We cross the plane between the living and the dead in today's Horror Highlights with details on M.L. Miller's new comic book series Gravetrancers, and we also have the 2018 Telluride Horror Show's call for submissions, info on The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival's new partnership, and looks at the short films The Ball and The Plague.
Gravetrancers #1: Issue #1 of the new comic book series Gravetrancers is due out on December 13th from Black Mask Studios:
"On a journey to track down the grave of their estranged father, Maribel and Anthony find their way to the Malort Cemetery, a strange, seemingly abandoned field of mostly unmarked tombs. There they encounter an eccentric clan of grave-robbers who’ve devised a highly-addictive drug made from human remains–and the fresher the corpse, the stronger the dose. What started out as an attempt to reconnect with the past becomes a descent into a psychedelic, neon-colored nightmare, will Maribel and Anthony find their way through the hallucinogens or will they become the next hit?
Written by M.L. Miller (Pirouette) and featuring mind-shredding artwork by new artist James Michael Whynot, Gravetrancers delivers a grisly grindhouse tale of taboo and terror."
2018 Telluride Horror Show Call for Entries: Press Release: "The 2018 Telluride Horror Show has announced its Call for Entries. The festival is currently seeking short and feature length films in the following genres: Horror, Thriller, Suspense, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Genre Comedy, and Genre Documentary.
Filmmakers are encouraged to click SUBMIT FILM for more information regarding the submission process, fees and deadlines. The April 15th, 2018 early bird deadline provides a discounted submission fee for filmmakers.
Dates have also been slated for the 2018 festival, which will run October 12-14th in picturesque Telluride, Colorado. Genre fans and filmmakers will experience the world's greatest and latest films at Telluride's historic Sheridan Opera House, Nugget Theatre, and Palm Theatre, our newest venue.
Named one of "The 20 Coolest Film Festivals" and "13 Film Festivals To Die For" by MovieMaker Magazine, our 9th edition promises to keep with the programming integrity of past festivals.
3-Day Passes will go on sale April 2nd, 2018. Considering the rapid growth of Telluride Horror Show, everyone is encouraged to plan ahead.
For more information, please visit our WEBSITE. See you in October!"
Watch the Short Film The Ball: "Pearlie eagerly awaits for her new boyfriend to pick her up and go to the famous town ball, a tradition in Middleton. However, as she gets ready, Pearlie begins to suspect that a sinister force is trying to stop her departure."
Directed by Zach Lorkiewicz, The Ball was posted online by the Count the Clock artists collective, and you can watch it in its entirety below:
Watch the Short Film The Plague: "Rosa's father returns to his former home. He hides a secret, and he's not coming alone.
A shortfilm by Guillermo Carbonell
Gabriela Freire / Rafael Soliwoda / Walter Rey
Producer: Gonzalo Silva
Executive producers: Pedro Lafferranderie & Guillermo Carbonell
Cinematographer: Federico Polleri S.C.U.
Art director: Federico Capra
Wardrobe: Natalia Duré
Music: Fede Alvarez"
The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival: Press Release: "(New York City, N.Y.) November 29, 2017 — The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival has partnered with the Żubroffka Film Festival, a thriving and passionate event dedicated to the diversity and artistry of international film. Festival director Daniel Abella will present a curated selection of films for the program The Universe is Stranger Than Fiction – Visions From The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival on December 8, 2017 in Kleszczele, Poland. The lineup will explore the themes of science fiction including the future of humanity, the nature of reality and the complexities of paranoia.
The Universe is Stranger Than Fiction – Visions From The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival
"Time: 18:00 - 19:50
Director: Veselin Efremov
5 min, Denmark
Synopsis: In a dystopian future, an organic body is a privilege easy to lose and a convict awakens to the grim reality of having been transferred into a mechanical shell.
Run Time/Country: 5 min, Japan
Synopsis: A girl encounters an android on the street. She finds something strange about the experience and decides to follow the android to give it a "message."
Director: Ricardo Fernández Jiménez
Run Time/Country: 14 min, Colombia
Synopsis: A man whose consciousness has the ability to live in two parallel worlds simultaneously must help a dangerous gangster to win a bet. But everything changes when he meets a woman.
Tears in the Rain (2017)
Director: Christopher Grant Harvey
Run Time/Country: 11 min, South Africa
Synopsis: An engrossing look into the world of Philip K. Dick's legendary novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) and its motion picture adaptation Blade Runner (1982).
Beyond the Doors (2016)
Director: Brent Murray
Run Time/Country: 8 min, USA
Synopsis: A man’s quest to find the perfect cuckoo clock will cost him much more than he could ever imagine. Based on a story by Philip K. Dick.
The Parcel (2016)
Director: Wilke Weermann
Run Time/Country: 17 min, Germany
Synopsis: In a world where it is normal to be alone, a man gets a package for his supposedly dead neighbor and the supernatural object drives him insane. After neighbors begin to stalk him, he realizes that there is a secret organization that wants to destroy his life. So he starts his counterattack.
The Plan (2016)
Director: Pierre Teulières
Run Time/Country: 13 min, France
Synopsis: In an isolated mansion, a creature follows the orders of his master in order to accomplish a shady plan that will change the world. Meanwhile, a desperate father is looking for his missing daughter.
The Aleph (2016)
Director: Cenk Guzelis
Run Time/Country: 9 min, Austria
Synopsis: Aleph, found in the woods of Vienna, is a point in a space which contains all the points of universe, where all the universe can be observed without distortion or confusion. Animated film based on the short story by Jorge Luis Borges.
Director: Jeremiah Hammerling
Run Time/Country: 9pm, Singapore
Synopsis: In the near future, sleep has become a crime and police units called "Wakes'"are tasked with incarcerating sleepers.
Admission to the event is free. For more information, please visit the festival at www.zubroffka.pl."