This is one horror film festival you don’t want to miss. The Telluride Horror Show provides top quality horror entertainment every year, for the last 10 years, and this year’s lineup looks like another powerhouse. Have a look below at some of the titles playing at the 10th Anniversary fest.
The full film lineup, special events, and festival schedule are now live for the 10th anniversary Telluride Horror Show, slated for October 11-13, 2019 in the mountain resort town of Telluride, Colorado.
The lineup includes horror icon Joe Bob Briggs, a TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL tribute, the first round of special guests, and several returning filmmakers with feature and short films making their U.S. and Colorado Premieres. Also, highly-anticipated genre films from Blumhouse, Hulu and Netflix (SWEETHEART, WOUNDS, and ELI), as well as a number of domestic and international short films which will make their World Premieres in Telluride.
In a special Scares that Care fundraiser, Thursday (October 10th) screenings will also be presented at the Nugget Theatre. In honor of Sid Haig, the 1967 film SPIDER BABY will kick off the evening, followed by a restored Gore-Cut version of TAMMY AND THE T-REX, courtesy of Vinegar Syndrome. Tickets are $15 for each screening and will be available by cash only at the door (3-Day Passes or 6-Packs do not provide admission to this event). Proceeds will benefit Scares That Care, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to assisting families facing medical hardships.
SPECIAL EVENTS, including Creepy Campfire Tales, Ice Scream Social, Pig Roast, Horror Trivia, Killer Karaoke, Author Conversation, and art & book signings will round out the weekend.
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Joe Bob Briggs will bring his “How Rednecks Saved Hollywood” show to the Telluride Horror Show and will also host a special 10th Anniversary presentation of TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL, which screened at the inaugural Telluride Horror Show in 2010 and is considered one of the best redneck movies and horror comedies of all time. Director Eli Craig will be in attendance after the screening to answer questions from Joe Bob Briggs and the audience.
Kelly Link will serve as this year’s Guest Author, leading “Creepy Campfire Tales” (the festival’s public reading), as well as participating in a book signing and conversation with returning Guest Author Jeremy Robert Johnson (Entropy in Bloom, In the River, Skullcrack City). Link is the author of the collections Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters, and Pulitzer finalist Get in Trouble.
Guest Artist Joshua Hoffine will share new work and will present a slideshow of his renowned horror photography, along with a teaser for his forthcoming film NIGHT OF THE HATCHET MAN. A limited number of signed prints will be available at the festival.
Fangoria’s Meredith Borders rounds out the list of special guests, returning as a Guest Host.
USA | 2019 | 90 min | Director: David Marmor
After leaving behind a painful past to follow her dreams, Sarah scores the perfect Hollywood apartment. But something is not right. Unable to sleep, tormented by strange noises and threatening notes, her new life quickly starts to unravel. By the time she learns the horrifying truth, it’s too late. Caught in a waking nightmare, Sarah must find the strength to hold onto her crumbling sanity…or be trapped forever in an existential hell.
Girl on the Third Floor
USA | 2019 | 93 min | Director: Travis Stevens
Bursting pipes, rotting walls, and unidentifiable slime were not what Don Koch (WWE legend Phil “CM Punk” Brooks) expected when he convinced his wife Liz (Trieste Kelly Dunn) that he could rehab their new Victorian home himself. In over his head, under duress, and tempted by his old weaknesses, Don soon discovers that the house has its own dark, sordid history and won’t be so easy to renovate after all….
Canada | 2019 | 82 min | Directors: Justin Harding & Rob Brunner
IN PERSON: Justin Harding (Director) and Alana Elmer (Lead Actor)
When a celebrity couple famed for their YouTube scare-prank channel are invited to a friend’s converted church in the countryside for a weekend getaway, a series of startling events unfold that spiral them into an inexplicable nightmare. Festival alum Justin Harding returns with his first feature film. His short films Point of View, Kookie, and Latched were all official Telluride Horror Show selections.
