of cult, exploitation and grindhouse from the '60s through the '80s. These events generally feature special appearances by actors, writers, directors or others involved in the films being shown, plus reels of vintage trailers and raffles.

This month is the "Tribute to William Girdler" on Tuesday, October 18th, with Combat Cops (aka The Zebra Killer) at 7:30 PM, followed by Grizzly at 9:30 PM. This month's special guests are actors Austin Stoker and Andrew Prine. Just $7 will get you in the for the entire event and enter you in the raffle, so sit back and enjoy the show.