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Telluride Horror Show Announces Final Wave of Film Programming and Special GuestsIn just one week the fourth annual Telluride Horror Show kicks off in picturesque Telluride, CO, with Ben Ketai’s anticipated trapped-in-a-mine thriller Beneath rounding out the weekend.

Other films in the line-up include All Hallow’s Eve, a Halloween-based anthology that features the return of the demonic Art the Clown, who was first seen in the terrific short film Terrifier; Jesse T. Cook’s subversive and incredibly divisiveSeptic Man; and the World Premiere of Chemical Peel, directed by Grand Junction, Colorado, native Hank Braxtan.

Joining the fest will also be Guest Director Phil Tippett, who will be on hand to present a special sneak preview of Phil Tippett’s Mad God: Part 1, a surrealistic stop-motion nightmare featuring hundreds of detailed puppets. He will also present a special screening of his short film Mutantland.

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

Check out the press release below for the full line-up of feature films and shorts.

From the Press Release
The Telluride Horror Show, a three-day genre film festival in world-famous Telluride, Colorado, is pleased to announce the final wave of film programming, short films, and special guests for the fourth annual festival that will run October 11-13, 2013.

Rounding out the impressive line-up of features and shorts will be Ben Ketai’s trapped-in-a-mine thriller BENEATH. Fresh off its appearance at Screamfest in Los Angeles, this closing night screening will feature an appearance by lead actress Kelly Noonan and producers Nick Phillips and Kelly Wagner.

We are also pleased to announce the appearance of special guest director Phil Tippett. At the Telluride Horror Show, Mr. Tippett will present a sneak preview of the work print for Phil Tippett’s MAD GOD: Part 1, along with a look at the behind-the-scenes assembly of the MAD GOD project. With Mr. Tippett in person, we’ll also revisit MUTANTLAND, the fantastic, fully-CG short film set in a post-historic world, which screened at the 2010 Telluride Horror Show.

Phil Tippett is the founder and namesake of Tippett Studio. His varied career in visual effects has spanned more than 30 years and includes films such as Starship Troopers, Robocop, Jurassic Park and the original Star Wars Trilogy. As a child of seven, Phil was profoundly inspired by Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion classic The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and Willis O’Brien’s classic character King Kong. His subsequent devotion to the creation of the fantastic creatures in film has become his raison d’etre. As a young adult Phil established friendships with Ray Harryhausen and Ray Bradbury and became fascinated with the magic of stop-motion animation.

In the 1970s, Phil embarked on MAD GOD, an ambitious personal project: fabricating and animating a darkly surreal world in which the creatures and nightmares of his imagination could roam free. Phil produced dozens of environments and hundreds of puppets for the project, filling notebook after notebook with thousands of detailed sketches and storyboards. The success of Tippett Studio forced the project into stasis, until a group of animators at the studio came upon boxes of shelved props and puppets. After viewing the original footage, they convinced Phil to resurrect the project. The small group began volunteering their weekends to the MAD GOD project, and before long it had snowballed into a crew of more than 60 artists. A wildly successful KickStarter campaign provided funding for materials and equipment.

This year, the first chapter of MAD GOD is to be unleashed on the world. More than 30 years in the making, Phil Tippett’s MAD GOD is truly a labor of the heart and an homage to the craft of stop-motion animation.


USA | 2013 | 82 min
Director: Damien Leone
While watching two children on Halloween night, a babysitter finds an old VHS tape in the kids’ trick or treat bag. The tape features three tales of terror, all linked together by a murderous clown. As the night goes on strange things begin to occur in the house. It isn’t long before the babysitter learns the horrifying truth… the maniacal clown is slowly working his way into her reality.

Damien Leone’s short film “Terrifier” had its World Premiere at the 2011 Telluride Horror Show. It was a huge hit with our audiences. Now, Leone has crafted a feature-length anthology around that short film…Art the Clown is back.

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 at LAIKA, from the CG-classic Moongirl (2005) to the remarkable features Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), and The Boxtrolls (coming to theaters September 26, 2014). A Q&A will follow the presentation, and production puppets will be on display.

