For the past six years I’ve had the privilege of co-hosting the Telluride Horror Show along with serving as a festival programmer. Every year the fest grows larger, the attendees come from further out, the lineup and guests get better and the theaters get more and more jam-packed. There’s not a weekend I look forward to more every fall.
This year is no exception. With the announcement of our second wave of programming, everyone involved with the Telluride Horror Show can’t wait to unveil the sights we have to show you. Two weeks ago we unveiled our first wave of films, including the highly anticipated Lords of Chaos, Anna & the Apocolypse, and CAM. Joining this lineup are fesitval standouts Tigers Are Not Afraid and Shudder exclusive, Argentinian haunted house thrill ride Terrified, along with four more features and a slew of short programming.
On top of the films, we have our annual bonfire reading. This year’s authors are Jeremy Robert Johnson and Paul Tremblay (Head Full of Ghosts). The event is free to the public and takes place Friday at dusk. We have our third go-round of horror trivia, so brush up on your obscure genre knowledge, and yours truly will be hosting our Killer Karaoke on Friday night. For the first time ever, we’re hosting a VR horror experience: Delusion, Lies Within. My fellow fat kids will be happy to know that the ice cream social and pig roast are back! I would straight up murder someone if those were taken away.
3 Day Passes, multi-film packages, the full schedule of films and events, plus lodging information are all live right now at www.telluridehorrorshow.com
USA | 2018 | 92 min | Director: Tony West
A team of reality ghost hunters encounter trouble when they try to save their show and experience paranormal activity for the first time. What happens when fake ghost hunters meet REAL ghosts?
UK | 2018 | 81 min | Director: Paul Hyett
In the early 17th century, innocent young Persephone is falsely accused and put on trial for her life. Her fate seems sealed except for the timely intervention of the mysterious Reverend Mother offering her not just sanctuary, but hope. For the Reverend Mother is the self-appointed leader of a small religious retreat, a secluded Priory, where her fellow Sisters devote their lives to the Lord and seek atonement for their pasts. But upon arrival, Persephone is plagued with terrifying visions and soon realizes that it’s not salvation that awaits but a battle for her very soul itself. Paul Hyett’s previous films The Seasoning House and Howl were official selections at the Telluride Horror Show.
Malta/UK | 2018 | 86 min | Director: Winston Azzopardi
A lone fisherman on his daily run finds himself lost in a thick fog which proves impossible to navigate. The worst is yet to come when his encounter with a seemingly abandoned sailboat becomes a fight for survival against an enemy unknown.
Argentina | 2017 | 87 min | Director: Demián Rugna
No one can explain what is going on in an ordinary suburban neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Voices are being heard from kitchen sinks. Bodies are levitating. Evil is here. It is up to a doctor, her colleague, and an ex-cop to get to the bottom of this neighborhood nightmare.
USA | 2018 | 72 min | Director: Jordan Downey
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
A medieval bounty hunter seeks vengeance on the monster that killed his only daughter.
Tigers Are Not Afraid
Mexico | 2017 | 83 min | Director: Issa López
In a Mexican city turned into a ghost town by the drug war, Estrella’s mother vanishes. Estrella makes a wish to bring her back. And her mother does return – from the dead. Terrified, Estrella escapes and joins a rag-tag gang of other children orphaned by the violence, all escaping their own past. But she learns that in a city ruled by death, you can’t simply leave the ghosts behind; they walk with you wherever you go.
Scare Package: Sneak Preview!
We will be showing the first-ever footage of the anticipated upcoming horror-comedy anthology film Scare Package, where each segment focuses on a different set of horror tropes. From directors Emily Hagins, Chris McInroy, Noah Segan, Mali Elfman, Baron Vaughn, Anthony Cousins, Courtney & Hillary Andujar, and Aaron B. Koontz.
VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE
Delusion: Lies Within
USA | 2018 | 36 min | Director: Jon Braver
With a renowned book series left unfinished, and its author gone missing, two rabid fans set out to reclaim their beloved novelist from her literary nightmares come to life. A fully immersive, 360 degrees episodic story.
USA | 2018 | 11 min | Director: Josh Ethier
In the underbelly of Los Angeles, a young woman uses any means for survival.
Here There Be Monsters
Australia | 2018 | 14 min | Director: Drew Macdonald
To escape incessant bullying on the bus ride home, a young girl falls asleep only to wake up trapped at an empty bus yard, with something lurking outside – something big – and if she wants to make it out alive, this frightened girl will have to unleash a monster of her own.
