Screamfest ’08: Trick ‘r Treat’s L.A. Debut!

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And, tie-in book signing with Dougherty

Michael Dougherty’s directorial feature debut Trick ‘r Treat is coming to Los Angeles. The horror anthology screens on Friday, October 10th at Screamfest (exact time forthcoming).

Starring Anna Paquin (now starring in True Blood), Brian Cox, Leslie Bibb, Dylan Baker, Moneca Delain and Lauren Lee Smith, Dougherty’s film focuses on the consequences that can come to those who dismiss Halloween’s archaic traditions.

Warner Bros. has held the film in distribution limbo since 2007 when it was scheduled to release the picture around Halloween. Other than a smattering of early test screenings and festival appearances, this will be the first time Trick ‘r Treat plays to a Los Angeles audience.

Dance of the Dead, Martyrs, The Burrowers, Parasomnia and Splinter are other entries in Screamfest’s 2008 schedule.

The fest runs from October 10th – 19th at Mann’s Chinese 6 Theaters.

Also, if you’re in town on October 9th at 7pm, Dougherty will be signing copies of Trick ‘r Treat: Tales of Mayhem, Mystery & Mischief at Dark Delicacies (4213 W. Burbank) in Burbank. The book, which is a playful look at the making of the film, sells for $45 and features loads of images, conceptual art and other hidden treats.

Source: Screamfest, Michael Dougherty