USA | 2013 | 89 min
Director: Ben Ketai
IN PERSON: Lead Actress Kelly Noonan and Producers Nick Phillips & Kelly Wagner.
A crew of coal miners becomes trapped 600 feet below ground after a disastrous collapse. As the air grows more toxic and time runs out, they slowly descend into madness and begin to turn on one another. Inspired by true events. A Revolver Picture Company/Elevative Production.
After opening Screamfest LA five days prior, BENEATH comes to Telluride as our Closing Night Film!

USA | 2013 | 93 min
Directors: Drew Rosas & Nick Sommer
Followed by a Q&A with directors Drew Rosas & Nick Sommer.
Fifteen years after a gruesome triple homicide devastated their Little League baseball team, four friends reunite to commemorate their dead coach and fallen teammates. A mystery unfolds as the secrets from their past return to haunt them and a vengeful killer, hidden by an antique umpire’s mask, returns to even the score.

USA | 2013 | 96 min
Director: Hank Braxtan
Followed by a Q&A with cast & crew.
A group of women become trapped in an isolated country house when an industrial accident poisons the air outside, but the toxic chemicals won’t be the only thing threatening their survival. From director Hank Braxtan, a native of our neighboring town, Grand Junction, Colorado.

USA | 2013 | 74 min
Director: A.D. Calvo
Inspired by an urban legend, THE MIDNIGHT GAME finds a group of high school students haunted by their worst fears after playing a pagan ritual said to summon a demon called the Midnight Man. A.D. Calvo teams with veteran screenwriter Rick Dahl (RED ROCK WEST) to deliver an endless night of mayhem and death.

Germany | 2013 | 95 min
Director: Directors: Carsten Vauth & Marco J. Riedl
Doc Rock is the host of pirate radio station “Nighthawk”. His favorite topic: the Nightslasher – a serial killer that haunts the town. Doc gives him bad names and challenges his listeners to call in on: “How hard can it be to prevent the slasher from slaying his next victim?” A bad idea! Just a moment later…the Nightslasher is on the phone line and forces Doc into a deadly game. Doc Rock has to dig up his innermost secrets…and there is no chance to escape, because the killer is closer than he ever imagined. The struggle for survival is ON…AIR

Canada | 2013 | 81 min
Directors: Geoff Klein & Melissa Mira
Followed by a Q&A with directors Geoff Klein & Melissa Mira.
The Pinup Dolls are a hot retro act who put the tease back in striptease. But when an old friend hires them to put on a show at a secluded campground, the girls find themselves being stalked by a homicidal maniac with a sick obsession with ice. As they’re hunted one-by-one, they soon realize they’ll have to rely on more than just their looks to survive this nightmare named Moe.

Canada | 2013 | 84 min
Director: Jesse Thomas Cook
An erstwhile plumber undergoes a hideous transformation when trapped inside a septic tank and tormented by the bizarre residents of his town’s sewage treatment plant.

Short Films

Norway | 2012 | 19 min
Director: Fredrik S. Hana
“Angst, Piss & Drid” (Shit in English) is a short film about the lost love between two serial killers.

USA | 2012 | 10 min
Director: Francisco Sonic Kim
A young couple struggle to cope when their son’s mysterious illness takes a horrifying turn for the worse.

UK | 2013 | 18 min
Director: Paul Davis
The story of a killer who uses the distractions of Halloween night to get rid of his latest victim – with hilarious and horrifying consequences. Starring Alfie Allen (‘Game of Thrones’).

Spain/USA | 2013 | 16 min
Director Ben Gordon
It’s Christmas time and Charlotte is to spend it with her son Ben and his family. But the day they arrive at Char’s house, a sinister carriage also mysteriously appears on her land. Given that it seems harmless, everybody gets on with the Christmas preparations except Ben who, being a compulsive videographer, is blinded to his family’s safety by the golden opportunity to film something momentous, terrible as it might be…

USA | 2012 | 13 min
Director: Ian Samuels
An aging fisherman develops an intimate relationship with a lobster as he struggles to find closure with his lost wife.

