Makeup Artist Turns Herself into the Various ‘Killer Klowns from Outer Space’ in This Crazy Tutorial Series

When it comes to iconic and unique horror movie monster designs, the Chiodo Brothers absolutely knocked it out of the park with Killer Klowns from Outer Space, bringing to life a handful of different characters that are easily the most singular clown designs in horror movie history. Those characters, of course, are a large reason why the ’88 film is so beloved.

Personally speaking, I am a HUGE fan of Killer Klowns, so makeup artist Cris Alex MUA‘s latest tutorial series is one that has completely won over my heart. In a series of three videos, Cris turns herself into Shorty, Rudy and Fatso, and the results are truly jaw dropping.

Cris combined makeup and prosthetics appliances to become her favorite Killer Klowns, and you’ll find the three tutorials below along with a video about how she made the appliances.

Horror fans are the most creative and coolest people on the planet, aren’t they?!

SyFy Rebooting CRITTERS and KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE

It was just the other day that we shared our list of 80’s Creatures That Deserve Reboots and already today we have word via our buddies over at Bloody Disgusting that both Killer Klowns from Outer Space and Critters have new films in the works!

Evidently, Syfy is in talks to license the rights to make new feature films based on the Chiodo brothers’ Killer Klowns from Outer Space and Stephen Herek’s Critters. Not much else in know at the time but we will make sure to keep on top of this story as it develops and pass along word ASAP.

Until then let us know what you think in the comments section or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Killer Klowns from Outer Space synopsis:

When teenagers Mike (Grant Cramer) and Debbie (Suzanne Snyder) see a comet crash outside their sleepy small town, they investigate and discover a pack of murderous aliens who look very much like circus clowns. They try to warn the local authorities, but everyone assumes their story is a prank. Meanwhile, the clowns set about harvesting and eating as many people as they can. It’s not until they kidnap Debbie that Mike decides it’s up to him to stop the clowns’ bloody rampage.

Critters synopsis:

When strange fuzzy creatures from outer space arrive on a farm, the Brown family — Jay (Billy Green Bush), Helen (Dee Wallace-Stone), their daughter, April (Nadine Van Der Velde), and their son, Brad (Scott Grimes) — must fend off the malevolent little aliens. Two bounty hunters with superhuman abilities follow the aggressive beasts from beyond, but the warriors aren’t terribly effective, leaving the Brown family to battle the fur balls and rescue April from their clutches all by themselves.

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Syfy to Make ‘Killer Klowns from Outer Space’ and ‘Critters’ Films [Exclusive]

We’re bringing all the treats this Halloween season and have just learned of some massively exciting news regarding two beloved 1980’s classics.

Bloody Disgusting is hearing exclusively that Syfy is in talks to license the rights to make new feature films based on the Chiodo brothers’ Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) and Stephen Herek’s Critters (1986).

While Critters has seen multiple sequels, fans have been clamoring for a Killer Klowns followup for decades. In the film, aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town. Syfy is making franchise reboots part of their new business model with a perfect example being Leprechaun Returns, set to premiere in March of 2019.

Critters is also sci-fi-themed and followed a group of small, furry aliens that make lunch out of the locals in a farming town. Leonardo DiCaprio made his film debut in the third Critters.

What would you like to see out of new films? Sequels? Remakes? What kind of story?

80’s Creatures That Deserve Reboots

It was just yesterday that we passed along the fun news that Halloween director David Gordon Green wants to reboot Critters and/or Ghoulies.

And on top of that, we already told you earlier this year that Critters will be getting a reboot via a new TV series called Critters: A New Binge. The rebooted series will be directed by Jordan Rubin, who will write and executive produce alongside Jon and Al Kaplan and original Critters producers Rupert Harvey and Barry Opper.

The show will be hitting Verizon’s go90 in the near future and will follow “The critters return to Earth in search of one of their kin, who was left behind years ago during an earlier mission. They land in Burbank, Calif., where they wreak havoc on a group of high schoolers and their families.”

Production is said to begin in “early 2018.” And considering it’s late 2018, along with Green’s comments, our minds return to the upcoming Critters: A New Binge.

Not only are we excited about the show, but within the next year or so (hopefully) we will be seeing a rebooted version of some of our favorite creatures from the 80’s, including but are not limited to a supposed Gremlins remake/sequel, a new Puppet Master film, and a remake of The Blob via Simon West.

And all of this news surrounding reboots and sequels of some of our favorite creatures from the 80’s has us wondering, “Which Other 80’s Creatures Deserve a Reboot?”

Cast your vote below!

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Killer Klowns from Outer Space

Might as well start off with good old Killer Klowns from Outer Space. For our true followers out there, you’ll know that a killer klown recently showed up in the horror-comedy Hell’s Kitty, but I’m talking about a full reboot-sequel here. And truth be told I think this is a film that is already getting a TV/movie reboot – we just haven’t heard the announcement yet. I mean how could anyone pass on the chance to reboot this cult classic? Especially with clowns being all the rage recently with those scary-ass sightings and that one Stephen King movie that was big last year (the name escapes me at the moment). The Killer Klowns are primed for a reboot and don’t be surprised if we hear about it soon. At least I hope so.

 


C.H.U.D.

C.H.U.D. already received its own tribute anthology novel aptly titled C.H.U.D. Lives! earlier this year. The novel details events that occurred before, during, and after the scenes from the original film with stories that will expand the world created by the film and add depth to the C.H.U.D. universe. But I’m not talking about books here. I’m talking about either big-budget movie reboots and/or legitimate TV shows that squeeze all the potential out of these underappreciated classics. And C.H.U.D. is a franchise that would make for one hell of a TV series. Just look at the fact that there is a tribute anthology novel and it’s clear the love for C.H.U.D. is still alive and kicking. So let’s get out TV show already, Hollywood.

