Period Horror ‘Scratch’ to Appear at Screamfest Horror Film Festival

The incredibly talented actress Bel Deliá returns to Screamfest LA as the star of short film Scratch, directed by The Walking Dead alumnus Emma Bell, in her directorial debut, from a script written by Helen Shang

Five years ago, in 2011, Bel Deliá and her film The Tunnel made waves at Screamfest Horror Film Festival, a found footage film released under interesting and unique circumstances, offered as a Bit torrent download alongside normal, and traditional, means of distribution.

Scratch is an opulent period piece with shades of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1892 short story The Yellow Wallpaper. The official synopsis reads:

“When a repressed 1950s housewife [Bel Deliá] is left alone by her philandering husband, she makes a horrifying discovery about the noises in the house that are coming from the walls.”

Emma Bell’s first feature is a compelling and complex feminist work that delves into the idea of home as a corporeal and psychological prison for women. Here is what Emma Bell had to say about her artistic endeavors:

Part of the draw, for me to being creative, is the ability to explore psyches. To illuminate differing perspectives of ‘normal.’ When we createdScratch, I was instantly struck with how complicated our main character of Lily’s mind was. It was fascinating to delve into its dark crevices and present all sides to her story.”

Bel Deliá also serves as one of the producers in Emma Bell’s directorial debut, and if she looks familiar to you, it’s because Bell has appeared on the hit AMC TV show The Walking Dead as the character Amy Harrison. Helen Shang’s work as a writer has appeared on the now-cancelled, but critically acclaimed, NBC show Hannibal

This year’s Screamfest Horror Film Festival will be held in Hollywood, California from October 18th to October 27th. For more details on the event, visit their page.