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LAist Film Calendar: Frenzied Festivals & Hollywood Horrors

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I miss prison. | Photo courtesy of Venezzia

Festival fanatics find an old standard turning about their head this week: "Hooray for Hollywood!" The Hollywood Film Festival features dramas, docs, mocks, horrors & even music videos. Highlights include The Upright Citizens Brigade (Wild Girls Gone), one of David Carradine's final roles (The Rain), North Korean defectors (Crossing), hipster murders (The Scenesters), Ugandan children (War Dance Returns), 30-year old "boy" scouts (Scout's Honor) & the worst Christian pop group in the world (Jesus People) - all in the Arclight's reserved-seat, caramel-popcorn splendor. But if, like yours truly, you've emerged from the Red Line to find yourself too lazy to walk down to Sunset, pop into the Egyptian for the Arpa International Film Festival. Arpa kicks off with Venezuelan spy-romance Venezzia (the most expensive Venezuelan film ever made) and continues with Armenian historical dramas and a ton of bizarre shorts. If sexy dolls, entomologists, Muslim stand-up, or Spanish gynecologists appeal to you, definitely stop by.

Or perhaps you're an All-American horror nut. Enjoy a spooky smorgasboard all over town of Vincent Price, William Castle, ghost stories, slashers & Poltergeist! Or maybe you're an alcoholic, in which case beer pong doc Last Cup is the way to go. Or, like yours truly, you're an All-American horror nut alcoholic, in which case Cinefamily has a mega-rare 35mm screening of Ed Wood's Plan 9 From Outer Space, paired with Tim Burton's loving biopic Ed Wood, which conveniently ends before a broken-down Wood wrote penny dreadful pornos under the name Akdov Telmig and died in a gutter. Show some respect. He's earned it.

Full list appears below. See you at the (horror) movies!