UK | 2013 | 10 min
Director: James Moran
It’s difficult to find love when you’re a serial killer – when Charlie meets the girl of his dreams, he has to keep that slight flaw a secret from her. Will true love win the day? Or will she become another of his unwitting victims? Crazy For You is a romantic-comedy-horror for everyone who has skeletons in their closet – metaphorical or otherwise…

DEATH OF A SHADOW Belgium/France | 2012 | 20 min
Director: Tom Van Avermaet
Stuck in limbo between life and death, Nathan Rijckx, a deceased World War I soldier collects shadows to regain a second chance at life and love. With two shadows left to collect, he discovers something that shakes his world.

USA | 2012 | 1 min
Director: Josh Johnson
A couple struggles with an unexpected development.

USA | 2013 | 3 min
Director: Bill Plympton
An adaptation of Walt Curtis’s poem, “The Time The Drunk Came To Town And Got Drunker Than A Skunk, or So He Thought.”, about a Cowboy town that torments the local drunk.

Spain | 2012 | 15 min
Directors: David Muñoz & Adrián Cardona
Jesus is always willing to lend a hand to those in need…but there are others who will taste his fist.

USA | 2013 | 20 min
Director: Pablo Bonelli
A scavenger in a ravaged wasteland comes across an abandoned house deep in the woods. He discovers a family living there that doesn’t take kindly to strangers. After an initial confrontation, they invite him in for food, but nothing is as it seems and the dangers within that house could just be worse than the hell that the world has become.

USA | 2012 | 12 min
Director: Rich Robinson
Groundskeeper Burke Sawyer is in a rush to save his deceased father’s soul from a menacing creature buried underground who is feeding on the corpses of Juniper Falls Cemetery.
IN PERSON: Director Rich Robinson

Canada | 2013 | 4 min
Director: Jovanka Vuckovic
In this short existential horror film, a man must face his personal demons as a consequence of a mysterious bargain he has made.

USA | 2013 | 4 min
Director: Joe Nicolosi
HELL NO is a short movie trailer that explores what would happen in horror movies if smart characters made good decisions. Spoiler alert: Everyone lives.

USA | 2013 | 8 min
Directors: Bryan Norton & Antonio Padovan
Jack’s favorite babysitter Elizabeth introduces him to the art of pumpkin carving on Halloween night. Nothing will ever be the same.

USA | 2012 | 15 min
Director: James Feeney
The shopping cart. Four wheels, one basket, and tonight, for the closing crew of a small-town grocery store, a blood-splattered aluminum nightmare.

Canada | 2013 | 10 min
Directors: Timothy Rutherford & Cody Kennedy
The last video store owner fights alongside the suspicious delivery boy to defend his collection when an unexpected package from digital rivals unleashes an analog-eating terror in the shop.

UK | 2013 | 6 min
Director: Jonathan Hopkins
The Colosseum, ancient Rome. Enormous, armor-clad gladiators eagerly await their turn to fight and die an honorable death in front of a bloodthirsty crowd. Except for MINIMUS, the weediest gladiator in history. Ill-equipped for combat, Minimus is freaking out big time. But can he overcome his fear and meet a hero’s end?

MUTANTLAND USA | 2010 | 3 min
Director: Phil Tippett
MUTANTLAND is a fully-CG short set in a post-historic world where EVERYTHING has changed. Humans, animals and the landscape itself have evolved nearly beyond recognition. Fantastic beings and fearsome predators populate this land. Life is hard, yet all in MUTANTLAND cope with the unbridled energy of survivalism – not realizing that they themselves are, in many instances, the butt of a cruel cosmic joke. From the monstrous and horrific, to the humorous and heroic, all denizens of MUTANTLAND are driven by a single need: FOOD.
IN PERSON: Phil Tippett

USA | 2013 | 11 min
Director: Phil Tippett
MAD GOD is an experimental animated film set in a Miltonesque world of monsters, mad scientists, and war pigs. Directed by legendary visual effects and stop-motion craftsman Phil Tippett, the sets, creatures, effects and spirit are, in every way, independent and created from the heart. Sometimes that heart is bursting with love for the craft – other times it’s macabre, punctured, and bleeding. MAD GOD is a mature film crafted from techniques & technology that spans the history of cinema.
IN PERSON: Phil Tippett

NEXT EXIT UK | 2013 | 13 min
Director: Ben Goodger
When a young woman gets a lift home by an apparently friendly stranger the mood quickly darkens, leading her to a destination she never imagined….

