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Stanley Film Festival 2014

Starts Thursday April 24th, 2014

2014 Stanley Film Festival
24 - 27 April 2014

Screening Locations:
Stanley Hotel
Reel Mountain Theater
Historic Park Theatre

SFF MISSION STATEMENT
The Stanley Film Festival showcases classic and contemporary independent horror cinema all set at the haunted and historic Stanley Hotel in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. The Festival presents emerging and established filmmakers enabling the industry and general public to experience the power of storytelling through genre cinema. Founded in 2013 by The Stanley Hotel to celebrate the property’s iconic Hollywood heritage, the four-day event showcases filmmakers latest works, Q&A discussions, industry panels, the “Stanley Dean’s Cup” student film competition, and special events for cinema insiders, enthusiasts, and fellow artists.

SFF ARTISTIC STATEMENT
The Stanley Film Festival is a unique opportunity to showcase exhilarating voices in classic and contemporary horror within a haunted space chosen to amplify the experience beyond the terrors shown on screen. Armed with the goal of procuring the most imaginative tales of fright from around the globe, we will proudly present short and feature films that offer a vast spectrum of tantalizing thrills and ghastly delights throughout the weekend. Like the best spooky stories told in the dark, each will be wildly distinct, inventive and unexpected. The Stanley Hotel’s ghostly history as one of our eeriest landmarks, and its inspiration for some of cinema’s most unnerving spectacles, make this the perfect place to tempt the spirits and bring out your deepest fears in a way no other venue can. Enter if you dare, and let these films stay with you forever. And ever. And ever.

THE STANLEY HOTEL
Famous for its old world charm, The Stanley Hotel boasts spectacular views in every direction and is less than six miles from Rocky Mountain National Park.  Multi-million dollar renovations have restored this 155 guest room hotel to its original grandeur.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and member of Historic Hotels of America; only an hour away from Denver, it is ideal destination for a Colorado getaway.

BOX OFFICE
LOCATION
The Festival Box Office is located in the Stanley Tours Office, which is on the garden level of the Stanley Hotel’s Main Building, just across from Steamer’s Café.

HOURS
Prior to the Festival, the Stanley Film Festival Box Office will open on April 1st from 10am – 5pm.

During the Festival, the Stanley Film Festival Box Office is open one hour prior to the first show time and will close thirty minutes after the last screening time.

PASS & TICKET PICKUP DETAILS
Passes and tickets purchased online may be picked up at the Festival. All pickups begin on Thursday, April 24th, 2013.  A government issued photo ID is required for pass pick ups.

For more information, visit the Official Site.

To purchase tickets online, visit the Ticket Site.



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Gremlins

Plays Friday April 25th, 2014 only


1984

genre: comedy, horror

MPAA rating: PG

Director: Joe Dante
Writer: Chris Columbus
Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton

synopsis:
A boy inadvertently breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Storyline
Minature green monsters tear through the small town of Kingston Falls. Hijinks ensue as a mild-mannered bank teller releases these hideous loonies after gaining a new pet and violating two of three simple rules: No water (violated), no food after midnight (violated), and no bright light. Hilarious mayhem and destruction in a town straight out of Norman Rockwell. So, when your washing machine blows up or your TV goes on the fritz, before you call the repair man, turn on all the lights and look under all the beds. 'Cause you never can tell, there just might be a gremlin in your house. Written by James Craver

Review:
Perennial favourite 6/10
27 February 2011 | by Leofwine_draca (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews
A perennial Christmas favourite, Joe Dante's monster movie is a kid's film for grown ups, made when children's cinema still had real bite. Watched today, twenty-six years after it was first released, it still holds a great deal of charm for the adult viewer who grew up in the '80s. As with most of Dante's movie, a lot of the fun alone comes from the director's clear affection for the genre, watching for all the gags and references that are surely to come, such as the scene involving the classic Time Machine.

As for the rest of the movie...the depiction of small town and family life is very well realised. There's a cosy feel to film's first half. Zach Galligan is a charming hero, and Phoebe Cates the fitting object of his affection. Dick Miller, a genre standby since the '50s, has a nice role to sink his teeth into, and it's also great to see Keye Luke in a pivotal role. The supporting characters, particularly Hoyt Axton as the inventor-father, are well drawn. When the gremlins and their brand of anarchy take over, I was less impressed. The film descends into silliness I could have done without, but then picks up for a climax in which Gizmo shows his true colours, so it's not all bad. I found the sequel, GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH, to be equally fun.

For more information, visit the Official Site or the IMDB.

To purchase tickets online, visit the Ticket Site.



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Eyes Wide Shut

Plays Friday April 25th, 2014 only

genre: drama, horror, mystery

MPAA rating: R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug-related material

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writers: Stanley Kubrick (screenplay), Frederic Raphael (screenplay)
Stars: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Todd Field

synopsis:
A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him.

