JONAH HEX | Starland Movie Screening Quiz/Contest

JONAH HEXScreening Wednesday, June 16th @ 7:00pm
UA Pavilions Theater, 16th & Tremont, Denver, CO

Jonah Hex is a scarred drifter and bounty hunter of last resort, a stoic, battle-hardened gunslinger who can track down anyone… and anything. Having survived death, Jonah’s violent history is steeped in myth and legend, and has left him with one foot in the natural world and one on the "other side." A man fated to wander alone, his sole human connection is with Lilah, whose life in a brothel has left her with scars of her own.

Jonah’s past is about to catch up with him when the U.S. military makes him an offer he can’t refuse: in exchange for freedom from the warrants on his head, he must track down and stop the sinister terrorist Quentin Turnbull, the man who killed Hex’s family and mutilated his face with a branding iron. Turnbull, who is gathering an army and preparing to unleash Hell, is also Jonah’s oldest enemy and will stop at nothing until Jonah is dead.

Based on the legendary character from the comic book series from DC Comics, "Jonah Hex" is an epic action adventure about one man’s personal quest for redemption against the canvas of the battle between good and evil.

This movie is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, disturbing images and sexual content. Play now for tickets.

THE WOLFMAN | Starland DVD Contest

The Wolfman
Win a DVD of the movie
In stores on June 1st

Academy Award winners Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) and Benicio Del Toro (Traffic) tear up the screen in this action-packed thriller. Lawrence Talbot is lured back to his family estate to investigate the savage murder of his brother by a bloodthirsty beast. There, Talbot must confront his childhood demons, his estranged father, his brother’s grieving fianceée and a suspicious Scotland Yard Inspector. When Talbot is bitten by the creature, he becomes eternally cursed and soon discovers a fate far worse than death.

Inspired by the classic Universal film that launched a legacy of horror, The Wolfman brings the myth of a cursed man back to its iconic origins. This film is rated R for bloody horror violence and gore. Blu-ray and DVD versions of the film will be available in stores on June 1st.

Play for a copy of the film on DVD.

SPLICE | Starland Quiz/Contest Screening

SPLICE STARLAND SCREENINGTuesday, June 1st 7:00PM
Pavilions Theater, 16th & Tremont, Denver CO

Superstar genetic engineers Clive and Elsa specialize in splicing together DNA from different animals to create incredible new hybrids.  Now they want to use human DNA in a hybrid that could revolutionize science and medicine.  But when the pharmaceutical company that funds their research forbids it, Clive and Elsa secretly conduct their own experiments.  The result is Dren, an amazing, strangely beautiful creature that exhibits uncommon intelligence and an array of unexpected physical developments.  And though, at first, Dren exceeds their wildest dreams, she begins to grow and learn at an accelerated rate – and threatens to become their worst nightmare.  

This movie is rated R for disturbing elements including strong sexuality, nudity, sci-fi violence and language. You must be at least 17 years of age to play for tickets.

For more information about the film visit the movie’s website.

One Day To StarFest

Summer GlauStarFest | HorrorFest | ComicFest Weekend
April 16-18, 2010 – Marriott & Hilton Denver Tech Center

Time to lock and load, pack up and gear-up for a Weekend of Entertainment Overload. There are just a few things to go over to make sure your experience is everything you want it to be. One of those things is what tickets are you going to purchase?

StarFest is really three conventions (StarFest, HorrorFest and ComicFest). The good news is that when you buy a ticket to StarFest you are actually buying a ticket to all three; a science fiction convention, a horror convention and a comic book convention. Ticket prices start at $10 and go up; depending on how much you want to see and experience.

To make things simple, we’ve put together three popular options to illustrate the choices you have.

Lowest Price: $10.00. ComicFest one-day ticket, good Friday, Saturday, or Sunday at ComicFest at the Hilton Garden Inn. This ticket will get you into all the regular events at the #1 Comic Book Convention in the Rockies. It allows you to have a taste of what a convention is all about at a very low price, however, it doesn’t allow you to get into StarFest and see all the Movie and TV stars and a lot of the really big events.

Medium Price: $29.00. StarFest Saturday or Sunday one-day ticket, good Saturday or Sunday at ALL THREE SHOWS – StarFest, ComicFest and HorrorFest. You get to see all the scheduled events at both convention hotels (Marriott and Hilton DTC), you’ll get to see most of the stars; Summer Glau, Christopher Judge, Marina Sirtis, Garrett Wang, Tim Rose and more; and you’ll be able to come and go all day long Saturday or Sunday. Now, to be fair, not all guests are at the show all three days, so for that you’ll need the next option.

All Three Days: $49.00. StarFest three-day general admission ticket. Good for all three days, all the regular events, all sorts of fun. You’ll be able to see all our guests. You’ll be able to ask them questions and see all the convention has to offer. In short, you’ll get the full-effect of all three conventions for less than half the price of a one-day ski ticket. Not a bad deal.

Of course, there are all sorts of additional things to buy and experience, autographs, photos with the stars, Friday Night meet and greet, Saturday Night Federation Ball, just to name a few. The good news is you can add that stuff when you get there. All you’ll have to pay is the difference and we’ll hook you up.