 


Ghoulies

This one is all about the poster, ladies and gentlemen. God, that fucking poster. I don’t know about you but this film’s ad campaign gave me nightmares for years, let alone an issue with potty-training. And this means that it is effective as hell and in desperate need of a reboot from the ground up. The poster can stay. So can the design of the main Ghoulie. Everything else, as they say, must go. And they don’t need to go to space – or even college for that matter. No, these rebooted Ghoulies just need to pop out of the toilet and bite people on the ass. That’s all. For 90 minutes straight. The basic point is, we need a version of Ghoulies that does nothing but deliver on the promise of this classic poster. “They’ll get you in the end.” Classic.


Munchies

Like the above entry was all about the poster, this entry is all about the title. Or, you know, the name of the titular creatures. I mean are you seriously telling me that this property isn’t ready for a reboot TV series? Stoners would watch this every week based on the title alone. What’s even better is the little guys have a fun story behind their antics in that if they are chopped up (into quarters, let’s say) instead of dying, the Munchie will multiply into four new Munchies! The creatures also develop “a love of women, beer, attacking people, and junk food in the process” and that sounds like the most punk rock rip-off of Gremlins I’ve ever heard of. Let’s get this going tonight. I’ll write, you direct.


Neon Maniacs

If you haven’t seen Joseph Mangine’s 1986 creature feature Neon Maniacs, I hate to say it but I think it’s best for you to just steer clear. The film has a winning premise regarding a group of monsters living under the Golden Gate Bridge, and some knock out creature designs and corresponding artwork, but the film itself is a mess. Like a true, unfinished mess. This is why the film is primed for a reboot. The title alone is beyond badass and with the right effects company in tow, the rebooted film and/or TV series could be a massive hit. Bonus points would be awarded if the reboot managed to get Andrew Divoff (Wishmaster) back in the saddle. Thankfully, I’m thinking that would be possible.


Hobgoblins

Yet another mini-monster movie that is nothing more than a rip-off of Joe Dante’s classic Gremlins. But this one, in particular, is special because of just how notoriously God-awful it is – even by comparison to other such mini-monster rip-offs like the above-mentioned Munchies and Ghoulies. But all trash-talk aside, Hobgoblins could be a “so bad it’s good” type of reboot the likes of which could delight viewers for weeks on end if made into a TV series. Hell, the movie itself is even so bad it was included in a classic episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. And if that doesn’t make you interested in checking out the movie ASAP, then at least the corresponding MST3K episode should make the top of your rainy day viewing list. It’s a blast.


Elves

These little guys are a set of yuletide creatures that stand as little more than a prime horror creature franchise that never was. Sure the original film is mostly a waste of time, but the general idea of little Elf creatures terrorizing families (and no doubt half-naked co-eds) during the Christmas holidays is something that cannot stand as merely a failed film from the 80’s. Elves deserves more. It NEEDS more. This is a holiday classic waiting to happen year after year and no one ever jumps on it. This is what we could be watching instead of Gremlins for the millionth time (not that I’m complaining). We all deserve a freshly rebooted Elves flick this Christmas.


Rawhead Rex

Let it be known right off the bat that as strange as it may sound, this entry also stands as my pick for Pumpkinhead needing a reboot as well. But I chose Clive Barker’s Rawhead Rex over Pumpkinhead simply because Pumpkinhead has already had a few reboots over the years – including a recent comic book miniseries. Rawhead Rex, however, has only been given a terrible 80’s adaptation (sorry if you love it) and a killer comic book adaptation via Steve Niles and artist Les Edwards. But Barker’s tale of a roaring, rampaging monster from beyond Hell needs more love. And a budget. Given those two things, I see no reason why Rawhead Rex wouldn’t become a massive horror hit. If you’ve never read the short contained within Barker’s Books of Blood collection, make sure you do so.


The Nest

Okay so the creatures found within Terence H. Winkless’ 1988 masterpiece of “Nope” The Nest aren’t exactly creatures from another world, but I never said they had to be, right? All smart-ass-ness aside, I agree that calling for a reboot of The Nest is a bit of a stretch here on this list. But all the same, now that we could see a killer cockroach film and the filmmakers wouldn’t have to, you know, make the damn film surrounded by real-life nightmare roaches, a new killer roach film has to be in the making. I don’t know about you and yours, but if my mom even caught wind of a new killer roach script circling town she’d give up on movies forever. And that’s impressive. Again, deliver on the poster. Plain and simple.


Scarecrows

Like the killer roaches entry above, Scarecrows isn’t a film that I think specifically needs to be rebooted into a major Hollywood motion picture and/or a Netflix original series. But the general idea of Scarecrows creeping out of the cornfield after nightfall is fucking scary as ten types of Hell and the fact that we still don’t have a flagship Scarecrow(s) movie is beyond a shame. Time and time again, filmmakers keep trying to make a quality Scarecrow film, and time and time again, filmmakers keep failing their mission. But does that mean hungry, young filmmakers need to STOP trying? No, I don’t think so. There is a super classic Scarecrow film out there yet to be made, and who knows, maybe it will be yours. Only one way to find out…

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And there you have it, those are our picks for 80’s creatures that deserve reboots. What 80’s creatures do YOU think deserve a reboot? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

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5 Arrow Films Releases You Need for Halloween

Every Friday in October I am going to highlight 5 releases from some of my favorite Blu-ray labels that every horror fan needs in their collection for October. Think of it as a Christmas shopping guide, but with a Halloween slant.

Arrow Films launched in the UK way back in 1991. It didn’t take long for the company to establish themselves as a premier player in the home video market thanks to their state-of-the-art in house restorations and overwhelming amount of expertly curated bonus features. After becoming the undisputed leader in the cult and horror home video spectrum on the UK, the company teamed with distribution mega-force MVD Entertainment and expanded their scope into the US in the early part of 2015.

With a collection of hundreds of titles, offering up something for every type of horror fan, it can be difficult narrowing down recommendations. I’ve taken on the task, however, and have chosen five of the more recent releases from Arrow’s US slate that every horror fan is going to want to get their hands on this Halloween.


