Even in 2020, you can’t keep a good horror fan down. The folks behind the Telluride Horror Show have announced quite a lineup for next month’s convention, and all of it will be available online from October 15-18th. There’s a lot of fun stuff planned—much of which is free and open to the public—including panels with Daniel Kraus (read the our interview with him here), co-author (along with George A. Romero) of the book, The Living Dead (read the our review here), and Max Brooks, author of World War Z, as well as original campfire tales from Emily M. Danforth, Jeremy Robert Johnson, Alma Katsu, and Paul Tremblay. There are 11 feature films and 40 short films from 13 different countries, and all are listed in the press release below. Passes to the event are available here.
Passes are now available for Telluride Horror Show, which has announced its first wave of films, events and guests for the 2020 Shelter-in-Place Edition, scheduled for October 15-18. The first announcement includes 11 feature films, 40 short films from 13 countries, and some of the genre’s most recognized authors, including Max Brooks, Daniel Kraus, Paul Tremblay, Alma Katsu, Emily M. Danforth, and Jeremy Robert Johnson.
In keeping with festival tradition, Creepy Campfire Tales, will go on, and while viewers will have the flexibility to enjoy most of the festival at their own pace, Telluride Horror Show is also excited to host a live virtual conversation with renowned authors Max Brooks and Daniel Kraus (event details and writer bios below).
Passes for the 11th Annual event are now available on the FESTIVAL PLATFORM. The second wave and festival schedule will be announced in coming weeks. For a complete breakdown of the first wave (including film synopses), please read below.
Telluride Horror Show SPECIAL EVENTS
Live Virtual Conversation with Max Brooks & Daniel Kraus
1pm (MST), Saturday, October 17, 2020
Free & Open to the Public
Max Brooks – GUEST AUTHOR
Max Brooks is the author of World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide, Minecraft: The Island, and Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre. His graphic novels include GI Joe: Hearts and Minds, The Extinction Parade, Germ Warfare: A Graphic History, and The Harlem Hellfighters. Brooks holds dual fellowships at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and the Modern War Institute at West Point.
Daniel Kraus – GUEST AUTHOR
Daniel Kraus is a New York Times bestselling author. With Guillermo del Toro, he co-authored The Shape of Water, based on the same idea the two created for the Oscar-winning film. Also with del Toro, Kraus co-authored Trollhunters, which was adapted into the Emmy-winning Netflix series. Kraus’s The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch was named one of Entertainment Weekly’s Top 10 Books of the Year, and he has won two Odyssey Awards (for both Rotters and Scowler) and has been a Library Guild selection, YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, Bram Stoker finalist, and more. The Living Dead [read the PopHorror review here], his newest release, is a posthumous collaboration with legendary filmmaker George A. Romero. Kraus’s work has been translated into over 25 languages. He lives with his wife in Chicago.
Telluride Horror Show CREEPY CAMPFIRE TALES (Free & Open to the Public)
Take your screen outside, build a campfire or light some candles, and enjoy virtual Creepy Campfire Tales from guest authors Emily M. Danforth, Jeremy Robert Johnson, Alma Katsu, and Paul Tremblay, filmed exclusively for the Telluride Horror Show Shelter-in-Place Edition.
Emily M. Danforth – GUEST AUTHOR
Emily M. Danforth’s debut (YA) novel, The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, was named to numerous “best book” lists, translated into half-a-dozen languages, and adapted into a Sundance award winning feature film of the same name. Emily’s second novel, Plain Bad Heroines – a meta-gothic-sapphic-romp of nested stories and so many killer yellow jackets – will be published by HarperCollins in October 2020. (Think of it as Picnic at Hanging Rock + The Blair Witch Project x lesbians.) Emily has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Montana and a Ph.D in English-Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She lives in Rhode Island with her wife Erica, her mother Sylvia, and two of the most spoiled dogs on the planet, Kevin and Sally O’Malley. Emily’s favorite 1980s slasher movie is April Fool’s Day and no, she almost certainly doesn’t want to hear why you think she’s wrong about that choice.
Jeremy Robert Johnson – GUEST AUTHOR
Jeremy Robert Johnson is the author of the critically acclaimed Entropy in Bloom, In the River, and the breakthrough cult novel Skullcrack City. His latest novel, The Loop, is “unputdownable…fans of The Twilight Zone, The X-Files, and Stranger Things will be especially thrilled” (Publishers Weekly). Jeremy’s fiction has been praised by countless publications and authors such as David Wong, Chuck Palahniuk and Jack Ketchum, and has appeared internationally in numerous anthologies and magazines.
