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Last year was the very first annual Stanley Film Festival, taking place at the real-life hotel that served as the inspiration for The Shining's fictional Overlook Hotel. This year the fun continues, and the event has just gotten a big time upgrade.
Read on for all the latest details about this must-attend event!
From the Press Release
The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), presented by Chiller and produced by the Denver Film Society, announced their full lineup of panels, added screenings, Dean's Cup short films, and the full cast of Tales From Beyond The Pale: The Stanley Edition (presented by Glass Eye Pix).
Celebrating the best in independent horror cinema, Sff will showcase a full slate of features, shorts, panels, and fully immersive experiences - set at the Stanley Hotel. The haunted landmark opened in 1909 and was the inspiration for Stephen King's Overlook Hotel in The Shining.
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- John Squires
It has been announced that Joe Dante will receive the Master of Horror award at this year’s Stanley Film Festival and we also have details on new events and screenings that have been added:
“April 14, 2014 (Denver, Co) -The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), presented by Chiller and produced by the Denver Film Society, announced their full lineup of panels, added screenings, Dean’s Cup short films, and the full cast of Tales From Beyond The Pale: The Stanley Edition (presented by Glass Eye Pix). Celebrating the best in independent horror cinema, Sff will showcase a full slate of features, shorts, panels and fully immersive experiences – set at the Stanley Hotel. The haunted landmark opened in 1909 and was the inspiration for Stephen King’s Overlook Hotel in The Shining.
- Jonathan James
The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) has just announced that Joe Dante ("Gremlins," "The Howling," "Piranha") will receive the inaugural 2014 Stanley Film Festival Master of Horror award. Mick Garris ("Sleepwalkers," "The Shinning," "The Stand," "Masters of Horror") will present the award as well as host the Horror Brunch, which he created and organized. The brunch, to take place April 27th, will be attended by the many filmmakers who will be participating in events throughout the Festival. Sff, presented by Chiller and produced by the Denver Film Festival, will be offering a lineup of panels, screenings, Dean's Cup short films, and the full cast of its audio drama series "Tales From Beyond the Pale: The Stanley Edition." Attendees include Martin Starr ("Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead"), Jocelyn DeBoer ("Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead"), Aj Bowen ("The Sacrament"), Ana Asensio and noted director and writer Larry Fessenden. Spectre Vision cofounders Elijah Wood, »
- Melina Gills
Listen up, King fans! This is very cool! Cemetery Dance Publications signed an exclusive deal to produce a six-volume set of special collectible editions of Stephen King's early books that were originally published by Doubleday back in the 1970s and early 1980s! Read on for details!
From the Press Release
These are the books that launched King's career and made him a household name, and our special editions will be beautiful and oversized volumes like we've published for From a Buick 8, It, Doctor Sleep, and many other King books over the years.
The first title in this special six-volume set is Carrie, which will be published later this summer and is available for pre-order immediately.
Other volumes in this »
- Steve Barton
There is no greater 'master of horror' in the history of the genre than Stephen King, who has written some of the most enduring tales of fright of all time. King burst onto the scene in the early 70s with books like Carrie and The Shining, and he's still to this day churning out incredible works of written art, including the recently released Shining sequel Doctor Sleep.
In celebration of the King's 40+ year reign of terror, Cemetery Dance Publications has just announced that they'll be releasing six of his classic works in the form of Special Edition books, which are going to be as limited as they are deluxe. First up will be Carrie, set for release in the summer of this year, followed by Salem's Lot, The Shining, Night Shift, The Stand and Pet Sematary; all books that defined King and made him a household name, in the 70s and early 80s. »
- John Squires
Cemetery Dance is known for their limited edition Stephen King releases and they’ve just announced that they’ve signed a deal to produce six special editions of Stephen King’s early works. The first release is Carrie and we have all the details:
“We have extremely exciting news to share with our collectors today, just a few days after the 40th anniversary of the original hardcover publication of Carrie by Stephen King:
We’ve signed an exclusive deal to produce a six volume set of special collectible editions of Stephen King’s early books that were originally published by Doubleday back in the 1970s and early 1980s! These books are Carrie, ‘Salem’s Lot, The Shining, Night Shift, The Stand, and Pet Sematary, six classics of the horror genre and all-time Stephen King fan favorites!
These are the books that launched King’s career and made him a household name, »
- Jonathan James
This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of Carrie, Stephen King's first novel, published on April 5, 1974. Gilbert Cruz spoke to actor, comedian, and King fan Patton Oswalt for this as-told-to piece. I cannot remember the actual first Stephen King book that I read. It could have been Salem’s Lot. But I do have very vivid memories of reading The Stand when I was about 10 or 11. All the older kids were reading it. I remember very distinctly that thick paperback with the dark cover with the human face and the crow face on it, and how there was just something so sinister about it. I was a big Close Encounters fan, and they kind of aped that movie's poster with the highway and the light.You started seeing The Stand everywhere. It was the equivalent at the time of something being viral. Not only did I see Stephen King's »
- Patton Oswalt
Shine on, kids! The full schedule for the Stanley Film Festival, which runs at the iconic and historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Co, April 24-27, has been announced; and we have all the details you need right here. Dig it!