Portugal | 2019 | 83 min | Director: Fernando Alle
From Troma Entertainment: After a scientific experiment goes horribly wrong and results in a zombie apocalypse, a fearless soldier named Maria has to partner up with TS-347, a man with superhuman strength and Pedro, a survivor who battles zombies as hard as he’s battling his hangover. It’s up to Maria to lead a quest to a safe place before a nuclear bomb threatens to wipe out the entire city!
USA | 2019 | 85 min | Director: Jordan Graham
Secluded in a desolate forest, a broken family is observed by Sator, a supernatural entity who is attempting to claim them.
She Never Died
Canada | 2019 | 90 min | Director: Audrey Cummings
Lacey, a socially detached loner is cursed with immortality and a never-ending tedium of existence. In her attempts to keep her compulsions in check, she seeks out the darkest souls humanity has to offer. Lacey must now face her own inner demons while simultaneously finding her next meal. The female-driven follow-up to He Never Died, an official selection at the 2015 Telluride Horror Show.
USA | 2019 | 95 min | Directors: Brett Pierce & Drew Pierce
IN PERSON: Brett & Drew Pierce (Directors)
A defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parents’ imminent divorce, faces off with a thousand-year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman next door. From the directors of Deadheads. Their short film Smush! A DeadHeads Short was an official Telluride Horror Show selection.
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
USA | 2010 | 89 min | Director: Eli Craig
SPECIAL PRESENTATION WITH DIRECTOR ELI CRAIG AND JOE BOB BRIGGS!
Tucker and Dale are two best friends on vacation at their dilapidated mountain house, who are mistaken for murderous backwoods hillbillies by a group of obnoxious, preppy college kids. When one of the students gets separated from her friends, the boys try to lend a hand, but as the misunderstanding grows, so does the body count. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil was the closing night film at the inaugural Telluride Horror Show in 2010. In 2011, the film still hadn’t been released, so we showed it again at our 2nd Telluride Horror Show, simultaneously at two venues, to sold-out crowds. Tucker & Dale was a big part of our early years, so we had to bring it back to celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary. But this time, director Eli Craig will join us for a special conversation following the film, hosted by the ultimate horror buff and redneck expert Joe Bob Briggs!
USA | 2019 | 92 min | Director: Joe Begos
Pitched as THE WILD BUNCH meets NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, the story follows Fred and his military buddies as they must defend their local V.F.W. post – and an innocent teen – against a deranged drug dealer and his relentless army of punk mutants. These Vietnam vets have been to hell and back, but this will be the longest night of their lives. VFW is the fourth feature from festival alum Joe Begos and his first collaboration with FANGORIA. The cast of genre legends includes Stephen Lang, William Sadler, Fred Williamson, Martin Kove, David Patrick Kelly, George Wendt, Sierra McCormick, Travis Hammer, and Tom Williamson. Begos was previously at the Telluride Horror Show with The Mind’s Eye.
Canada | 2019 | 83 min | Director: Brandon Christensen
IN PERSON: Brandon Christensen (Director)
A family find themselves terrorized by their eight-year-old son’s imaginary friend.
Daniel Isn’t Real
USA | 2019 | 100 min | Director: Adam Egypt Mortimer
Troubled college freshman Luke (Miles Robbins) suffers a violent family trauma and resurrects his childhood imaginary friend Daniel (Patrick Schwarzenegger) to help him cope. Charismatic and full of manic energy, Daniel helps Luke to achieve his dreams, before pushing him to the very edge of sanity and into a desperate struggle for control of his mind — and his soul.
USA | 2019 | 98 min | Director: Ciarán Foy
After checking into a clean house to treat his auto-immune disorder, eleven-year-old Eli begins to believe that the house is haunted. Unable to leave, Eli soon suspects that the house, and the doctor who runs it, are more sinister than they appear. A Netflix horror film starring Charlie Shotwell (All the Money in the World), Sadie Sink (Stranger Things), Lili Taylor (The Conjuring), and Kelly Reilly (True Detective). Directed by Ciarán Foy (Sinister 2, Citadel).