Doom Asylum (1987)

I unabashedly love Doom Asylum. This is a silly, ultra campy, mostly bad slasher, but hidden somewhere, deep within all its faults is something charming and fun. Filmed on a real-life abandoned insane asylum, this story revolves around a lunatic should-be dead doctor that brutally murders teens that enter the asylum. Each gory murder is followed by a cheesy one-liner. Throw this one on at your Halloween party this year and I assure you that your friends will thank you.

The film is available to be watched in either 1.78:1 or 1.33:1. Both versions look awesome. In addition the two different framings, there are plenty of fun bonus features:

  • Tina’s Terror – interview with the film’s star Ruth Collins
  • Movie Mad House – interview with DP Larry Revene
  • Morgues & Mayhem – interview with makeup effects creator Vincent J. Gaustini
  • Archival Interviews with executive producer Alexander W. Kogan Jr, director Richard Friedman and production manager Bill Tasgal
  • Stills Gallery
  • Audio Commentary with screenwriter Rick Marx
  • Audio Commentary with The Hysteria Continues

The interviews included fantastic, especially the ones with Collins and Gaustini. Collins discusses the cult status of the film and her career in general. Gaustini, who has since gone on to be a big name in makeup effects, recalls his experience working on Doom Asylum, which was his first film. At the time he hated, but has since changed his tune and remembers it fondly.


Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a staple of ’80s horror. I don’t think I need to tell you, but just to be safe I’ll remind everyone that the film is about a spaceship that lands in an empty field near a small town and out come killer klowns that turn people into cotton candy. I will forever be grateful to Stephen and Charles Chiodo for providing this film for me to grow up on. I feel like every night of every summer in my childhood was spent watching this on repeat on VHS.

Fortunately, I no longer have to watch it on VHS because earlier this year Arrow released a gorgeous Blu-ray. The original 35mm camera negative was scanned in 4K and the result is one of the best looking Blu-rays you’ll find. And a film like, with so many bold and vivid colors, was made for 4K Blu-ray presentation. And then you have the special features and they fall out of this disc like clowns coming out of a clown car.

  • Let the Show Begin – interview with the Dickies, the band behind the film’s incredible theme song
  • The Chiodos Walk Among Us – a retrospective on the brothers featuring clips from their early childhood films
  • Chiodo Brothers Early Films – a number of the brothers early films are presented in their entirety
    • Land of Terror
    • Beast from the Egg
    • Africa Danny
    • Eskimo
    • Sludge Grubs
    • Free Inside
  • Bringing Life to These Things – a tour of the Chiodo Brothers’ production facility
  • Killer Interviews
    • Grant Cramer
    • Suzanne Snyder
    • Chiodo Brothers
    • Charles Chiodo
    • Charles Chiodo & Dwight Roberts
    • John Massari
  • Behind the Screams with the Chiodos
  • Klown Auditions
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Killer Bloopers
  • Image Galleries
  • Trailer
  • Audio Commentary with the Chiodo Brothers

I told you there was a lot. Every interview is great, especially those with the Chiodo Brothers because those dudes rule. And the early films, those are fantastic and give you some insight on how the brothers got their start and honed their craft.


The Bloodthirsty Trilogy

Thanks to the success of Hammer’s string of films in the ’60s, Japan’s Toho studios decided they would take a stab at the gothic horror world and thus came three films — The Vampire Doll, Lake of Dracula, Evil of Dracula — collectively known as The Bloodthirsty Trilogy. They’re not likely to be anyone’s favorite vampire movies, but they’re strange, unique and at times kind of wild. It’s Toho doing Dracula and that’s very much worth seeing. If your plan for October is to watch new-to-you stuff, this is a good place to start.

Special features are a little light here by Arrow standards, but still good:

  • Kim Newman on The Bloodthirsty Trilogy
  • Original Trailers for all three films
  • Stills Galleries

The Newman feature is great. In about 15 minutes he dives into the films while touching on Japanese horror in general. Newman always brings so much passion to the screen making it a pleasure every time he pops up.


The Crazies (1973)

A combat virus spreads throughout a small Pennsylvania town as the military desperately tries to contain it in this classic from George A. Romero. Everyone knows Romero built his horror empire on the backs of zombies and his Living Dead series, but he did a lot of other great stuff as well with The Crazies being maybe the best of the bunch and this new Arrow Blu-ray is the best release to date.

The Crazies comes with a brand-new 4K restoration from Arrow that greatly improves on past efforts. There are still a few small imperfections throughout, but generally speaking this is a very detailed presentation with quality film grain present. Included are the following special features:

  • Audio Commentary with Travis Crawford
  • Romero Was Here: Locating The Crazies
  • Crazy for Lynn Lowry
  • Q&A with Lynn Lowry
  • Lee Hessel Audio Interview
  • Behind the Scenes Footage
  • Alternate Opening Titles
  • Image Galleries
  • Trailers and TV Spots

The Romero Was Here feature is a nice looking at some of the locations used in Pennsylvania.


Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972)

If you’re anything like me you can’t have Halloween without Lucio Fulci. Where you get your Fulci fix from can vary, but I’d suggest going with Don’t Torture a Duckling because it’s, well, awesome. The story revolves around a reporter trying to solve a series of child murders in a small Italian town. This doesn’t feature the same level of gore and Euro trash that Fulci is typically known for, but I’d argue that it may be some of his best directing and is still incredible provocative. This is an engaging thriller that keeps you glued to the screen.

I waited for this film to get a US Blu-ray release for a long time and the wait was worth it. The restoration is a 2K digitally restored version using a 35mm duplicate negative. It’s not the best work from Arrow, with some variations throughout, but unless you’re super picky you won’t notice anything significant. It’s an overall fabulous presentation.

  • Audio Commentary with Troy Howarth
  • Giallo a la Campagna
  • Hell is Already in Us
  • Lucio Fulci Remembers
  • Cast and Crew Interviews
    • Florinda Bolkan
    • Sergio D’Offizi
    • Bruno Micheli
    • Maurizio Trani

The commentary is great because if you’re going to have a Fulci commentary track you need Fulci expert Troy Howarth. The winner here though is Luci Fulci Remembers, which are taped audio interviews from the late ’80s with Fulci himself. There’s nothing better than hearing Fulci on Fulci.