From the Press Release
The Stanley Film Festival (Sff), produced by the Denver Film Society and presented by NBC Universal's Chiller, announced today its Opening Night film and several special event highlights and experiences taking place at the four-day event (April 24-27, 2014).
The Stanley Film Festival celebrates the best in independent horror cinema at the hotel that inspired The Shining. The Festival will host a full slate of films, panels, competitions, and special events - all at the beautiful and historically haunted Stanley Hotel.
The Stanley Film Festival will open Thursday, April 24, with a Gala Presentation of an original documentary from EPiX, Doc of the Dead. Directed by Colorado »
- Steve Barton
The Stanley Hotel launched its first annual Stanley Film Festival last year and put together an impressive group of horror films and guests. After initially announcing Doc of the Dead as their opening film, we now have the full programming list, which includes screenings of The Sacrament, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead, and much more:
“The Stanley Film Festival (Sff) produced by the Denver Film Society (Dfs) and presented by Chiller, announced today its full line-up and schedule. As previously announced, Doc of the Dead will open Sff. The festival, taking place April 24-27, will close with the mockumentary from Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords), What We Do In The Shadows, about a house of vampires trying to get back in touch with modern society. Throughout the four-day celebration of the best in horror cinema, Sff will showcase a full slate of features, shorts, panels, »
- Jonathan James
The Hero Complex Gallery is hosting "King for a Day," an art exhibit devoted to the collected works of Stephen King: his novels, short stories, scripts, television shows, and films. There are tributes to The Shawshank Redemption, The Stand, It, Christine, Stand By Me, The Green Mile, The Mist, Misery, The Shining, Carrie, and more. The exhibit opens Friday, March 21 in Los Angeles. Hit the jump for more on the event plus a sampling from the art collection. Here's the press release with the details: Hcg invites you to join us for an art tribute to Stephen King’s full body of collected works, including his novels, short stories, scripts, television shows and films. A portion of the proceeds of this show will benefit Mr. King’s charity of choice, The Haven Foundation, a non-profit service that serves to benefit freelance creators of all types who have found themselves »
- Brendan Bettinger
The storytelling of Stephen King has inspired all of us in one way or another, and his classic tales have conjured unforgettable images in just about every artistic medium. Case in point: a new exhibit entitled “King for a Day,” coming this week to L.A.'s Hero Complex Gallery, will feature some gorgeous King-themed works by artists and designers around the world who have drawn creative inspiration from the author's writing. The exhibit includes multiple submissions from from the so-called “Poster Posse,” including Robert Bruno, Nick Comparone, Patrick Connan, Harlan Elam, Florey, Chris Garofalo, Peter Gutierrez, Tom Miatke, David Moscati, Kaz Oomori, Adam Rabalais, Paul Shipper and Chris Skinner. "It's Your Cat Now" (Artist: Chris Garafolo) Pop Culture blog Blurppy.com recently published an in-depth study of several entries from the exhibit, including works in progress and commentary by the artists involved. "Silver Bullet" (Artist: Peter Gutierrez) Notable examples »
- Gregory Burkart
From writer/director Scott Cooper, Out of the Furnace (now available on Blu-ray/DVD) is a gripping and powerful drama that tells the story of Russell Baze (Christian Bale), a man leading a dead-end life, working a meaningless steel mill job and caring for his terminally ill father. When his brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns home from Iraq, he is lured into a ruthless crime ring and mysteriously disappears, causing Russell to want to seek justice. The film also stars Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoe Saldana and Sam Shepard. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, filmmaker Scott Cooper talked about his desire to tell very personal stories, his process for working with actors who all have very different approaches to their craft, why his acting experience works to his advantage, how music is one of the most important things in his life, how Eddie Vedder came »
- Christina Radish
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes details on a Wes Craven art exhibition, the first sighting of Megafoot, a 100 zombie films graphical print, first photos from Australian Horror film, Barrow, an interview with actor, writer, and filmmaker Sean Stone, and much more:
The Horror Legacy of Wes Craven Exhibit Details: “Wes Craven has been feeding our collective horror consciousness since 1972, when his first feature, “The Last House on the Left,” debuted. That film was gritty, raw and terrifying, it still causes a guttural reaction some 40 years later. In his career, Wes has created some of the most memorable moments in horror cinema, from the torture scene in “The Serpent and the Rainbow,” to the Johnny Depp’s explosive scene in “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” to the first glimpse of Michael Berryman’s savagery in “The Hills Have Eyes. »
- Tamika Jones
Time is a flat circle. All of this has happened before and will happen again. The exception, of course, is season one of True Detective, because next season is going to be totally different. Buzzfeed took a break from posting animated GIFs of cats doing hilarious things and interviewed True Detective writer/creator Nic Pizzolato, who had a few things to say about his plans for the second season of the show.
