Friday, March 7, 2014

5th Annual Telluride Horror Show

October 10, 11, 12, 2014 marks the 5th Annual Telluride Horror Show, a 3-day horror film festival in world-famous Telluride, Colorado. For three days, film fans will experience the latest horror, fantasy, and sci-fi films in Telluride's historic Sheridan Opera House and Nugget Theatre. The festival screens an average of 20 feature films and 30+ short films, and hosts special programs, guests, and events. If you love genre flicks then you don't want to miss this festival. 

Named one of the "20 Coolest Film Festivals" in 2011 by MovieMaker Magazine.

Named one of "13 Horror Film Festivals To Die For" by MovieMaker Magazine. 

"When it comes to selecting which movies you are going to put in your film festival, some organizers are better than others. Judging by the announcement of first wave of films to be screened at the Second Annual Telluride [Horror Show] in Telluride, Colorado, these guys know their shit!" -Dread Central

"The Telluride Horror Show recently wrapped up its second year, and if it continues at its current pace, then it’s destined to become one of the best horror film festivals in the country." -Mile High Cinema

"Kinky thrills are provided knowing that nestled deep within the humbling, operatic grandeur that is Telluride, horrific, taboo-smashing entertainments of every sort are unspooling across screens in front of the wide eyes of bolder cinema fans seeking to be scared. There's no other dichotomy like this at work in any other horror festival I've attended or am aware of. It's a thing of twisted beauty.” –Fangoria

Here’s a little history about the festival…

The inaugural 2010 Telluride Horror Show showcased 17 feature films and 22 shorts. Special guests included Guest Director Tom Holland (Fright Night/Child's Play), Guest Producer Jon Davison (Robocop/Starship Troopers), and Guest Host Chris Alexander, editor of Fangoria magazine. Our line-up of films featured many of the heavy-hitters on the 2010 festival circuit, including "Tucker & Dale VS Evil", "Machete Maidens Unleashed!", "Colin", "Bitter Feast", "The Last Lovecraft", "Phasma Ex Machina", "Vampire Girl VS Frankenstein Girl", "Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives", "The Legend of Beaver Dam", and the world premiere of Tom Holland's "Twisted Tales."

In 2011, the Telluride Horror Show saw a massive increase in festival attendance. The press was on hand and reviews of films generated at the festival were published on Bloody-Disgusting, Quiet Earth, and Shadowlocked. The festival showcased 17 feature films and 20 shorts, including 2011 festival circuit favorites "Chillerama", "Monster Brawl" (US Premiere), "Some Guy Who Kills People", "Helldriver", "Deadball", "Rabies", "The Tunnel", "Sennentuntschi", "The Whisperer in Darkness", and many others. 

In 2012, attendance numbers saw another strong increase, with Quiet Earth, Dread Central, and Screen Invasion publishing reviews of the films. New sponsors included FEARnet, 20th Century Fox's Wrong Turn 5, and Sony. Our third festival showcased 17 features and 34 short films. Highlights included the world premiere of the ultra-low-budget zombie hit "The Battery" with cast & crew in attendance, the US premiere of "Inbred", the North American premiere of "The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh", a special presentation of "ParaNorman" with Laika Studios, as well as 2012 festival circuit favorites "The American Scream", "Grabbers", "Excision", "Errors of the Human Body", "Game of Werewolves", and many more. The 34 short films showcased at the festival represented the best of the best, from all over the world, and spoke to our mission to support and foster the art of short filmmaking. Out of all these superb shorts, Australia's "Perished" was chosen to be shown on, alongside the rest of FEARnet's horror, thriller and suspense programming. 

In 2013, attendees flocked to Telluride from all over the country for an incredible line-up of films, including the World Premieres of indie horror features "All Hallows' Eve" and "Chemical Peel", a sneak peek of Lionsgate's "Hellbenders", Bobcat Goldthwait's "Willow Creek", closing film "Beneath", the US Premiere of "Across the River", and indie festival hits such as "Delivery", "Septic Man", "The Midnight Game", "On Air", "Pinup Dolls on Ice", "The Seasoning House", and a special presentation of the hit doc "Rewind This!" Guest Director Frank Henenlotter was on hand for a special screening of the cult classic "Basket Case" and visual effects legend Phil Tippett joined us with a sneak preview of his latest stop-motion animation project "MAD GOD". Our three dedicated shorts blocks saw record crowds, with 34 short films from all over the world, proving once again that short films will always find enthusiastic support at the Telluride Horror Show. Over 30 filmmakers & guests were in person for Q&As and presentations. 2013 sponsors included Dread Central, Revolver Picture Co., Colorado Office of Film, Television, Media, Well Go USA, and many others. Reviews generated at the festival appeared on Dread Central, All Things Horror, and Yahoo!

Entries for the 2014 festival are being accepted!

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