For more information and to purchase these US Arrow releases, please visit MVDEntertainment.com.

Telluride Horror Show 2018 Lineup Announced, Including ‘Killer Klowns’ 30th Anniversary Screening!

The first wave of films has been announced for the 2018 Telluride Horror Show, which will take place October 12-14th in the mountain resort town of Telluride, Colorado.

The first wave offers a diverse line-up of guest authors and an eclectic mix of anticipated features, including films about black metal mayhem and a zombie Christmas musical. It also includes a true cult classic and a bulk of the incredible short films, featuring known alumni and plenty of newcomers.

Read on for the entire first wave of guests, features and shorts!


GUESTS:

Stephen Chiodo
GUEST DIRECTOR
Director of 1988’s cult classic Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Stephen Chiodo has since established himself as a highly creative special effects director with an expertise in stop-motion animation, working with such noted directors as Francis Ford Coppola, John Landis, Joe Dante, Sam Raimi, Jon Favreau, and Trey Parker & Matt Stone. Most recently, Mr. Chiodo has developed and directed pilots for CNN, Showtime, and the Disney Channel and has been sharing his expertise by teaching stop-motion animation at the California Institute of the Arts. Mr. Chiodo joins the 2018 Telluride Horror Show for a special 30th anniversary presentation of Killer Klowns from Outer Space and will participate in a conversation following the film.

Paul Tremblay
GUEST AUTHOR
Paul Tremblay is the award-winning and best-selling author of seven novels including The Cabin at the End of the World, A Head Full of Ghosts, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, and The Little Sleep. He is currently 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. He has a master’s degree in mathematics and lives outside Boston with his wife and two children. Paul Tremblay joins the Telluride Horror Show as our 2018 Guest Author and will participate in a public reading, conversation, and book signing.

Jeremy Robert Johnson
GUEST AUTHOR
Jeremy Robert Johnson is the author of the critically-acclaimed collection Entropy in Bloom as well as the breakthrough cult novel Skullcrack City. His fiction has been praised by The Washington Post and Publishers Weekly, authors such as David Wong, Chuck Palahniuk and Jack Ketchum, and has appeared internationally in numerous anthologies and magazines. Jeremy Robert Johnson, our guest author in 2017, returns to this year’s Telluride Horror Show to host the conversation with guest author Paul Tremblay and will participate in a public reading and book signing.

Meredith Borders
GUEST HOST
Meredith Borders is the managing editor of the newly-revived Fangoria magazine and a writer for Bloody Disgusting. She lives in Houston, Texas, where she owns City Acre Brewing with her husband Matt. Meredith Borders, our guest host in 2017, returns to this year’s Telluride Horror Show to moderate conversations with special guests and other visiting filmmakers.


FEATURE FILMS:

Anna and the Apocalypse
Scotland/UK | 2018 | 92 min | Director: John McPhail
COLORADO PREMIERE
A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven – at Christmas – forcing Anna and her friends to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead in a desperate race to reach their loved ones. But they soon discover that no one is safe in this new world, and with civilization falling apart around them, the only people they can truly rely on are each other…
Wear your ugly Christmas sweater to this one!

CAM
USA | 2018 | 94 min | Director: Daniel Goldhaber
COLORADO PREMIERE
CAM is a technology-driven psychological thriller set in the world of webcam porn. It follows Alice, an ambitious camgirl, who wakes up one day to discover she’s been replaced on her show with an exact replica of herself. As this copy begins to push the boundaries of Alice’s internet identity, the control that Alice has over her life, and the men in it, vanishes. While she struggles to regain what she’s lost, she slowly finds herself drawn back to her show and to the mysterious person who has taken her place. CAM is the rare film about sex work openly written by a sex worker, and is an authentic, immersive dive into the world of internet performance.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space
USA | 1988 | 88 min | Director: Stephen Chiodo
30TH ANNIVERSARY PRESENTATION WITH DIRECTOR STEPHEN CHIODO
Teenagers Mike (Grant Cramer) and Debbie (Suzanne Snyder) investigate a comet crash and discover a deranged species of aliens who look like circus clowns. While they attempt to warn the local authorities, the klowns terrorize the unsuspecting town with a series of deadly carnival “candy coated” kills and devour most of the town. Join us for a special 30th anniversary presentation of this true cult classic, followed by a Q&A with director Stephen Chiodo!

Lords of Chaos
USA | 2018 | 113 min | Director: Jonas Åkerlund
A teenager’s quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the early 1990s results in a very violent outcome. This 2018 horror-thriller film directed by Jonas Åkerlund is based on the 1998 non-fiction book of the same name by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind, which follows a series of crimes that occurred in Oslo, Norway in the early 1990s surrounding the black metal bands Mayhem and Burzum. Starring Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, and Sky Ferreira.

Mega Time Squad
New Zealand | 2018 | 81 min | Director: Tim van Dammen
U.S. PREMIERE
A low-level criminal from the small town of Thames in New Zealand steals an ancient Chinese time-travel device that helps him pull off a heist and start a new life. But he may not survive the demonic consequences of tampering with time. From the FX creator of Deathgasm.

A young woman who had previously set her serial killer boyfriend on fire is now seeking normalcy by getting a job working the overnight shift at a 24-hour convenience store, where things are most definitely not going to be normal. Previous horror films by Padraig Reynolds include Rites of Spring and The Devil’s Dolls.

The Cleaning Lady
USA | 2018 | 90 min | Director: Jon Knautz
U.S. PREMIERE
Followed by Q&A with director Jon Knautz and lead actor Alexis Kendra.
As a means to distract herself from an affair, a love-addicted woman befriends a cleaning lady, badly scarred by burns. She soon learns, these scars run much deeper than the surface. Previous horror films by Jon Knautz include Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer and The Shrine.

