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First Wave of Films Announced for 2015 Telluride Horror Show

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September 3rd, 2015

The first wave of films is now live for the 2015 Telluride Horror Show, October 16-18 in picturesque Telluride, Colorado (elevation 8,750 ft.).

Most of the films will make their Colorado premieres at this year’s festival or will screen fresh off their Fantastic Fest debuts. The festival will also feature a special screening of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas followed by a director Q&A with Henry Selick, moderated by Devin Faraci of Birth. Movies. Death.
Film and guest info for the first wave is listed below…

GUESTS

HENRY SELICK
GUEST DIRECTOR
Henry Selick is an American stop-motion director, producer and writer who is best known for directing The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, and Coraline. After a special presentation of The Nightmare Before Christmas, join us for a conversation with famed director Henry Selick, moderated by Devin Faraci, editor-in-chief of Birth.Movies.Death.

Henry Selick, director of
The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, and James and the Giant Peach

DEVIN FARACI
GUEST HOST
Birth.Movies.Death.
While some may say he is the greatest critical mind of his time, Devin Faraci humbly insists he is only the voice of a generation. Devin is the editor-in-chief of Birth.Movies.Death. He has been writing about movies online since there was a 21st century. Devin joins the Telluride Horror Show as our guest host for 2015 and will moderate a conversation with guest director Henry Selick and other visiting filmmakers.

Devin Faraci, Guest Host & Editor-in-Chief of Birth. Movies. Death

FEATURES
GERMAN ANGST
Germany | 2015 | 112 min| Directors: Jörg Buttgereit, Michal Kosakowski, Andreas Marschall
Three German tales of love, sex and death in Berlin from Germany’s most shocking directors: Jörg Buttgereit (NEKROMANTIK, DER TODESKING), Michal Kosakowski (ZERO KILLED), and Andreas Marschall (TEARS OF KALI).
HE NEVER DIED
USA/Canada | 2015 | 97 min | Director: Jason Krawczyk
Followed by a Q&A with director Jason Krawczyk and producer Zach Hagen.
Jack (HENRY ROLLINS) is in a rut. Depression and severe anti-social behavior has whittled down his existence to sleeping and watching television. Seeing the human race as little more than meat with a pulse, Jack has no interest to bond with anyone. There’s little purpose for him to make friends with someone he’d eventually eat or outlive by more than a millennia. The fuse is lit when Jack’s past comes back to rattle him. Jack must now walk a tight rope of sobriety and try to eat as few people as possible in this violent tale of personal responsibility.
Henry Rollins in HE NEVER DIED
Henry Rollins in HE NEVER DIED
HELL HOUSE, LLC
USA | 2015 | 91 min | Director: Stephen Cognetti
Followed by a Q&A with director Stephen Cognetti.
Five years after an unexplained malfunction causes the death of fifteen tour-goers and staff on the opening night of a Halloween haunted house tour (Hell House), a documentary film crew investigates what really happened that night.INNER DEMON
Australia | 2014 | 84 min | Director: Ursula Dabrowsky
A teenage girl is abducted by a serial killer couple and manages to escape and find refuge in an isolated farmhouse, only to discover it is home to greater horrors and a malevolent spirit…
THE INVITATION
USA | 2015 | 100 min | Director: Karyn Kusama
In this taut psychological thriller by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer’s Body), the tension is palpable when Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus) shows up to his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard, Into the Woods) and new husband, David’s (Michiel Huisman, “Game of Thrones”) dinner party. The pair’s tragic past haunts an equally spooky present: Amid Eden’s suspicious behavior and her mysterious house guests, Will becomes convinced that his invitation was extended with a hidden agenda. Unfolding over one dark evening in the Hollywood Hills, The Invitation blurs layers of mounting paranoia, mystery, and horror until both Will-and the audience-are unsure what threats are real or imagined.
THE INVITATION, a psychological thriller by Karyn Kusama
LANDMINE GOES CLICK
Georgia | 2014 | 104 min | Director: Levan Bakhia
Three American tourists are backpacking through the remote countryside of European Georgia when one of them gets trapped on an armed landmine. But that seems to be a minor threat compared to the nightmarish happenings the rest of the afternoon will bring. A psychopath takes advantage of the tourist’s immobility and brutally assaults the woman he loves.
NINA FOREVER
UK | 2015 | 98 min | Directors: Chris & Ben Blaine
Holly loves Rob and tries to help him through his grief – even if it means contending with his dead girlfriend Nina, who comes back, bloody and broken, every time they make love.

