Free & Open to the Public
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 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, 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.
Deathly Spirits with Ted Raimi
6PM MST, Saturday, October 17, 2020
(Open to festival passholders only)
As an actor, Ted Raimi’s thirty-year career includes feature film credits Midnight Meat Train, Candyman, Shocker, Born Yesterday, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Grudge, Oz the Great and Powerful as well as the Spider-Man series of films. Television credits include DeadWax, Ash vs. the Evil Dead, Supernatural, Twin Peaks, CSI: NY, Xena: Warrior Princess, SeaQuest DSV and dozens of others.
50 States of Fright: Red Rum + Live Conversation with
Daniel Goldhaber & Isa Mazzei
(Open to festival passholders only)
Sam Raimi’s 50 States of Fright, available exclusively on Quibi, explores stories based on urban legends from each state, taking viewers deeper into the horrors that lurk just beneath the surface of our country. Telluride Horror Show alum Daniel Goldhaber and Isa Mazzei (CAM, 2018 Official Selection) return to the festival with their 50 States of Fright episode RED RUM (starring Christina Ricci), where a bunch of “influencers” descend on Colorado’s most haunted hotel and find themselves the victims of a bunch of spirits who just want to be left alone. Immediately following this special screening of RED RUM, join us for a live conversation with Daniel & Isa and hear more about their Colorado-based ghost story. 50 States of Fright: Red Rum program courtesy of Quibi.
Fright or Wrong: Horror Trivia
(Open to festival passholders only)
“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
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.
Jeremy Robert Johnson
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 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. Her first spy novel, Red Widow, will be published spring 2021.
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.
Canada | 2020 | 85 min | Director: Amelia Moses
A vegan singer songwriter goes to work on her second album with notorious music producer Vaughn Daniels. But as the album progresses, she starts to transform into a powerful beast with a thirst for blood, meat and the hunt.
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
Zombies, aliens, ghouls, ghosts… Dark Stories only…
Faking A Murderer
Canada | 2020 | 96 min | Director: Stu Stone
In search of their next hit series, filmmakers Adam Rodness & Stu Stone embark on an investigation to find a man they believe to be a serial killer. Are they in over their heads? Yes.
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
RESTORATION WORLD PREMIERE
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!
New Zealand | 2020 | 95 min | Director: Jake Mahaffy
A pregnant woman returns to her recently-deceased grandparents’ old family home to spend time with her estranged mother. What begins as a tenuous reunion slowly turns terrifying. A psychological thriller that preys upon perception, Reunion sees veteran actress Julia Ormond deliver a tour-de-force performance of threateningly quiet intensity and features a twisty narrative that will burrow itself into the darkest corners of your mind.
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…
The Oak Room
Canada | 2019 | 90 min | Director: Cody Calahan
During a raging snowstorm, a drifter (RJ Mitte) returns home to the blue-collar bar located in the remote Canadian town where he was born. When he offers to settle an old debt with a grizzled bartender (Peter Outerbridge) by telling him a story, the night’s events quickly spin into a dark tale of mistaken identities, double-crosses and shocking violence.
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.
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.
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…
USA | 2020 | 16 min | Director: Jessica Henric
A young native woman reeling from a recent divorce returns to her home in the Everglades and encounters a terrifying entity, leading her to reconnect with her past and heritage to defeat it.
USA | 2020 | 25 min | Director: Ben Cunis
A painter, recently following a miscarriage, finds an empty sketchbook that seems to magically rekindle her artistry. But as she uses it more, her career and relationship begin to fragment, as she struggles to restore the balance of her life while being drawn into a dark, strange world of the imagination.
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?
USA | 2020 | 1 min | Director: Chris McInroy
A cautionary tale.
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.’
Norway | 2020 | 25 min | Director: Anders Elsrud Hultgreen
Chaos breaks out at a hospital when a mutant dumpster troll is accidentally brought to life, as a result of sloppy waste management by the shuffle-dancing young man Rasmus.
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.
Canada | 2020 | 10 min | Director: Kerim R. Banka
A young couple discovers an abandoned vehicle pile-up on an isolated back road.
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.
USA | 2020 | 10 min | Director: Alex Kahuam
An obnoxious social media influencer and a group of friends on their way to a Halloween party find themselves in a grim world of hell when they run into two twisted brothers. Not even one of their 1 million followers can help them now. Written and directed by Alex Kahuam (Escondida, Forgiveness), Red Light is a proof of concept starring horror icons Ted Raimi (Ash vs. Evil Dead, Deadwax) and Brian Krause (Charmed, Cypher), with the feature film adaptation currently in development. Produced by Marco De Molina (Southern Tale, Influencia).
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.
USA | 2020 | 6 min | Director: Tara Price
While having a tea party, a little girl loses her temper and things get bloody.
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.
That Old Misery
USA | 2020 | 17 min | Director: Gray Creasy
A post-technology folk horror tale that explores themes of human isolation, climate catastrophe, and viral disease through the lens of desperation and psychosexual madness.
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.The Body
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.
USA | 2020 | 14 min | Director: J.M. Logan
A group of adventurers in search of a mythological object get more than they bargained for when they discover the legend foretelling the end of all life in the universe could actually be true.
The Second Signal
USA | 2020 | 9 min | Director: Tim McClelland
1987. Up-and-coming video artist K. Weston has abandoned her NYC post and returned to her empty childhood home in Santa Fe, NM. She works alone, but a mysterious “second signal” keeps appearing on the VHS tapes she records. Is it mundane interference, paranoid delusion, or is someone (or something) trying to communicate with her?
The Silent Lay Steady
Canada | 2020 | 15 min | Director: Travis Laidlaw
A woman finds herself alone with the deceased after a funeral in her 1860s farmhouse.
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
USA | 2020 | 9 min | Director: Trish Harnetiaux
An idyllic picnic of one is upended after the arrival of a stranger.
Telluride Horror Show is Colorado’s first and longest-running horror film festival! Every year, the festival attracts the latest & best genre films from around the world and attendees from all over the continent for an incredible gathering of film fans in the world-famous mountain resort town of Telluride, Colorado. For three packed days, attendees experience an eclectic mix of horror, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, sci-fi and dark comedy in Telluride’s unique theaters, with many of the films showing for the first time.