Ireland | 2019 | 94 min | Directors: Mike Ahern & Enda Loughman
Rose, a sweet, lonely driving instructor in rural Ireland, is gifted with supernatural abilities. Rose has a love/hate relationship with her ‘talents’ & tries to ignore the constant spirit related requests from locals – to exorcise possessed rubbish bins or haunted gravel. But! Christian Winter (Will Forte), a washed up, one-hit-wonder rock star, has made a pact with the devil for a return to greatness! He puts a spell on a local teenager – making her levitate. Her terrified father, Martin Martin, asks Rose to help save his daughter. Rose has to overcome the fear of her supernatural gift & work with Martin to save the girl, get the guy and be home in time for a light snack…maybe a yogurt or something…
Girl with No Mouth
Turkey | 2019 | 97 min | Director: Can Evrenol
Set in a post-apocalyptic Turkey, GIRL WITH NO MOUTH follows Perihan, a young girl born without a mouth due to a nuclear disaster, as she runs from hunters and joins a gang of children also born with parts of their faces missing. A dark fairy tale from festival alum Can Evrenol (Baskin, Housewife).
USA | 2019 | 98 min | Director: Keola Racela
When five teen employees at the local movie theater in a small Christian town discover a mysterious old film hidden in its basement, they unleash an alluring succubus who gives them a sex education…written in blood.
The Golden Glove
Germany | 2019 | 110 min | Director: Fatih Akin
From acclaimed filmmaker Fatih Akin (Head-On, The Edge of Heaven, In The Fade) comes a gruesome tale of notorious German serial killer Fritz Honka who haunted Hamburg’s red light district in the 1970s. Based on the novel of the same name, THE GOLDEN GLOVE follows Honka as he frequents his favorite bar, the “Golden Glove,” where schmaltzy German songs move the boozy bar hounds to tears and drinking is a reflex against pain and longing. There, Honka, a pitiful loser chasing after lonely women, keeps more than just secrets in the attic.
USA | 2019 | 103 min| Directors: Aaron B. Koontz, Emily Hagins, Chris McInroy, Noah Segan, Courtney & Hillary Andujar, Anthony Cousins, Baron Vaughn
IN PERSON: Cast & Crew
7 Directors. 7 Hilarious Tales of Terror. 0 Working Cell Phones. A meta horror-comedy anthology where each segment subverts a different set of genre tropes. In 2018, Telluride Horror Show attendees were treated to a sneak peek of a hilarious segment from Scare Package. Now complete, the anthology will have its U.S. premiere in Telluride, featuring segments from fest alumni Aaron B. Koontz (Honor Student), Chris McInroy (Bad Guy #2, Death Metal, We Summoned a Demon), and Anthony Cousins (When Susurrus Stirs).
USA | 2018 | 82 min | Director: J.D. Dillard
Jenn finds herself completely alone on a small tropical island after her boat goes down. By day, every ounce of her strength, cunning, and courage is strained simply to find food, outlast the elements, and survive. But as the sun sets, Jenn’s waking nightmare inexorably grows into terror, when a malevolent force comes to stalk the jungle for prey. From Blumhouse, producers of GET OUT and THE PURGE franchise, comes a thrilling twist on the castaway genre.
The Deeper You Dig
USA | 2019 | 95 min | Directors: John Adams & Toby Poser | Co-Director: Zelda Adams
IN PERSON: John & Zelda Adams (Directors)
Ivy, once a talented psychic, and her goth teen daughter Echo are unusually close. When reclusive Kurt moves down the road, an accident leads to Echo’s murder, and suddenly three lives collide in mysterious and wicked ways. Kurt assumes he can hide his secret under the ground. But Echo burrows into his head until he can feel her in his bones. As she haunts his every move, trying to reach her mother from beyond, Ivy must dig deep to see the signs and prove that love won’t stay buried.
USA | 2019 | 95 min | Director: Babak Anvari
Will (Armie Hammer) is a bartender in New Orleans. He has a great job, great friends, and a girlfriend, Carrie (Dakota Johnson), who loves him. He skates across life’s surface, ignoring complications and concentrating on enjoying the moment. One night at the bar, a violent brawl breaks out, which injures one of his regular customers and causes some college kids to leave behind a cell phone in their haste. Will begins receiving disturbing texts and calls from the stranger’s phone. While Will hopes to not get involved, Carrie gets lost down a rabbit hole investigating this strange malevolence. They’ve discovered something unspeakable, and it’s crawling slowly into the light. Written for the screen and directed by Babak Anvari, the award-winning director of Under the Shadow.