The Dark
Austria | 2018 | 95 min | Director: Justin P. Lange
COLORADO PREMIERE
On the outskirts of a small town lies Devil’s Den, a mysterious tract of woods where many have entered but no one has ever left. The local rumor is that the spirit of a young girl who was horrifically murdered there haunts and hunts in this dense forest, brutally slaying anyone who dares to step into her terrain. When a man with a dark past crosses her path, a series of events are set in motion that may lead to a peculiar kind of redemption for two tragically tortured souls. Part gothic fairytale and part chilling horror, director Justin P. Lange’s debut feature balances rich imagery with a brutal and bloody story of unlikely kindred spirits who must defend themselves against the villainous powers of the ‘normal’ world.

The Dead Center
USA | 2018 | 93 min | Director: Billy Senese
COLORADO PREMIERE
Followed by Q&A with director Billy Senese.
A doctor in an emergency psychiatric ward begins to question his own sanity when a mysterious John Doe shows up in the hospital convinced that he has died and brought something back with him from the other side. From director Billy Senese (Closer to God, 2014 Telluride Horror Show Official Selection) comes a new supernatural thriller starring Shane Carruth (Primer, Upstream Color), Poorna Jagannathan (The Night Of, Gypsy) and Jeremy Childs (AMC’s Preacher).

The Guilty
Denmark | 2018 | 85 min | Director: Gustav Möller
When police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) is demoted to desk work, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman who then disconnects abruptly. Asger, confined to the police station, is forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes more clear. The search to find the missing woman and her assailant will take every bit of his intuition and skill, as a ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him. This innovative and unrelenting Danish thriller uses a single location to great effect, ratcheting up the tension as twists pile up and secrets are revealed.

The Witch in the Window
USA | 2018 | 77 min | Director: Andy Mitton
COLORADO PREMIERE
Followed by Q&A with director Andy Mitton.
When Simon brings his twelve-year-old son, Finn, to rural Vermont to help flip an old farmhouse, they encounter the malicious spirit of Lydia, a previous owner. And now with every repair they make – she’s getting stronger. Previous horror films by Andy Mitton include YellowBrickRoad and We Go On.

You Might Be the Killer
USA | 2018 | 92 min | Director: Brett Simmons
COLORADO PREMIERE
Followed by Q&A with director Brett Simmons.
Counselors are being killed off at summer camp, and Sam (Fran Kranz, The Cabin in the Woods) is stuck in the middle of it. Instead of contacting the cops, he calls his friend and slasher-film expert (Alyson Hannigan, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) to discuss his options.


SHORT FILMS:

Baghead
UK | 2017 | 16 min | Director: Alberto Corredor
COLORADO PREMIERE
Haunted by grief, a man asks questions only the recently-deceased can answer. The dead get their say in the hidden chamber of a mysterious pub. She will see you next. You may not like what you hear.

BFF Girls
USA | 2018 | 13 min | Director: Brian Lonano
COLORADO PREMIERE
Three dorky American girls magically transform into beautiful Japanese Superheroes and fight a tampon monster as they begin their journey into womanhood.

Big Data “L1ZY”
USA | 2018 | 10 min | Directors: Brandon LaGanke & John Carlucci
WORLD PREMIERE
A typical family is terrorized in a series of commercials for a revolutionary new A.I. product.

Black Mist
USA | 2018 | 4 min | Directors: Will Kingston & AJ Koch
Black Mist is the new music video for the 40-member electronic percussion-centered group itchy-O. It was produced by Stranger Studios, a Colorado-based animation production house.

Catcalls
Ireland | 2017 | 9 min | Director: Kate Dolan
COLORADO PREMIERE
Paul cruises around late at night, looking for something. He pulls in to ask two young girls for directions, only to flash them to get a cheap thrill. Unfortunately for him, he has picked the wrong girls.

Chowboys: An American Folktale
Canada | 2018 | 8 min | Directors: Astron-6
COLORADO PREMIERE
Three hungry idiots are lost in the woods on the coldest night of the year without anything to eat.

Control
USA | 2017 | 15 min | Director: Kimmy Gatewood
COLORADO PREMIERE
A dark and touching comedy about a woman suffering from OCD who contemplates taking her own life…if she can just get everything in order first.

Crying Bitch
Japan | 2018 | 14 min | Director: Reiki Tsuno
COLORADO PREMIERE
A man, who is having an affair with a young woman, gets home late as usual. But that night, he finds something wrong with his wife.

Deep Sleeper
USA | 2017 | 1 min | Director: Ty Huffer
COLORADO PREMIERE
IN PERSON: Amber Hargett & Ty Huffer
Barbara’s sleep is abruptly interrupted and she can sleep through almost anything… almost.

Drum Wave
Australia | 2018 | 10 min | Director: Natalie Erika James
COLORADO PREMIERE
A young pianist is forced to confront her fear of motherhood when she marries into a remote island community with bizarre fertility rituals.

Fetish
USA | 2017 | 22 min | Directors: David Lee Hess & Richard H. Perry
COLORADO PREMIERE
IN PERSON: David Lee Hess
Oddball Clark finally meets a girl he connects with, but his foot fetish threatens the relationship.

Floor 9.5
UK | 2017 | 2 min | Director: Toby Meakins
COLORADO PREMIERE
If ever an elevator stops on a floor you don’t recognize, and the doors open to a quiet plea for help, pray you hold your ground…

Gwilliam’s Tips for Turning Tricks Into Treats
USA | 2018 | 4 min | Director: Brian Lonano
COLORADO PREMIERE
This is what you wanted! Gwilliam is back and offers some tips for getting special treats this Halloween.

Hair Wolf
USA | 2018 | 12 min | Director: Mariama Diallo
In a black hair salon in gentrifying Brooklyn, the local residents fend off a strange new monster: white women intent on sucking the lifeblood from black culture.

Home
Norway | 2018 | 9 min | Director: Paul Gustavsen
COLORADO PREMIERE
A young woman is awakened by her boyfriend coming home after a night of drinking, but who actually came home that night?

Look What the Cat Dragged In
Austria | 2018 | 6 min | Director: Ioanes H. Sinderman
A lonesome hunter, a wildlife photographer, and a camera in the woods that took one photo too much.

