Telluride Horror Show Reveals Line-up for 2023 Film Festival
14th edition features World Premieres, Highly Anticipated Horror Titles, and Venue Addition
Telluride Horror Show has just announced the line-up for its 14th edition, October 13-15, 2023 in world-famous Telluride, Colorado.
The 2023 Telluride Horror Show will showcase a robust international slate of genre films, including 21 features and 35 shorts from 14 countries, with highly anticipated titles including IT’S A WONDERFUL KNIFE (Tyler MacIntyre), LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL (Colin Cairnes, Cameron Cairnes), SUITABLE FLESH (Joe Lynch), THE ORIGIN (Andrew Cumming), THE SACRIFICE GAME (Jenn Wexler), WHERE THE DEVIL ROAMS (The Adams Family), and a special theatrical presentation of WHEN EVIL LURKS courtesy of IFC Films and Shudder. Full film line-up listed below.
As one of the largest-capacity genre film festivals in the world, Telluride Horror Show attracts the latest and best genre films from around the globe and attendees from all over the country for an incredible gathering of horror fans in the world-famous mountain resort town of Telluride. For three packed days, film fans experience an eclectic mix of horror, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy, science fiction and dark comedy in Telluride’s unique theaters, with many of the films having one of their first U.S. showings.
Writer and director Mickey Keating, a long-time alum of the festival, returns as this year’s guest host. Creepy Campfire Tales, an opening night tradition of the Telluride Horror Show, will also return with fireside readings under the mountain stars from renowned genre authors Adam Cesare, Gabino Iglesias, and Jeremy Robert Johnson. Guest biographies listed below.
“This is a powerhouse line-up of horror, especially indie horror, which reigns supreme at the Telluride Horror Show. Tons of alumni, some returning to Telluride with their first-ever feature films, and tons of newcomers – we’re excited to welcome them to high altitude,” says festival director Ted Wilson. “And thank you to the patient 1,000+ horror fans who have already made their plans to be at the Horror Show before we announce a single film. Your gamble paid off – this lineup of features, shorts, and guests is so worth the wait.”
Festival growth continues with the addition of Telluride Elks Lodge in the historic Swede-Finn Hall. The venue, made possible in part by a Telluride Tourism Board grant, will host new and established events during the weekend of the festival.
Since 2018, Telluride Horror Show has sold out in advance. Horror fans are encouraged to buy passes now in order to secure a space at the 2023 Telluride Horror Show, which is sure to sell out again with box office numbers outpacing previous years.
FESTIVAL LINE-UP: 2023 TELLURIDE HORROR SHOW
All You Need is Death
Ireland | 2023 | 94 min | Director: Paul Duane
A couple seeks forbidden knowledge; specifically, the desire to possess songs that hold the power of modern magic. When they find an elderly woman who sings songs that have never been heard before, they open the door to an ancient evil.
USA/Serbia/Macedonia | 2023 | 88 min | Director: Austin Jennings
IN PERSON: Justin Martell (Producer), Emily Sweet (Lead)
A mysterious local crashes a couple’s vacation through the former Yugoslavia, pulling them deeper into his web of psychic rituals. A Vinegar Syndrome production, hosted by Theresa Mercado.
USA | 2023 | 80 min | Directors: Richard Karpala, Gabriel Bienczycki
IN PERSON: Richard Karpala
On the first night of harvest, three brothers set out for the desert to see a witch’s corpse.Short film alum Richard Karpala (“Iris”, 2015 Telluride Horror Show, and “Psychos”, 2021 Telluride Horror Show) returns to the festival with his feature directorial debut, co-directed by Gabriel Bienczycki.
USA | 2023 | 80 min | Director: Anthony Cousins
IN PERSON: Anthony Cousins with Cast & Crew
Three friends in search of the Loveland Frogman are about to find out he is more than just a local legend….Short film alum Anthony Cousins (“When Susurrus Stirs”, 2016 Telluride Horror Show, and segments in Scare Package and Scare Package II, both Telluride Horror Show selections) returns to the festival with his first feature film.
