David Arquette's directorial debut film, The Tripper, will have its world premiere on Friday, October 13th, kicking off the opening night of the 6th annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival. Screamfest is the largest and most prestigious horror film festival in the United States and will be held from October 13-22 at the Mann Chinese Theaters in Hollywood, California.

The Tripper has been a passion project of mine over the last few years, and I feel extremely honored to have my film screen in competition at such an influential genre film festival as Screamfest, states co-writer/director Arquette. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase my film for a horror savvy audience.

The Screamfest Horror Film Festival is the largest horror film festival in the United States. Some of the largest horror online publications have called it the "Sundance of Horror." This year's Screamfest will be held at the prestigious Grauman's Mann Chinese 6 in Hollywood. Screamfest premieres and showcases new work from American and international independent horror filmmakers. Film entries are accepted in the categories of Best Feature, Directing, Cinematography, Editing, Special Effects and Musical Score. In addition, there are special categories for Best Animation, Best Short, Best Documentary and Best Student Film.

There are only 150 tickets that are being made available to the public for the premiere of The Tripper and the opening night after-party. For more information call the Screamfest Horror Film Festival at 310-358-3273 or visit www.screamfestla.com to order tickets.

The Tripper, which is a bloody political satire, revolves around a group of friends who escape to a modern-day Woodstock concert for a weekend of debauchery, only to be stalked by a fanatical killer determined to finish what he started years earlier. The film stars Jamie King (Sin City), Thomas Jane (The Punisher), Lukas Haas (Alpha Dog), Jason Mewes (Clerks), Balthazar Getty (Feast) and Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), with cameos from writer/director Arquette, Courteney Cox Arquette and many more! The Tripper is written by Arquette and Joe Harris; produced by Arquette, Cox Arquette, Evan Astrowsky and Neil Machlis; and executive produced by Thomas Jane, Jay Cannold, Craig Cannold and Steve Niles.

We are extremely excited to present the world premiere of David Arquette's directing debut, says Screamfest founder Rachel Belofsky. Horror fans are going to have a blood-soaked good time.

Arquette's recent roles include the upcoming MGM release The Darwin Awards, from writer/director Finn Taylor (with whom Arquette worked on Dream With The Fishes), which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival; Lionsgate's Holocaust drama The Grey Zone, directed by Tim Blake Nelson, which won him critical praise for his role as a Jewish prisoner placed by the Nazis in the excruciating moral dilemma of helping to exterminate fellow Jews in exchange for a few more months of life; and Stealing Sinatra opposite William H. Macy for Showtime Films. David became a household name by starring as Deputy Dewey in the wildly successful Scream horror trilogy.

On the small screen, Arquette can be seen next year in the ABC mid-season series "In Case of Emergency," about a group of thirtysomethings who all went to the same high and realize their lives didn't turn out as planned.

Arquette and his wife formed their own production company, Coquette. As part of their overall deal with Touchstone Television, David and Courteney are executive producing the FX show Dirt, about a tabloid editor and her photographer who try to make their way in the world of celebrity journalism, in which Cox Arquette will also star.

The Screamfest festival has hosted many famous filmmakers as guests, including Sam Raimi, Wes Craven, Eli Roth, James Wan, Zack Snyder, Stan Winston, Sean Cunningham, Tim Sullivan and even John Landis. Screamfest has also introduced some major horror films onto the world, including Wolf Creek, Boo!, Curandero, Feast, Three... Extremes, Sigaw, 2001 Maniacs, Cube: Zero, Dead Meat, 28 Days Later, Dog Soldiers, Wrong Turn and many more.

While the horror boom continues to show no signs of slowing down, Screamfest continues to grow at an alarming rate. Annually Screamfest holds a private party at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT and has many exclusive engagements in Los Angeles throughout the year. The festival has been featured in Variety, Time Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter' and other major publications. ScreamFest sponsors this year include Monsters HD cable network, Screenplay.com, IFilm, Hot Topic, Jewel Wine and Yes Vodka.