Festival director Britta Erickson calls the four day festival in Estes Park "a horror retreat for fans and filmmakers." Beyond the daily horror films, there are panels, parties and an immersive game to play throughout the weekend.
There will also be plenty of Colorado music. The amount of local acts performing at the Stanley Film Festival has doubled this year, offering a chance for Colorado musicians to be heard from filmmakers and fans from all over the world.
Here's a day-by-day guide:
Thursday. April 30: Denver's Snake Rattle Rattle Snake will perform at the opening night party, along with Bad Luck City. The opening night film "Cooties" will make its Colorado debut. It stars Elijah Wood and Rainn Wilson.
Friday, May 1: The masked 32-piece itchy-O Marching Band will put on a loud, chaotic performance on the steps of the Stanley Hotel. Colorado's Elusive Ingredient Shadow Cast will perform at a special 40th Anniversary screening of "Rocky Horror Picture Show." Lastly, Stanley Film Festival will bring back Munly & the Lupercalians to score the radio play "Tales From Beyond The Pale The Stanley Edition: Parlor Tricks."
Saturday, May 2: Ian Cooke will perform at the final night of the festival during the Closing Party.
Festival Programmer Matt Campbell talks with me about relying on local musicians to entertain festivalgoers as well as some of his top film picks. Stream the interview above.