Hell House LLC Origins: The Carmichael Manor
USA | 2023 | 97 min | Director: Stephen Cognetti
IN PERSON: Stephen Cognetti
In 2021, a group of internet sleuths travel to the remote Carmichael Manor, deep in the woods of the Rockland County, New York, site of the infamous 1989 Carmichael family murders that have gone unsolved to this day. What they discover are secrets that have been hidden away for decades and a terror that has been lurking in the shadows long before Hell House LLC. In 2015, Hell House LLC premiered at the Telluride Horror Show. We welcome back director Stephen Cognetti with his latest, courtesy of Terror Films.
I Will Never Leave You Alone
USA | 2023 | 93 min | Director: DW Medoff
IN PERSON: DW Medoff
After being released from prison, a brooding man with a dark past is forced to stay in a haunted house to clear it of spirits. If he leaves, he goes back to prison, but the witch-ghost may be more punishment than he can withstand.
It’s a Wonderful Knife
USA | 2023 | 90 min | Director: Tyler MacIntyre
IN PERSON: Tyler MacIntyre
After saving her town from a psychotic killer, Winnie Carruthers’ life is less than wonderful. When she wishes she’d never been born, she finds herself in a nightmare parallel universe where without her, things could be much, much worse. From writer Michael Kennedy (Freaky) and director Tyler MacIntyre (Tragedy Girls, 2017 Telluride Horror Show), starring Jane Widdop (Yellowjackets), Joel McHale (Community) and Justin Long (Barbarian).
Never Hike Alone 2
USA | 2023 | 70 min | Director: Vincente DiSanti
IN PERSON: Vincente DiSanti with Cast & Crew
A Friday the 13th fan film and the direct sequel to Never Hike Alone (2017 Telluride Horror Show), Never Hike Alone 2 is set three months after the disappearance of MARK HILL (Courtlan Gordon). Crystal Lake’s haunted son and part time ambulance driver, TOMMY JARVIS (Thom Mathews), has all but given up on his search for the long-lost JASON VOORHEES (Vincente DiSanti / Bryan Forrest). However, when Tommy receives an emergency call to pick up injured hiker KYLE MCLEOD (Andrew Leighty), he will once again come face-to-face with the Ghost of Crystal Lake, setting into motion the epic and blood-soaked conclusion to their deadly rivalry. Caught between the chaos is DR. DIANA HILL (Anna Campbell), who is still searching for answers to her son’s disappearance, and the ever stubborn SHERIFF RICK COLOGNE (Vinny Guastaferro), who believes Tommy is ultimately responsible for it all.Late Night with the Devil
USA/Australia/United Arab Emirates | 2023 | 92 min | Directors: Colin Cairnes, Cameron Cairnes
October 31, 1977. Johnny Carson rival Jack Delroy hosts a syndicated talk show ‘Night Owls’ that has long been a trusted companion to insomniacs around the country. A year after the tragic death of Jack’s wife, ratings have plummeted. Desperate to turn his fortunes around, Jack plans a Halloween special like no other, unaware he is about to unleash evil into the living rooms of America. Writer-director duo Colin Cairnes and Cameron Cairnes craft a narrative that unfolds nearly in real time, as the taping of ‘Night Owls’ unexpectedly transforms from amusing to bizarre to deliciously sinister. In his first lead role, David Dastmalchian brings a magnetic charisma as well as layers of gravitas to the role of Jack. At its core Late Night with the Devil is a tale about the inextricable links between fame and cult of personality, modern technology and the supernatural…with plenty of insidious thrills along the way.
Lord of Misrule
UK | 2023 | 104 min | Director: William Brent Bell
Rebecca Holland (Tuppence Middleton) has recently taken over as vicar of a rural English village. When her young daughter Grace (Evie Templeton) goes missing at the local festival, the villagers and local police join in a desperate search. However, the closer they edge towards finding Grace, the more secrets emerge from the village’s dark past. Soon, Rebecca must decide just how much she is willing to sacrifice to rescue her daughter from the grip of evil.