USA | 2017 | 3 min | Director: Vincente DiSanti
When a soldier faces a nightmare scenario an unexpected ally comes to his aid.
USA | 2018 | 2 min | Directors: Brandon LaGanke & John Carlucci
After he and his mother move into a new house, Jack finds a mysterious tree in the backyard that changes his life forever.
MAD GOD (Part 3)
USA | 2018 | 11 min | Director: Phil Tippett
You never know what you will find when you plunge into the world of MAD GOD, a hybrid stop motion, live-action, experimental meditation from the mind of Phil Tippett.
USA | 2018 | 5 min | Director: Peter Cilella
A quiet night at home takes a bizarre turn when a man goes to investigate a strange noise in his back yard.
UK | 2018 | 12 min | Director: Chris Cronin
Duncan (Paul Bullion, Peaky Blinders) and his dog Oscar have gone on their weekly camping trip into the wilderness together. However, when Duncan looks out into the woods, something else looks back.
UK | 2018 | 13 min | Director: Joanne Mitchell
The mortician’s life can be a lonely one, but there are opportunities for love. And revenge. In this macabre tale, nothing will stop this mortician from achieving her heart’s desire.
Wyrmwood: Chronicles of the Dead
Australia | 2017 | 7 min | Director: Kiah Roache-Turner
A girl, trapped in an underground bunker with a psychotically evil doctor and a group of zombie-blending soldiers, must orchestrate a fantastically daring escape before her brains are sucked out of her skull.
ICE SCREAM SOCIAL
Friday | 3:30PM – 4:30PM | Sheridan Opera House: SHOW Bar
October 12, 2018
Free ice cream. Mingle with pass holders, filmmakers, and guests. Open to all 3-Day pass holders.
CREEPY CAMPFIRE TALES W/ JEREMY ROBERT JOHNSON & PAUL TREMBLAY
Friday | 6:30PM – 7:30PM | Elks Park
October 12, 2018
Enjoy the crackling of the bonfire as guest authors Jeremy Robert Johnson and Paul Tremblay read from their acclaimed horror stories. Free and open to the public, located in Elks Park across from the courthouse.
KILLER KARAOKE PARTY
Friday | 11:30PM – LAST CALL | Sheridan Opera House: SHOW Bar
October 12, 2018
Bring your pipes to the karaoke party! Open to 3-Day pass holders. Limited Capacity.
BOOK SIGNING W/ JEREMY ROBERT JOHNSON & PAUL TREMBLAY
Saturday | 11:30AM – 12:30PM | Sheridan Opera House: SHOW Bar
October 13, 2018
Select works by guest authors Jeremy Robert Johnson and Paul Tremblay available for purchase courtesy of Between the Covers bookstore. Open to the public.
Saturday | 4:30PM – 7:00PM | Oak: Located at Base of Gondola
October 13, 2018
Free pig and sides, cash bar. Hosted by Oak, our local BBQ joint, at base of gondola. Open to all 3-Day pass holders.
Who Goes There Podcast Presents: HORROR TRIVIA
Sunday | 5:00PM – 7:30PM | Oak: Located at Base of Gondola
October 14, 2018
Presented by Who Goes There Podcast. Join hosts Brad McHargue & Becky Sayers for six rounds of horror trivia madness. Win prizes! Drink beer! Get angry at your friends for getting the answer wrong! Only six players to a team. Open to 3-Day Pass holders. Limited Capacity. Advance Sign-Up Encouraged.
LAST CALL AT THE LAST DOLLAR
Sunday | 10:00PM – LAST CALL | Last Dollar Saloon
October 14, 2018
If you’re still standing, join us for the closing party at the Last Dollar Saloon on Telluride’s historic main street. Open to all 3-Day pass holders.
Telluride Horror Show
The Telluride Horror Show, Colorado’s first and longest-running horror film festival, returns for its 9th edition October 12-14, 2018. Every year, the festival attracts the latest & best horror films from all over the world and attendees from all over the country for an intimate gathering of genre film fans in the world-famous mountain resort town of Telluride, Colorado. For three days and nights, experience an eclectic mix of horror, suspense, thriller, fantasy, sci-fi and dark comedy in Telluride’s historic Sheridan Opera House, Nugget Theatre, and Palm Theatre, with many of the films showing for the first time in the US. If you love horror, and film, then you can’t miss this fest. Named one of the “20 Coolest Film Festivals” by Moviemaker Magazine.