We’ve made it really easy to get your tickets online at Starland.com, you don’t have to pay any handling charges, taxes or shipping. When you complete your order, we’ll just email your tickets to you so you can print them out and bring them to the convention. It’s really that easy!

More HorrorFest Guests Confirmed

Mario AcevedoMario Acevedo
Author

When I was four years old, my aunt asked what I wanted for Christmas. My answer: “I want a machine gun.” So even at that tender age, my expectations from life were a little different than most.

Years later, I bought my first computer and decided to write a novel. Four computers later, and with six unpublished manuscripts gathering dust under my bed, I finally wrote a story good enough to get the interest of an agent and a publisher.

I was born in El Paso, Texas, and spent most of my childhood in Las Cruces, New Mexico, with travels to visit family in Pacoima, California, and Chihuahua, Mexico. After graduating from New Mexico State University, I was commissioned into the Army to serve in the Infantry where I finally got to play with machine guns. Later I hoodwinked the Army into letting me fly attack helicopters. (If you’ve ever seen me drive, you’ll wonder about the wisdom of letting me have the controls of an aircraft.)

Subsequent life as a civilian has been like living in a pinball machine. I worked as an engineer in corporate America and got downsized. Earned my masters’ in Information Systems from the University of Denver and found another corporate gig. Saw that job sail across the Pacific when I was outsourced and laid off again. Thankfully, I have two bright and handsome sons in college who will take care of me as I grow older.

What’s kept me grounded are my forays into art. The highpoints include being the artist-in-residence for Arte Americas in Fresno, California, and being called from the Reserves to serve in Operation Desert Storm (the easy war against Iraq) as a combat artist. Add teaching art to prisoners at the Avenal State Prison and organizing art fundraisers for various pet rescue groups.

All this time I was scribbling my stories, sending them out, and collecting rejection slips. What changed my luck was joining the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers which introduced me to real authors and the advice needed to get published. Now I’m busy writing my Felix the vampire detective novels. And I’ve decided that I no longer want a machine gun for Christmas.


Joe KnetterJoe Knetter
Writer & Actor

Joe is a writer and an actor with many credits in the horror genre including everything from books (Twisted Loneliness, Zombie Bukkake, Sucked up Fhit) to films (Monsterpiece Theatre, Pajama Party Massacre, Terror Overload) to magazines (Gasp, Cryptic). His short story collection Twisted Loneliness, which featured an introduction by Sid Haig has spawned one short film already, with two others in the pipeline. He currently has over a dozen scripts in various states of production.


Scarlett SalemScarlett Salem
Actor & Model

Scarlett Salem is an independent actress and model who specializes in the horror genre. She’s been in numerous amounts of films including: the NFTS Productions’ Pajama Party Massacre and Terror Overload; Haunted Autumn Productions’ Tales of the Dead; Mike Etolls’ Mutilated Movies; Regan Reddings’ Killer Biker Chicks; Roflak Studios’ Resist Evil! Trilogy; Sean Hopkins’ short fan film Friday the 13th; and Deer Creek Productions’ Camp Kill, to name a select few.

Scarlett is a representative for Troma Entertainment and was Tromette of the Month in December 2007. She is constantly keeping herself busy with acting, modeling, and attending film conventions. Keep sharp and you’ll see her all over the place, she has many projects in the works and several films are in production or out soon!


Vincenzo Natali | Splice Director at HorrorFest

Vincenzo NataliVincenzo Natali
Director and Screenwriter

Vincenzo Natali gained international recognition in 1997 with the surreal sci-fi thriller Cube. The film earned Genie Award nominations for art direction, sound and score in Natali’s native Canada and went on to become a cult favorite, impressing viewers and critics alike.

His follow-up, Cypher, starred Jeremy Northam, Lucy Liu and David Hewlett in a tale about a man who assumes a new identity in preparation for an espionage career, but instead finds himself engulfed in a shaky, paranoid reality. Natali again received worldwide acclaim for his third feature, the 2003 sci-fi comedy Nothing, which he also co-wrote, and describes as a buddy comedy set in a void. Two years later, he directed Getting Gilliam, a documentary of Terry Gilliam’s production of the 2005 feature Tideland, which premiered concurrently with the feature. Natali also contributed a segment to the 2006 film-à-sketch Paris, Je t’aime.

Among the feature projects currently in development for Natali are the fantasy adventure Tunnels and the drama High Rise, which he is set to direct from his own screenplay, based on the J. G. Ballard novel.

On June 4, 2010, Warner Bros. Pictures will release director Vincenzo Natali’s startlingly original sci-fi thriller Splice. Splice debuted to critical and audience acclaim at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Splice is the story of two superstar genetic engineers Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) who specialize in splicing together DNA from different animals to create incredible new hybrids. Now they want to use human DNA in a hybrid that could revolutionize science and medicine. But when the pharmaceutical company that funds their research forbids it, Clive and Elsa secretly conduct their own experiments. The result is Dren, an amazing, strangely beautiful creature of uncommon intelligence and an array of unexpected physical developments. And though, at first, Dren exceeds their wildest dreams, she begins to grow and learn at an accelerated rate–and threatens to become their worst nightmare.