Spain | 2013 | 15 min
Director: Carlos Violadé
Manolo likes to play practical jokes. Maria has a lot of patience and good sense of humour. Manolo doesn’t know that to make a joke, one has to assume all the consequences.

Ireland | 2012 | 16 min
Director: Randal Plunkett
The story of a man’s struggle to uncover the truth of what has happened to him while surviving the deadly environment he has found himself in.

PLAY HOUSE USA | 2012 | 10 min
Director: Brandon LaGanke
The only thing keeping Harold’s family bound is his unconditional love for them.

SIGNAL Turkey/USA | 2013 | 2 min
Director: Lutfu Emre Cicek
Victims meet a gruesome fate at the hands of a malevolent entity.

USA | 2013 | 7 min
Director: John Fitzpatrick
Alison is left home alone on Halloween night, but while chatting with her best friend Jenna over Skype, something terrifying happens to Jenna, leaving Alison helpless on the other side of the computer screen, watching in horror.

USA | 2013 | 21 min
Directors: Sean & Elliot Pollaro
Based in the 1940s. An American soldier is forced to face his own nightmare.

SULFURIC USA | 2013 | 9 min
Director: Jeff Brown
Jennifer returns from a trip to find her roommate in their apartment, unconscious. After reviving her, it becomes apparent that something is occurring inside their home. Something awful.

TERRITORIAL USA | 2013 | 11 min
Directors: Santiago C. Tapia & Jessica Curtright
A person makes himself at home for a nice weekend.

Director: Jordan Shankman
On Halloween night, a father searches for his son, but comes face to face with pure evil.
IN PERSON: Director Jordan Shankman

Belgium | 2012 | 4 min
Director: Alberto Lopez
A man, a wall, a hole, a prohibition…

WHISPERS USA | 2013 | 7 min
Director: Max Isaacson
A man begins to unravel as he ritualistically hunts the rats who torment him by infesting his home.

USA | 2013 | 7 min
Directors: Tyler Mager & Americo Siller
The story of a troubled relationship between two young lovers who encounter a mysterious woman while going through a very public argument. The couple helps the woman into her house where strange things begin to happen. The seemingly sweet woman is not all that she appears to be leading our characters down a twisted and bloody path toward reconciliation.
IN PERSON: Director Americo Siller

USA | 2012 | 19 min
Director: David Garrett
A woman recovers from abdominal surgery at her aunt’s seaside home. One day, her surgical wound awakens, threatening her sanity and the lives of those around her.

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Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? Local 58 Contingency Emergency Broadcast



Wanna See Something REALLY Scary

“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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The Housemaid Haunts a New Trailer



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.

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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The Executioners Knock on the Wrong Door! Get Axed!



Ever since Funny Games I’ve been kind of soured on home invasion flicks. There have been some great ones, but seeing an entire family cower before two white-gloved youths proved a bit too unbelievable for me. I wanted to see the family fight back.

One thing’s for sure: Judging by the cover of The Executioners, someone has picked a feisty group of folks to pick on. Interest piqued.

Directed and written by Giorgio Serafini, the film stars Jemma Dallender, Natalie Burn, Rachel Rosenstein, and Justin Fischer. Look for the flick to be arriving on DVD, Digital, and On Demand March 27th from Lionsgate.

When four friends go on a retreat to a secluded lakeside cabin, they soon realize they’re not alone. Masked intruders try to take them hostage, but as they fight back, the friends get a taste for something more than the will to survive. Will their fate be as victim or executioner?

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