Finland | 2019 | 9 min | Director: Kim Westerlund
A man regains consciousness as he is being buried alive. Overwhelmed by panic he tries to force his way out of the box he finds himself in, without success. Equipped with nothing but a single lighter he wallows in hopelessness until strange sounds approaches, and with it, true fear.
Estonia | 2019 | 15 min | Director: Oskar Lehemaa
Insecure and balding Leo has closed himself in his apartment. A mysterious hair growth liquid arrives at his doorstep and Leo uses it to fix up his looks. The liquid causes a series of grotesque metamorphoses as Leo tries desperately to get bodily changes under control as the events of the evening quickly turn into chaos.
Spain | 2019 | 9 min | Directors: Lucas Paulino & Ángel Torres
A witch that is observing from the apartment across the street and a story no child should ever hear…
Call for a Good Time
USA | 2019 | 5 min | Directors: Jon Rhoads & Mike Marrero
IN PERSON: Jon Rhoads
A stoner finds out why you never call the numbers scrawled on the bathroom stall.
USA | 2019 | 4 min | Director: Dusty Brown
IN PERSON: Dusty Brown
A man must deal with an elevator company’s incompetent customer service while stuck between floors.
Spain | 2019 | 10 min | Director: Raúl Monge
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
An unexpected story of a little homeless girl and her hooded companion.
In Sound, We Live Forever
USA | 2019 | 12 min | Director: Joshua Giuliano
Something bad has(is) happened(happening).
It Crawled in Through the Window
USA | 2019 | 2 min | Directors: Isaac Ruth & Ali Petre
A couple has horrifying pillow-talk.
Spain | 2018 | 13 min | Director: Carlos Baena
Darkness isn’t always what it seems.
The Netherlands | 2019 | 9 min | Director: Yfke van Berckelaer
A young actress’ (Lisa Smit) audition for an older man (Derek de Lint) grows increasingly less comfortable with every line read in this single-take horror for the #metoo era.
Most Steps Ever
USA | 2019 | 4 min | Directors: Nesib (CB) Shamah & James Allen Smith
A hiker, a smart watch and a maniac with a lawnmower blade.
USA | 2019 | 14 min | Director: Mike Fontaine
IN PERSON: Mike Fontaine & Lukas Hassel (Lead Actor)
A genre author becomes obsessed with the vivid nightmares of his young son and turns to them for inspiration.
USA | 2019 | 9 min | Director: Gregory Shultz
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Two inmates tunnel through the walls of a hellish prison, only to find something more terrifying than death row.
Canada | 2018 | 19 min | Director: N’cee van Heerden
Barry has a unique problem. He came up with a truly original idea. And sharing it has consequences.
USA | 2018 | 5 min | Director: Todd Redenius
In a small town where not much happens a barrel of toxic waste is found leaking into a creek. No one notices that people everywhere are having uncontrollable spasms resulting in people dying in gory and outlandish ways due to the drinking water being contaminated.
The Netherlands | 2019 | 17 min | Director: Nico van den Brink
A young woman visits her boyfriend’s family home and learns about a sinister history with his creepy neighbor. Soon, all kinds of skeletons come out of the closet.
Norway | 2018 | 14 min | Director: Kenneth Karlstad
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
A mother struggles with her daughter’s violent sleeping disorder.
The Fortune Teller
USA | 2019 | 4 min | Director: David Ferino
IN PERSON: David Ferino
Things get freaky when a little girl finds an origami fortune teller.
The Procedure 2
USA | 2019 | 3 min | Director: Calvin Reeder
A man is forced to endure another strange experiment.
USA | 2019 | 7 min | Directors: Neal O’Bryan & Chad Thurman
IN PERSON: Neal O’Bryan & Chad Thurman
A starving boy eats a rotting toe he finds sticking out of the ground. Later that night, something dead comes to his bedroom wanting it back.
Sweden | 2019 | 7 min | Director: Kiggs
A short horror film about the worst fear a parent can have.