Manhater Writer and Producer at HorrorFest

Philip R CalderonePhilip R. Calderone
Manhater Writer, Producer and Sound Editor

Phil is one of those people who sits in a movie theatre reading all the credits long after the room has cleared, an instinctual practice that has persisted since childhood.  Educated in production at UCLA he has worked on and off since 1990, with some extended breaks for a, ahem, “real” job. Ultimately, he had the opportunity to work as a First Assistant Director on a low-budget horror film and the flame was lit—he’s now committed to film/video movie production, here to stay.

Phil is the writer/producer/executive producer of Manhater, which brings him to HorrorFest. He’s a real hands-on producer and has pitched-in to serve as the movie’s post-production supervisor and contributed to visual effects and sound editing on the film. It’s oviously a labor of love for Phil and he’d really love to discuss the whole process of making films with you at the convention.

Ford Austin and Dahmer Vs. Gacy Coming to HorrorFest

Ford AustinFord Austin
Award-Winning Actor/Director/Writer/Producer

A direct descendent of the Father of Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Ford was raised in Texas & Oklahoma. Since making his transition from performing on the New York stage, Ford has been working behind the camera on movies & TV for 10 years in Los Angeles.

He last appeared at HorrorFest in 2008 with his feature film Attitude for Destruction and is thrilled to be back for the Colorado Premiere of his award-winning comedy horror film DAHMER VS GACY. The film stars Jed Rowen, Ethan Phillips, Irwin Keyes, Felissa Rose, Jerry Maren, Steven Adler and features a cameo by Harland Williams as the Voice of God!

Ford’s directing credits include the feature films Cerebral Print: The Secret Files, Cineme’ Fabrique, Slaughter Party, Gothic Vampires From Hell, The Curse of Lizzie Borden, Falling Down, Commute and Attitude for Destruction. He stars as an actor in the soon-to-be-released Box of Shadows with Domiziano Arcangelli (dir. Mauro Borelli), Rat Scratch Fever with Randal Malone (dir. Jeff Leroy) and Noirland with James Duval.

He is currently in working on a film with Tom Sizemore based on an Edgar Allen Poe short story named MORELLA. His award-winning web series are: The Wright Stuff, The Commuter Talkshow, and Shaving Cream Man Solutions Show. His list of short films includes Tiny Dancer which qualified in the Live Action Short category for the 2008 Academy Awards.

In 2006, Ford created a TV show for Paramount Television called Judge by Jury. As one of 5 founding partners of WonderHowTo.com, Ford serves as VP of Original Production.

In addition to being behind the camera, Ford is developing sci-fi and horror features for himself through his independent production company, Angry Baby Monkey Pictures. Most recently, Ford Austin was named President of the Film Division at Ubroadcast Entertainment and is charge of the creation of the company’s digital distribution arm in addition to the Acquisition and Development of all content. Ford is looking forward to rocking your socks off with his new film Dahmer Vs. Gacy!

StarFest 2010 Video Teaser

Official Teaser Trailer for StarFest 2010

Our Official StarFest Videographer, Phil Wortham, put together this great little teaser video for the convention from some footage he shot last year. It is giving me goosebumps just thinking about the show!

We have been processing memberships and emailing them out to people this week. We are doing a postcard mailing for the show and they should arrive at your doorstep next week. The flyers and posters are set to arrive at the ticket outlets (hopefully) in time for this weekend. The tickets should be going on sale at King Soopers soon.

Just so you know, Summer Glau told her agent that she only wanted to attend one science fiction convention this year… StarFest is that one convention.

Yeah!

THE FOURTH KIND DVD QUIZ/CONTEST

THE FOURTH KIND
Win a DVD copy of the movie
Available in stores NOW!

In 1972, a scale of measurement was established for alien encounters. When a UFO is sighted, it is called an encounter of the first kind. When evidence is collected, it is known as an encounter of the second kind. When contact is made with extraterrestrials, it is the third kind. The next level, abduction, is the fourth kind. This encounter has been the most difficult to document…until now.

Structured unlike any film before it, The Fourth Kind is a provocative thriller set in modern-day Nome, Alaska, where – mysteriously since the 1960s – a disproportionate number of the population has been reported missing every year. Despite multiple FBI investigations of the region, the truth has never been discovered.

Here in this remote region, psychologist Dr. Abigail Tyler (Milla Jovovich) began videotaping sessions with traumatized patients and unwittingly discovered some of the most disturbing evidence of alien abduction ever documented.

Using never-before-seen archival footage that is integrated into the film, The Fourth Kind exposes the terrified revelations of multiple witnesses. Their accounts of being visited by alien figures all share disturbingly identical details, the validity of which is investigated throughout the film.

This film is rated PG-13. You can play our quiz/contest at our quiz page to win a copy of the film.

Website: http://www.thefourthkind.net

This quiz/contest is brought to you by the same people that produce Denver’s entertainment convention, Starfest.