Alma Katsu – GUEST AUTHOR
Alma Katsu writes novels that combine history and horror. Her latest are The Deep, a reimagining of the sinking of the Titanic, and The Hunger, a reimagining of the story of the Donner Party with a horror twist. The Hunger made NPR’s list of the 100 Best Horror Stories, was nominated for a Stoker and Locus Award for best horror novel, and recently won Spain’s Kelvin 505 award for Best Novel (translated). It also won the 2018 Western Heritage Award for Best Novel. Ms. Katsu lives outside of Washington, D.C. with her husband, musician Bruce Katsu. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Writing Program and Brandeis University, where she studied with novelist John Irving. She also is an alumni of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Prior to publication of her first novel, Ms. Katsu had a long career in intelligence, working for several US agencies and a think tank. Her first spy novel, Red Widow, will be published spring 2021.
Paul Tremblay – GUEST AUTHOR
Paul Tremblay is the award-winning and best-selling author of The Cabin at the End of the World, Growing Things and Other Stories, A Head Full of Ghosts, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, and The Little Sleep. Stephen King found Paul’s new novel, Survivor Song, “absolutely riveting. I haven’t been able to put it down.” Paul is a member of the board of directors of the Shirley Jackson Awards, and his essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly.com, and numerous “year’s best” anthologies. He has a master’s degree in mathematics and lives outside Boston with his family.
Telluride Horror Show FEATURE FILMS (first wave)
France | 2020 | 64 min | Director: Baptiste Rouveure
A series of vignettes illustrating human captives being literally treated like animals by humanoid figures with animal heads – who or what exactly are these people?
Canada | 2020 | 93 min | Director: Adrian Langley
A family of sadistic butchers lives deep in the backcountry. From the dead of winter to the dog days of summer, anyone who crosses their path is dead meat.
France | 2019 | 84 min | Directors: Guillaume Lubrano & François Descraques
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Five short horror films about ghouls, E.T, haunted dolls, zombies and more.
For the Sake of Vicious
Canada | 2019 | 81 min | Directors: Gabriel Carrer & Reese Eveneshen
For the Sake of Vicious stars Lora Burke as a nurse and single mother who returns from a late shift on Halloween to find a maniac hiding out with a hostage in her home. As a wave of violent intruders descend upon the neighborhood and lay siege, the nurse soon realizes the only way out of the situation is to become as violent as everyone else.
Hail to the Deadites
Canada | 2020 | 79 min | Director: Steve Villeneuve
Hail to the Deadites is a documentary about the fans of the Evil Dead franchise. Through interviews with cast, crew, collectors, fans, freaks and geeks, Hail to the Deadites seeks to illuminate the darkest reaches of the Evil Dead franchise’s undying and still-growing popularity – a popularity that has spawned four films, a TV series, comic books, figurines, and surpassed even its creator’s wildest dreams. Hail to the Deadites puts the spotlight on the fans that cultivated and spread this groovy pop-culture infection and celebrates those who’ve celebrated the films! Featuring interviews with Evil Dead franchise cast members Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Tom Sullivan, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley DePaiva, Sarah Berry, Rick Domeier & Bill Moseley.
USA | 1987 | 109 min | Director: Guy Magar
From the annals of ’80s L.A. horror history comes this outrageous, gaudy tale of possession and dismemberment, complete with bizarre death scenes and glowing eyes, awash in eye-popping blasts of red and lime. On Halloween night, George wants to end it all – but doesn’t die after falling several stories to the ground. A green-hued force enters George, tormenting his dreams of a man brutally gunned down by faceless people. From there, Retribution takes several more shocking, Tales From The Crypt-worthy turns into the strange and inventive. Restoration world premiere courtesy of Severin Films and the American Genre Film Archive! www.americangenrefilm.com
Canada | 2020 | 90 min | Director: Andrew Thomas Hunt
In a godforsaken bar in the middle of nowhere, an all-girl punk band, Ms. 45, rips the stage apart with their punk spirit. Their performance impresses an enthusiastic fan who lures the girls into a trap, sedates them, and starts… customizing them. The four wake up with an axe, drill or chainsaw attached to one arm and are forced to fight gladiator-style, in an arena-style auto-wrecking yard for the amusement of the Emperor and his sadistic townsfolk. The women must now truly band together and use all of their talents if they’re going to get out alive.
The 100 Candles Game
New Zealand/Argentina | 2020 | 100 min
Directors: Victor Català, Brian Deane, Oliver Lee Garland, Guillermo Lockhart, Tony Morales, Nicolás Onetti, Nicholas Peterson, Daniel Rübesam, & Christopher West
A group of friends must confront their fears in a terrifying game. They must sit by the other players in a circle made of a hundred candles, take one of them and tell a horror story. As stories are told and candles blown out, strange events will start to happen. They will feel strange presences around them, lurking in the shadows. But they MUST NOT leave the game or else a terrible curse will fall upon them…
The AGFA Horror Trailer Show
USA | 2020 | 80 min | Director: Miss N. Limbs
Visit the drive-in from dimension X! Unleashed from the dungeon of AGFA (the American Genre Film Archive), these are the most spine-ripping, slime-slinging, soul-shredding horror trailers in our arsenal. Meticulously constructed by AGFA’s mad scientists to resemble an otherworldly night at the movies under the stars, this mix features a plethora of material unseen since the films’ original releases. From the vaults of the American Genre Film Archive!