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

USA | 1993 | 76 min | Director: Henry Selick
After a special presentation of the classic stop-motion animated film, join us for a conversation with famed director Henry Selick, moderated by Devin Faraci, editor-in-chief of Birth.Movies.Death.
Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Pumpkin King Jack Skellington longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere.
Join us for a special presentation of THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS followed by a Director Q&A

SHORTS

BAD GUY #2
USA | 2014 | 10 min | Director: Chris McInroy
In Person: Chris McInroy (Director)
In this practical effects driven splatter comedy one bad guy discovers that moving up in a crime ring has its downsides. Just as his new career starts, it might already be coming to an end. He’ll either have to set an example or become one.
THE BRIDGE PARTNER
USA | 2014 | 13 min | Director: Gabriel Olson
A timid housewife is jolted into a fight for her survival or sanity at her weekly bridge club when she thinks she hears her new partner utter a threat.CANIS
Spain | 2013 | 17 min | Directors: Marc Riba & Anna Solanas
Teo survives isolated in a house constantly besieged by a horde of stray dogs.THE CHICKENING
Canada/USA | 2015 | 5 min| Directors: Davy Force & Nick DenBoer
An augmented, poultry-infused remix of “The Shining”. Jack takes a job as new senior night manager of Charbay’s Chicken World – the world’s largest chicken-themed restaurant resort. He drinks some experimental, volcano-activated BBQ sauce and things get clucked up.CRAZY LITTLE THING
Japan | 2014 | 11 min | Director: Onohana
The two of them, all alone at home. All alone with her father’s corpse. Memories, ideals, and reality all sink beneath the muck. Everyone is alone. Everyone is in solitude.
CROW HAND!!!
USA | 2014 | 2 min | Director: Brian Lonano
A husband gets more than he bargains for when he picks up a mysterious crow totem off the ground, much to his wife’s chagrin.DANNY BOY
Poland | 2010 | 10 min| Director: Marek Skrobecki
A young man, clearly different than the others, wanders the streets aimlessly. One day he meets a girl. Will this girl, recognizing his dissimilarity, reject him?
DEATHLY
USA | 2015 | 14 min| Director: Mike Williamson
Following the tragic death of his wife, a man is unsettled by chilling events in their house.DINNER FOR FEW
Greece/USA | 2014 | 10 min | Director: Nassos Vakalis
During dinner, “the system” feeds the few who foolishly consume all the resources while the rest survive on scraps. Inevitably the struggle for what remains leads to catastrophic change.
GHOSTING
UK | 2015 | 8 min | Director: James Moran
U.S. PREMIERE
Research assistant Lyssa Fletcher is conducting a preliminary investigation into a supposedly haunted room. Like every other case, Lyssa fully expects it to be a waste of her Saturday. Today, she’ll wish it was.
HONOR STUDENT
USA | 2015 | 9 min | Director: Aaron B. Koontz
WORLD PREMIERE
A middle aged, disgruntled woman with nothing left to give meanders through a day just like any other, or so she thought.
INTRUDERS
Canada | 2014 | 9 min | Director: Santiago Menghini
In the aftermath of a deadly haunting in a small suburban home, a sinister omnipresent entity causes havoc in the private lives of a young boy, an unsuspecting teen, and an absent-minded inspector.INVADERS
USA | 2014 | 6 min| Director: Jason Kupfer
In Person: Jason Kupfer (Director)
A pair of home invaders consider their potential character choices just prior to their planned invasion.
IRIS
UK/USA | 2015 | 12 min| Director: Richard Karpala
In Person: Richard Karpala (Director)
A man uses his smart phone to assist in burying a dead body.
IRIS was directed by Colorado native Richard Karpala

THE KING AND QUEEN OF HALLOWEEN
UK/Canada | 2014 | 6 min| Directors: Anna Maguire & Stuart Spears
Halloween is a magical time for everyone, old and young alike. But when two teenage boys destroy a strange older man’s meticulous pumpkin display, he decides to play the long game and get his revenge, in the most seasonal way imaginable.

THE LISTING
USA | 2015 | 9 min | Director: Luke Jaden
What goes on in the haunted house BEFORE the family moves in?

THE MILL AT CALDER’S END
USA | 2015 | 14 min | Director: Kevin McTurk
In the remote village of Calder’s End stands an old windmill, a repository of dark secrets. Nicholas Grimshaw has returned to this haunted place, intent on breaking an ancient family curse. Grimshaw’s journey takes him deep below the decaying mill, into mysterious, forgotten catacombs, where he must confront the very source of the evil that has corrupted his family. THE MILL AT CALDER’S END is a Victorian ghost story puppet film in the tradition of Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, and gothic horror films of the 1960s. This film utilizes 30 inch tall bunraku puppets and traditional in-camera practical effects.

NIGHT OF THE SLASHER
USA | 2015 | 11 min | Director: Shant Hamassian
A “shot-in-one-take” slasher film about a teenage girl who must commit horror movie sins such as drink alcohol, do drugs, and have sex to lure a masked killer and defeat him.

POINT OF VIEW
Canada | 2015 | 8 min | Director: Justin Harding
In Person: Justin Harding (Director)
A tired coroner is stalked by the living dead – but only when she isn’t looking!

