FEATURE: TELLURIDE HORROR SHOW 2020
The 11th annual Telluride Horror Show kicks off this weekend (October 15th-18th), and like so many other fests this year, THS has taken itself online for the first ever Shelter-In-Place edition. Good to know the folks over there have a sense of humor about it. Honestly, nothing is more depressing to me this year than NOT making the trip to the idyllic mountain town of Telluride. It’s become a sort of ritual for me over the past few years, and it may just be my favorite film festival on planet earth. Even the 7 hour drive from Denver has become something of an adventure in and of itself. Oh well, the show must go on, and they’ll need your support more than ever to come back even stronger in 2021.
I know that film acquisitions have been tough this year, but Telluride has still managed to nab a few killer offerings…pun intended. In addition to showcasing some kick-ass films online, THS has stayed true to its immersive roots by still offering “attendees” access to the creepy campfire tales for free and even a free live virtual conversation with authors Max Brooks & Daniel Kraus. Yes, that’s right…FREE and open to the public! These are just a few of the happenings FEAR FOREVER is stoked about this year. Passes and individual show tickets are available HERE. Read on for more highlights.
The film that this writer is most excited for is Brandon Cronenberg’s POSSESSOR:UNCUT. Now this film has been one of the most hyped up films of 2020, and I have yet to get a negative reaction from anyone I trust. This film is one of only two films this year that requires you to watch it at a certain time. POSSESSOR will be the closing night film on 10/18. Click the link ion the title above for more details. I’ve heard that this film is some kind of cerebral sci-fi bloodbath…count me in!
“From the visionary mind of writer/director Brandon Cronenberg, POSSESSOR is an arresting sci-fi thriller about elite, corporate assassin Tasya Vos. Using brain-implant technology, Vos takes control of other people’s bodies to execute high profile targets. As she sinks deeper into her latest assignment Vos becomes trapped inside a mind that threatens to obliterate her.”
Next on our must list is the documentary HAIL TO THE DEADITES, exploring all things fandom in the cinematic universe of THE EVIL DEAD. I’ve been hearing about this film for a while, and it’s already had some strong festival buzz this year. This film looks like a deep dive into the convention subculture as well as interviews with nearly everyone involved in these iconic films. Did I mention that Ted Raimi will also be available for a virtual cocktail hour following the screening of the short film RED LIGHT? I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a once in a lifetime experience for fans of THE EVIL DEAD or the elusive Raimi brothers.
“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.”
RED LIGHT + DEATHLY SPIRITS WITH TED RAIMI
“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).”
There’s a whole lot more in store too, just head over to the program page and see for yourself. There’s sure to be something for everyone. Even though this year may be slimmed down, it’s good to know that the focus continues to remain on quality and the guest experience. Happy Hunting.