Telluride Horror Show: 2nd Wave, Films & Guests

Telluride Horror Show: 2nd Wave, Films & Guests

The Telluride Horror Show is Colorado’s first and longest-running horror film festival. Every year, the event attracts the latest and best genre films from around the world. For three-packed days, fans 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 in the US.

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The 2nd Wave of the Telluride Horror Show 2019, October 11 – 13, includes highly-anticipated genre films from Blumhouse, Hulu and Netflix (SWEETHEART, WOUNDS, and ELI), as well as a number of domestic and international short films making their world premieres in Telluride.

In a special “Scares that Care” fundraiser, Thursday (October 10th) screenings will also be presented at the Nugget Theatre. In honor of Sid Haig, the 1967 film SPIDER BABY will kick off the evening, followed by a restored Gore-Cut version of TAMMY AND THE T-REX, courtesy of Vinegar Syndrome. Tickets are $15 for each screening and will be available by cash only at the door (3-Day Passes or 6-Packs do not provide admission to this event). Proceeds will benefit “Scares That Care,” an all-volunteer organization dedicated to assisting families facing medical hardships. 

SPECIAL EVENTS, including Creepy Campfire Tales, Ice Scream Social, Pig Roast, Horror Trivia, Killer Karaoke, Author Conversation, and art & book signings will round out the weekend.  

The entire second wave of feature and short films is listed below. Visit SCHEDULE for dates, times, and venues.

Three-day passes, 6-packs, and limited festival lodging specials here.


FEATURE FILMS / Second Wave:

Daniel Isn’t Real
USA | 2019 | 100 min | Director: Adam Egypt Mortimer

Troubled college freshman Luke (Miles Robbins) suffers a violent family trauma and resurrects his childhood imaginary friend Daniel (Patrick Schwarzenegger) to help him cope. Charismatic and full of manic energy, Daniel helps Luke to achieve his dreams, before pushing him to the very edge of sanity and into a desperate struggle for control of his mind — and his soul.

USA | 2019 | 98 min | Director: Ciarán Foy

After checking into a clean house to treat his auto-immune disorder, eleven-year-old Eli begins to believe that the house is haunted. Unable to leave, Eli soon suspects that the house, and the doctor who runs it, are more sinister than they appear. A Netflix horror film starring Charlie Shotwell (All the Money in the World), Sadie Sink (Stranger Things), Lili Taylor (The Conjuring), and Kelly Reilly (True Detective). Directed by Ciarán Foy (Sinister 2, Citadel).

Extra Ordinary
Ireland | 2019 | 94 min | Directors: Mike Ahern & Enda Loughman

Rose, a sweet, lonely driving instructor in rural Ireland, is gifted with supernatural abilities. Rose has a love/hate relationship with her ‘talents’ & tries to ignore the constant spirit-related requests from locals – to exorcise possessed rubbish bins or haunted gravel. But! Christian Winter (Will Forte), a washed up, one-hit-wonder rock star, has made a pact with the devil for a return to greatness! He puts a spell on a local teenager – making her levitate. Her terrified father, Martin Martin, asks Rose to help save his daughter. Rose has to overcome the fear of her supernatural gift & work with Martin to save the girl, get the guy and be home in time for a light snack…maybe a yogurt or something…

Girl with No Mouth
Turkey | 2019 | 97 min | Director: Can Evrenol

Set in a post-apocalyptic Turkey, GIRL WITH NO MOUTH follows Perihan, a young girl born without a mouth due to a nuclear disaster, as she runs from hunters and joins a gang of children also born with parts of their faces missing. A dark fairy tale from festival alum Can Evrenol (Baskin, Housewife).

USA | 2019 | 98 min | Director: Keola Racela

When five teen employees at the local movie theater in a small Christian town discover a mysterious old film hidden in its basement, they unleash an alluring succubus who gives them a sex education…written in blood.

The Golden Glove
Germany | 2019 | 110 min | Director: Fatih Akin

From acclaimed filmmaker Fatih Akin (Head-On, The Edge of Heaven, In The Fade) comes a gruesome tale of notorious German serial killer Fritz Honka who haunted Hamburg’s red light district in the 1970s. Based on the novel of the same name, THE GOLDEN GLOVE follows Honka as he frequents his favorite bar, the “Golden Glove,” where schmaltzy German songs move the boozy bar hounds to tears and drinking is a reflex against pain and longing. There, Honka, a pitiful loser chasing after lonely women, keeps more than just secrets in the attic.

Scare Package
USA | 2019 | 103 min| Directors: Aaron B. Koontz, Emily Hagins, Chris McInroy, Noah Segan, Courtney & Hillary Andujar, Anthony Cousins, Baron Vaughn
IN PERSON: Cast & Crew

7 Directors. 7 Hilarious Tales of Terror. O Working Cell Phones. A meta horror-comedy anthology where each segment subverts a different set of genre tropes. In 2018, Telluride Horror Show attendees were treated to a sneak peek of a hilarious segment from Scare Package. Now complete, the anthology will have its U.S. premiere in Telluride, featuring segments from fest alumni Aaron B. Koontz (Honor Student), Chris McInroy (Bad Guy #2, Death Metal, We Summoned a Demon), and Anthony Cousins (When Susurrus Stirs).

