Taking place every October at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Los Angeles, the Screamfest Horror Film Festival (who we recently teamed up with for the Dance of the Dead anniversary screening and prom party) showcases the work of some of the most innovative and imaginative filmmakers working in the genre. Now in its 18th year, hundreds of short films have been screened at the annual festival, and now you can watch many of the alumni shorts on Screamfest's prolific YouTube channel! In today's Horror Highlights, we also have a look at a "Don't Cluck" PSA for Hereditary and a Kickstarter campaign for Greg the Zombie plush figure.

Watch Screamfest's Alumni Short Films: This year's Screamfest takes place October 9th–18th, and like every year, it will feature another round of wonderfully eerie short films. If you want to submit your own short film (or feature film) for inclusion consideration at Screamfest 2018, simply head to their submissions page and upload your film before the final deadline of August 15th (there are different entry fees for each deadline).

In the meantime, you can enjoy Screamfest's alumni shorts (whether you're watching them for the first time or experiencing them again and again) on Screamfest's YouTube channel, and we also have a few of them highlighted below!


Hereditary "Don't Cluck" PSA: Written and directed by Ari Aster, Hereditary stars Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd, and Gabriel Byrne. The movie is now in theaters from A24, and co-star Milly Shapiro has a "Don't Cluck" message for viewers.

Synopsis: "When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell."


Greg the Zombie Kickstarter Campaign: From Artist Greg Wolff: "Greg the Zombie plush zombie is a giant interactive plush zombie. He's an almost 2ft tall ultra-soft plush zombie that lets you pull out his guts, heart, and brain.

Also, the debut product from me, Greg Wolff and my company Never Stop Creating.

Greg the Zombie was inspired by my childhood in the 90's. You'll get flashbacks to the times of Nickelodeon, Goosebumps, Trolls, Gak, Gooey Louey and more."

To learn more about the Greg zombie plush figure, visit Kickstarter.

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    About the Author - Derek Anderson

    Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

    When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.