France | 2018 | 7 min
Directors: Paul Autric, Quentin Camus, Léa Georges, Maryka Laudet, Zoé Sottiaux, Corentin Yvergniaux
While on a romantic getaway, Alan and Beverly cause a fatal accident. This crime won’t remain unpunished…
UK | 2019 | 4 min | Director: Ethan Evans
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
In a town acclaimed for honoring ancient folklore, a young girl finds herself vulnerable to a sinister mythological farmer after failing to contribute to the annual tradition.
USA | 2019 | 10 min | Directors: Sumire Takamatsu, Jorge Lucas
Today is February 3rd, known in Japan as Setsubun. Families celebrate by casting out evil spirits from their homes. But this family’s young daughter has other plans…
Bump in the Night
Canada | 2019 | 7 min | Director: Octavian Kaul
IN PERSON: Octavian Kaul
While home alone, young Samantha becomes the victim of a merciless demon.
USA | 2019 | 11 min | Director: Justin Nelson
Karen invites Max home but has a number of rules he must follow, the most paramount being he check under her bed for monsters. He has to check every time he stays the night. What could possibly happen if he didn’t check…
USA | 2019 | 13 min | Director: Keith Adams
Clinical psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Haver becomes obsessed with her mysterious new patient’s artwork and realizes he possesses a dark gift. After learning of the patient’s fear of color, Dr. Haver’s fascination turns to obsession, and she is forced to confront her own darkness. Based on a story by renowned dark fiction writer Brian Evenson.
Canada | 2019 | 10 min | Director: Alicia Eisen
After a life well lived, Freddy is afforded a chilling encore – he must live his life backwards through the eyes of every bug he has ever killed.
France | 2018 | 22 min | Director: Mathieu Mégemont
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Joël, a small town journalist, goes to cover a case in the French countryside. When he stops after running over a dog on the road, he finds himself trapped in the stories he usually writes.
UK | 2019 | 13 min | Director: Tiago Teixeira
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
A man is haunted by visions of a dog that transforms into a mysterious woman every night. As he loses his grip with reality, his obsession takes a dark turn. Based on a fable from the Indian Folklore.
Norway | 2019 | 11 min | Director: Robin Jensen
A Sami man ends up in greedy and decadent claws as he tries to save both his reindeer herd and the woman he desires. An awful fable about fatal passion.
USA | 2019 | 10 min | Director: Andrew Hunt
A young girl lures a mysterious figure across a frozen wasteland for reasons unexplained.
USA | 2019 | 14 min | Directors: Brock Bodell & Daniel Perry
A grieving couple navigates the mysterious death of their son and a stranger visits in the middle of the night to bring their worst fears to a violent, and psychedelic climax.
Spain | 2019 | 10 min | Director: Ángel Hernández
A dream trip to the entrails of immortality from the perspective of an old cyclist who starts a disturbing and cathartic odyssey.
USA | 2019 | 13 min | Director: Austin Bonang
Sam, a young woman plagued by a mental disorder, struggles between fighting her disease and the troublesome side effects of her medication.
USA | 2019 | 11 min | Director: Jason Gudasz
Lauren moves into a house with her daughter and boyfriend wanting a fresh start, but the spirits of the house have plans to turn them all against each other in very bizarre ways.
Canada | 2019 | 18 min | Director: Alexis Fortier Gauthier
Three friends on vacation by the sea are spellbound by a supernatural force.
Canada | 2019 | 28 min | Director: Jacob Wiebe
A wayward sailor put to trial for a brutal murder in a small 18th century village recounts a tale of vengeance and sorcery that challenges the beliefs of the town’s Magistrate and forces him to face the ghost of his past.
The Wandering Witch
Mexico | 2018 | 16 min | Director: Sofia Carrillo
A day before her son’s wedding, Agustina tries to have the ceremony called off, only to discover that Emilia, the orphan girl betrothed to her son, still has someone ready to come to her defense.
USA | 2019 | 23 min | Director: Billy Chizmar
When her weekend hike goes horribly wrong, Katie must use every ounce of strength to survive – but is it enough?
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