Fall is the unofficial film festival season with many of the major festivals all happening within a 2- to 3-month span of each other. TIFF, Fantastic Fest, Venice, and Telluride all dominate the scene, but one mustn’t overlook the smaller, more niche festivals that take place around the country.
One such festival is the Telluride Horror Show, kicking off its 4th year by announcing its first wave of films and special guest stars.
Included in this year’s line-up is the much talked about Bobcat Goldthwait found footage thriller Willow Creek, with a special appearance by the film’s two stars; Across the River, a slow burn thriller from Italy; and the “ferocious revenge thriller” The Seasoning House.
This year will also see a special screening of Josh Johnson’s Rewind This!, an acclaimed documentary that chronicles the home video revolution. Joining Johnson will be acclaimed exploitation director Frank Henenlotter, who will be on hand for a Q&A following the film as well as a special presentation of his classic film Basket Case.
I should, of course, mention that Dread Central is a sponsor of the festival this year, and I will be serving once again as host for many of the wonderful screenings we have planned. You can check out the rest of the first wave below, along with crucial information regarding press applications and lodging during the fest.
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From the Press Release
The Telluride Horror Show, a 3-day genre film festival in world-famous Telluride, Colorado, is pleased to announce the first wave of film programming for the 4th annual festival that will run October 11-13, 2013.
We are also pleased to announce the appearance of special guest director Frank Henenlotter, who will be on hand to participate in a Q&A following a special presentation of Josh Johnson’s REWIND THIS! and a Q&A following a special screening of the legendary BASKET CASE.
Known for his bizarre mixes of horror and humor, Henenlotter scored a surprise hit with the first film he wrote and directed, the 1982 BASKET CASE. An instant cult classic, the film played for almost two years on the midnight-movie circuit before getting a more mainstream rerelease in 1984.
Henenlotter then wrote and directed the anti-drug horror film BRAIN DAMAGE in 1987. BRAIN DAMAGE also marked the first of six films with special effects artist Gabe Bartalos. An association with James Glickenhaus resulted in the 1990 horror comedy FRANKENHOOKER (which Henenlotter directed and co-wrote with then-editor of Fangoria magazine Robert Martin) as well as two sequels to BASKET CASE: BASKET CASE 2 (1990, which Henenlotter wrote and directed) and BASKET CASE 3 (1991, which Henenlotter directed and co-wrote with Robert Martin).
Though he changed careers in the early 1990s and became one of the guiding forces behind Something Weird Video (which made its reputation finding and restoring forgotten and lost exploitation films of the past), Henenlotter returned to filmmaking with the genuinely bizarre sex / horror / comedy BAD BIOLOGY in 2008. Two documentaries followed, HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS, THE GODFATHER OF GORE(2010), and THAT’S SEXPLOITATION! (2013), currently screening at festivals. Henenlotter’s new film, THE ART OF THIEVES, is a drastic change from the kind of film he’s known for. It’s a true story about the theft of street art. It will be released in 2014.
ACROSS THE RIVER
Italy | 2013 | 93 min
Director: Lorenzo Bianchini
Ethologist Marco Contrada wanders through the woods of Slovenia collecting animal species when he finds himself trapped in an abandoned ancient village across the river, where abomination dwells.
USA | 1982 | 91 min
Director: Frank Henenlotter
Followed by a Q&A with director Frank Henelotter
A young man carrying a big basket that contains his deformed Siamese-twin brother seeks vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will.
A BACKSTAGE PASS TO LAIKA ANIMATION STUDIO
Oregon-based LAIKA has become the world’s most ambitious, creative, and fearless stop-motion studio in the world. Mark Shapiro will talk about the remarkable creativity of LAIKA, from the CG-classic MOOONGIRL (2005) to the remarkable features CORALINE (2009), PARANORMAN (2012), and THE BOXTROLL (coming to theaters September 26, 2014). A Q&A willfollow the presentation, and production puppets will be on display.
USA | 2013 | 87 min
Director: Brian Netto
Followed by a Q&A with writer/director Brian Netto & writer/producer Adam Schindler.
In this unnerving chiller, Kyle and Rachel Massy are a young couple who have agreed to document their first pregnancy for a reality show. During the production, a series of unexplained phenomena start plaguing the couple, eventually derailing the production of the show. Rachel, growing increasingly paranoid, starts to believe that there might be something seriously wrong with their unborn bundle of joy. Told through the show’s un-aired footage and interviews from friends, family and production members, Brian Netto’s savvy debut feature injects the found footage genre with a fresh perspective and enough eeriness to keep you on the edge of your seat.
USA | 2013 | 91 min
Director: Josh Johnson
Followed by a Q&A with director Josh Johnson and special guest Frank Henenlotter.
An exploding industry without rules! Backyard filmmakers with zero budget and a surplus of dreams! Unchecked global piracy! The race to control media consumption! Videotape changed the world and laid the foundation for modern media culture. Low cost equipment created unprecedented opportunities. Major studios and small indies operated on an even playing field for the first time ever. The story of the home video revolution is a tale of both technological advancement and human ambition. VHS vs. Beta! Porn invades the home! Direct to-video madness! It’s all here, along with a rogues gallery of directors, rental employees, XXX vets, box artists, collectors, and more. Join the pizza party!
THE SEASONING HOUSE
UK | 2012 | 89 min
Director: Paul Hyett
The Seasoning House, where young girls are prostituted to the military. Angel (Rosie Day), an orphaned deaf mute, is enslaved to care for them. She moves between the walls and crawlspaces, planning her escape. Planning her ingenious and brutal revenge…
USA | 2013 | 77 min
Director: Bobcat Goldthwait
Followed by a Q&A with lead actors Alexie Gilmore & Bryce Johnson.
Jim and his girlfriend Kelly are in Willow Creek, California, to retrace the steps of Bigfoot researchers Patterson and Gimlin, who, in 1967, recorded the most famous film of the legendary monster. Kelly is a skeptic, along for the ride to spend time with her boyfriend between acting gigs. Jim, a believer, hopes to capture footage of his own, so his camera is constantly rolling.
The small town is a mecca to the Bigfoot community; sasquatch statues guard the local businesses, murals of the missing link line the roads, and Bigfoot burgers are the town delicacy. The couple interview locals who range from skeptic to believer and from manic to completely menacing. Some of the stories they hear are of chance encounters with a gentle creature, while others are tales of mysterious eviscerations.
On the day that Jim and Kelly plan on hiking into the woods to look for proof, they are given a simple warning: “It’s not a joke. You shouldn’t go there.” Despite the ominous message and Kelly’s own reservations, they head deep into the forest to set up camp. The events that follow will make them wish they had simply spent the night at the Bigfoot Motel. – Boston Independent Film Festival
Telluride Horror Show: October 11-13, 2013, marks the 4th Annual Telluride Horror Show, a 3-day genre film festival in world-famous Telluride, Colorado. For three days, 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 18 feature films and 30+ short films, and hosts special programs, guests, and events. In the past the Telluride Horror Show has hosted such ground-breaking genre films as “The Battery,” which had its World Premiere at the historic Sheridan Opera House; the North American premiere of Rodrigo Gudino’s religious thriller “The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh; and the US Premiere of “Monster Brawl.”
Along with showcasing the latest independent genre films, the Telluride Horror Show features special presentations of select films to add to our celebration of the genre and its history. Each year features a special 35mm screening of a classic horror film, pulled from the special collection of and curated by Jon Davison (“Robocop,” “Starship Troopers”). We especially pride ourselves on supporting the art of the short film, with three dedicated shorts programs that draw large, enthusiastic crowds.
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