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The Telluride Horror Show in Telluride, Colorado will be holding their third annual film festival from October 12-14. We’ve just gotten the list of the first films scheduled to be included in the fest.

During the Telluride Horror Show, genre fans will experience the latest horror films from all over the world in Telluride’s historic Sheridan Opera House and Nugget Theatre. The festival screens an average of 20 feature films and 25+ short films and hosts special programs, guests, and a party or two. The Telluride Horror Show was named one of the 20 Coolest Film Festivals in 2011 by Moviemaker Magazine.

For more visit the official Telluride Horror Show website, “like” Telluride Horror Show on Facebook and follow the Telluride Horror Show on Twitter (@telluridehorror).

First Films Scheduled for Telluride Horror Show

Crawl
Australia | 2011 | 80 min
Director: Paul China

A seedy bar owner hires a mysterious Croatian to commit murder, but a planned double-crossing backfires when a young waitress is taken hostage. A suspenseful, yet darkly humorous chain of events builds to a bloodcurdling climax.

Devoured
USA | 2012 | 92 min | IN PERSON: Director Greg Olliver
Director: Greg Olliver

Immigrant mother (Marta Milans) works as a cleaning woman at an old New York City restaurant in order to make enough money to pay for her sick son’s operation. With no friends or family, she lives a lonely, desperate existence, saving every penny and sending it home for her son. As his condition worsens, malevolent forces living within the walls of the restaurant begin to torment her. She struggles to escape, and return to her son before the evil within the dark walls drives her completely mad.

Elevator
USA/Norway | 2011 | 85 min | IN PERSON: Writer-Producer Marc Rosenberg
Director: Stig Svendsen

Nine people stuck on an elevator – one has a ticking bomb – the other eight will do absolutely anything to survive. The bomb cannot be defused. No escape and no promise of rescue. The unthinkable becomes the only solution. Crafted by the award-winning team of Norwegian director, Stig Svendsen and writer-producer Marc Rosenberg, they create a story as chilling as Hitchcock’s Psycho and as demented as Polanski’s The Tenant. An amazing ensemble cast (Christopher Backus, Anita Briem, John Getz, Shirley Knight, Amanda and Rachel Pace, Devin Ratray, Tehmina Sunny, Joey Slotnick and Waleed Zuaiter) creates a pressure cooker drama you won’t soon forget.

Game of Werewolves
Spain | 2011 | 104 min | IN PERSON: Director Juan Martínez Moreno
Director: Juan Martínez Moreno

A failed writer returns to his home village in rural Spain when the locals decide to “honor” him for his work. As soon as he arrives, he realizes all eyes are on him, but not necessarily because of his literary success. It turns out that for over 100 years a monstrous werewolf has been terrorizing the village. The only way to free the place from the curse is to feed the beast with a member of the Mariño family and the town’s just arrived guest “happens” to be a perfect candidate for this.

Inbred
UK/Germany | 2011 | 98 min
Director: Alex Chandon

A disparate group of young urban offenders and their care workers embark on a community service weekend in the strange, remote Yorkshire village of Mortlake, which prides on keeping itself to itself. A minor incident with some local inbred youths rapidly escalates into a blood-soaked, deliriously warped nightmare for all involved.

Junkie
USA | 2012 | 85 min
Director: Adam Mason

A dark comedy about two drug addled brothers, from the writer/director of Broken, The Devil’s Chair, and Blood River. SPECIAL PRESENTATION : The Telluride Horror Show will screen the work print of Adam Mason’s latest feature film, brought to us by Quiet Earth.

La Memoria Del Muerto (Memory of the Dead)
Argentina | 2011 | 88 min
Director: Valentín Javier Diment

After the death of her husband, Alicia calls together his closest friends to celebrate his life. What they don’t know is that they are part of a ritual prepared by Alice, to bring her husband back to life.

Paranorman
USA | 2012 | 93 min
Directors: Sam Fell & Chris Butler

A misunderstood boy who can speak with the dead takes on ghosts, zombies and, worst of all, grown-ups, in order to save his town from a centuries-old curse. SPECIAL PRESENTATION : After this special screening of Paranorman, LAIKA will take us behind-the-scenes of this summer’s hit film. Production puppets from the movie will be on display. We’re excited to have LAIKA, the stop-motion animation studio behind the Oscar-nominated Coraline, back at the Telluride Horror Show!

Portrait of a Zombie
Ireland | 2011 | 87 min
Director: Bing Bailey

When a narcissistic American filmmaker discovers the Murphy’s, an Irish family with an undead son, he jumps at the opportunity to document their story. The family faces the wrath of their neighbors and a local crime boss and as riots against the family climax, the Murphy’s struggle to answer the question “Does blood run thicker than water?” One thing is for sure, for the zombies in Ireland, the famine is definitely over.

