The Stanley Film Festival really came out of the gate swinging last week with a whammy of a lineup that included films like Aftershock, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, Frankenstein’s Army, Maniac, Tower Block and V/H/S/2. It’s the first year for the Fest, which will be held May 2-5 at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. That’s right, the hotel that inspired The Shining. Now they’ve added even more movies like opening night selection The Purge, Ben Wheatley’s singular horror comedy Sightseers, BD Selects title Macabre (from The Mo Brothers Timo Tjahjamto and Kimo Stamboel) and a special screening of Cabin Fever. Since Eli Roth will already be on hand for Aftershock, he’ll be hosting a screening his classic debut as well!
The mission statement, “The Stanley Film Festival is a unique opportunity to showcase exhilarating voices in classic and contemporary horror within a haunted space chosen to amplify the experience beyond the terrors shown on screen. Armed with the goal of procuring the most imaginative tales of fright from around the globe, we will proudly present short and feature films that offer a vast spectrum of tantalizing thrills and ghastly delights throughout the weekend. Like the best spooky stories told in the dark, each will be wildly distinct, inventive and unexpected. The Stanley Hotel’s ghostly history as one of our eeriest landmarks, and its inspiration for some of cinema’s most unnerving spectacles, make this the perfect place to tempt the spirits and bring out your deepest fears in a way no other venue can. Enter if you dare, and let these films stay with you forever. And ever. And ever.”
Head inside for the additions to the lineup. This also includes the Shorts Selections, I’ve only seen one of these – The Cub – but it’s a lot of fun. READ MORE
Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the U.S., is pleased to announce its 2012 shorts lineup. Fantastic Fest loves its short films – they provide a fertile ground for new and exciting filmmaking talent to show off their genre goods in an unrestrained format.
Fantastic Fest will take place September 20-27 in Austin, Texas at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar. See below for the shorts lineup of films at this year’s festival. While it doesn’t appear that any stills have been released, the synopses below indicate that there’s a TON of horror playing. READ MORE
Written and directed by JohnMark Triplett, and starring Rob Lambert, JohnMark Triplett, Damien Hedgecoth, Liesel Hansen and Justin Kupanoff, comes Horror Movies Suck, the above short film that carries a comedic tone. In it, “George decides to show his roommate, Sam, a rare underground film from the late 70′s called Evil Comes to Soggy Bottom. Soon, things take an unexpected turn in this award-winning horror/comedy that satirizes horror films and the people who watch them.”
In addition, we’re also excited to share Colin Campbell’s Dollface, a short created in just 51-hours!! It stars Kimberly Atkinson, Jen Dede, Nick Holmes, Roma Maffia and Shelly Wenk. Originally made for the Producers Guild Debra Hill Short Film Contest, the 7-minute long short is pretty fantastic!
Director Blake Reigle (Beneath the Surface) has released his second annual Valentine’s Day horror short, and this year, he wants you to get “Touched.” In the short, “a brash young man’s date with his girlfriend takes a dark turn after he breaks the rules and inappropriately touches a diabolical lingerie mannequin. Stepping out of bounds could cost you your relationship… or your life!” “Touched” stars Mike Ruston and Tara Holt (“Dollhouse”).
In other V-Day news, Cambio, the entertainment destination for teens and young adults, has posted an exclusive original video, “Just Another Valentine’s Day Horror Story.” “Britney, a beautiful and sweet girl, thinks she is going on a date with a cute young guy named Justin, but his ghoulish looks and zombie-like antics leave her wondering if he is a dead-beat date or just simply dead. Even though Justin shows up looking disheveled and forgets to make reservations, Britney is still touched that at the end of their date he shares that he likes her for her brains. Could it be that Justin is into intelligent girls, or does he just want to eat Britney’s brains for a Valentine’s Day treat?”
As cool as Magnet’s The ABCs of Death is, I am not looking forward to covering it. Featuring 26 short films from some of the hottest young directors, this means we’ll be releasing images, clips and trailers for 26 2-minute long films. That’s going to be a messy (but wonderful) array of content.
It begins today thanks to director Xavier Gens (Frontier(s), The Divide), who released the first teaser still from his unrevealed “letter”. Dig on the image above and check inside for full details on this massive anthology undertaking. READ MORE
Drafthouse Films, Magnet Pictures and Timpson Films have announced “T is for Toilet” by Lee Hardcastle as the winner of their contest to find the “next great horror filmmaker,” which finalized the lineup of their international co-production of The ABCs of Death – a highly anticipated anthology film featuring segments directed by over two dozen celebrated filmmakers.
Inspired by children’s educational books, the feature is comprised of 26 individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were given free reign to choose a word to represent a form of death based on their letter.
“T is for Toilet” was an early submission to the contest setting the benchmark for future entries and has since become a viral sensation from reporting genre websites and blogs. UK based Lee Hardcastle utilized claymation to tell the nightmarish tale of a frightened young boy and his first attempt using the bathroom all by himself. The short can be seen below in all of its glory! READ MORE
The ABCs of Death “26th Director Competition” has been an incredible success. The search to find the 26th director to join the world’s leading genre filmmakers in the ultimate horror anthology has produced over 170 short films from from UK, USA, Australia, Japan, France, Spain, Columbia, Ukraine, New Zealand, Croatia, Germany, Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Indonesia, Poland, Quebec, Chile. The competition has yielded over 35,000 individual votes.
Here is a new red band video that includes footage from several of the contest entries and below is a note from producers Ant Timpson & Tim League about the contest. Voting will remain open until 10/31. Vote for your favorite and please help spread the word! Watch the shorts and vote here!
“26 directors – 26 ways to die. THE ABCs OF DEATH is an ambitious anthology film featuring segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film. Inspired by children’s educational books, THE ABCs OF DEATH is comprised of 26 individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were given free reign to choose a word to represent a form of death based on their letter.” READ MORE