Hero Complex Film Festival 2013: Del Toro, Darabont, Emmerich, more

April 08, 2013 | 9:00 a.m.
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The 2013 Hero Complex Film Festival, which runs May 10-12, includes "They Live" and "Halloween" Friday, "The Mist," "The Devil's Backbone" and "Pan's Labyrinth" Saturday, and "Independence Day" and "The X-Files" on Sunday. Click through the gallery for a look at the events and special guests. (Trancas International Films; Picturehouse; 20th Century Fox; The Weinstein Co.; Shout! Factory; Fox)

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Guillermo del Toro will be a guest of honor at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood. He'll appear on stage May 11. Here, he's pictured at the "Rise of the Guardians" premiere during the 7th Rome Film Festival on Nov. 13, 2012, in Rome, Italy. (Stefania D'Alessandro / Getty Images)

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John Carpenter will be a guest of honor at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival May 10-12 in Hollywood. He'll appear on stage May 10 between screenings of "They Live" and "Halloween." (Los Angeles Times)

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Frank Darabont will appear as a guest of honor at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood. He'll appear on stage following a May 11 screening of "The Mist." Here, he's pictured at a 2011 event at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images)

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Roland Emmerich will be a guest of honor at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, set for May 10-12 in Hollywood. He's pictured here arriving at the premiere of "10,000 BC" in Los Angeles on March 5, 2008. (Matt Sayles/ Associated Press)

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Chris Carter, creator of "The X–Files," will be featured as part of a closing night tribute to the landmark sci-fi series at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood. (Gino Domenico / Associated Press)

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Roddy Piper and Keith David star in John Carpenter's "They Live," which will screen as part of the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood. (Shout! Factory)

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Jamie Lee Curtis stars in John Carpenter's "Halloween," which will be shown as part of the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival. (Trancas International Films)

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Jeffrey DeMunn, Laurie Holden, Frances Sternhagen, Thomas Jane and Nathan Gamble star in Frank Darabont's 2007 movie "The Mist," which will be featured as part of the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival. (The Weinstein Co.)

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Irene Visedo as Conchita in "The Devil's Backbone," which will screen as part of a special Guillermo del Toro double feature at the Hero Complex Film Festival on May 11. (Miguel Bracho / Sony Pictures Classics)

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Ivana Baquero in a scene from the movie "Pan's Labyrinth," which will screen at the Hero Complex Film Festival on May 11 in Hollywood as part of a Guillero del Toro double feature. (Picturehouse)

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Will Smith in "Independence Day." The film will be featured as part of the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival lineup, with director Roland Emmerich scheduled to appear. (Claudette Barius / 20th Century Fox)

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Gillian Anderson as Agent Dana Scully and David Duchovny as Agent Fox Mulder in "The X-Files." (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment)

Visionary genre talents Guillermo del Toro, Frank Darabont, Roland Emmerich, John Carpenter and Chris Carter will be among the special guests at the fourth annual Hero Complex Film Festival, set to take place May 10-12 at the Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood.

The festival will open May 10 with a double feature from writer-director Carpenter — a 25th anniversary screening of “They Live” and a 35th anniversary screening of his landmark horror film “Halloween.” The always candid and entertaining Carpenter will appear in person between the films to discuss his career, which has produced genre favorites such as “Assault on Precinct 13,” “Escape From New York,” “The Thing,” “Big Trouble in Little China,” “Starman” and many more.

On May 11, writer-director Darabont will be on hand for an afternoon screening of his 2007 Stephen King adaptation “The Mist,” the riveting tale of a strange storm that settles over a New England town and forever changes the fortunes of the people trapped in its midst. (Anyone who hasn’t seen the film should be prepared for one wallop of an ending; you can bet we’ll be talking to Darabont at length about it.)

Del Toro is set to take the stage the evening of May 11 between a rare theatrical presentation of his 2001 ghost story “The Devil’s Backbone” and a screening of his Oscar-winning fantasy “Pan’s Labyrinth.” The busy multihyphenate is preparing to return to the world of smaller-budget thrills with his upcoming Victorian-era tale “Crimson Peak,” but next up for Del Toro is his massive robots-versus-kaiju movie “Pacific Rim,” which storms into the multiplex July 12.

“I love to see a robot go medieval on a kaiju and a kaiju go medieval on a robot,” Del Toro told Hero Complex with a smile earlier this year. “The more the city gets destroyed, the more I find it fun. It’s not real. It’s pure spectacle.”

May 12 will bring more out-of-this-world adventures with a matinee showing of “Independence Day” with director Emmerich. The filmmaker, whose credits also include “The Patriot” and “Anonymous” in addition to “Stargate,” “The Day After Tomorrow” and “2012,” among others, is set to return to the big screen with a new summer spectacle film in “White House Down,” starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx, due June 28.

Closing out the festival will be a special 20th anniversary tribute to “The X-Files” with Carter, the show’s creator. We’ll screen three fan-favorite episodes of the landmark series that premiered back in 1993 — the show’s pilot and two stand-alone installments, “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” and “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space.”

We’ve also got a number of fun surprises in store as well.

Tickets are available now for $20 per event, with a limited number of special festival passes available for $50. Los Angeles Times members receive a 50% discount.

For a full list of screenings and ticket information, visit www.herocomplexfilmfest.com.

– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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