What’s spookier than visiting Colorado’s Stanley Hotel, the place which inspired Stephen King to write The Shining? How about visiting Colorado’s Stanley Hotel, the place which inspired Stephen King to write The Shining, and watching horror classic Re-Animator? It was announced today that the Stanley Film Festival—which takes place at the hotel from April 30 to May 3—will be paying tribute to Re-Animator director Stuart Gordon as its 2015 “Master of Horror” and will screen his 1985 cult classic. Gordon is to be presented the award by filmmaker Mick Garris, director of several King adaptations, including a 1997 mini-series version of the novelist’s famed haunted hotel book.
The terror tale-themed festival has also announced its lineup of new movies. The schedule includes the Taissa Farmiga-starring Final Girls, the crazy-sounding New Zealand film Deathgasm, the Elijah Wood-produced The Boy, giant wasp flick Stung, Penumbra director Adrián García Bogliano’s Scherzo Diabolico, and writer-director Ted Geoghegan’s We Are Still Here, which garnered extremely positive reviews when it recently screened at the SXSW Film Festival and stars Andrew Sensenig, Re-Animator actress Barbara Crampton, and indie-horror overlord Larry Fessenden. Fessenden is also one of the guests appearing at the festival and will be overseeing a special “Stanley Edition” of his Tales From Beyond The Pale audio serial in cahoots with regular collaborator Glenn McQuaid.
Finally, and appropriately, the festival is screening two films from the Room 237 behind-the-scenes duo of Rodney Ascher and Tim Kirk: a documentary about sleep paralysis called The Nightmare and the intriguing Director’s Commentary: The Terror of Frankenstein.
You can check out the full program at the official Stanley Film Festival website.