We are about a month away from Shriekfest Film Festival 2018, and the first three films in the lineup have been announced, including the world premiere of Echoes of Fear, the Shriekfest premiere of Sick for Toys, and Never Hike Alone featuring a certain masked killer.

Reminder: Shriekfest will be on both coasts for the second time ever, with the first leg of the festival starting on October 4th in Los Angeles and the second leg on November 3rd in Orlando, Florida.

Press Release: "The Shriekfest Film Festival, an international horror/sci-fi film, and screenplay competition, has announced the first three films of its 2018 feature film lineup. Film festival director Denise Gossett says "We are super excited to show you our wonderfully diverse selection of amazing films from all over the world."

The feature films selected thus far are listed below:

(WORLD PREMIERE) Echoes of Fear directed by Shriekfest Winners, husband and wife team Brian and Laurence Avenet-Bradley (Dark Remains, Ghost of the Needle), written by Brian Avenet-Bradley. After inheriting her grandfather’s house, Alysa must confront the mystery of his sudden death and the evil that hides inside. Starring Trista Robinson (The Human Race, Purgatory Road) and Paul Chirico (Grimm, Godzilla).

"Sick For Toys (SHRIEKFEST PREMIERE) Directed by David Del Rio, written by James Andrew Oster and Justin Xavier. "Roy is the nice guy who finishes last. Sick of his current situation, he accepts an invitation to have Christmas dinner with the beautiful and strangely alluring Emilia. Once at dinner, Roy realizes that Emilia and her oddball brother Edward are not what they seem." Starring Camille Montgomery (The Dead and The DamnedDavid Gunning (N.C.I.S) and Jon Paul Burkhart (American Horror Story, Fright Flick).

(CALIFORNIA PREMIERE) Written and directed by Vincente Disanti. A Friday the 13th Fan Film! A hiker's survival skills are put to the test, when he stumbles upon the remains of an old abandoned camp and discovers its long dark secrets. Starring Drew Leighty and Vincente Disanti as Jason Voorhees.

The festival will also showcase 35 outstanding and diverse international short films, covering just about every aspect of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.

The Shriekfest Film Festival runs October 4 - 7, 2018. An opening night party will take place at Bar Sinister in Hollywood; the rest of the festival will be at the iconic Raleigh Studios on Melrose Ave.

Shriekfest, now in its 18th year, 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. This is also the second year that Shriekfest will be bi-coastal with Shriekfest Orlando on November 3rd.  Since its inception, Shriekfest has offered young and upcoming writers, actors, directors, and producers a chance to have their work screened and rated by peers.

For more information on the Shriekfest Film Festival, sponsorship opportunities, schedules, and more, visit www.shriekfest.com. Shriekfest is also on Twitter and Facebook."

Tamika Jones
About the Author - Tamika Jones

Tamika hails from North Beach, Maryland, a tiny town inches from the Chesapeake Bay.She knew she wanted to be an actor after reciting a soliloquy by Sojourner Truth in front of her entire fifth grade class. Since then, she's appeared in over 20 film and television projects. In addition to acting, Tamika is the Indie Spotlight manager for Daily Dead, where she brings readers news on independent horror projects every weekend.

The first horror film Tamika watched was Child's Play. Being eight years old at the time, she remembers being so scared when Chucky came to life that she projectile vomited. It's tough for her to choose only one movie as her favorite horror film, so she picked two: Nosferatu and The Stepford Wives (1975).