Before we get started, we all need to agree on something: Halloween is the best holiday of them all. Period. Know why? Not only do you get dress up as anything from a sexy nurse to Snorlax, but we get to have events like the Telluride Horror Show.
Once referred to as a “smörgåsbord of horror goodness” by Bloody Disgusting, this festival is the top dog of all things horror film. And if you have even an inkling of interest in the horror genre, you best be getting your tickets to this year’s event, which runs October 11 to 13.
This gore and horror-filled event is Colorado’s first and longest-running horror film festival. In fact, this year is its 10th anniversary. Each year, attendees can expect the latest and greatest of the horror film genre from filmmakers around the world. For a solid three days, horror fans can immerse themselves in “an eclectic mix of horror, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, sci-fi and dark comedy,” according to the event’s website. Many of the films will be showing for the first time in the U.S.
Let’s take a look at what horror fanatics can expect.
Joe Bob Briggs: The top-notch nationally syndicated Joe Bob Briggs will take his “drive-in movie critic” skills to the stages of Telluride. Attendees will get to watch his “How Rednecks Saved Hollywood” show and view a special presentation of the redneck-horror classic “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil.”
Eli Craig: Telluride audiences will get to see “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil” director Eli Craig in the flesh this year. The LA native is no stranger to Colorado. He used to ski bum in the mountains of Crested Butte, where he served as a mountain guide. Craig will join Briggs for a special presentation of “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil,” as well as a conversation following the showing.
Kelly Link: Pulitzer finalist Kelly Link will be gracing THS as this year’s 2019 guest author. The author of “Get in Trouble” will be doing a public reading, conversation, and book signing.
Joshua Hoffine: Ever heard of a horror photographer? Well, now you have. Joshua Hoffine, THS’s guest artist, has been featured on Rue Morgue, Fangoria, and Horror Hound. Check out a presentation of his horror photography and you’ll also get a glimpse of a teaser for his upcoming film, “Night of the Hatchet Man.”
Jeremy Robert Johnson: Jeremy Robert Johnson, the author of “Skullcrack City,” will be THS’s second guest author. He will host a conversation with Link as well as a public reading and book signing.
Meredith Borders: Meredith Borders will be one of the guest hosts at this year’s event. Borders is the managing editor of FANGORIA magazine, a horror film fan magazine that’s been around since 1979. A true classic.
Feature Films“1BR,” by director David Marmor
“Girl On the Third Floor,” by director Travis Stevens
“Making Monsters,” by directors Justin Harding and Rob Brunner
“Mutant Blast,” by director Fernando Alle
“Sator,” by director Jordan Graham
“She Never Died,” by director Audrey Cummings
“The Wretched,” by director Brett Pierce and Drew Pierce
“Tucker & Dale vs. Evil,” by director Eli Craig
“VFW,” by director Joe Begos
“Z,” by director Brandon Christensen
Short Films“Abyssus,” by director Kim Westerlund
“Bad Hair,” by director Oskar Lehemaa
“Bedtime Story,” by directors Lucas Paulino and Ángel Torres
“Call For a Good Time,” by directors Jon Rhoads and Mike Marrero
“Hellevate,” by director Dusty Brown
“Hopes,” by director Raúl Monge
“In Sound, We Live Forever,” by director Joshua Giuliano
“It Crawled In Through the Window,” by directors Isaac Ruth and Ali Petre
“La Noria,” by director Carlos Baena
“Lili,” by director Yfke van Berckelaer
“Most Steps Ever,” by directors Nesib (CB) Shamah and James Allen Smith
“Night Crawl,” by director Gregory Shultz
“O.I.,” by director N’cee van Heerden
“Spasms,” by director Todd Redenius
“The Burden,” by director Nico van den Brink
“The Dreamer,” by director Kenneth Karlstad
“The Fortune Teller,” by director David Ferino
“The Procedure 2,” by director Calvin Reeder
“Toe,” by directors Neal O’Bryan and Chad Thurman
“Wash,” by director Kiggs
“Wild Love,” by director Paul Autric, Quentin Camus, Léa Georges, Maryka Laudet, Zoé Sottiaux, Corentin Yvergniaux
“Wither,” by director Ethan Evans