South Korea | 2023 | 95 min | Director: Jason Yu
Hyun-su (LEE Sun-kyun, PARASITE) and Soo-jin (JUNG Yu-mi) are newlyweds. Seemingly out of nowhere, he starts talking in his sleep. “Someone’s inside.” From that night on, whenever he falls asleep, he transforms into someone else with no recollection of what happened the night before. Soo-jin is overwhelmed with anxiety that he’ll hurt her family while she sleeps and can barely sleep a wink because of this irrational fear. Despite sleep treatment, Hyun-su’s sleepwalking only intensifies, and she begins to feel that her unborn child may be in danger…
USA | 2023 | 99 min | Director: Joe Lynch
Successful psychiatrist Elizabeth Derby has brutally murdered her young patient Asa Waite. Locked up in a psych ward, she recounts to her friend Dr. Daniella Upton an insane, obsessive tale of erotic attraction, out-of-body experiences, ancient curses, grisly deaths and unspeakable evil. The things Elizabeth has felt, seen and done have destroyed her marriage, ruined her reputation, left bodies in her wake, and led her to a ‘kill or be killed’ desperation. If Daniella doesn’t believe her now, more deaths will follow, and Elizabeth will be forever lost. But who would believe such a mind-bending story? And worse, if it is all true, who will be left to tell it? From the director of Mayhem (2017 Telluride Horror Show), Suitable Flesh is an H.P. Lovecraft adaptation inspired by Stuart Gordon’s horror legacy, starring Heather Graham, Barbara Crampton, Judah Lewis, Bruce Davison, Johnathon Schaech, and Jonah Ray.
The Coffee Table
Spain | 2023 | 90 min | Director: Caye Casas
Jesus and Maria are a couple going through a difficult time in their relationship. Nevertheless, they have just become parents. To shape their new life, they decide to buy a new coffee table. A fateful decision that will change their existence…
UK | 2022 | 87 min | Director: Andrew Cumming
A small boat reaches the shores of a raw and desolate landscape. A group of six have struggled across the narrow sea to find a new home. They are starving, desperate, and living 45,000 years ago. First they must find shelter, and they strike out across the tundra wastes towards the distant mountains that promise the abundant caves they need to survive. But when night falls, anticipation turns to fear and doubt as they realize they are not alone. Terrifying sounds suggest something monstrous at large in this landscape, something that could kill or steal them away. As relationships in the group fracture, the determination of one young woman reveals the terrible actions taken to survive.
The Sacrifice Game
USA | 2023 | 99 min | Director: Jenn Wexler
IN PERSON: Jenn Wexler, Heather Buckley (Producer)
The Blackvale School for Girls, 1971. It’s bad enough that students Samantha and Clara can’t go home for the holidays, but things take a deadly turn when a gang of cult killers arrives at their doorstep – just in time for Christmas. The latest feature from Jenn Wexler, director of The Ranger and producer of Larry Fessenden’s Depraved and Mickey Keating’s Darling (2015 Telluride Horror Show),starring Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Olivia Scott Welch (the FEAR STREET franchise), and Telluride’s own Gus Kenworthy.
Vincent Must Die
France | 2023 | 115 min | Director: Stéphan Castang
Vincent is just an average guy working at an average job with an average life when he is violently assaulted by an intern out of the blue, which soon develops into escalating attacks by random strangers for seemingly no reason.
When Evil Lurks
Argentina | 2023 | 100 min | Director: Demián Rugna
Special Theatrical Presentation courtesy of IFC Films and Shudder
The residents of a small rural town discover that a demon is about to be born among them. They desperately try to escape before the evil is born, but it may be too late… A shocking supernatural thriller from the Argentine master of horror and director of Terrified (2018 Telluride Horror Show).
Where the Devil Roams
USA | 2023 | 93 min | Directors: Zelda Adams, John Adams, Toby Poser
IN PERSON: Zelda Adams
A family of traveling sideshow performers traverses the harsh conditions of Depression-era America on a bloody search for eternal life. The Adams Family, directors of “The Deeper You Dig ” (2019 Telluride Horror Show) and “Hellbender” (2021 Telluride Horror Show), continue to take the indie horror world by storm!