POLAROID
Norway | 2015 | 16 min| Director: Lars Klevberg
Sarah and Linda discover an old Polaroid camera in the clearing of Sarah’s house. In their own selfishness they exploit the camera, only to discover the horrible past it hides.

SURGERY
UK | 2015 | 11 min | Directors: Clemens Bros.

TEETH
UK/Hungary/USA | 2015 | 6 min | Directors: Daniel Gray & Tom Brown
Things of worth are often neglected in favour of that which is more immediately gratifying. Unfortunately, things that are neglected are often lost forever. The life of a misguided and intensely focused man, chronicled through his oral obsessions.

TIMBER
Switzerland | 2014 | 5 min | Director: Nils Hedinger
A group of logs is about to freeze to death in a cold, icy desert. When they realize that the only fuel for a warming fire is their own bodies, things start heating up.

TURNING COLD
Austria | 2015 | 10 min| Director: Dominik Hartl
US PREMIERE
The experienced pathologist swore he would ignore the annoying endeavours of the ghosts whose remains he examines. But when the soul of a young man materialises, the situation gets out of hand. The pathologist turns on his pledge – he speaks with the troubled dead man and we learn why he normally chooses not to.

THE TWIN GIRLS OF SUNSET STREET
Spain | 2010 | 13 min | Directors: Marc Riba & Anna Solanas
Ointments, elixirs, and poultices. Enriqueta and Ramoneta will attend your needs with discretion, reserve, and pleasant manners at Sunset Street No. 17A, Barcelona. Not sold in drugstores or chemist’s shops.

VICIOUS
UK | 2015 | 12 min| Director: Oliver Park
A young woman returns home one night to find her front door unlocked and suspects she might not be alone in the house.

THE WITCHING HOUR
Australia | 2015 | 9 min | Director: Carl Firth
When the clock strikes midnight, a strange and mysterious world comes into existence. A few unfortunate people get swept up in its mayhem, and must try to survive the night. Written to Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns, The Witching Hour is a visual music film in the tradition of Fantasia.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
 
THE HORROR….THE ANIMATED: Grisly, Ghastly Animated Shorts at Telluride Horror Show
Join Mark Shapiro from LAIKA, the Portland-based animation studio behind Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls, for this special animated horror shorts block gleaned from major film festivals across the globe.  These short films will make you cringe, laugh, and, dare we say, keep you on the edge of your seat.  Created by students and professionals, the creative, visual program includes drawn, computer-generated and stop-motion animation – a breadth of techniques to take your breath away.  But you heard it here first: Do NOT bring the kiddies. A Q&A session with Mark Shapiro will follow the films.
CLOSING NIGHT PARTY
MUSICAL GUEST
CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE
What if Tom Waits, Modest Mouse, Gogol Bordello and Squirrel Nut Zippers got together and created a monster? It might sound like Champagne Charlie. We are thrilled to host one of Denver’s hottest bands as they’ll serve as ringleader during our closing night party at Telluride’s historic Last Dollar Saloon. The closing night party will begin directly following the festival’s closing night film.
Denver band CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE will close the 2015 Festival at the Last Dollar Saloon.

3-Day Passes Now On Sale!
A limited number of 3-Day Passes (aka “All-Access”) are now on sale for the 2015 Telluride Horror Show! 3-Day Passes are ONLY $94 and allow holders full access to all film programs and parties, including the opening night happy hour, festival pig roast, and closing night party.
Early Bird Passes went fast this year, selling out in less than a week compared to a September sell out date in 2014. Considering our festival’s growth, it’s encouraged that you purchase your 3-Day Pass early for the 2015 Horror Show before they sell out: BUY PASS!
5-for-4 ticket bundles are also available…
Buy five individual tickets in advance for the price of four!

 Individual tickets are $10 per film and are sold at the door only, if space allows. Buy the “5 for 4” in advance and only pay $40 for five films. Even better, these individual tickets allow you to stand in line with pass-holders.

 

Festival Sponsors receive perks!
Sponsoring the Telluride Horror Show is an effective and creative way for businesses and organizations to gain valuable advertising and marketing coverage for their brands. Sponsors are promoted heavily in many forms including brand awareness on the festival’s programs, website, e-blasts, press releases, social media and big screen!

 

Discounted lodging now available!
October is “Gold Season” and the perfect time of year to visit Telluride on a dime. Lodging for the Telluride Horror Show starts at just $92/night. Book your stay with Telluride Alpine Lodging and receive a 15% discount! Go to Lodging at the Horror Show for more info!

 

2015 Telluride Horror Show
October 16-18, 2015 will mark the 6th Telluride Horror Show, a 3-day festival celebrating independent genre film in picturesque Telluride, Colorado.
The film festival has been named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of “13 Film Festivals to Die For” and “20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World.” The Denver Post has also named us “one of the film festivals not to be missed.”

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