USA | 2018 | 82 min | Director: J.D. Dillard

Jenn finds herself completely alone on a small tropical island after her boat goes down. By day, every ounce of her strength, cunning, and courage is strained simply to find food, outlast the elements, and survive. But as the sun sets, Jenn’s waking nightmare inexorably grows into terror, when a malevolent force comes to stalk the jungle for prey. From Blumhouse, producers of GET OUT and THE PURGE franchise, comes a thrilling twist on the castaway genre.

The Deeper You Dig
USA | 2019 | 95 min | Directors: John Adams & Toby Poser | Co-Director: Zelda Adams
IN PERSON: John & Zelda Adams (Directors)

Ivy, once a talented psychic, and her goth teen daughter Echo are unusually close. When reclusive Kurt moves down the road, an accident leads to Echo’s murder, and suddenly three lives collide in mysterious and wicked ways. Kurt assumes he can hide his secret under the ground. But Echo burrows into his head until he can feel her in his bones. As she haunts his every move, trying to reach her mother from beyond, Ivy must dig deep to see the signs and prove that love won’t stay buried.

USA | 2019 | 95 min | Director: Babak Anvari

Will (Armie Hammer) is a bartender in New Orleans. He has a great job, great friends, and a girlfriend, Carrie (Dakota Johnson), who loves him. He skates across life’s surface, ignoring complications and concentrating on enjoying the moment. One night at the bar, a violent brawl breaks out, which injures one of his regular customers and causes some college kids to leave behind a cell phone in their haste. Will begins receiving disturbing texts and calls from the stranger’s phone. While Will hopes to not get involved, Carrie gets lost down a rabbit hole investigating this strange malevolence. They’ve discovered something unspeakable, and it’s crawling slowly into the light. Written for the screen and directed by Babak Anvari, the award-winning director of Under the Shadow.

SHORT FILMS / Second Wave

USA | 2019 | 10 min | Directors: Sumire Takamatsu, Jorge Lucas

Today is February 3rd, known in Japan as Setsubun. Families celebrate by casting out evil spirits from their homes. But this family’s young daughter has other plans…

Bump in the Night
Canada | 2019 | 7 min | Director: Octavian Kaul
IN PERSON: Octavian Kaul

While home alone, young Samantha becomes the victim of a merciless demon.

USA | 2019 | 11 min | Director: Justin Nelson

Karen invites Max home but has a number of rules he must follow, the most paramount being he check under her bed for monsters. He has to check every time he stays the night. What could possibly happen if he didn’t check…

USA | 2019 | 13 min | Director: Keith Adams

Clinical psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Haver becomes obsessed with her mysterious new patient’s artwork and realizes he possesses a dark gift. After learning of the patient’s fear of color, Dr. Haver’s fascination turns to obsession, and she is forced to confront her own darkness. Based on a story by renowned dark fiction writer Brian Evenson.

Deady Freddy
Canada | 2019 | 10 min | Director: Alicia Eisen

After a life well lived, Freddy is afforded a chilling encore – he must live his life backwards through the eyes of every bug he has ever killed.

France | 2018 | 22 min | Director: Mathieu Mégemont

Joël, a small town journalist, goes to cover a case in the French countryside. When he stops after running over a dog on the road, he finds himself trapped in the stories he usually writes.

Dog Skin
UK | 2019 | 13 min | Director: Tiago Teixeira

A man is haunted by visions of a dog that transforms into a mysterious woman every night. As he loses his grip with reality, his obsession takes a dark turn. Based on a fable from the Indian Folklore.

Norway | 2019 | 11 min | Director: Robin Jensen

A Sami man ends up in greedy and decadent claws as he tries to save both his reindeer herd and the woman he desires. An awful fable about fatal passion.

Frost Bite
USA | 2019 | 10 min | Director: Andrew Hunt

A young girl lures a mysterious figure across a frozen wasteland for reasons unexplained.

USA | 2019 | 14 min | Directors: Brock Bodell & Daniel Perry

A grieving couple navigates the mysterious death of their son and a stranger visits in the middle of the night to bring their worst fears to a violent, and psychedelic climax.

Spain | 2019 | 10 min | Director: Ángel Hernández

A dream trip to the entrails of immortality from the perspective of an old cyclist who starts a disturbing and cathartic odyssey.

USA | 2019 | 13 min | Director: Austin Bonang

Sam, a young woman plagued by a mental disorder, struggles between fighting her disease and the troublesome side effects of her medication.

USA | 2019 | 11 min | Director: Jason Gudasz

Lauren moves into a house with her daughter and boyfriend wanting a fresh start, but the spirits of the house have plans to turn them all against each other in very bizarre ways.

Canada | 2019 | 18 min | Director: Alexis Fortier Gauthier

Three friends on vacation by the sea are spellbound by a supernatural force.

Canada | 2019 | 28 min | Director: Jacob Wiebe

A wayward sailor put to trial for a brutal murder in a small 18th century village recounts a tale of vengeance and sorcery that challenges the beliefs of the town’s Magistrate and forces him to face the ghost of his past.

The Wandering Witch
Mexico | 2018 | 16 min | Director: Sofia Carrillo

A day before her son’s wedding, Agustina tries to have the ceremony called off, only to discover that Emilia, the orphan girl betrothed to her son, still has someone ready to come to her defense.

USA | 2019 | 23 min | Director: Billy Chizmar

When her weekend hike goes horribly wrong, Katie must use every ounce of strength to survive – but is it enough?

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