Mama’s Boy
USA | 2018 | 11 min | Director: Samantha Kolesnik
COLORADO PREMIERE
A young man’s life spirals into depravity and madness when he confronts the trauma of his childhood.

Maw
Belgium | 2018 | 20 min | Director: Jasper Vrancken
COLORADO PREMIERE
Richard has an unusual fantasy: he is sexually aroused by the idea of being eaten by an animal or monster. Through a contact ad he meets the mysterious Max and with that encounter the chance to fulfill his depraved fantasy. Can Richard escape his dark desires or not?

Milk
Canada | 2018 | 10 min | Director: Santiago Menghini
COLORADO PREMIERE
On a late night, a young teen goes into the kitchen for a glass of milk. Upon encountering his sleepless mother, he quickly realizes things are not as they seem.

Mirror
USA | 2017 | 9 min | Director: Hadley Hillel
COLORADO PREMIERE
When Laura picks up a free mirror on the side of the road and begins to notice strange distortions, she realizes that it may have a sinister agenda.

Mongers
USA | 2017 | 7 min | Director: Jim Valosik
COLORADO PREMIERE
IN PERSON: Gray Creasy & Jim Valosik
A lonely man stalks a family that may not be what they seem in this combative, chaotic horror hell-ride of hunting demons both inward and outward.

Monstagram
USA | 2017 | 3 min | Director: Jerome Sable
COLORADO PREMIERE
An Instagram mom meets the monster that lives in the internet.

Mother of a Sacred Lamb
USA | 2018 | 12 min | Director: Aman Johnson
COLORADO PREMIERE
IN PERSON: Aman Johnson
The sudden reappearance of a missing boy brings hope and fear face to face.

Netflix & Chill
Netherlands | 2017 | 7 min | Director: Michael Middelkoop
After months of flirting and texting, a young man finally gets the message he’s been waiting for: the girl of his dreams invites him over. Her parents are gone for the weekend and she’s ready for a romantic night. As the night progresses, one guy hoping to get lucky finds out that there’s more at stake than his virginity.

No One Will Ever Believe You
Canada | 2018 | 6 min | Director: Frédéric Chalté
U.S. PREMIERE
It’s Halloween season and Lucy wants to prank her sister Maggie by giving her a good scare. However, Lucy is the one who’s about to be terrified.

Pandora
Germany | 2017 | 14 min | Director: Daniel Rübesam
COLORADO PREMIERE
Matt and Sherman are sent out to find Pandora, a legendary supreme being which is capable of deciding the fate of the world.

Penny Whistle
Canada | 2018 | 9 min | Director: Robert Cuffley
U.S. PREMIERE
When a little girl blows into an old tin whistle she finds in the dirt, something follows her home.

Petite Avarie
France | 2018 | 20 min | Directors: Leo Hardt & Manon Alirol
COLORADO PREMIERE
Laura is scared. Laura is sick. But Sylvain, her lover, is here to help. Really?

Post Mortem Mary
Australia | 2017 | 10 min | Director: Joshua Long
COLORADO PREMIERE
A mother and a daughter, Mary, who suffers from a crippling fear of death run a post mortem photography business. As Mary confronts her phobia she must do all she can to make the dead look alive…

Prey
USA | 2018 | 5 min | Director: Bill Whirity
COLORADO PREMIERE
While on a first date, a young couple finds themselves pursued by more than just each other.

Right Place, Wrong Tim
UK | 2018 | 7 min | Director: Eros Vlahos
COLORADO PREMIERE
A 90s British sitcom is taken over by clones of the lead actor and descends into chaos.

Riley Was Here
USA | 2018 | 14 min | Directors: Jon Rhoads & Mike Marrero
COLORADO PREMIERE
Several years ago, a horrific pandemic destroyed a large part of the world’s population. A vaccine was eventually created, leaving vast communities mourning their gruesomely departed loved ones. Today, a man will knock on the door of a woman who lost her child to the disease, having sought her out to explore a very particular need.

Sam Did It
USA | 2017 | 10 min | Director: Dominic Burgess
Sam is about to meet his celebrity idol… the only problem is, Sam works in a morgue… and his idol is dead.

Special Day
USA | 2018 | 7 min | Director: Teal Greyhavens
Emily is a quiet girl who comes from an unusual family. On the night of her 18th birthday, they gather together to reveal an important secret to her. It’s a secret that will shape the rest of her life…

Suspended
USA | 2018 | 8 min | Director: William Elder Groebe
COLORADO PREMIERE
IN PERSON: William Elder Groebe
Ana’s nightly bus ride home makes an unscheduled and deadly stop. What will she do?

Tater
USA | 2018 | 8 min | Director: Spencer Lenzie
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
A young boy scientist must stop a space potato from killing his entire family.

The Blue Door
UK | 2017 | 9 min | Director: Paul Taylor
COLORADO PREMIERE
A district nurse, played by Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones, The Crown), is assigned a new patient living alone in a dilapidated bungalow. The nurse soon discovers that her dying patient, and the home she inhabits, are hiding a dark secret.

The Day My Mother Became A Monster
France | 2017 | 23 min | Director: Josephine Darcy Hopkins
COLORADO PREMIERE
Candice is a nine-year-old girl who lives alone with her mother since the divorce of her parents. As her birthday approaches, she is delighted at the thought of seeing her father again. Only, her mother’s attitude starts to change…plunging the fragile balance of their relationship into a terrifying nightmare.

The Front Door
UK | 2018 | 7 min | Director: Andrew Rutter
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Upon locking the front door, Steven notices some rather odd intruders.

The Hidebehind
USA | 2018 | 10 min | Director: Parker Finn
COLORADO PREMIERE
IN PERSON: Parker Finn
Lost deep in the forest, a lone backpacker encounters a mysterious stranger.

The Sermon
UK | 2018 | 11 min | Director: Dean Puckett
In an isolated church community in the English countryside, a powerful hate preacher prepares to deliver a sermon to his flock, but his daughter has a secret that could destroy them all.

