December 12, 2017, 7:00 PM

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The SCA Alumni Screening Series and Well Go USA Entertainment invite you and a guest to a special screening of

Better Watch Out

Directed by Chris Peckover '06
Written by Zack Kahn & Chris Peckover
Produced by Brion Hambel ’06, Paul Jensen ’06, Brett Thornquest, and Sidonie Abbene
Followed by a Q&A with Chris Peckover, Brion Hambel, and Paul Jensen
7:00 PM on Tuesday, December 12, 2017
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Available on iTunes, Amazon, and YouTube—or stuff your stockings with the DVD and Blu-Ray!


About Better Watch Out

Set in a quiet American suburb on a snowy evening leading up to Christmas, Ashley (Olivia DeJonge), the regular babysitter for Deandra (Academy Award-nominee Virginia Madsen) and Robert Lerner (Patrick Warburton), thought this babysitting job was going to be an easy night. But the night takes a turn when Ashley must defend herself and their twelve-year-old son, Luke (Levi Miller), from dangerous intruders—only to discover that this is far from a normal home invasion.

This holiday season, you may be home, but you’re not alone... In this fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion horror, described as Home Alone meets The Strangers.

Distributed by Well Go USA Entertainment. Running time: 89 minutes. Rated R. English.

Certified Fresh 87% on Rotten Tomatoes:

“…a silly-to-serious film that's sure to enter the canon of Christmas movies for people who prefer a bit of arsenic laced into Santa's cookies.” – April Wolfe, Village Voice

“Seems destined to become one of those Yuletide perennials for people who like their holiday-themed entertainment as perversely un-wholesome as possible.” – Dennis Harvey, Variety

“A consistently surprising and unusually well-acted thriller, which says pertinent things about suburbia, holiday entertainment and toxic masculinity.” Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times

“Best described as Home Alone meets Michael Haneke's Funny Games, the sadistic horror comedy [Better Watch Out] is the kind of film that's tough to categorize but easy to enjoy.” – Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

Available on Amazon Video, Blu-Ray & DVD.

About the Guests

CHRIS PECKOVER (Director, Writer, Producer, Stark MFA ’06 )

An enthusiast of throwing compelling characters into terrifying situations, Chris Peckover is a Montreal-born, Dallas-raised, Los Angeles-based filmmaker.

His first feature Undocumented, which he wrote and directed, premiered at Fantastic Fest 2010. Starring Scott Mechlowicz and Peter Stormare, the film was described by Ain’t It Cool News as “genuinely thought provoking, scary in the right places and has something to say.” Chris’ other credits include the short film Alive and Well, which he both produced and directed. A comedic twist on the true story of a rugby team that famously resorted to cannibalism after crashing in the Andes, the film premiered at SFXW in 2007.

Chris studied at Yale, receiving the prestigious Edgar J. Boell Prize, then graduated from the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC, where he also taught as a guest professor of Hollywood negotiation tactics.

BRION HAMBEL (Producer, Stark MFA ’06)

After graduating from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with his Master of Science in Accountancy, Brion went on to receive his CPA certification and began working for Arthur Andersen, both in Charlotte and New York City. After three years with Arthur Andersen, he went to work for Bertelsmann Music Group and MTV Networks. With a combined six years of public accounting and financial under his belt, he moved to Los Angeles to attend the Peter Stark Producing Graduate Program at the University of Southern California School of Cinema?Television where he received his Master of Fine Arts in Motion Picture Producing.

In addition to Natural Selection and Scenic Route, Brion has worked steadily on various motion pictures; most notably as Executive Producer and Line Producer on Small Town Saturday Night starring Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Co?Producer on Branson, an independent documentary produced by Jack Black’s production company Electric Dynamite. He has also been the Production Manager on several feature films, such as, The Open Road, Visioneers, and Wednesday Again. Brian produced a micro?budget genre film titled St. Helen’s Road.

PAUL JENSEN (Producer, Writing MFA ’06)

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Paul Jensen is a former Navy pilot. During his naval career, Paul was operationally deployed as a mission commander and instructor pilot throughout the Middle East, Europe and Latin America, most notably in support of the Global War on Terror.

In 2004 Paul left the Navy to pursue a career in writing and producing. He earned a graduate degree in screenwriting at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and was one of only four students to graduate with his honours. Immediately after graduation, Paul worked as an assistant director on several short films and commercials. As a screenwriter, Paul’s written a video game and optioned a script that’s in development. Additionally, Paul has associate produced a movie, S.I.S. Paul left his position as Director of Development at New Redemption Pictures to start up Best Medicine Productions with his colleague Brion Hambel.

About the SCA Alumni Screening Series

The School of Cinematic Arts invites you to an exciting free screening series featuring a dynamic selection of new feature films by SCA alumni and faculty throughout 2017. All screenings and events will be free of charge and open to the public, although we do ask for an electronic reservation for each screening, which can be made through the website for each individual screening.

Check-in & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.

Limited handicap seating is available. For guests with disabilities who require special accommodations, please contact Matthew Meier at with the subject line: "Accommodations Request -- BETTER WATCH OUT."


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the McClintock Avenue Entrance (formerly Gate #5) or Royal Street Entrance (formerly Gate #4) on W. Jefferson Blvd. We recommend parking in the Royal Street Parking Structure (formerly PSD), at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd, with limited non-metered spaces also available north of Jefferson and throughout the surrounding neighborhood. Especially if you plan to utilize street parking, we HIGHLY recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before the screening, as parking can be difficult to find and it may take time to walk to the theater from your parking space.

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Contact Information

Name: Matthew Meier