You’ll Never Find Me
Australia | 2023 | 96 min | Directors: Indianna Bell, Josiah Allen
An isolated man living in the back of a desolate caravan park is visited by a desperate young woman seeking shelter from a violent storm. As the savage storm worsens, these solitary souls begin to feel threatened – but who should really be afraid? A bold directorial debut from filmmaking duo Josiah Allen & Indianna Bell, this sharp, twisted contained thriller features outstanding performances from Jordan Cowan and Brendan Rock.
Mickey Keating is a writer, director, sometimes TV show host, and Telluride Horror Show diehard. He first arrived in the mountains in 2015 to premiere his black & white freakout DARLING, and later returned with 2017’s PSYCHOPATHS, then again in 2021 with the folk horror movie OFFSEASON. He is thrilled to be joining the festival once again this year and is looking forward to many more returns.
Adam Cesare is the author of the Bram Stoker Award-winning Clown in a Cornfield series, the Dark Horse Comics graphic novel Dead Mall (with art by David Stoll), and several other novels and novellas including the cult hit Video Night and the upcoming YA psychothriller Influencer. Clive Barker called him “an author who knows how to make us afraid.” And, yes, that blurb’s going on Adam’s tombstone.
Gabino Iglesias is a writer, editor, literary critic, and professor living in Austin, TX. He is the author of The Devil Takes You Home, Coyote Songs, and Zero Saints.His work has won the Bram Stoker, Shirley Jackson, Wonderland, and International Latino Book awards. He has been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Locus, Reading the West, and Dragon awards.
Jeremy Robert Johnson
Jeremy Robert Johnson is the author of The Loop, Skullcrack City, In the River, and Entropy in Bloom. 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. A long-time member of the Telluride Horror Show family, Jeremy is “a defining name within the [bizarro] genre. His work is most aptly described as a mixture of all these things — thrillers that become bloodbaths, horrors that blend into fantasies, and apocalypses that transcend into high art” (Los Angeles Review of Books).
“Bumps in the Night”
USA | 2023 | 24 min | Director: Michael Trainotti
IN PERSON: Michael Trainotti
A Father/Son weekend adventure becomes a terrifying fight for survival.
USA | 2023 | 9 min | Director: Colin J. Mason
On Halloween night, two young women leave a party to venture into the woods in search of their friend, who has mysteriously disappeared. They stumble on a vast ruined building that shouldn’t be there – when they go inside, they soon realize that they shouldn’t be there either.
No Signature Required
USA | 2022 | 10 min | Director: Kenneth LawrenceA woman finds a mysterious box on her doorstep, the contents of which will alter her perception of terror.
Juliette Wasn’t Invited Tonight
USA | 2023 | 5 min | Director: Michael Lazovsky
A high school teen finds herself spending her Saturday night alone in her bedroom…
USA | 2023 | 20 min | Director: Jason Sheedy
IN PERSON: Jason Sheedy
After her grandparents are killed by invisible creatures, a determined young woman seeks to avenge them with the help of her canine companion – the only one who can see the mysterious invaders.
USA | 2022 | 8 min | Director: Nello DiGiandomenico
IN PERSON: Nello DiGiandomenico
Elle questions Teddy about a work friend when he’s suddenly drawn into the basement of their apartment building, where Elle tries to find him.
Here To Stay
USA | 2022 | 7 min | Director: Christopher Sheffield
IN PERSON: Christopher Sheffield
After abandoning friends and family at a funeral, Jude hides away in his home, but he’s not as alone as he thinks, and sometimes the horrible mistakes you make have a way of following you.
USA | 2023 | 13 min | Director: Phillip J. McLaughlin
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
IN PERSON: Phillip J. McLaughlin, Hillary Rust
Todd is different and the other kids at school have noticed. When unexcused absences start piling up after a run-in with several bullies the principal discovers a disturbing book in Todd’s locker and fears a retaliation. He calls on Todd’s sister to facilitate an intervention with the troubled boy, but quickly learns the help Todd needs may require a sacrifice he’s unwilling to make.
“Horror at High Elevation”
USA | 2022 | 10 min | Director: Tij D’oyen
A woman recounts her sensual yet macabre childhood memory about the boy next door.