There’s A Monster Behind You
UK | 2018 | 11 min | Director: Evan Richards
WORLD PREMIERE
Three nights. Two friends. One monster.

Time Enforcer
USA | 2018 | 11 min | Director: Jimmy Nickerson
COLORADO PREMIERE
A Time Enforcer must stop illegal time travel at any cost.

Who’s That at The Back Of The Bus?
UK | 2018 | 5 min | Director: Philip Hardy
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Alone on the top deck of the night bus, an old lady is haunted by an unlikely apparition.


ANIMATED SHORT FILMS:

THE HORROR….THE ANIMATED
Grisly, Ghastly Animated Shorts at Telluride Horror Show
Mark Shapiro from LAIKA, the Portland-based animation studio behind Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, and Kubo and the Two Strings, returns to Telluride with a special animated shorts block gleaned from major film festivals across the globe. The creative, visual program includes drawn, computer-generated and stop-motion animation films. But you heard it here first: Do NOT bring the kiddies…

All Your Favorite Shows!
USA | 2015 | 5 min | Director: Danny Madden
Anything you wanna watch in the palm of your hand. Crazy convenient…crazy.

Attack of the Potato Clock
USA | 2018 | 3 min | Directors: Victoria Lopez & Ji young Na
WORLD PREMIERE
In an 80s elementary school, a mutated potato clock rises from death on a stormy night to get revenge on Hilda, the cafeteria’s lunch lady who is chopping potatoes, creatures of his own kind.

Drawn & Recorded: Blondie Escapes
USA | 2017 | 3 min | Director: Drew Christie
Before she was blond(i)e, Debbie Harry was a brunette bunny, which made her prey for one of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history.

Drawn & Recorded: Johnny Horton’s Last Ride
USA | 2017 | 4 min | Director: Drew Christie
Rockabilly star, Johnny Horton, had a dark premonition. Would it come true?

First Bite
USA | 2014 | 4 min | Director: Drew Christie
This animated vampire tale is based on an original 18th Century written account from the Balkans.

Hybrids
France | 2017 | 6 min | Directors: Florian Brauch, Kim Tailhades, Matthieu Pujol, Yohan Thireau, Romain Thirion
When marine wildlife has to adapt to the pollution surrounding it, the rules of survival change.

Nothing to Declare
Scotland | 2017 | 8 min | Director: Will Adams
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
An adventurous young backpacker returns home on Christmas Eve, eager to see his beloved family. He discovers that, despite meaning well, a contraband package that he sent his sister from the Amazon jungle has inadvertently had catastrophic consequences for everyone at home.

Sog
Germany | 2017 | 10 min | Director: Jonatan Schwenk
After a flood, some fish got stuck in old trees. In danger of drying out, they scream sharply. Woken up by the noise, the inhabitants of a nearby cave don’t feel happy about the unintended gathering.

The Autopsy of Sven Svensson
Israel | 2017 | 6 min | Directors: Shir Pakman & Hadas Coen
A pathologist’s daily routine is being interrupted when he encounters a body in his image.

The Death, Dad & Son
France | 2017 | 14 min | Directors: Denis Walgenwitz & Winshluss
COLORADO PREMIERE
Death’s son doesn’t want to take over the family business. His secret dream to become a guardian angel triggers a succession of mishaps – and his dad will have to get him out of this mess.

The Other
Poland | 2018 | 5 min | Director: Marta Magnuska
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
While waiting for the arrival of the mysterious newcomer, people keep on guessing who is he. The blurry vision of the stranger takes shape the way his presence feels almost real. The initial excitement of the crowd turns into anxiety.

The Subject
Canada | 2018 | 10 min | Director: Patrick Bouchard
COLORADO PREMIERE
An animator dissects his own body, extracting memories, emotions and fears that will nurture his work. As he cuts into his skin with a scalpel, various symbolic objects recalling his past emerge. Reaching the heart after cracking his ribs, he succeeds in identifying the burden he’s been dying to cast off.

Winston
USA | 2017 | 6 min | Director: Aram Sarkisian
Through a series of letters written to his younger brother Marcus, we get inside the mind of a man (Winston), who slowly falls into his own hell, by his own means.

Telluride Horror Show 2018: First Wave Brings Musicals, Klowns, and Metal

In mid-October, the small, sleepy burg of Telluride, Colorado is imbued with the power of Halloween as the Telluride Horror Show takes over the town! Having been there for the past two years, I can safely tell you that it’s one of the most gorgeous locations for a festival and also my favorite event of the year. So when news comes out regarding this year’s event, you better believe I’m going to be all over it! That’s why I’m extremely excited to share the fest’s first wave of films!

On top of revealing several feature-length titles (full list below), there will be dozens of short films played during the festival, so make sure to keep those in mind when you attend as I guarantee you’ll see some wickedly entertaining material!

Festival Director Ted Wilson states, “Okay, we’re coming up for air to share films & guests! We know you’ve been anxiously awaiting news and we appreciate your patience. We’ve been dug in deep this year, working harder than ever to bring you an exciting and diverse line-up. In this first wave of announcements, there’s plenty to unpack, with the return of our guest author program, a very eclectic mix of anticipated features (a true cult classic, black metal mayhem, zombie Christmas musical, thrillers, comedies, ghost stories, dark suspenseful horrors), and the bulk of the incredible short films, featuring known alumni and plenty of newcomers. We could go on and on about this first wave but we invite you to explore it all. We’ve got to go back under – there’s still more to come and no sleep for us until the Horror Show rolls into Telluride!”

The festival will feature several guests, including Stephen Chiodo, director of Killer Klowns From Outer Space, award-winning author Paul Tremblay, author Jeremy Robert Johnson, and guest host Meredith Borders of Fangoria!

Passes are available right here.


Anna and the Apocalypse
Scotland/UK | 2018 | 92 min | Director: John McPhail
COLORADO PREMIERE
A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven – at Christmas – forcing Anna and her friends to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead in a desperate race to reach their loved ones. But they soon discover that no one is safe in this new world, and with civilization falling apart around them, the only people they can truly rely on are each other…
Wear your ugly Christmas sweater to this one!

