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Find the next Alfred Hitchcock, Wes Craven or John Carpenter among the disturbed young talent who have entered our local student competition.

Students from Colorado's leading film schools will battle in a live action horror short film competition to determine the best student film and which school will take home the 2013 Stanley Dean’s Cup.

Participating Film Schools:

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Student Film Line Up:

100 BLOODY ACRES

Feature

A trio of fun-loving tourists on their way to a music festival fall into the hands of two crazed brothers with sinister plans in this madcap comedy about trying to survive.

A Shorts Program I

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This program contains the following films: THE APOCALYPSE DIRECTOR Andrew Zuchero Four uninspired friends try to come up with a terrific idea for how to spend their Saturday afternoon. LEGEND DIRECTOR Pau Teixidor Claudia, a ten-year-old girl, leaves with her family to spend the weekend out of town. At an abandoned gas station, the appearance of a...

A Shorts Program II

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This program contains the following films:  Hell No DIRECTOR Joe Nicolosi HELL NO is a short movie trailer that explores what would happen in horror movies if smart characters made quality logical decisions. Spoiler alert: everyone lives.   Yellow DIRECTOR Ryan Haysom A reclusive older man is on the hunt for a vicious serial killer in neon-lit...

AFTERSHOCK

Feature

Modern horror maestro Eli Roth co-wrote, produces and stars as a mopey tourist whose wild vacation in Chile turns gruesome. Ravaged by a vicious earthquake, he and his friends desperately struggle to survive a living nightmare. Closing Night film with Eli Roth in-person. This is a packaged event, includes Closing Night Film Aftershock + Closing...

ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE

Feature

Resurrected after a several year hiatus, this legendary splatter-fest is finally making its way back to the big screen. When the most sought after girl in school is invited to a weekend outing with friends on a secluded farm, a mysterious suitor begins to pick off the other boys one by one. Director Jonathan Levine...

BENEATH

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When a bloodthirsty, underwater predator leaves a group of teens trapped on a leaking boat in the middle of a lake, the friends must choose between loyalty and survival in this monstrous morality tale from Larry Fessenden (WENDIGO, THE LAST WINTER). Director Larry Fessenden in-person.

BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO

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Winner of five British Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Actor, this creepy love letter to the classic “Giallo” period details the complications befalling a motion picture sound designer as he quietly descends into madness.

BIG BAD WOLVES

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An obsessed cop, and the father of a victim take justice into their own hands when they capture a suspected killer of children. In their genre-bending follow-up to Israel’s first horror film Rabies, Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado explore an unimaginable terror.

BLACK ROCK

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Three childhood friends have their weekend getaway on a secluded island transformed into a brutal game of cat-and-mouse with a trio of trained predators. Katie Aselton (The Freebie, star of “The League”) directs from a script by husband Mark Duplass.

Bobby Yeah

Shorts

Bobby Yeah is a petty thug who lightens his miserable existence by brawling and thieving stuff. When he steals the favorite pet of some very dangerous individuals, he finds himself in deep trouble. Plays in front of  HENGE and BUNGLED CHILD

Broken

Student Film

Sarah is haunted by a tragic accident that leaves her fighting between reality and the terror in her mind. Part of the Stanley Dean’s Cup Student Competition Submitted by University of Colorado Denver

Broken Things

Student Film

This dark fairy tale, blending live action and stop motion, explores what happens when misfits fights back. Part of the Stanley Dean’s Cup Student Competition Submitted by University of Colorado Denver

Bydlo

Shorts

An allegory of mankind heading for disaster, Bydlo is a tragic vision inspired by Mussorgsky’s music. Plays in SHORTS PROGRAM I with The Apocalypse, Legend, Hundred Waters “Boreal”, The Root of the Problem, The Event, When The Zombies Come, IN

CABIN FEVER – UNRATED DIRECTOR’S CUT

Feature

The inaugural Stanley Film Festival Visionary award recipient Eli Roth will present his directorial debut. This modern horror classic centers on a group of college graduates who rent a cabin in the woods, only to fall victim to a flesh-eating virus. Eli Roth in Person

Dance Till You Drop

Shorts

The Girl is a newly single dancer that is tasked to watch her best friend’s house. After deciding the place needs a clean, she cranks up the tunes and decides to show off her nifty moves. And that’s when things get really weird. Plays in SHORTS PROGRAM II with Henley, Hell No, Yellow, In Hanford, Once It...

FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY

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Near the end of World War II, a platoon of Russian soldiers are given a secret mission that leads them into the lair of a Nazi mad scientist and his frightening creations in this cinematically inventive take on the monster movie. Preceded by LAZAROV

Haunted Castle

Shorts

For our very first festival, we proudly present the very first horror film in recorded history. Master of silent cinema Georges Melies directs for your enjoyment. Plays in front of THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI

Haunted Love

Student Film

Jane and John explore the subtle – almost tortured – feelings they hold for each other. Part of the Stanley Dean’s Cup Student Competition Submitted by University of Colorado Denver

Hell No

Shorts

Hell No is a short movie trailer that explores what would happen in horror movies if smart characters made quality logical decisions. Spoiler alert: everyone lives. Plays in SHORTS PROGRAM II with Henley, Yellow, In Hanford, Once It Started It could Not End Otherwise, Dance Till You Drop, The Unliving        

HENGE

Feature

Following treatment for violent spells, a young man returns home to his loving wife. But as his seizures intensify, it becomes clear something inside him is trying to get out. Part domestic drama, part sci-fi thriller, this ambitious micro-budget tragedy heralds the arrival of a bright new talent. Plays With THE BUNGLED CHILD and BOBBY...

HENLEY

Shorts

Meet nine-year-old Ted Henley, budding motel manager and roadkill entrepreneur. Plays in SHORTS PROGRAM II with Hell No, Yellow, In Hanford, Once It Started It could Not End Otherwise, Dance Till You Drop, The Unliving      

Here After

Student Film

A young girl investigates an ghostly apparition in a fimilar locale, The Stanley Hotel. Part of the Stanley Dean’s Cup Student Competition Submitted by Art Institute of Colorado

HERE COMES THE DEVIL

Feature

Argentine director Adrían García Bogliano (Cold Sweat, Penumbra) returns with a shockingly gory erotic horror film about a couple whose children mysteriously disappear while on vacation in Mexico.

Hundred Waters “Boreal”

Shorts

Hundreds of years before the first Europeans land in Florida, a young Tequesta boy goes hunting in the Everglades. Meanwhile, his prey longs for deeper fulfillment. Plays in SHORTS PROGRAM I with Legend, Hundred Waters “Boreal”, The Root of the Problem, The Event, When The Zombies Come, Bydlo, IN

IN

Shorts

A man is asked by a friend to retrieve something lost inside a train tunnel where an unknown terror lies in wait. Plays in SHORTS PROGRAM I with The Apocalypse, Legend, Hundred Waters “Boreal”, The Root of the Problem, The Event, When The Zombies Come, Bydlo

In Hanford

Shorts

This heartbreaking true story of a town poisoned by Cold War–era nuclear-arms manufacture is told through firsthand accounts and fantasy scenes, which empathize with the victim’s plight. Plays in SHORTS PROGRAM II with Henley, Hell No, Yellow, Once It Started It could Not End Otherwise, Dance Till You Drop, The Unliving  

Lazarov

Shorts

Refusing to accept the decline of the U.S.S.R., a handful of Russian scientists work secretly to resurrect Soviet power through the mysterious program Lazarov. Plays in front of FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY

Legend

Shorts

Claudia, a ten-year-old girl, leaves with her family to spend the weekend out of town. At an abandoned gas station, the appearance of a strange woman will reveal her true fate. Plays in SHORTS PROGRAM I with The Apocalypse, Hundred Waters “Boreal”, The Root of the Problem, The Event, When The Zombies Come, Bydlo, IN

Macabre

Feature

A group of friends traveling together are lured to a house of evil run by an ageless matron and her bloodthirsty offspring. The rarely seen directorial debut of Indonesian horror-hounds The Mo Brothers delivers carnage in spades.

MANIAC

Feature

Elijah Wood shines in this remake of the horror classic about a psychotic stalker with a habit of scalping his objects of desire. Reimagined in mostly point-of-view shots, this revolutionary horror hit from Cannes is part camp, part art and all fear.  

Meadowcroft

Student Film

After a failed suicide attempt, a depressed teen seeks the help of a former classmate, Charlie Meadowcroft. Part of the Stanley Dean’s Cup Student Competition Submitted by University of Colorado Denver

No One Lives

Feature

Gore master Ryûhei Kitamura (VERSUS, THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN) tells the story of a brutal gang of thieves who get more than they bargained when they attempt a typical highway robbery of what appears to be an average vacationing couple. Preceded by TWO FINGERS “VENGEANCE RHYTHM”

Once It Started It Could Not End Otherwise

Shorts

Terrifying and strange happenings descend on a 1970’s high school. Plays in SHORTS PROGRAM II with Henley, Hell No, Yellow, In Hanford, Dance Till You Drop, The Unliving

Peak of Terror

Student Film

When a Monster terrorizes a small town a woman must confront her past to protect the people she loves. Part of the Stanley Dean’s Cup Student Competition Submitted by Colorado Film School

Pet Peeves

Student Film

Is a film about Victor, a cereal killer thats motivation for murder is based on her P.e.t P.e.e.v.e.s. Part of the Stanley Dean’s Cup Student Competition Submitted by University of Colorado Denver

ROOM 237

Feature

‪In 1980 Stanley Kubrick released his classic horror film, The Shining. Over 30 years later, viewers are still struggling to understand its hidden meanings. A wild exploration into the heart of obsession, this cinematic essay is one that you will want to see at The Stanley Hotel. Filmmaker in Person

