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Screamfest Horror Film Festival Drive-In Locations Announced October 6-15th

The 20th Annual Screamfest LA Horror Film Festival will be held at two Southern California Drive-in theaters, Calamigos Ranch, Malibu and Regency Plant, Van Nuys, from October 6-15th, 2020.

The entirety of the festival will be held at the Regency Plant Drive-In at the Plant Shopping Center in Van Nuys, California with the exception of the opening night premiere of Hulu’s BOOKS OF BLOOD which will be screened at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, California.

The festival is the largest and longest running horror film festival in the United States. Considered the “Sundance of Horror,” this year the festival has moved entirely to drive-in screenings with a lineup of ten back-to-back nights of fright, each showcasing a feature film paired with a number of shorts. 

Screamfest LA will kick off on October 6 with the Opening Night screening of BOOKS OF BLOOD, based on Clive Barker’s acclaimed and influential horror anthology Books of Blood. The feature from director Brannon Braga and executive producer Seth MacFarlane is slated to premiere as a Hulu original film on October 7.  The film will screen under the stars at the stunning opening night location of Calamigos Ranch in Malibu, CA, and will take audiences on a journey into uncharted and forbidden territory through three uncanny tales tangled in space and time.  The feature stars Britt Robertson, Rafi Gavron, Anna Friel, Yul Vazquez, and Freda Foh Shen. 

The majority of the festival will be held outdoors at the Regency Plant Drive-In in Van Nuys October 7-15. Highlights from this year’s program include the LA premieres of: THIRST, the first ever Icelandic gay splatter vampire flick; SANZARU, a captivating ghost story from filmmaker Xia Magnus; and THE BRAIND THAT WOULDN'T DIE, a Frankenstein story with a retro twist. Australian psychological horror SWEET RIVER, from director Justin McMillan, will make its North American debut, as well as Damian McCarthy’s feature film debut CAVEAT. US premieres include, Adam Stovall’s imaginative paranormal romance A GHOST WAITS (currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes), French writer/director Baptiste Rouveure’s ANONYMOUS ANIMALS, Australian apocalyptic dinner party AN IDEAL HOST and, social media teen slasher INITIATION from Screamfest alum John Berardo, which was recently acquired by Saban Films. 

Here are the details on the festival:

WHEN:       Tuesday October 6, 2020 - Thursday October 15, 2020

WHERE:    Calamigos Ranch in Malibu (October 6 only) 

Regency Plant Drive-In at the Plant Shopping Center in Van Nuys (October 7-October 15)

TICKETS:     Can be purchased at

ABOUT SCREAMFEST HORROR FILM FESTIVAL Formed in August 2001 by film producer Rachel Belofsky, Screamfest Horror Film Festival is a female-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that gives filmmakers and screenwriters in the horror and science fiction genres a venue to have their work showcased in the film industry. Among the numerous films that have been discovered and/or premiered at the festival include “Tigers Are Not Afraid.”, “The Wretched”, “We Summons the Darkness”, “Pledge”, “The Master Cleanse’, “Tragedy Girls”, “American Mary”, Paranormal Activity,” “30 Days of Night,” “Trick ‘r Treat” and “The Human Centipede.”  Screamfest hosts monthly screenings year-round such films include “Mom and Dad” starring Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair and many retrospective screenings. ABOUT 2020 SCREAMFEST PARTNERS Screamfest is sponsored by Birns & Sawyer,  ELMA, HorrorPack, Deadly Grounds, Simple DCP, and InkTip. Screamfest is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Department of Arts and Culture. Screamfest is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs. This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at