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E.T.’s Earth Mom headlines 2014 International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival

Posted by on March 18, 2014 – 7:45 am

Dee Wallace in CujoActress Dee Wallace, star of genre film favorites like The Howling, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Critters and The Frighteners, will be making a special appearance at the screening of the classic Stephen King movie, Cujo, during the 2014 International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival (IHSFF). (Extra geek-points to whoever asks her who would win in a fight between E.T. and Cujo.)

Ms. Wallace played Donna Trenton in the film about the rabid St. Bernard, Cujo, who traps her and her asthmatic son, Tad, inside a Ford Pinto on a long hot summer day; proving that there are, in fact, “real monsters.” But despite her many roles in dozens of horror and sci-fi films, Dee Wallace will always be best known as E.T.’s Earth Mom (and Elliott’s real Mom) in Steven Spielberg’s classic, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

The Cujo screening (with the Dee Wallace appearance) will be held on Friday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Harkins Scottsdale 101, where the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival is part of the 14th Annual Phoenix Film Festival, which runs from April 3 – 10, 2014.

From the IHSFF press release, here are a few more of the films showcased at this year’s International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival:

The Machine - Britain is in a Cold War with a new enemy, the Ministry of Defense is on the brink of developing a game-changing weapon. Lead scientist Vincent McCarthy (Toby Stephens) provides the answer with his creation, ‘The Machine’- an android with unrivalled physical and processing skills. When a programming glitch causes an early prototype to destroy his lab, McCarthy enlists artificial intelligence expert Ava (Caity Lotz) to help him harness the full potential of a truly conscious fighting machine.
Screening Friday, April 4, at 8:45 p.m.

Oculus - Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his twenties, Tim is released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by a malevolent supernatural force unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity back in their hands, the siblings soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations and realize, too late, that their nightmare is beginning again. Starring Karen Gillan, Rory Cochrane, James Lafferty, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff, Annalise Basso.
Screening Tuesday, April 8, at 7:10 p.m. with Jason Blum (Producer), Mike Flanagan (Director) and Trevor Macy (Producer) in attendance.

The Sacrament – From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The House of the Devil) and master of horror Eli Roth (The Last Exorcism, Hostel, Cabin Fever), The Sacrament follows two Vice media correspondents as they set out to document their friend’s journey to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the United States to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the world of “Eden Parish,” a self-sustained rural utopia, comprised of nearly two hundred members. At the center of this small, religious, socialist community is a mysterious leader known only as “father.” As their friend reunites with his sister, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems. What started as just another documentary shoot soon becomes a race to escape with their lives. Starring Kate Lyn Sheil, Joe Swanberg, Amy Seimetz and AJ Bowen.
Screening Saturday, April 5, at 7:20 p.m. and Wednesday, April 9, at 7:20 p.m. with Director Ti West in attendance.

Why Don't You Play In Hell?Why Don’t You Play In Hell? – Ten years ago, the Kitagawa yakuza clan attacked the Muto yakuza clan at Muto’s own home, only to have Muto’s wife fight back. This unexpectedly left the Kitagawa clan in shambles, with their top hitman Ikegmai wounded and Muto’s wife in prison. Despite the carnage, the most unfortunate fallout from this attack is when Muto’s beloved daughter, Mitsuko, has her adorable toothpaste commercial taken off the air. Now, Ikegami seeks revenge, while Muto only has one desire: to have his wife return from prison to see Mitsuko star in her first movie. Enter The [Expletive] Bombers, an eager but untalented group of wannabe filmmakers whose dreams of making movies have come crashing down after ten years. Circumstances have brought them to this fateful moment where they’ll be able to film the climactic battle between yakuzas in an epic, over-the-top ending for the ages. Starring Hiroki Hasegawa, Gen Hoshino, Akihro Kitamura, Jun Kunimura.
Screening Friday, April 4, at 10:05 p.m.

Witching and Bitching – When a bank heist in the city doesn’t all go according to plan, José and Tony find themselves in possession of some hostages and speeding through the mountains of Spain, hoping to quietly slip over the border. Not wanting to give up his custody days to his ex-wife, José has also brought his son along, for both the robbery and the ride. Little do they know that this is only the beginning of their troubles. When they decide to make a stop in a small tavern in the Basque countryside, the group encounters a series of local wackos. Falling victim to a mysterious spell, they soon find themselves the honored guests of a fractured family of witches who are preparing for an ancient ritual. More colorful characters begin to enter the picture, including a pair of hapless cops hot on the trail, a defecting vixen witch and José’s controlling ex-wife, and the situation spirals further out of control, heading towards a jaw-dropping climax. Starring Hugo Silva, Mario Casa, Pepon Nieto and Carolina Bang.
Screening Saturday, April 5, at 10:00 p.m.

Get tickets and additional details about the 14th Annual Phoenix Film Festival at phoenixfilmfestival.com.