CAM
USA | 2018 | 94 min | Director: Daniel Goldhaber
COLORADO PREMIERE
CAM is a technology-driven psychological thriller set in the world of webcam porn. It follows Alice, an ambitious camgirl, who wakes up one day to discover she’s been replaced on her show with an exact replica of herself. As this copy begins to push the boundaries of Alice’s internet identity, the control that Alice has over her life, and the men in it, vanishes. While she struggles to regain what she’s lost, she slowly finds herself drawn back to her show and to the mysterious person who has taken her place. CAM is the rare film about sex work openly written by a sex worker, and is an authentic, immersive dive into the world of internet performance.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space
USA | 1988 | 88 min | Director: Stephen Chiodo
30TH ANNIVERSARY PRESENTATION WITH DIRECTOR STEPHEN CHIODO
Teenagers Mike (Grant Cramer) and Debbie (Suzanne Snyder) investigate a comet crash and discover a deranged species of aliens who look like circus clowns. While they attempt to warn the local authorities, the klowns terrorize the unsuspecting town with a series of deadly carnival “candy coated” kills and devour most of the town. Join us for a special 30th-anniversary presentation of this true cult classic, followed by a Q&A with director Stephen Chiodo!

Lords of Chaos
USA | 2018 | 113 min | Director: Jonas Åkerlund
A teenager’s quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the early 1990s results in a very violent outcome. This 2018 horror-thriller film directed by Jonas Åkerlund is based on the 1998 non-fiction book of the same name by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Søderlind, which follows a series of crimes that occurred in Oslo, Norway in the early 1990s surrounding the black metal bands Mayhem and Burzum. Starring Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, and Sky Ferreira.

Mega Time Squad
New Zealand | 2018 | 81 min | Director: Tim van Dammen
U.S. PREMIERE
A low-level criminal from the small town of Thames in New Zealand steals an ancient Chinese time-travel device that helps him pull off a heist and start a new life. But he may not survive the demonic consequences of tampering with time. From the FX creator of Deathgasm.

OPEN 24 HOURS
USA | 2018 | 100 min | Director: Padraig Reynolds
COLORADO PREMIERE
A young woman who had previously set her serial killer boyfriend on fire is now seeking normalcy by getting a job working the overnight shift at a 24-hour convenience store, where things are most definitely not going to be normal. Previous horror films by Padraig Reynolds include Rites of Spring and The Devil’s Dolls.

Possum
UK | 2018 | 87 min | Director: Matthew Holness
COLORADO PREMIERE
A disgraced children’s puppeteer must confront his sinister stepfather and a hideous puppet he keeps hidden in a brown leather bag in order to escape the dark horrors of his past. The latest film from Matthew Holness, best known for his role as fictional writer and actor Garth Marenghi in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. Possum stars acclaimed actors Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible – Fallout) and Alun Armstrong (Braveheart).

The Cleaning Lady
USA | 2018 | 90 min | Director: Jon Knautz
U.S. PREMIERE
Followed by Q&A with director Jon Knautz and lead actor Alexis Kendra.
As a means to distract herself from an affair, a love-addicted woman befriends a cleaning lady, badly scarred by burns. She soon learns, these scars run much deeper than the surface. Previous horror films by Jon Knautz include Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer and The Shrine.

The Dark
Austria | 2018 | 95 min | Director: Justin P. Lange
COLORADO PREMIERE
On the outskirts of a small town lies Devil’s Den, a mysterious tract of woods where many have entered but no one has ever left. The local rumor is that the spirit of a young girl who was horrifically murdered there haunts and hunts in this dense forest, brutally slaying anyone who dares to step into her terrain. When a man with a dark past crosses her path, a series of events are set in motion that may lead to a peculiar kind of redemption for two tragically tortured souls. Part gothic fairytale and part chilling horror, director Justin P. Lange’s debut feature balances rich imagery with a brutal and bloody story of unlikely kindred spirits who must defend themselves against the villainous powers of the ‘normal’ world.

The Dead Center
USA | 2018 | 93 min | Director: Billy Senese
COLORADO PREMIERE
Followed by Q&A with director Billy Senese.
A doctor in an emergency psychiatric ward begins to question his own sanity when a mysterious John Doe shows up in the hospital convinced that he has died and brought something back with him from the other side. From director Billy Senese (Closer to God, 2014 Telluride Horror Show Official Selection) comes a new supernatural thriller starring Shane Carruth (Primer, Upstream Color), Poorna Jagannathan (The Night Of, Gypsy) and Jeremy Childs (AMC’s Preacher).

The Guilty
Denmark | 2018 | 85 min | Director: Gustav Möller
When police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) is demoted to desk work, he expects a sleepy beat as an emergency dispatcher. That all changes when he answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman who then disconnects abruptly. Asger, confined to the police station, is forced to use others as his eyes and ears as the severity of the crime slowly becomes more clear. The search to find the missing woman and her assailant will take every bit of his intuition and skill, as a ticking clock and his own personal demons conspire against him. This innovative and unrelenting Danish thriller uses a single location to great effect, ratcheting up the tension as twists pile up and secrets are revealed.

The Witch in the Window
USA | 2018 | 77 min | Director: Andy Mitton
COLORADO PREMIERE
Followed by Q&A with director Andy Mitton.
When Simon brings his twelve-year-old son, Finn, to rural Vermont to help flip an old farmhouse, they encounter the malicious spirit of Lydia, a previous owner. And now with every repair they make – she’s getting stronger. Previous horror films by Andy Mitton include YellowBrickRoad and We Go On.

You Might Be the Killer
USA | 2018 | 92 min | Director: Brett Simmons
COLORADO PREMIERE
Followed by Q&A with director Brett Simmons.
Counselors are being killed off at summer camp, and Sam (Fran Kranz, The Cabin in the Woods) is stuck in the middle of it. Instead of contacting the cops, he calls his friend and slasher-film expert (Alyson Hannigan, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) to discuss his options.

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