The Nolberto Method
UK | 2023 | 10 min | Director: David Winstone
A suicidal man has a bizarre and life changing decision to make when his therapist brings out an extremely disgusting slug that she claims will solve all his problems if he just licks it…
USA | 2022 | 17 min | Director: Gus Reed
A young man takes his grief-stricken boyfriend to recover at an idyllic desert resort, but awakens to an eerie new reality.
Spain | 2023 | 14 min | Director: Javier Yañez Sanz
Spain, 1979. Irene is an aspiring writer obsessed with the delicate ghost that haunts the library where she works.
UK | 2023 | 11 min | Director: Giles Buchanan
The sole survivor of a mountain climb struggles to come to terms with a supernatural incident.
USA | 2023 | 14 min | Director: Mike Fontaine
In a dark, urban wasteland, a man cares for a creature that lives inside the walls of his hidden underground dwelling. When his attempts to tame the creature fail, he is forced to reckon with the true nature of his beloved companion.
USA | 2022 | 24 min | Directors: Jason Boesch & Preston Peterson
An elderly trapper revisits his dark past as a serial killer when he’s taken hostage by two fugitives in the wilderness of Montana.
Mysteries of the Desert
USA | 2023 | 11 min | Director: Adam Hardman
IN PERSON: Adam Hardman, Whitney Crowder
“On August 6th 2020, Lula Samm stopped by the side of the road to aid a stranded motorist. She was never seen again.” -Palm Desert Tribune, 2023
USA | 2023 | 16 min | Director: Phillip Clark Davis
IN PERSON: Phillip Clark Davis
A photographer finds himself in the “Bermuda Triangle of the Rockies”.
Robbie Ain’t Right No More
USA | 2023 | 18 min | Director: Kyle Perritt
IN PERSON: Kyle Perritt, Emmie Holmes
Sarah (Madeleine McGraw, THE BLACK PHONE, OUTCAST) was close with her older brother Robbie (Jadon Cal, LAST OF THE GRADS) before he went off to war. But now he’s cold and distant. He doesn’t seem quite right anymore. When Sarah refuses to let him slip away, she finds out he brought something horrific home with him.
USA | 2022 | 15 min | Director: Michael Gabriele
IN PERSON: Michael Gabriele
A group of friends spending the weekend at a remote vacation rental in the desert, play a mysterious VHS tape, and realize that there are too many strange and terrifying coincidences.
USA | 2022 | 9 min | Director: Corey Scott Rutledge
After a woman dies from a mysterious illness, she finds herself in a strange paradise.
USA | 2023 | 13 min | Director: Andrew Jacobson
After the death of her best friend, Liz attends Julie’s funeral gathering where strange events begin to occur.
The Spirit Became Flesh
USA | 2023 | 17 min | Director: Jesse Aultman
In the middle-of-nowhere Alabama, Sam returns to his deeply religious hometown to visit his sister. To his horror, Sam discovers that his old community has turned into a fanatic cult that worships a sinister monster residing in their woods. Through their disturbing rituals and unnerving sacrifices, Sam is cornered by his townspeople as they attempt to induct him into their faith. He realizes he must find out what this being is and how to tell his sister of its true nature.
USA | 2023 | 17 min | Directors: Sarah Wisner and Sean Temple
IN PERSON: Sarah Wisner, Sean Temple
In 19th century Vermont, a young woman’s parents drink sleeping tea in order to survive the harsh winter, but an early thaw leads to horrifying results.
USA | 2023 | 16 min | Director: Joshua Giuliano
It’s the tiny things that fuck us over in the end.
USA/Argentina | 2023 | 8 min | Director: Javier Devitt
IN PERSON: Javier Devitt
Veronica has a mysterious string growing out of her eye and a cryptic message from a hotline service. As the string grows, strange signs related to the hotline message appear everywhere. Each clue she finds only further complicates the question. She must find a way to free herself.
USA | 2022 | 6 min | Director: Quinn O’Connor
The lies of a loved one follow a troubled boy to a new city, as a voice-stealing entity threatens to consume him entirely.
