TELLURIDE HORROR SHOW Announces Kick Ass Wave One Of Programming

With Halloween around the corner, there’s going to be a glut of announcements for upcoming horror film festivals and special screenings. The Telluride Horror Show, one of the best festivals in the country just announced the first half of their programming for their fifth annual event October 10th-12th and it is a doozy. Fest organizer Ted Wilson recently tweeted that he’s watched over 250 horror movies year to date and his eyes are pretty much ready to come unglued from their sockets. However, if it means putting together a lineup like the one below-and bear in mind this is only the first half of the festivities-then I’m all for Ted going blind for the cause.
Last fall I had the privilege of serving as one of the hosts for the Telluride Horror show and this year I’m excited to return in that capacity. The festival takes place among stunning mountain views and every screening, including 10AM short film blocks was packed with rabid fans ready to devour three days of horror and three hundred pounds of pig flesh at the kick off roast.
At under $100 for the ability to catch up to 11 blocks of programming, as well as allowing for admission to festival events, the pass remains a terrific bargain. Passes, along with “5 for $40” tickets can be purchased now at the following link: Telluride Tickets & Passes. Press passes for film sites and blogs are also available and can be applied for at the following link: Telluride Press Passes. Finally, you’re going to need somewhere to stay when you’re there, and discount lodging is currently available for festival attendees for as low as $84 a night: Lodging.
This year the feature lineup looks much stronger than in the past, as it is anchored by some of the best works from this past summer’s Fantasia film festival. So far the highlights include:

USA | 2013 | 94 min | Director: Christopher Schrack 
Followed by a Q&A with director Christopher Schrack. 
A couple camping in the woods believe they are in tremendous danger even though they can’t explain what is causing their terror.
USA | 2014 | 77 min | Director: Andres Torres  
“Bag Boy Lover Boy” follows the lowly life of Albert, an oddball hotdog vendor who is shocked to find himself suddenly becoming the bizarre muse of enigmatic NYC photographer Ivan Worthington. But shocks come his way even more so when, amidst his role in Ivan’s disturbing photographs for which he poses, Albert finds out just how difficult it is to succeed in the art world, leading him to take some disturbing photographs of his own that suit his very unique – and very limited – skill set.
USA | 2014 | 81 min | Director: Billy Senese
In this dark indie thriller, a genetic scientist creates the first human clone. But an earlier experiment threatens to destroy everything he’s built and puts his family in grave danger. This modern day Frankenstein story undertakes not only the complicated moral and social issues of human cloning but also the inevitability of evolutionary and technological change. From the director of THE SUICIDE TAPES (2011 Telluride Horror Show Official Selection) and INTRUDER (2012 Telluride Horror Show Official Selection).
Canada | 2014 | 83 min | Directors: Matt Wiele & Chad Archibald 
The story of William Cassidy who has been possessed by a horrible alien presence for the past 40 years. Joe Sullivan, a documentary filmmaker, sets out to discover exactly what is haunting Cassidy. The two men witness a UFO crash on the eve of a historic solar storm and must survive a terrifying alien life form that’s now hunting them both. An anonymous militia group will stop at nothing to unearth the truth behind what happened to the men that night and prove to the world that we were never alone in the universe. Starring Julian Richings (Man of Steel, Supernatural), Lisa Houle (PontyPool), Adam Seybold (Exit Humanity) and written by Tony Burgess (PontyPool).
USA | 2014 | 92 min | Director: Bobby Roe 
Followed by a Q&A with cast & crew. 
Beneath the fake blood and cheap masks of countless haunted house attractions across the country, there are whispers of truly terrifying alternatives. Looking to find an authentic, blood-curdling good fright for Halloween, five friends set off on a road trip in an RV to track down these underground Haunts. Just when their search seems to reach a dead end, strange and disturbing things start happening and it becomes clear that the Haunt has come to them…
UK | 2014 | 84 min | Director: Ed Boase 
Three roommates buy a haunted mirror on eBay in the hope of filming spooky goings-on and claiming the One Million Dollar Paranormal Prize offered by the James Randi Foundation. Their desire to win the prize money blinds them to the evil forces they have brought into their world, which exact a terrible revenge.
USA | 2014 | 90 min | Director: Richard Bates, Jr. 
Raymond has a prestigious MBA, but he can’t find work. He can channel the paranormal, but chatting with a cute girl mystifies him. Kicked out of his big city apartment, Raymond returns home to his overbearing mother, ex-jock father, and beer-bellied classmates. But when a vengeful ghost terrorizes the small town, the city-boy recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to solve the mystery of the spirit threatening everyone’s lives. From the director of EXCISION (2012 Telluride Horror Show Official Selection).
Canada | 2014 | 79 min | Director: Lowell Dean 
WOLFCOP follows Lou Garou (Leo Fafard), an alcoholic cop who tends to black out and wake up in unfamiliar surroundings. However, lately things have taken a strange turn. Crime scenes seem oddly familiar; Lou’s senses are heightened; and when the full moon is out, he’s a rage-fueled werewolf. WOLFCOP is one cop’s quest to become a better man…one transformation at a time.

Hey filmmakers! Just because the first wave of programming has been announced doesn’t mean you’re shut out. The late entry deadline is September 20th, giving you 11 more days to submit your project. Submissions can be made at WITHOUTABOX

Mike Snoonian

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since 2009 Mike has written about independent horror, science fiction, cult and thrillers through his own blog All Things Horror along with various other spots on the web. Film Thrills marks his attempt to take things up a notch, expand his viewing and writing horizons and to entertain and engage his audience while doing so. When Mike's not writing or watching movies, you can find him reading to his little girl, or doing science experiments with her, or trying to convince her that the term "chicken butt" comes from people putting chicken nuggets down their underwear. at age five, she's too smart to believe most of what he says.

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