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The 3rd annual Telluride Horror Show unveils its first wave of genre films

08.31.2012by: Jake Dee

Any chance you'll be in the Telluride, Colorado area during October 12-14? Then perhaps this news will be of interest...

The 3rd annual Telluride Horror Show, a 3-day horror film festival, returns to world-famous Telluride, Colorado, October 12-14, 2012 for its third edition. 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 20 feature films and 25+ short films, and hosts special programs, guests, and a party or two. Named one of the "20 Coolest Film Festivals" in 2011 by Moviemaker Magazine.

No use dicking around, let's get to first wave of feature programming:

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:

9 people stuck on an elevator – one has a ticking bomb - the other 8 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 "honour" 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 Chando:

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 Dimen:

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 Butle:

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 Murphys, 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 Murphys 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.

For more on the 3rd annual Telluride Horror Show, click HERE.

CRAWL's Georgina Haig

Extra Tidbit: Flick you're most looking forward to seeing?
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