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Telluride Horror Show today announced the full program for its 13th film festival, scheduled for October 14-16, 2022, in the funky and unique mining-turned-ski town of Telluride, Colorado (elev. 8,750′).

“This year’s program features a robust international lineup with the latest and best horror films from 15 countries around the world, with numerous directors and cast and crew members in person. Attendees will have a chance to meet Hollywood legend Clint Howard at Friday’s Ice Scream Social, where he’ll be scooping ice cream before the festival’s retro program of ICE CREAM MAN with Q&A presented by Vinegar Syndrome. Pass holders will also be able to test their horror movie knowledge on Sunday during Fright or Wrong’s Horror Trivia, where players are encouraged to arrive dressed as their favorite horror villain.

“Several other free events will be open to the public throughout the weekend including the 2022 Horror Summit, as well as Creepy Campfire Tales with featured guest authors Alma Katsu, Jeremy Robert Johnson, Stephen Graham Jones, and Paul Tremblay, whose The Cabin at the End of the World will be adapted to a feature film directed by M. Night Shyamalan and released as KNOCK AT THE CABIN by Universal Pictures in February 2023.”


FEATURE FILMS

CHRISTMAS BLOODY CHRISTMAS
USA | 2022 | 87 min | Director: Joe Begos
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IN PERSON: Joe Begos with Cast & Crew

It’s Christmas Eve and fiery record store owner Tori Tooms just wants to get drunk and party, but when a robotic Santa Claus at a nearby toy store goes haywire and begins a rampant killing spree through her small town, she’s forced into a bloody battle for survival against a heavy metal Saint Nick. Action, violence, explosions, and fully practical animatronic killer robots, all shot on glorious anamorphic super 16mm. From the director of “The Mind’s Eye” (2015 Telluride Horror Show) and “VFW” (2019 Telluride Horror Show).

ENYS MEN
UK | 2022 | 91 min | Director: Mark Jenkin
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Set in 1973 on an uninhabited island off the British coast, a wildlife volunteer descends into a terrifying metaphysical and ecosophical journey that challenges her grip on reality and pushes her into a living nightmare. An ethereal fever dream of a horror that is as hypnotic as it is grounded in the cold Cornish stone, Enys Men asserts Mark Jenkin as one of the U.K.’s most exciting and singular filmmakers.

HUESERA
Mexico/Peru | 2022 | 93 min | Director: Michelle Garza Cervera
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Valeria’s joy at becoming pregnant with her first child is quickly taken away when she’s cursed by a sinister entity. As danger closes in and relationships with her family become fractured, she’s forced deeper into a chilling world of dark magic that threatens to consume her. A group of witches emerge that could be her only hope for safety and salvation, but not without grave risk.

ICE CREAM MAN
USA | 1994 | 86 min | Director: Norman Apstein
PRESENTED BY VINEGAR SYNDROME

IN PERSON: Clint Howard

Gregory (Clint Howard), the local ice cream man, just wants people to be nice to him and to sell the neighborhood children his ice cream treats. Unfortunately, the adults disrespect him, and the kids fear him, so, as any recently released mental patient would do, Gregory begins brutally murdering anyone who prevents him from having a happy, happy, happy day… One of the quintessential cult horror films of the mid 90s, Norman Apstein’s ICE CREAM MAN is a gleefully absurd, gory, and hilarious direct to video slasher, punctuated by an off the wall starring performance from the one and only Clint Howard and featuring Olivia Hussey (BLACK CHRISTMAS), David Naughton (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON), and Jan-Michael Vincent (AIRWOLF). Fully uncut and newly restored from its original 35mm camera negative!

MAD HEIDI
Switzerland | 2022 | 92 min | Directors: Johannes Hartmann, Sandro Klopfstein
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In a dystopian Switzerland that has fallen under the fascist rule of an evil cheese tyrant (Casper Van Dien), Heidi (Alice Lucy) lives the pure and simple life in the Swiss Alps. Grandfather Alpöhi (David Schofield) does his best to protect Heidi, but her yearning for freedom soon gets her into trouble with the dictator’s henchmen. The innocent girl transforms herself into a kick-ass female fighting force who sets out to liberate the country from the insane cheese fascists. MAD HEIDI is an action-adventure exploitation spoof based on the popular children‘s book character Heidi and the very first Swissploitation film.

MATRIARCH
UK | 2022 | 85 min | Director: Ben Steiner
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After an overdose nearly takes her life, Laura Birch (Jemima Rooper) escapes from the high-stakes pressure of the advertising world to return to her roots. Accepting an invitation home from her estranged mother (Kate Dickie), Laura hopes the time away in the secluded English village will help calm the demons raging inside of her. She soon discovers that the locals of the town are all protecting an unspeakably dark secret—a secret that involves not only her mother but her own terrifying destiny as well. A Hulu Original, produced by 20th Digital Studio.

MEGALOMANIAC
Belgium | 2022 | 100 min | Director: Karim Ouelhaj
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Martha and Félix are children of the Butcher of Mons, a notorious Belgian serial killer from the 1990s. While Martha lives an unstable life, riddled with insecurities, her brother, crushed by the family legacy, takes over their father’s killings. Harassed and violently assaulted at work, Martha falls into madness and goes through the looking glass into the strange and terrifying world inhabited by her brother.

MIND BODY SPIRIT
USA | 2022 | 88 min | Directors: Alex Henes & Matthew Merenda
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IN PERSON: Cast & Crew

An aspiring yoga influencer embarks on a ritual practice left behind by her estranged grandmother.

