2013 Hero Complex Film Festival to Feature Q&As with John Carpenter, Frank Darabont, Chris Carter, Roland Emmerich, and Guillermo del Toro

     April 8, 2013


The Hero Complex Film Festival always manages to put together a great line-up with fantastic speakers, and 2013 is going to be no different.  The L.A. Times has sent out a press release announcing that this year’s Hero Complex Film Festival will celebrate horror and sci-fi by screening films from and talking to John Carpenter, Frank Darabont, Chris Carter, Roland Emmerich, and Guillermo del Toro.  There will be showings of Halloween, They Live, The Mist, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Devil’s Backbone, and Independence Day.  Also, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the X-Files, the film festival will show three of the series’ best episodes uncut: “Pilot”, “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose”, and “Jose Chung’s from Outer Space”.

Hit the jump for the full press release.  The 2013 Hero Complex Film Festival runs from May 10 – 12th.

they-live-posterHere’s the press release:

Hero Complex Film Festival Unmasks Nine Genre-Defining Favorites

John Carpenter, Chris Carter, Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro and Roland Emmerich

Set for Weekend Celebration of Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror

LOS ANGELES – April 8, 2013 – Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex Film Festival will delve into its darker side in its fourth year with a frighteningly stellar line-up of fan favorites. The screenings and live Q&As with their creators will be hosted by The Times’ Hero Complex editor Gina McIntyre May 10-12 at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatres and will include:

Fri. May 10:

  • Iconic filmmaker John Carpenter will talk about his storied career between showings of “They Live” and “Halloween.”

Sat. May 11:

  • “The Mist” and a lively discussion with Frank Darabont on adapting Stephen King and exploring the human side of horror.
  • A double feature of “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “The Devil’s Backbone” between which director Guillermo del Toro will talk about the making of the films and what inspires him.

Sun. May 12:

  • The alien-invasion classic “Independence Day” and a conversation with director Roland Emmerich, who will also chat about his upcoming “White House Down.”
  • An “X-Files” extravaganza with creator Chris Carter talking about the production of his cultural touchstone, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. In a new twist, three uncut episodes of the fabled TV show will be featured: the original “Pilot,” “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” and “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space.”

“We are gratified that the Hero Complex audience has grown by more than half a million unique readers from across the country this year alone,” said Jeff Dellinger, Hero Complex general manager. “This year’s line-up reflects the broader geek culture that Gina McIntyre and her team of contributors cover and will deliver a weekend of intense entertainment for both our newest family members and longstanding devotees.”

Tickets are available now for $20 and Los Angeles Times members receive a 50% discount. A limited number of special Festival Passes are also available for $50.

Presented in association with IFC Midnight, IMAX and TNT’s “Falling Skies,” the Festival is a signature event for The Times’ phenomenally popular, award-winning Hero Complex, which covers superheroic, sci-fi, fantasy and horror entertainment. Hero Complex’s influential presence can also be felt at the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (April 20-21), San Diego & New York Comic-Cons and WonderCon, and its IMAX Screening Series, which hosts upcoming genre releases throughout the year.


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