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Hero Complex Film Festival Unmasks Nine Genre-Defining Favorites

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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