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If you love scary movies, the people who make them and have some time to kill this weekend, head on over to Raleigh Studios on Melrose Ave. for the Sixth Annual Shriek Fest. From the official site:

Shriekfest is a festival dedicated to getting horror/thriller/scifi/fantasy filmmakers and screenwriters the recognition they deserve. What makes our festival unique is that we are free from many restrictions that other festivals may have...for instance, we are thrilled when your film has won in other festivals, we won't hold that against you by not allowing your film an entry possibility. The whole point of our festival is to help out the filmmakers by letting as many people see your film as possible (not by limiting when and where your film is shown). We just want to celebrate the art of filmmaking without all of the politics!

We think that's a good reason for a festival. So, gather your blood-hungry friends and go out to see some horror films this weekend. Some of the films will be scary and sure, some will just be scary bad. Either way, it will be fun and sometimes, no matter what, you just need a good scare.

Shriekfest starts today and runs through the weekend. Tickets are $8.00 for a single program up to $100.00 for a festival pass. For more info, check out the site.