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Quirky and Spooky! The Stanley Film Festival


The Stanley will be hosting more spooks than usual this weekend!

Horror fans will be getting their fix at the one-of-a-kind Stanley Film Festival this weekend in Estes Park, Colorado.

Just in case the possibility of being haunted by one of the many legendary ghosts that are rumored to roam the halls of this elegant Estes Park hotel doesn’t spook you enough, the Stanley Film Festival is sure to give you a scare. This weekend the Colorado landmark is hosting this celebration of contemporary independent horror cinema for the third time and its pulling out all of the stops for guests and visiting filmmakers.

 In addition to scary feature films, the festival showcases some of the industry’s best new horror short films and entries in the “Stanley Dean’s Cup” student film competition. A selection of horror classics such as The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), 1985’s Re-Animator, and, of course, The Shining, will also be screened for aficionados. Industry panels and a slew of special events will keep festival goers heads spinning with gory delights. Holders of the festival’s “Redrum” pass will be treated to a creepy creative brunch cooked up by Andrew Novick, of Warlock Pinchers and Xtreme Pancakes fame. Guests staying at the hotel can continue the horror marathon with special festival in-room TV channels and participate in an immersive horror game (think Clue) during the 4-day festival.

 If you don’t have a festival pass but want to get a taste of the action while you are in Estes Park this weekend, check out some of the free public events available, including horror trivia, a haunted house happy hour and picture booth produced by 13th Floor Haunted House, and a live performance by the 32-piece electronic marching band Itchy-O. People without festival passes can also purchase individual tickets to “The Pumpkin Pie Show,” described on the festival website as a 20-year-old evolving campfire story that could be the “bastard love-child of spectral luminaries Poe and Lovecraft.”

 This festival is just one of many events taking place in the town of Estes Park this summer and some of the best music festivals in Colorado are held at Planet Bluegrass just up the road in Lyons. Combining a festival and a day or two exploring in Rocky Mountain National Park is a great way to make the most of a trip to the area. Call us to arrange guided activities in the Park!

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