Storyline:
Sexual jolts disrupt Manhattan physician Bill Harford's equilibrium. At an elegant Christmas party, two "models" hit on him, he watches a Lothario try to pick up his tipsy wife, he aids a woman sprawled naked in a bathroom after an overdose. The next night, his wife reveals sexual fantasies with a stranger; a dead patient's daughter throws herself at him; as he walks, brooding, six teen boys hurl homophobic insults at him; a streetwalker takes him to her flat; he interrupts men having a sex party with a girl barely in her teens. His odyssey, which next takes him into a world of wealthy sex play at a masked ball of hedonism, threatens his life, his self-respect, and his marriage. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

review:
A haunting dream of sexual obsession.
18 July 1999 | by Adam Wieser (wieser@fdldotnet.com) (New Holstein, WI) –

I admit that I'm part of the Kubrick cult(people that follow his movies like a religion), and I was first in line to see this movie. Being a huge movie fan I've seen a wide variety of movies, and have walked away from them with a wide variety of emotions. This was the first movie to put me in a trance, or dream, like state. The way the movie was shot, lighted, and so on gave the feel of a dream (to me at least). I believe that this feel is just what was needed and what Kubrick wanted. Everyone has to admit to thinking about the dark side of sex, and I believe that in this movie we see that a person can explore the buried desires of their sexual id and still come away a good person.



I'm guessing that this was a very personal movie for Kubrick. He seemed to take Cruise's character to places that he, personally, wished he could explore. Places, like a prostitute or an orgy, that he'd like to visit, but not want to stay at very long.



Praise has to go to Cruise and Kidman for their performances. Cruise was able to strip away his movie star veneer that seems to protect him in all of his other movies, and bring through the clouded, tormented, and unsure heart of a jealous man. Kidman must have known that part of her role was to be eye candy, but she fought through that and gave the movie's best performance.

To anyone out there thinking about seeing the movie.....I say go. Some will hate it and others will love it, but half the fun of the movie lies in the discussions that will blossom from this great movie experience.

For more information, visit the Official Site or the IMDB.

To purchase tickets online, visit the Ticket Site.



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Dead Snow Red vs Dead

Plays Saturday April 26th, 2014 only

2014
genre: action, comedy, horror

Director: Tommy Wirkola
Writers: Stig Frode Henriksen, Vegar Hoel, 1 more credit »
Stars: Amrita Acharia, Carl-Magnus Adner, Jocelyn DeBoer

synopsis:
If the worst day of your life consisted of accidentally killing your girlfriend with an axe, chain-sawing your own arm off, and watching in horror as your closest friends were devoured by a zombified Nazi battalion, you'd have to assume that things couldn't get much worse. In Martin's case, that was only the beginning.

review:
Unpresedented resurrection of WW2 Nazi-zombie war
15 February 2014 | by OJT (Norway)

I must admit I enjoyed the first Død snø/Dead Snow which made a new breed of fast running Nazi zombies see the dark of night, as well as the light of day. Some though said it ruined the whole zombie genre. Now we didn't know how to deal with zombies anymore. Not only could they run, they could even think and speak, and they were of the worst imaginable kind - Nazi zombies. Since then zombies all over the world has learned to run like hell, instead of staggering around.



Five years has gone like hours, and Død snø 2/Dead snow: Red vs. Dead has arisen from the soil of Northern Norway, thanks to mad director Tommy Wirkola. The second outing of Dead Snow is on a way bigger budget, thanks to Wirkola has been picked up by Hollywood. That makes a hell of a lot more zombies!



Well what can we expect from the Nazi zombies? Well, they are not your average classic zombies. They are powered in Frankenstein-manner. And so are their opponents. This makes one hell of a ride including a nerdy zombie ghost buster squad from the USA. Yeah, once again the US saves the world!



Dead Snow 2 takes off right where the first ended. Our chain saw cutting hero Martin manages to escape the Nazi zombie hell in Øksfjord i Northern Norway by cutting off his own zombie smitten arm. But his flight ends wrong. He drives the car off the road due to him falling asleep due to rotten radio programming when he is exhausted from his zombie killing frenzy just before. The morning after he wakes up in a hospital, where the police suspecting him for killing off his group of medical student friends. But, it's not all bad. They have managed to sew his off-cutten arm on, a proud doctor says. And so the hell breaks loose again.



If you thought the first was strange and bloody, this is pure zombie splatter like you've never seen before. Not only Zombies are dangerous here. Our own hero will kill off even children in the most horrific ways. It's gut wrenching in all the worst ways.



So for the faint hearted: This is nothing for you! But Dead snow 2 is inventive, fulfilling for the zombie cult following, and is disturbing the whole concept of zombie life. After watching this you hardly know what to be prepared for next.



It's all made with a solid punch of humor, and especially lovable is a zombie school teacher played by Kristoffer Joner, perhaps the most disgustingly cute zombie you've ever experienced. But the police chief is also a real bad ass of a hopeless besserwisser, and we could go on.



Tommy Wirkola has made what is so far the most outrageous zombie extravaganza ever, and is even managing to putting in a zombie love story here to sweeten the bloody cup of zombie slime. And the references for the film buffs are here as well, mostly homages to quite different genres than the zombie genre itself.



There's nothing here indicating a third outing of Dead snow, but this will most certainly be a cult hit the same way the first was. The success at Sundance Film Festival shows that, taking big budget splatter to a new level. A zombie classic, deserving a 9/10, only because of the possibility that Tommy Wirkola has another ace up his sleeve for a third outing, making room for improvement. Be prepare for a total eclipse of the zombie heart!

For more information, visit the Official Site or the IMDB.

To purchase tickets online, visit the Ticket Site.