Among the topics Pizzolato discussed was his now-deleted tweet hinting at female protagonists for season two:
I deleted the tweet because I didn’t want to be beholden to a promise and then change my mind. I’m writing Season 2 right now, but I don’t want to divulge any potentialities, because so much could change. I just never want to create from a place of critical placation — that’s a dead zone. So I don’t want, »
- Jeremy Clymer
This upcoming month, there are two interesting genre titles playing on Fearnet that you should take note of; 'Eden Lake' and 'Dahmer.' Why? Because they both represent early movies for actors that have proved to be outstanding performers in the arts long before they honed their craft. In the case of 'Eden Lake,' the film is fronted by Michael Fassbender, long before he played Magneto in the 'X-Men' films, stole the show in Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' & played the android David from 'Prometheus' with such cold, calculated perfection. Also, you can catch 'Dahmer,' the bio pic from director David Jacobson, which stars Jeremy Renner in one of his first cinematic lead roles. Now he's an Avenger in the Marvel Universe! So it got me thinking about other examples of successful stars you may have totally forgotten were in genre films. »
- Rob Galluzzo
“They’Re You. They’Re Us. They’Re Everywhere…They’Re All Messed Up…They’Re Dead. Doc Of The Dead is the definitive Zombie culture documentary, and speculative chronicle of the Zombie Apocalypse. The film features appearances by Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and the Grandfather of Zombie-dom, George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead). Others planned for the film include author Max Brooks (World War Z, soon to be a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt), Greg Nicotero (Executive Producer and make-up FX “The Walking Dead”), Charlie Adlard (Artist, “The Walking Dead”), Mick Garris (Stephen King’s “The Shining,” and “The Stand”), Steve Barton (Dread Central), Alan Jones (Frightfest), and many more! »
- Jonathan James
It's been a long time coming, but the definitive living dead documentary which You helped to make happen is getting ready to make its premiere at the upcoming SXSW Film Festival, and right now we have a new clip for you courtesy of AICN.
They’Re You. They’Re Us. They’Re Everywhere…They’Re All Messed Up…They’Re Dead. Doc Of The Dead is the definitive zombie culture documentary and speculative chronicle of the Zombie Apocalypse. The film features appearances by Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) and the Grandfather of Zombie-dom, George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead).
- Uncle Creepy
“Sometimes being alive feels like a long game of chicken on a badly-lit road.” -- Michael Marshall Smith, from the introduction to Ps Publishing's Christine Love for Stephen King’s 1983 haunted car story has always seemed a little light on the ground. It’s not that anyone ever hated Christine; it’s just that the passion with which readers discussed classic novels like The Stand or The Shining or recent books like Bag of Bones or 11/22/63 seemed to pass Christine by. During King’s most popular decade, the novel failed to hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list (though #2 isn’t exactly a struggle for chart success.) Literary critic and King expert Dr. Michael R. Collings once referred to Christine as a “minor” novel, especially in comparison to the major statement of Pet Sematary, also released that year. Yet in the thirty-plus years since the book was published, Christine has become a cultural touchstone. »
- Kevin Quigley
(Cbr) First there was Ben Affleck. Then there was Scott Cooper. Then there were rumors of Paul Greengrass. And now, a new name has emerged to take over "The Stand". Deadline reports the "Fault in our Stars" filmmaker Josh Boone is Warner Bros.’ latest choice to direct "The Stand", based on the epic post-apocalypse novel by Stephen King. The story centers on disparate survivors of a global pandemic called Captain Trips. Many of the survivors band together to reform society, while others band together to seal the deal on its extinction. The novel was previously adapted as a television miniseries. As mentioned earlier, Boone isn’t the first director attached to "The Stand", with Affleck and Cooper both on board at different points. Even "Harry Potter" filmmaker David Yates was once rumored for the project. In other words, "The Stand" has changed hands numerous times already — it’s entirely possible »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
The story follows a group of survivors left after a virus kills off most of the American population. Coming up against good and evil, our protagonists have to face-off against a manic Antichrist character.
Out Of The Furnace director Scott Cooper was originally attached to the project but dropped out in November 2013, leaving the position open for Boone to (potentially) take over. Published in 1978, the book has a cult following, and a film adaptation has been in and out of planning for several years, with both David Yates and Ben Affleck previously attached.
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
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