“MANDY LANE” leads killer inaugural lineup of Stanley Film FestivalMovies/TV,News Samuel Zimmerman
Just last month, FANGORIA and the Stanley Film Festival partnered to give one lucky winner a VIP Pass to the weekend-long slate of films. Now that the lineup’s been officially announced, the jealousy is even more warranted.
A destination festival that promises a weekend of frights (both fictional and non, as the Stanley is said to be haunted) at the Colorado inspiration for Stephen King’s seminal THE SHINING, the inaugural edition of the four-day event sees a host of highly anticipated horror, current festival circuit favorites and best of all, some possible international discoveries.
Kicking off with the re-emergence of Jonathan Levine’s long overdue ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE, the Stanley goes on to feature BIG BAD WOLVES (the latest from RABIES directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado), the Eli Roth-starring AFTERSHOCK, Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s unnerving HERE COMES THE DEVIL, the divisive BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO, stellar sequel V/H/S/2, the amazing VANISHING WAVES, as well as intriguing new pictures out of Australia and Sweden, 100 BLOODY ACRES and WITHER, and naturally, SHINING-centric doc ROOM 237.
The Stanley Film Festival gets underway May 2-5 at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO. For much more, see the entire Features Lineup below and head here for the fest’s official site.
• 100 BLOODY ACRES (dir. Colin and Cameron Cairnes)
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.
• AFTERSHOCK (dir. Nicolas Lopez)
Modern horror maestro Eli Roth co-wrote, produces and stars as a mopey tourist whose wild vacation in Chile turns gruesome when a vicious earthquake ravages their coastal town, leaving he and his friends struggling desperately to survive in a living nightmare. Closing Night film with Eli Roth in-person.
• ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE (dir. Jonathan Levine)
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.
• BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO (dir. Peter Strickland)
Winner of five British Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Actor, this creepy love letter to the classic “Giallo” period details the complications that arise when a motion picture sound designer for a horror film descends into quiet madness.
• BIG BAD WOLVES (dir. Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado)
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 followup to Israel’s first horror film RABIES, Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado explore an unimaginable terror.
• BLACK ROCK (dir. Katie Aselton)
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.
• FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY (dir. Richard Raaphorst)
Near the end of World War Two, 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.
• HENGE (dir. Hajime Ohata)
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.
• HERE COMES THE DEVIL (dir. Adrián Garcia Bogliano)
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.
• MANIAC (dir. Franck Khalfoun)
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.
• ROOM 237 (dir. Rodney Ascher)
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.
• THE RAMBLER (dir. Calvin Reeder)
Director Calvin 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 backroads of America.
• TOWER BLOCK (dir. James Nunn and Ronnie Thompson)
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 (dir. Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener, Eduardo Sanchez & Gregg Hale, Gareth Evans & TimoTjahjanto, Adam Winard)
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 (dir. Kristina Buozyte)
Have you ever dreamed of being inside the head of another person – a beloved one or your rival ? Have you ever wished to experience the ideal relationship, where two minds come into total fusion ? Following solid scientific experiment, based on the neural transfer, a young inhibited man will live an astonishing journey…
• WITHER (dir. Sonny Laguna & Tommy Wiklund)
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.