The Mile High Horror Film Festival will return on May 7th, 2020, at the Alamo Drafthouse in Colorado, just in time to celebrate its 10th anniversary! Continue reading for details on programming. Also in today's Horror Highlights: The Frequency of Fear: The Power and the Glory of the Motion Picture Soundtrack class at The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies - NYC, The Demonologist release details, and Focus On: The Murder Set Piece at The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies - LA.
Mile High Horror Film Festival 2020 Announced: "The Mile High Horror Film Festival is announcing its return for May 7-10th, 2020 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton, Colorado. For eager fans, you won’t have to wait that long. The MHHFF will be hosting single events throughout the coming year.
“We took a brief pause in our programming, but the demand for our return is incredible,” says MHHFF founder Timothy Schultz. “We want to give fans what they want. If Michael Myers can be resurrected multiple times, why can’t we?”
The festival will commemorate the MHHFF’s 10-year birthdate. It plans to bring elite film premiers to Colorado in an epic celebration of the horror genre.
For ticket information or to submit your film for consideration, visit http://www.mhhff.com.
About the Mile High Horror Film Festival:
The Mile High Horror Film Festival was established in 2010 and is now one of the largest genre film festivals in North America. It showcases the very best in horror, thriller, and sci-fi film programming. The MHHFF is recognized as one of "the top 5 coolest" horror/sci-fi film festivals in the world by MovieMaker Magazine.
For ticket info, join the MHHFF’s mailing list here: https://mailchi.mp/d29355a1cc27/mhhffmailinglist."
The Frequency of Fear: The Power and the Glory of the Motion Picture Soundtrack Event Details: "Cinema has long tapped into the fundamental devices of fear in its employment of sound. Even before the advent of the loudspeaker and synchronized motion picture sound, organs and pianos collided tense sonic energy against images in the physical spaces of film exhibition parlors and nickelodeons. As humans, the audible sliver of the frequency spectrum provides a unique window into concepts of how energy and vibration physically manifest and affect the matter of our material world. After all, sound is simply vibrational energy we can hear. How we’ve arrived at organizing frequencies into the form of modern music is a mystery itself, dating back 5,000 years and involving ‘sky god visitors’ who bestowed humanity its system of measurement. Understanding our physiological experience of sound and its relation to our universe can illuminate and unlock a deeper understanding of the design of sound and music for the motion picture.
Journeying through concepts of cymatics, standing wave levitation, musical tunings, as well as film examples, demonstrations, and dissections of modern mix sessions, The Frequency of Fear guides its participants through an awakening in understanding the spiritual power of sound both onscreen and beyond.
Dean Hurley’s first installment of the library-style Anthology Resource series showcases his original ambient music contributions featured in Twin Peaks: The Return‘s very distinctive-sounding third season. Listen at the link below.
About the instructor:
Dean Hurley is an American sound designer, re-recording mixer and composer. Hurley exclusively operated director David Lynch’s Asymmetrical Studio from 2005 – 2018, where he collaborated extensively on the sound and music for an array of Lynch’s film projects, commercial work, and albums. In 2017, Hurley served as supervising sound editor and music supervisor for Lynch’s third season of the ground-breaking television series Twin Peaks (Showtime), contributing original ambient compositions later released under the Anthology Resource series moniker.
The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – NYC - THE FREQUENCY OF FEAR: The Power and the Glory of the Motion Picture Soundtrack
Date: December 11th, 2018
Venue: Film Noir Cinema
Address: 122 Meserole, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Prices: $12 advance / $15 on the door / $50 Full semester pass
About the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies:
Named for the fictional university in H.P. Lovecraft’s literary mythos, the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is an international organization that offers university-level history, theory and production-based masterclasses for people of all ages, founded by film writer and programmer Kier-La Janisse in March 2010, with regular branches in London, New York and L.A. as well as presenting special events worldwide. The New York branch is co-run by Joe Yanick of Yellow Veil Pictures and filmmaker Jacqueline Castel."
The Demonologist Release Details: "A spooked detective is the only hope for the end of days in the spine-chilling The Demonologist, premiering On Demand January 1, 2019, by Uncork’d Entertainment.
A detective is haunted by nightmares of his past and visions he cannot understand. When he investigates a string of brutal murders, he discovers a Cult that worships the four King Demons of Hell, who plan on bringing them forth to destroy the Earth. He must stop the Cult from starting the Apocalypse and finally come to grips with his birthright and destiny as The Demonologist.
From writer-director J.M Stelly and starring Brian Krause (“Charmed”, Sleepwalkers), Lara Grice (Logan), and Thomas Francis Murphy (“Mindhunter”), The Demonologist on Demand from January 1, 2019."
Focus On: The Murder Set Piece Event Details: "The Miskatonic Institute Horror Studies - LA shines a light on the intricacies in visual storytelling of the murder set piece with director Robert Flender. Focusing on the shower scene in PSYCHO, various forms of antagonists in horror, a master class on FRENZY, and much more, Flender will make sure you never look at thriller films quite the same again after this class.
Director Rodman Flender breaks down visual storytelling to its most basic narrative requirements. Often the centerpiece of horror and thriller films, the murder set piece is its own three-act “mini-movie,” with a beginning, a middle, and a climax. With close-read examinations and comparisons of murder set pieces from the silent era through contemporary releases, students will gain an understanding of the essential tools needed to create tension and suspense on a visceral and psychological level. Deconstruction will include set pieces from classics many students know (Psycho, Halloween, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), modern favorites (High Tension, The Babadook), and lesser-known films (Edison’s Frankenstein, Horror Hotel, Kristy). Flender will also walk through his own preparation for a set piece he directed for the Dimension TV series Scream.
Topics covered include: What are the individual elements in Hitchcock’s Psycho shower scene that created the template for the modern murder set piece (music, editing, cinematography, lighting, performance)? Where have directors Brian De Palma and Dario Argento taken Hitchcock’s template in films like Dressed to Kill and Suspiria? What elements in Fritz Lang’s 1931 German thriller M did Ron Howard use 65 years later in his Hollywood film Ransom? A discussion of “high” vs. “low” art will compare similar scenes in Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring and Wes Craven’s Last House on the Left — why one is considered an art film while the other is thought of as grindhouse sleaze? Which do the students prefer, and why? We will compare antagonists in murder set pieces, from man (Frenzy), nature (Jaws), technology (2001, Demon Seed), and the supernatural (Nosferatu, Final Destination 5). Hitchcock’s Frenzy will also be examined as a master-class in blocking a scene.
About the Instructor:
Rodman Flender has worked in film, theater, documentary, and television. His genre directing credits include Dimension TV’s Scream, the TV Series; HBO’s Tales From the Crypt; The Roger Corman-produced feature The Unborn; and Columbia Pictures’ Idle Hands. He recently wrapped shooting the horror-comedy Eat, Brains, Love for production company Gunpowder & Sky. He has lectured on television directing at USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program and film analysis at Harvard University.
The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – LA - Focus on: The Murder Set Piece
Date: December 13th, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Venue: Philosophical Research Society
Address: 3910 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Prices: $12 advance ($40 with book) / $15 door
About the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies:
Named for the fictional university in H.P. Lovecraft’s literary mythos, the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is an international organization that offers university-level history, theory and production-based masterclasses for people of all ages, founded by film writer and programmer Kier-La Janisse in March 2010, with regular branches in London, New York and L.A. as well as presenting special events worldwide. The L.A. branch is co-run by Janisse and scholars Elric Kane and Rebekah McKendry, both hosts on the Shock Waves podcast."