Netherlands | 2019 | 84 min | Director: Ivo van Aart
In this darkly funny horror film, Katja Herbers plays columnist and writer Femke, who is flooded with (anonymous) nasty messages and death threats on social media. One day she is completely done with it and decides to take revenge…
SHORT FILMS (first wave)
A Strange Calm
USA | 2020 | 15 min | Director: Austin Rourke
When 12-year-old Rosie and Miles encounter a strange man on the 4th of July, their journey to watch the fireworks on the outskirts of town becomes an unexpected fight for survival.
Spain | 2020 | 10 min | Director: Tony Morales
A terrible phone call in the middle of the night shakes Laura’s world. Meanwhile, little Ainara plays in her room. The appearance of an unknown entity will test the mental and emotional stability of the two sisters.
Norway | 2020 | 12 min | Director: Morten Haslerud
Anjelica buys an antique bathtub from a dead person’s estate and soon learns that some old things have more soul than others.
Argentina | 2019 | 10 min | Director: Gonzalo Mellid
The walk home from school will be altered for two sisters when the youngest takes an unexplored path into the woods that leads to a disquieting abandoned institution. Mesmerized by the building, the girl finds a scorched sketchbook that warns of a menacing presence surrounding her – but her innocence won’t let her see that her life is in danger.
Belgium | 2020 | 10 min | Director: Steffen Geypens
The forest is suspiciously quiet. The wind rustles softly through the leaves, the sun reflects on the moist soil, no animals can be seen. The only thing that disturbs this peace is the panting of two jogging teenagers. When they reach an open space, the tension suddenly arises.
Australia | 2020 | 15 min | Director: Antony Webb
A grief stricken miner injured on the desolate planet Carmentis must overcome personal demons to survive, but can he get there before the planet freezes?
Taiwan/Republic of China | 2020 | 6 min | Director: Rob Jabbaz
A young woman visits a secluded riverbank to relax in the sun. When a mosquito bites her, it becomes clear that there is a secret force of nature at work. And it wants more than just a drop of blood.
Netherlands | 2020 | 4 min | Director: Ivo van Aart
When a girl comes home at night, she finds a picture on her phone of herself sleeping…
Russian Federation | 2020 | 21 min | Director: Ivan Basov
With their deadline looming, a small team of construction workers isn’t too happy to find an anomaly in the house they’re renovating. Especially one that breaks the laws of physics. But maybe there’s something to be gained from this? Like a finder’s fee… Or nightmare fuel.
Face Your Fears
USA | 2020 | 16 min | Director: Neil Stevens
A young woman terrified of the dark discovers a supernatural game that will cure her fear, if she faces it first.
Feed Your Muse
USA | 2020 | 16 min | Director: Brendan Beachman
An aspiring novelist purchases the muse of a famous dead author at a garage sale. But what does the muse want in return?
UK | 2020 | 12 min | Director: Finn Callan
A young woman takes drastic measures to rid herself of a mysterious, otherworldly creature known as The Guest.
In the Mirrors
USA | 2020 | 8 min | Director: Merlin Camozzi
Clara discovers she has much bigger problems than a nerve-wracking meeting when her AirBnB turns out to be haunted by invisible creatures.
Portugal | 2020 | 8 min | Director: Francisco Lacerda
Two sleazy tourists have the night of their lives at a karaoke bar in the Azores.
UK | 2019 | 3 min | Director: Alex Baro-Cayetano
A little girl meets someone called “Keith” during difficult times. She doesn’t know what he’s here for… yet.
Laura Hasn’t Slept
USA | 2020 | 11 min | Director: Parker Finn
Desperate to rid herself of a recurring nightmare, a young woman seeks help from her therapist.
USA | 2020 | 18 min | Director: Andrew Bowser
A former child actor, known for the 1980s horror film, Little Willy, has a mental breakdown in his mid-30s while attending a horror convention.
USA | 2020 | 2 min | Director: Alex Grybauskas
A college student learns her roommate is being haunted by a monster… and it’s coming for her next.
Canada | 2019 | 10 min | Director: Andrew Jeffrey
Misha’s only daughter, June, is very sick. After five days at home, June’s school reports her absence to the state, prompting agents from the Bureau of Order and Safety to investigate the nature of June’s illness. When the agents arrive, an exhausted Misha faces the reality that the agents are there to determine whether or not she and June are modern day witches.
