Shriekfest Film Festival to Screen Gnaw, Featuring Veteran Actor Sally Kirkland, Tenacious D’s Kyle Gass, Penelope Mitchell, and Chris Johnson
The annual Los Angeles competition will kick off with an opening night gala October 5
The Shriekfest Film Festival, an international horror/sci-fi film and screenplay competition, has announced its 2017 finalists and is slated to screen the horror-thriller Gnaw, featuring Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winner Sally Kirkland (The Haunted—A True Story, Two Evil Eyes) and Kyle Gass (from the comedy duo Tenacious D). Penelope Mitchell (The Vampire Diaries, Hemlock Grove) and Chris Johnson (The Vampire Diaries, Betrayal) also star.
The film’s website describes the plot as follows:
When Jennifer wakes to find her grasp at a brave, new life interrupted by tiny wounds that seem to appear while she is sleeping, her waking hours begin to take a horrific turn. Soon she finds herself trapped in a chaotic spiral forged of sleep deprivation, paranoia and a paralyzing fear of the unseen, which like a pack of emotional phantoms, begin to derail her life, even forcing her to consider the unthinkable option of going back to her abusive, but somehow twistedly stable relationship. Jennifer’s only chance is to uncover the mystery of the strange bites, a mystery that seems to spring from the vacant apartment next door and the tortured woman who once lived there.
The Shriekfest Film Festival runs October 5 – 8, 2017, beginning with an opening night party at Boardners/Club Sinister in Hollywood and the remainder of the festival taking place at the legendary Raleigh Studios on Melrose Ave
The festival will screen 10 feature films over the weekend, in addition to more than 30 international short films that range across the spectrum of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.
Celebrating its 17th year, Shriekfest was created in July 2001 by Denise Gossett and has grown into the longest-running and one of the largest horror and sci-fi film festivals in the country. Shriekfest kicks off its first bi-coastal event this year as well, with Shriekfest Orlando on October 21. Since its inception, Shriekfest has offered young and upcoming writers, actors and producers a chance to have their work screened and rated by peers.