USA | 2023 | 10 min | Director: Michael Squid
IN PERSON: Michael Squid, Matthew Canada, Rachael Richman
Janelle’s desire to have a baby of her own takes a heart-wrenching turn when she finds out she’s infertile. With additional worrisome blood lab results from the doctor and strange, secretive behavior, her husband’s concern grows.
“Vault of Humor”
UK | 2023 | 7 min | Directors: Alice & Ren Sanders White
The year is 1980…something. The Censor Board and their army of citizen busybodies are protecting British living rooms from the biggest threat to social hygiene the nation’s ever seen: NASTY VIDEOS. They’ll drain your brain. They’ll corrupt your children. They’ll turn you into a NASTY PERSON!
Canada | 2023 | 7 min | Directors: Matthew Kennedy, Adam Brooks
Counselors at Forgotten Lake Summer Camp are horrified to discover the legend of the Blueberry Boy is more real than they could have imagined.
USA | 2022 | 2 min | Director: G. Gotham Smith
IN PERSON: G. Gotham Smith
A man walking train tracks late at night meets another man.
Said of a deer that sheds its antlers
Belgium | 2023 | 20 min | Director: Salomé Crickx
Today is the 167th annual Shedding, a cheerful ceremony that brings all generations together to promote ideological renewal. This year, Ben and her parents will experience it firsthand.
USA | 2023 | 7 min | Director: Mike Langer
IN PERSON: Mike Langer, Caroline Haydon
At the tail end of a funeral service, a woman begins to suspect there’s something wrong with her father’s urn…
Save the Watermelon
USA | 2022 | 10 min | Director: Chris W. Smith
The world’s best gamer tests out a new video game. But everything might not bee what it seems.
We Joined a Cult
USA | 2023 | 4 min | Director: Chris McInroy
IN PERSON: Chris McInroy, Carlos LaRotta
They just wanted to play kickball.
We’ve lost track of how many times Chris McInroy has been at the Telluride Horror Show…we’re just glad he keeps making hilarious horror comedy shorts for us to show every year!
USA | 2023 | 26 min | Director: Neil Ferron
A pathetic Irish fishmonger must survive a sex pact with an ancient fish creature in order to save his mother’s soul from burning in hell.
THURSDAY NIGHT SHOWS
Get primed for the Telluride Horror Show with two horror classics at the Nugget Theatre.
Thursday, October 12. FREE ADMISSION.
Canada | 1980 | 106 min | Director: Peter Medak
4K Restoration by Severin Films
Severin Films presents the fully restored 1980 gem that made Martin Scorsese’s 11 Scariest Horror Movies of All Time list. This movie represents a career peak for both star George C. Scott and director Peter Medak (THE RULING CLASS.) Oscar-winner Scott delivers major feels as a classical music composer consumed by grief after his wife and daughter are killed in a shocking accident. When he moves to a secluded Victorian mansion, he finds himself haunted by a paranormal entity that unleashes an even more disturbing secret. Based on actual events!
Italy | 1994 | 105 min | Director: Michele Soavi
4K Restoration by Severin Films
Francesco Dellamorte (Rupert Everett) is the groundskeeper at a cemetery where the dead just won’t stay dead – and it’s up to him to deal with those who come back to life with a hunger for human flesh. But Dellamorte’s job soon becomes much more complicated when he falls for an enigmatic young woman (Anna Falchi) whose husband has recently died. Based on the novel by Tiziano Sclavi (DYLAN DOG) and directed by Michele Soavi (THE CHURCH), CEMETERY MAN is a late masterpiece of Italian horror: quirky, gory, romantic, and unlike anything else.
The Telluride Horror Show, Colorado’s first-ever horror film festival, returns for its 14th edition October 13-15, 2023. As one of the largest-capacity genre film fests in the world, the Horror Show attracts the latest & best genre films from around the globe and attendees from all over the country for an incredible gathering of horror fans in the world-famous mountain resort town of Telluride, Colorado. For three packed days, experience an eclectic mix of horror, suspense, thriller, dark fantasy & sci-fi and dark comedy in Telluride’s unique theaters, with most of the films having one of their first U.S. showings.
The festival line-up showcases feature films & short films from new and established talent, special programs, guests, and events. If you love horror, then you can’t miss this fest.
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