USA | 2020 | 14 min | Director: Thomas Mendolia
A girl from a broken home is visited in her closet by a mysterious creature who promises her anything she wants…at a price.
Netherlands | 2020 | 15 min | Director: Jasper de Bruin
A heavily overworked nurse is being stalked by a mysterious figure during her night shift in the nursing home.
No Thank You
USA | 2020 | 6 min | Director: Rachael Drummond
As the end of the world approaches, a woman must decide between fighting for her life or staying in her cozy apartment and waiting for death.
USA | 2020 | 9 min | Director: David McAbee
Dr. Nova Thorpe has but a few minutes before the inevitable. But before that she must warn everyone that her experiment went horrifically wrong.
USA | 2020 | 5 min | Director: Richard C. Jones
A father tries to spend some quality time with his son but things get out of hand after they hit a deer in the road.
Peter the Penguin
UK | 2020 | 9 min | Director: Andrew Rutter
Nigel is on his way to meet his partner’s daughter, Emily, for the first time and he hopes to make a big impression.
USA | 2020 | 29 min | Director: Justin Daering
When a blue-collar man is forcibly implanted with his alien boss’s parasitic offspring, he asks his wife to help him remove the parasite.
Canada | 2020 | 16 min | Director: Santiago Menghini
Following the death of his father, a man must survive the manifestations of his inner demons over the course of a dreary night.
USA | 2020 | 9 min | Director: John Poliquin
An insecure teenager deletes her social media accounts and learns that what she put online will come back to haunt her.
USA | 2020 | 6 min | Director: Quinn George
A couple struggles to see eye to eye when a mysterious red orb appears in their new home.
Spain | 2019 | 13 min | Director: Javier Chavanel
Borja is about to meet his girlfriend’s parents. A tricky and awkward moment. But he can’t even imagine what he’s going to suffer through next… just smile and wait.
Canada | 2019 | 9 min | Director: Luke Humphrey
A lonely janitor must make a choice when a vampire attack leaves him the sole caretaker of an orphaned, and possibly monstrous, infant.
USA | 2020 | 35 min | Director: Matt Smith
Two characters are forced to navigate a stark and brutal calculus in hunger, sex and death when routine facility maintenance veers wildly towards conflict and the instinct for self-preservation.
UK | 2020 | 20 min | Director: Alexandre Singh
Disturbed by a mysterious entry in his diary, novelist Henry Salt embarks on an obsessive quest to uncover the identity of his 12 o’clock appointment.
USA | 2020 | 5 min | Director: David Brame
Two friends embark on a journey to dig an unmarked grave in the middle of the desert. One comes out, altered and changed.
Australia | 2020 | 16 min | Director: Millicent Malcolm
When a skeptical teenage girl inherits a mysterious heirloom, she must decide whether to use it to protect herself from her destructive mother.
USA | 2020 | 4 min | Director: Zach D. Lorkiewicz
A young woman wakes up in the middle of the night from a knock on her bedroom door.
Scotland | 2019 | 10 min | Director: Ciaran Lyons
When a man refuses to get out of his car after running someone over, he causes justice to take a bizarre and terrible form.
There’s a Ghost in the House
USA | 2020 | 7 min | Directors: Brad McHargue & Becky Sayers
A couple’s fractured relationship is pushed to the brink when an unexpected visitor shows up in the middle of the night.
We All Scream
USA | 2020 | 7 min | Directors: Chris Lofing & Travis Cluff
A neglected boy with a sweet tooth gets more than he bargained for when he receives a special visit from the mysterious ice cream man, Mr. Sweetie.
Who Goes There?
UK | 2020 | 24 min | Director: Astrid Thorvaldsen
Minnesota 1880: The trust of three Norwegian sisters is tested when a stranger appears on their prairie. When the eldest invites him in to heal her dying sister, she doesn’t realize that a supernatural force is crossing her threshold.
You Wouldn’t Understand [read the PopHorror review here]
USA | 2020 | 9 min | Director: Trish Harnetiaux
An idyllic picnic of one is upended after the arrival of a stranger.
How’s that for a great film list? We’re pretty pumped for this year’s Telluride Horror Show, and we can’t wait to see The Columnist, The 100 Candles Game, Spare Parts, Antikk, Exit, Click, Feed Your Muse, Nightingale, Progeny, Teething, The Body (not the same one Adam Paul Webber directed – read our review here), The Motorist, and Who Goes There? And there’s also all new Creepy Campfire Tales (which are free and open to the public!), plus Daniel Kraus and Max Brook panels! Stay tuned for PopHorror reviews of some of these shorts and films. Did you find anything you’re dying to see, horror fam? Grab yourself Telluride Horror Story Shelter-in-Place passes and check them out!