From the Vault

Jon Davison, the executive producer of Robocop and Starship Troopers, returns to the Telluride Horror Show as our esteemed Vault Keeper. Mr. Davison, a horror buff with a vast collection of vintage horror films in his vault, digs out a classic for this year’s festival.

King Kong
USA | 1933 | 104 min
Directors: Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack

“Kong! The Eighth Wonder of the World!” A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star (Fay Wray, the Queen of Scream). Experience RKO Radio Pictures’ classic monster movie on the big screen at the Telluride Horror Show! Presented in the original 35MM format with an introduction by our “vault keeper” Jon Davison.

SHORT FILMS

88:88
USA | 2012 | 14 min
Director: Joey Ciccoline

Val has lost control of her life. Those around her deny the reality of the extraordinary experiences she feels powerless against. Realizing she must stand alone, she has only one remaining option – to find a way to fight back.

Adjust Tracking
Canada | 2012 | 5 min
Director: Matt O’Mahoney

The tables are turned on a miserable drunk after he rudely shuts off his stepson’s gory horror video, in this grisly homage to 80’s anthology horror.

The Captured Bird
Canada | 2012 | 12 min
Director: Jovanka Vuckovic

In this dark fable, a little girl is drawn to a mysterious mansion where she witnesses the birth of five horrifying apparitions.

Employee of the Month
Switzerland | 2011 | 14 min
Director: Olivier Beguin

Unemployed monsters, looking for jobs.

Familiar
Canada | 2011 | 23 min
Director: Richard Powell

A middle-aged man grows to suspect the negative impulses plaguing his mind may not be his own.

Intruder
USA | 2011 | 20 min
Director: Billy Senese

A wounded soldier’s wife begins the long road to recovery after her husband is released back into her care. But the strange noises next door may bring a more immediate struggle.

La Ricetta (The Recipe)
USA | 2012 | 5 min
Director: Jason Noto

After a boy is confronted with death for the first time, he turns to his imagination for protection and understanding.

LOT 254
UK | 2012 | 3 min
Director: Toby Meakins

A Collector discovers that a vintage cine camera bought at auction is broken. Repairing it unlocks the hidden terror of LOT 254.

Machines of the Working Class
USA | 2010 | 2 min
Directors: James & Robert Dastol

Two robotic blue-collar workers take a brief hiatus to discuss delusions of grandeur.

My Brother’s Keeper (Or How Not To Survive The Apocalypse)
UK | 2012 | 6 min
Director: Jen Moss

Holed up at the end of the world with her well-meaning but dim-witted brother Jo, Jess isn’t sure what will destroy her will to live first: the zombies or Jo’s incessant optimism. Like they say, you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose who you survive the apocalypse with…

Other
USA | 2011 | 14 min
Director: Daniel DelPurgatorio

Patrick is a brilliant doctor in an obsessive race to alter his own grim prognosis. During a series of unconventional experiments, he discovers a scientific loophole unlike anything he had ever imagined. In pursuit of this dark prize, Patrick will risk everything to ensure he sees his experiment to the end… even if it means accepting the sinister results.

The Other Side
UK | 2012 | 20 min
Directors: The Santoro Brothers

When a nanny arrives at her new job on a creaky farm in the English countryside, she’s caught up in the turbulent relationship of her employers. James is struggling to provide for his family and Rachel is unable to cope with the demands of her new born baby. Unaware of his wife’s decision to hire help, a disgruntled James leaves them alone in the secluded farmhouse. When night falls and he fails to return, a sinister intruder invades the property, unraveling a night of gruesome blood-shed and unprecedented terror.

Perished
Australia | 2011 | 16 min
Directors: Aaron McCann & Stefan A. Radanovich

A man on the run finds himself locked in a shed amidst a zombie outbreak and must rebuild his inner strength to confront his fears or face starvation.

Rotting Hill
New Zealand | 2011 | 4 min
Director: James Cunningham

It’s not easy to find love, especially if you are falling apart, stinky and a little bloody around the edges. It’s a love story, with a bit of a twist…

Tumult
Scotland | 2011 | 13 min
Director: Johnny Barrington

A tribe of Norse warriors traipse across a barren land after battle. Bloodied and wounded, their chief is near death. He is about to hand over power to his son when an army of a completely different kind descends upon them.

Zombie Chic
USA | 2011 | 6 min
Director: Todd Cobery

A stuffy, upscale dinner party is interrupted by the zombie apocalypse in this gory black comedy.

MANY MORE FILMS TO BE ANNOUNCED!

