TELLURIDE – It has only been a few weeks since the new Telluride Horror Show extravaganza, featuring films on all things dark and macabre, was added to Telluride’s official event calendar, but according to founder and director Ted Wilson, it’s already exceeding his expectations.
“I thought it would take a few years to get established,” to draw some of the hottest-ticket items on the independent horror film circuit, Wilson said.
Somewhat to his surprise, however, the newest addition to Telluride’s thriving festival scene, strategically scheduled from Oct. 15-17 to land smack dab in the middle of the town’s fall lull when Wilson hopes it will prove an economic boon in a notoriously slow time of year, has hit the ground running.
“We’re getting films I never expected we’d get at this point,” Wilson coyly referred to topnotch cuts already on the schedules at other distant and more established festivals. But he declined to identify those films for just now.
While the Telluride Film Festival and Mountainfilm have already put Telluride squarely on filmmakers’ festival maps, “unquestionably” lending serious credibility to Wilson’s efforts, he said, another reason Wilson believes he is attracting talent he didn’t expect is simply because Telluride is cool.
“A lot of them have been here already and they really want to show their films here,” he said.
Wilson would admit to only one big name score on his festival schedule that is still very much in development. (He’s still accepting submissions). Bitter Feast, written and directed by Joe Maggio, is about a celebrity television chef who seeks revenge against the influential food blogger responsible for dealing a deathblow to his career. It premiered in June at the Los Angeles Film Festival to rave reviews.
Joining Bitter Feast on the confirmed features list are: The Book of Zombie directed by Scott Kragelund, Paul Cranefield and Erik Van Sant; Broken Springs: Shine of the Undead Zombie Bastards, directed by Neeley Lawson; I Didn’t Come Here to Die, directed by Bradley Scott Sullivan; Someone’s Knocking At the Door, directed by Chad Ferrin; and Strigoi directed by Faye Jackson.
Confirmed film shorts include: Attack, directed by Adam White; Cockpit: The Rule of Engagement, directed by Jesse Griffith; Demiurge Emesis, directed by Aurelio Voltaire; Enigma, directed by the Shumway Brothers; and Mutantland, directed by Phil Tippett.
Wilson has also scored two high profile horror-genre guests for his inaugural festival.
Horror genre entertainment magazine Fangoria editor-in-chief Chris Alexander will act as the event’s guest host and lead filmmaker question and answer sessions, while special effects make-up artist (think Titanic and icicle-covered corpses) and “The Tales of Bloody Mary” comic book creator Bobbie Weiner (a.k.a. Bloody Mary) will host a Sunday morning “Zombie Brunch” at the Sheridan Opera House.
To ensure that every festival pass holder gets into one of the two films being screened per timeslot at the Nugget Theatre or the Sheridan Opera House, the festival will not be oversold. A pass guarantees a seat in one of the two locations, but not necessarily at one’s first choice of program.
A limited number of three-day festival passes are now on sale at the early bird price of $120, representing a $30 savings over the regular pass price of $150.
For more information or to purchase a pass visit www.telluridehorrorshow.com.