SIGHTSEERS

Feature

Ben Wheatley, director of the cult hit KILL LIST, returns with this hilarious horror comedy about a couple vacationing in rural England who can’t seem to shake the series of graphic deaths that follow them wherever they go. Centerpiece Film Preceded by THE CUB

The Apocalypse

Shorts

Four uninspired friends try to come up with a terrific idea for how to spend their Saturday afternoon. Plays in SHORTS PROGRAM I with Legend, Hundred Waters “Boreal”, The Root of the Problem, The Event, When The Zombies Come, Bydlo, IN

The Bungled Child

Shorts

There’s nothing easy about mending a bungled child. Plays with HENGE

THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI

Feature

The silent classic of German expressionism, and one of the great horror pictures of its era, comes to life the way it was meant to be heard as a special presentation in the Stanley Hotel Concert Hall with a live piano score by the incomparable Hank Troy. This unmissable experience will be preceded by the...

The Cub

Shorts

Wolves make the best parents. Plays with SIGHTSEERS

The Event

Shorts

Love and a severed foot at the end of the world. Plays in SHORTS PROGRAM I with The Apocalypse, Legend, Hundred Waters “Boreal”, The Root of the Problem, When The Zombies Come, Bydlo, IN

The Purge

Feature

In the near future, a daring new edict keeps the nation safe. Called simply The Purge, it is a 24 hour release from all laws. When vicious outsiders break into an innocent family’s home on the one night that crime is legal each year, everyone will find out how far they would go to protect...

THE RAMBLER

Feature

Director Calvin Lee Reeder (THE OREGONIAN) utilizes his unique style of psychological horror and surrealism to adapt his acclaimed short about the man known only as “The Rambler” and his bizarre journey through the back roads of America. Director Calvin Lee Reeder and Actor Lindsay Pulsipher in-person for a special Q&A. Plays with THUMB SNATCHERS...

The Root of the Problem

Shorts

In the candy-colored world of 1950s suburbia, a reluctant young housewife suspects that the friendly neighborhood dentist is hiding a horrible secret. Is it just the anesthesia at work, or is there something more sinister hiding below the surface?   Plays in SHORTS PROGRAM I with The Apocalypse, Legend, Hundred Waters “Boreal”, The Event, When The Zombies Come,...

The Shining

Feature

Stanley Kubrick’s modern masterpiece of horror was adapted from the book inspired by the one and only Stanley Hotel. Come pay tribute to our festival’s spiritual fathers for this free outdoor screening on the spot that started this great legacy. Catch it after ROOM 237 to maximize your experience. Bring your own chairs + blankets!

The Unliving

Shorts

Thirty years after a zombie outbreak, people are taming the undead and using them as cheap labour. Katrine catches ‘em and Mark lobotomizes’em. They’re an awesome team, but work is starting to bleed into their relationship. Plays in SHORTS PROGRAM II with Henley, Hell No, Yellow, In Hanford, Once It Started It Could Not End Otherwise, Dance...

Thumb Snatchers from the Moon Cocoon

Shorts

A Texas Sheriff uses his cowboy logic to recklessly defeat a race of thumb-snatching, cocoon dwelling robo critters. Plays with THE RAMBLER

TOWER BLOCK

Feature

When bullets start flying into an isolated tenement building, no one is safe from the faceless shooter who has trapped the residents there for reasons unknown. The traditional slasher film is taken to its extreme in this taut psychological thriller.

V/H/S/2

Feature

The latest installment to last year’s successful found-footage short anthology series aims higher, bigger and scarier with new visions from the deranged minds behind some of independent genre’s finest offerings (The Blair Witch Project, The Raid, Hobo with a Shotgun, You’re Next).

VANISHING WAVES

Feature

A hypnotic, erotic, and wildly thought-provoking cinematic odyssey into the unknown realms of the mind, this operatic sci-fi vision highlights the development of a strong psychic link between two patients in an experiment gone awry.

When The Zombies Come

Shorts

At a remote hardware store, fans of the walking dead have turned their love of zombies into an obsession, warping the way they see the store and its customers.   Plays in SHORTS PROGRAM I with The Apocalypse, Legend, Hundred Waters “Boreal”, The Root of the Problem,  The Event, Bydlo, IN

WITHER

Feature

In the grand tradition of EVIL DEAD and it’s progeny, this tale of a group of vacationing friends who encounter an infectious creature from the unknown delivers on the gore in this impressively made low budget screamfest.

Yellow

Shorts

A reclusive older man is on the hunt for a vicious serial killer in neon-lit Berlin in this neo Giallo short by Jon Britt and Ryan Haysom. Plays in SHORTS PROGRAM II with Henley, Hell No, In Hanford, Once It Started It could Not End Otherwise, Dance Till You Drop, The Unliving