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L.A. Film Festival: The finer points of low-budget genre films

June 24, 2011 |  9:51 am


Low-budget horror films have birthed plenty of major cinematic talents -- Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson to name just two.

With the Los Angeles Film Festival entering its final weekend, the genre steps into the spotlight with Friday's world premiere of Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath's "Entrance" -- about a Silver Lake barista (Suziey Block) whose life in the hipster enclave takes a dramatic, terrifying turn on the night of her going-away party. And the festival wraps Sunday with the gala premiere of "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," the update of the 1973 telefilm. The new version was directed by Troy Nixey and produced and co-written by the fest's guest director, Guillermo del Toro.

On Friday at 12:30 p.m. at the L.A. Film Festival's downtown Filmmaker Lounge, Hallam, Horvath and director Ti West -- whose humorous horror flick "The Innkeepers" played the fest earlier in the week -- will discuss how they managed to bring their latest projects to the screen and will share their thoughts on the horror genre and why it's such a fertile creative ground for inventive storytelling. You can watch the panel, moderated by L.A. Times contributing writer Mark Olsen, at latimes.com. The Times is a presenting sponsor of the festival.


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-- Gina McIntyre

Photo: Sara Paxton and Pat Healy in "The Innkeepers." Credit: Glass Eye Pix

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