PLAGA ZOMBIE: ZONA MUTANTE
Argentina | 2001 | 101 min | Directors: Pablo Parés & Hernan Sáez

RESTORATION FESTIVAL PREMIERE FROM SEVERIN FILMS

Three survivors of a zombie outbreak (caused by an alien virus) are intercepted by the authorities and thrown straight back into the now quarantined town. The trio, an ex pro-wrestler, a medical student, and a nerd, fend off the undead whilst trying to figure out a way to escape their predicament. Four years after their first film, Plaga Zombie, redefined shot-on-VHS carnage, Buenos Aires filmmakers Pablo Parés and Hernan Sáez continued their saga with this gore-soaked sequel and delivered even more zombie attacks, alien mayhem, government death squads and no-holds-barred slapstick bloodshed that forever upped the global ante for DIY horror. In 2011, they brought their zombie carnage trilogy to its epic conclusion with Plaga Zombie: Zona Mutante: Revolución Tóxica, a blockbuster saga of UFO alien attacks, gore-crazed luchadores, renegade government agents and massive buckets of bloodshed.

SCARE PACKAGE II: RAD CHAD’S REVENGE
USA | 2022 | 98 min | Directors: Aaron B. Koontz & segment directors Anthony Cousins, Alexandra Baretto, Rachele Wiggins, Jed Shepherd
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IN PERSON: Aaron B. Koontz with Cast & Crew

When horror guru Rad Chad Buckley’s funeral turns into an elaborate series of hilarious death traps, the guests must band together and use the rules of horror to survive the bloody game. You want to play? The highly anticipated sequel to the hilarious horror comedy “Scare Package” (2019 Telluride Horror Show)!

SEIRE
South Korea | 2021 | 102 min | Director: Kang Park
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Seire is the period of twenty-one days in which people are supposed to take utmost care in their behaviors and strangers are not allowed to visit to protect a newborn baby from bad luck. The film SEIRE takes an idea from this folk belief. Woojin, who has just become the father of a newborn baby, hears that Seyoung, whom he had once dated, has died. He goes to her funeral without telling his wife, and comes across Yeyoung, Seoyung’s twin sister. Following this encounter, Woojin and his family experience a series of horrific misfortunes.

SOMETHING IN THE DIRT
USA | 2022 | 116 min | Directors: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead
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Levi has snagged a no-lease apartment sight unseen in the Hollywood Hills to crash at while he ties up loose ends for his exodus from Los Angeles. He quickly strikes up a rapport with his new neighbor John, swapping stories like old friends under the glowing, smoke-filled skies of the city. Soon after meeting, Levi and John witness something impossible in one of their apartments. Terrified at first, they soon realize this could change their lives and give them a purpose. With dollar signs in their eyes, these two eccentric strangers will attempt to prove the supernatural. From the directors of “Spring” (2014 Telluride Horror Show) and “The Endless” (2017 Telluride Horror Show).

THE ATTACHMENT DIARIES
Argentina | 2021 | 102 min | Director: Valentín Javier Diment
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Argentina, 1970s. A desperate young woman goes to a clinic to have a clandestine abortion. As her pregnancy is already through the fourth month, the doctor refuses. Instead, she proposes to sell the baby to one of her clients and offers to provide shelter in her house until the child is born. Their disturbed personalities will become intertwined in a strange and dangerous relationship.

THE BREACH
Canada | 2022 | 93 min | Director: Rodrigo Gudiño
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Counting down his last days as Chief of Police in the tiny town of Lone Crow, John Hawkins must investigate one last case when a horribly mangled body washes up on the shores of the Porcupine River. From the director of “The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh” (2012 Telluride Horror Show).

THE HARBINGER
USA | 2022 | 90 min | Director: Andy Mitton
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IN PERSON: Andy Mitton

When her oldest friend is plagued by horrific nightmares, Monique is forced to travel to New York City. On the first night of the visit, Monique learns the dreams are contagious – and so is the HARBINGER, the plague mask-wearing demon behind them. From the director of “The Witch in the Window” (2018 Telluride Horror Show).

THE OFFERING
USA | 2021 | 93 min | Director: Oliver Park
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IN PERSON: Oliver Park

In the wake of a young Jewish girl’s disappearance, the son of a Hasidic funeral director returns home with his pregnant wife in hopes of reconciling with his father. Little do they know that directly beneath them in the family morgue, an ancient evil with sinister plans for the unborn child lurks inside a mysterious corpse. Oliver Park, director of past Telluride Horror Show short films “Vicious” and “Still”, comes to the festival with his first feature film!

V/H/S/99
USA | 2022 | 99 min | Directors: Maggie Levin, Johannes Roberts, Tyler MacIntyre, Flying Lotus, Vanessa Winter, Joseph Winter
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V/H/S/99 marks the return of the acclaimed found footage anthology franchise and the sequel to V/H/S/94, Shudder’s most-watched premiere of 2021. A thirsty teenager’s home video leads to a series of horrifying revelations. Featuring five new stories from filmmakers Maggie Levin (Into The Dark: My Valentine), Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down, Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City), Flying Lotus (Kuso), Tyler MacIntyre (Tragedy Girls) and Joseph & Vanessa Winter (Deadstream), V/H/S/99 harkens back to the final punk rock analog days of VHS, while taking one giant leap forward into the hellish new millennium. A Shudder Original.

A WOUNDED FAWN
USA | 2022 | 91 min | Director: Travis Stevens
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Inspired by surrealist art and Greek mythology, A Wounded Fawn follows the story of a local museum curator who is dipping her toe back into the dating pool, only to be targeted by a charming serial killer. When a fateful romantic getaway between the two becomes a tense game of cat and mouse, both must confront the madness within him. Starring Sarah Lind (Jakob’s Wife), Josh Ruben (Werewolves Within) and Malin Barr (The Beta Test, Honeydew). A Shudder Original, from the director of “Girl On the Third Floor” (2019 Telluride Horror Show).

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