Festival Previews

Stanley Film Festival preview

by Cara

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The full line-up of programming for this year’s Stanley Film Festival was announced earlier today with a full spate of anticipated horror films from the international community. It’s the festival’s second year at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, taking place April 24 – 27.
In addition to the film schedule, this year’s festival will include a murder mystery dinner, burlesque show and a big trike race around the hotel grounds, to name a few of the supplementary events. Click the link above to buy tickets and check out the full line-up below.

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Blood Glacier – Austria – 2013 (Director: Marvin Kren, Screenwriter: Benjamin Hessler, Cast: Gerhard Liebmann, Edita Malovcic, Brigitte Kren, Hille Beseler, Peter Knaack) A group of scientists stationed in the German Alps discover a melting glacier that leaks a strange red liquid. When that liquid begins producing rapidly increasing biological monstrosities, all hope may be lost in this environmental chiller.

Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead – Norway – 2014 (Director: Tommy Wirkola, Screenwriters: Tommy Wirkola, Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Cast: Vegar Hoel, Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer, Ingrid Haas) In the follow up to his cult hit, director Tommy Wirkola brings back Colonel Herzog to lead his Nazi zombie army on their unholy quest. Although this time, a Russian battalion is wakened for the fight.

Doc Of The Dead – USA – 2014 (Director: Alexandre O. Philippe, Screenwriters: Alexandre O. Philippe, Chad Herschberger, Starring: Bruce Campbell, Simon Pegg, Max Brooks, George A. Romero) Could there be a real zombie outbreak? If so, Doc of the Dead can help you prepare. This definitive guide to all things undead delves deep into the evolution of the zombie genre in film and literature, as well as its impact and influence on pop culture, to deliver a comprehensive, fast-paced, highly entertaining look at a contemporary social pandemic of global proportions.

Housebound – New Zealand – 2014 (Director/Screenwriter: Gerard Johnstone, Cast: Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru, Cameron Rhodes, Millen Baird, Ross Harpe) An unruly hooligan sentenced to house arrest at her childhood home must contend with her family, police-handlers and the spectral frights that may be haunting the property in this tautly written comedy-thriller.

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Late Phases – USA – 2014 (Director: Adrian Garcia Bogliano, Screenwriter: Eric Stolze, Cast: Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest, Tina Louise, Rutanya Alda) When a no-nonsense war vet moves into a secluded retirement community that’s fallen victim to a series of violent beast attacks, he vows to stop the creature once and for all. Stanley Film Festival alum Adrien Garcia Bogliano (HERE COMES THE DEVIL) returns with his English-Language debut

Lesson of the Evil – Japan – 2012 (Director/Screenwriter: Takashi Miike, Cast: Hideaki Ito, Fumi Nikaido, Kento Hayashi, Shota Sometani) The notorious and prolific Takashi Miike (AUDITION, ICHI THE KILLER), one of the living legends of genre, tackles his most controversial subject matter yet in this story of a charismatic teacher with an extreme and violent plan to stop the rash of bullying at his school.

Moebius – South Korea – 2013 (Director/Screenwriter: Kim Ki-duk, Cast: Jae-hyeon Jo, Eun-woo Lee, Young-ju Seo) Kim Ki-duk’s Freudian breakdown of the family unit sees a wife take revenge upon her adulterous husband by dismembering their son. And then things really take a turn to the extreme as the family falls into complete destruction.

Nothing Bad Can Happen – Germany – 2013 (Director/Screenwriter: Katrin Gebbe , Cast: Julius Feldmeier, Sascha Alexander Gersak, Annika Kuhl, Swantje Kohlhof) Christian devote Tore has his faith put to the ultimate test after moving in with a religious skeptic and his family. This tension building game of cruelty explores just how often one can turn the other cheek.

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Open Windows – Spain – 2014 (Director/Screenwriter: Nacho Vigolando, Cast: Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey, Neil Maskell) This year’s Stanley Film Festival Visionary Award co-recipient Elijah Wood stars in an otherwordly new thriller from cult filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo (TIME CRIMES). Extreme technical bravado and frenetic energy create the sensation of REAR WINDOW for the digital age.

R100 – Japan – 2013 (Director/Screenwriter: Hitoshi Matsumoto, Cast: Nao Ohmori, Lindsay Kay Hayward, Hairi Katagiri) Renowned cult director Hitoshi Matsumoto crafts a bizarre tale of a mysterious S&M club where dominatrixes can strike at any time and its participants can’t escape their leather clad relentlessness.

Ragnarok – Norway – 2013 (Director: Mikkel Brænne Sandemose, Screenwriter: John Kåre Raake, Cast: Pål Sverre Hagen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Sundquist, Sofia Helin, Maria Annette Tanderød Berglyd) An archeologist obsessed with ancient Viking myth stumbles upon the discovery of a lifetime in this good old fashioned creature feature adventure that’s fun for the whole family.

Rigor Mortis – Hong Kong – 2013 (Director: Juno Mak , Screenwriters: Jill Leung, Philip Yung, Cast: Anthony Chan, Siu-hou Chin, Kara Hui, Hoi-Pang Lo, Richard Ng) Produced by the director of the J-horror sensation series THE GRUDGE comes a viscerally charged, beautifully realized and relentlessly surreal interpretation of traditional tales of supernatural forces guaranteed to attack the senses.

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The Sacrament – USA – 2014 (Director/Screenwriter: Ti West, Cast: Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kentucker Audley, Amy Seimetz, Gene Jones) Stanley Film Festival’s inaugural Visionary Award winner Eli Roth produces indie horror icon Ti West’s slow-burn take on the Jonestown Massacre, a smart blend of found-footage style with excellent performances that instill true fear.

Starry Eyes – USA – 2014 (Directors/Screenwriters: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer, Cast: Alexandra Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Fabianne Therese, Noah Segan, Shane Coffey, Natalie Castillo, Pat Healy) From the producers of CHEAP THRILLS and JORODOWSKY’S DUNE, struggling actress Sarah will give anything to land her dream role in cutthroat Hollywood. But when a storied production company gives her that chance, she learns the true cost of fame.

The Babadook – Australia – 2014 (Director/Screenwriter: Jennifer Kent, Cast: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney) A break-out hit at the Sundance Film Festival, Jennifer Kent’s terrifying debut about an unhinged child, his suffering mother and a sinister spectre that may or may not exist offers sophisticated scares and commanding tension.

The Strange Colour Of Your Body’s Tears – Belgium – 2013 (Directors/Screenwriters: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani, Cast: Klaus Tange, Ursula Bedena, Joe Koener, Birgit Yew) In this visual bounty of a thriller, a man searches for his wife through a kaleidoscope of stained glass windows, sliced flesh and sexual intrigue.

What We Do In The Shadows – New Zealand – 2013 (Directors/Screenwriters: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Cast: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathon Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford) Living with roommates can always pose quirky challenges. But when you’re a vampire cohabitating with your fellow kind for a few hundred years, things get a bit tricky. From Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS) comes a hilarious mockumentary of a house of vampires trying to get back in touch with modern society.

Witching and Bitching – Spain – 2013 (Director: Alex De La Iglesia, Screenwriters: Álex de la Iglesia, Jorge Guerricaechevarría, Cast: Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, Pepón Nieto, Carolina Bang) Cult director Alex De La Iglesia (THE LAST CIRCUS) is in top form with this hilarious and gory tale of thieves who find themselves in over their heads when faced with a coven of bloodthirsty witches.

 

 

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