Three-day festival passes are on sale for $60. The three-day pass gets you into 11 films plus the opening reception with attending filmmakers. At the low price of $60, that’s just $5 per movie! Also available for purchase: “5 for 4”: $40. Buy five individual tickets for the price of four! Individual tickets are $10 per film and are sold at the door only. Buy the “5 for 4” in advance and only pay $40 for five films (instead of $50). Even better, these individual tickets allow you to stand in line with pass-holders.

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George A. Romero’s Daughter, Tina, Wrote a Script For Queens of the Dead

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The loss last year of director George A. Romero was a huge blow to the horror community, as well as the filmmaking community at large. The passing of the man responsible for creating the modern day zombie and whose work influenced “The Walking Dead”, Dead Alive, 28 Days Later, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out was felt far and wide but we take solace knowing that his work and legacy will live on forever.

Something that brings a smile to my face is hearing that his daughter, Tina, who DJ’s under the name DJ TRx, has written a screenplay for a zombie film that is called Queens of the Dead. And yes, it’s very gay! Romero has not only written the script but also plans on directing the film herself.

Romero tells The Saunder Blog about the film, saying, “Queens of the Dead is a fusion of two huge parts of my world: zombies and Gay nightlife. It’s a tribute to my father as well as my entrée into the genre he grandfathered. I can’t say too much yet, but what I can tell you is that this film will have all the hallmarks of a George A. Romero classic: farce, politics, heroes, assholes, and most importantly, herds of silly and slow moving walkers that you can’t help but love. But I’m doing it Tina-style, and bringing the glitter, choreography, queers & queens.

Romero’s father always brought some sort of social message into his work, so to hear that she will continue that tradition is inspiring, especially since it comes on a topic that is so discussed and topical.

If you want to read more about Romero and her DJ career, click on the link above.

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Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? Local 58 Contingency Emergency Broadcast

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“Wanna see something REALLY scary?”

To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly evokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the opening scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie. Now, on a bi-monthly basis, I’ll be asking, “Wanna see something REALLY scary?” with the goal of shocking you with chilling footage plumbed from the darkest corners of YouTube.

As a child of the Cold War born in the 1970s and traumatized by films like The Day After and Threads, I remember immediately panicking every time an Emergency Broadcast broke into a TV show I was watching. That alarming tone made my stomach drop and in the moments before it was confirmed to be “only a test” I had already imagined a barrage of nuclear warheads bursting overhead.

My heart went out to the residents of Hawaii who, due to a false alarm, believed a missile attack was imminent this weekend. For almost 40 minutes, families scrambled into fallout shelters, bathrooms, and even storm drains, believing war had begun between the United States and North Korea. Even after the all-clear was announced and the warning revealed as a mistake, nerves were severely rattled. I can only imagine the potential long-term damage done to the psyches of Hawaii’s youngest residents.

For a taste of the pandemonium that occurred, check out an excerpt from CNN’s reporting below.

While the shock must have been unprecedented for most, a bizarre alert that accidentally aired in the late 1960s puts the Hawaii debacle to shame. What viewers of a local station saw just before the end of programming at 3 am was a message announcing the fall of the US Government, and included instructions for committing suicide rather than surrendering to enemy forces.

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The message bore the seal of The U.S. Department for the Preservation of American Dignity, included a statement from President Lyndon B. Johnson, and warned that failure to commit suicide as instructed would have consequences:

“Your local law enforcement has been ordered to ensure your compliance,” the message cautioned. “It is against the law to delay.” The final instructions remind adult viewers to put down their children and pets first while promising “There is nothing to fear.” Though the station later posted a statement ensuring viewers the message was a hoax, the potential loss of life this broadcast could have inspired is staggering. Have a look:

If the Local 58 Contingency, as it’s become known, seems too outlandish to be true, that’s because it isn’t. Though the video doesn’t include an admission of fiction, it’s written and directed by Kris Straub. If that name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the writer of the popular creepypasta Candle Cove, recently adapted into a TV series on SyFy.

Still, the vintage look of the Local 58 Contingency, not to mention the current climate of heightened tensions between American and a rogue nuclear nation, make this video a truly terrifying viewing experience.

Got an idea for a future installment of “Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?” Hit me up on Twitter @josh_millican!

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Here’s the thing… if we had the choice between cleaning up our own house or being haunted by a vengeful spectral servant of sorts, well… just hand us a friggin’ mop, wouldja already? Still, in the case of The Housemaid, it looks like nothing is gonna stop her from sensing shivers! Dig on this new trailer.

Derek Nguyen directs the flick, which stars Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Svitlana Kovalenko, and Rosie Fellner. Look for IFC Midnight’s release of The Housemaid coming to select theaters, VOD, and via Digital platforms in the U.S. on February 16, 2018.

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A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force.

Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows.

Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam’s colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.

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