As a Denver local, the fall is a great time for me. Shortly after returning from Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, I’m given one week to relax before I get to do it all over again at the Mile High Horror Film Fest.
Entering its 4th year, this modest yet jam-packed festival has relocated from the small confines of the SIE FilmCenter to the illustrious Alamo Drafthouse – Littleton for four days of horror madness and mayhem.
“We’re very excited about our partnership with the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema,” said Director of Publicity Travis Volz. “It offers us the space and unique programming capabilities which align with what we’re going for as a festival. Breckenridge Brewery jumping on board as a sponsor is also huge, as it will provide a different festival experience for our fans.”
Adding to its impressive guest list, which includes the likes of Linda Blair, Doug Bradley, Ken Foree, and Daniel Myrick, among others, the fest has released its lineup of films, with the fest kicking things off with Jim Mickle’s We Are What We Are with Mickle in attendance.
Other films include the Israeli revenge thriller Big Bad Wolves by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado; Haunter, the newest film from Cube and Splice director Vincenzo Natali; and the weirdly intriguing Septic Man, directed by Jesse Thomas Cook and written by Pontypool scribe Tony Burgess.
“I’m really excited about this year’s lineup,” said Festival Director Tim Schultz. “We’re playing some of the best genre films from around the world as well as hosting many horror icons and filmmakers. It’s going to be a fun weekend!”
Check out the complete list of films below. The Mile High Horror Film Fest takes place from October 3-6 at the Alamo Drafthouse – Littleton in Littleton, Colorado.
WE ARE WHAT WE ARE
— Opening Night Film —
USA, (2013) 105 min., Directed by Jim Mickle
Director Jim Mickle will be in attendance!
When the patriarch of the family passes away, the teenage children must take responsibility for the family chores: the preparation of the rituals, the hunting and putting the all-important meat on the table. These newfound responsibilities are even more daunting, however, when you live in the city and happen to be a family of cannibals.
USA, (2013) 85 min., Directed by Jacob Vaughan
A horror comedy centered on a guy who learns that his unusual stomach problems are being caused by a demon living in his intestines.
BIG BAD WOLVES
Israel, (2013) 110 min., Directed by Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado
A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings – a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.
USA, (2013) 83 min, Directed by E.L. Katz
A diabolically smart skewing of the horrors of economic slavery and the exploitation of the working class that practically dares its audience not to look away, CHEAP THRILLS explodes with dirty deeds done anything but dirt cheap.
Spain, (2013) 80 min., Directed by Juanra Fernandez
Para Elisa is a terrifying story based on a simple, innocent children’s game. Something that looks naive and harmless turns into the worst nightmare, into the struggle to escape a tragic and expected end, into an explicit and inevitable horror.
GOLDBERG & EISENBERG
Israel, (2012) 90 min., Directed by Oren Carmi
In the tradition of dark suspense features such as “Misery”, “Cape Fear” and “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle”, the film weaves a setting of erratic encounters, which drastically evolves into an insane hunt across a bizarre and hectic Tel Aviv. Starting with black comic undertones, the story gradually gravitates into an unpredictable whirlwind of terror.
GHOST TEAM ONE
USA, (2013) 107 min., Directed by Ben Peyser & Scott Rutherford
Two roommates deathly afraid of ghosts both fall in love with a girl who believes their home is haunted.
USA, (2013) 97 min., Directed by Vincenzo Natali
The ghost of a teenager who died years ago reaches out to the land of the living in order to save someone from suffering her same fate.
USA, (2013) 85 min., Directed by John Lundberg, Roland Denning, Kypros Kyprianou
How the US government created a myth that took over the world.
UFOs: weapons of mass deception… For over 60 years teams within the US Air Force and Intelligence services exploited and manipulated beliefs about UFOs and ET visitations as part of their counterintelligence programmes. In doing so they spawned a mythology so powerful that it captivated and warped many brilliant minds, including several of their own. Now, for the first time, some of those behind these operations, and their victims, speak out, revealing a true story that is part Manchurian Candidate and part Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Germany, (2012) 94 min., Directed by Carsten Vauth
A man (Markus Knuefken) runs the pirate radio “Nighthawk” from the basement of his house, and every saturday night he goes “On Air” as Doc Rock. Unexpectedly a serial killer “The Night-Slasher” (Charles Rettinghaus) calls in on his show, and now…Doc has to stop him from killing his next victim. The struggle for survival is ON…AIR.
USA, (2013) 105 min., Directed by Dennis Iliadis
Three college friends hit the biggest party of the year, where a mysterious phenomenon disrupts the night, quickly descending into a chaos that challenges their friendships — and whether they can stay alive.
THE SEASONING HOUSE
UK, (2012) 90 min., Directed by Paul Hyett
The Seasoning House: Where young girls are prostituted to the military. An orphaned deaf mute is enslaved to care for them. She moves between the walls and crawlspaces, showing the little kindnesses when she can. When fate brings the men that murdered her family and the reason she ended up in the whore house, a chain of events begins that will end her captivity, free the girls who are still alive.
USA, (2013) 83 min., Directed by Jesse T. Cook
A sewage worker gets trapped inside a septic tank during a water contamination crisis and undergoes a hideous transformation. To escaped, he must team up with a docile Giant and confront the murdering madman known as Lord Auch.
Classic film selections include…
DAWN OF THE DEAD
ITALY/USA, (1978) 127 min., Directed by George A. Romero
Actor KEN FOREE will be in attendance to field questions from fans!
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
USA, (1973) 122 min., Directed by William Friedken
Actress Linda Blair will be in attendance to answer questions and sign autographs!
When the devil possesses a teenage girl, her only hope is an exorcism.
NOSFERATU (1922) with live score from PLASTIK FACTORY
Germany, (1922) 81 min., Directed by F.W. Murnau
Live film score of NOSFERATU from Denver-based industrial duo Plastik Factory!
Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter’s wife. Silent classic based on the story “Dracula.”
For more information visit the official Mile High Horror Film Festival website.
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