MILE HEIGHT FRIGHT by Steve Oatney —
Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the 2012 Mile High Horror Film Festival at the Denver Film Center, and enjoyed it immensely. Before reading further, please understand that I am not your usual horror flick movie-goer.
In fact, I wasn’t much of a fan of horror until I saw Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland, which changed my previous thinking that all horror films were just inane plots, startling gags, and excessive gore. Horror stories can actually contain depth, and humor, all on top of intense suspense tempting us to look away, but forcing us not to do so.
While I’ve always liked classic vampires, werewolves, Frankenstein, and such, I have always preferred a more action, or sci-fi, take on the horror genre. Alien and Underworld would be a good example of “my kind” of horror.
Yes, when I was younger, films like Jaws, and Poltergeist scared the dickens out of me, but I never cared for slasher, nor zombie, films until more recently. Television’s The Walking Dead has helped make a newly realized Zom-fan out of me.
As for the festival, I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed their Shorts Program which included well done short films like Divination, Velvet Road, and The House that Wept Blood. The quality of the productions were higher than I had expected, therefore putting this festival in a league higher than expected, as well.
Mingling with local, and non-local fans and filmmakers was quite interesting and inspiring. People with a passion for making or watching horror, are much like any other people with passions, and it is truly a contagious excitement.
I look forward to their future festivals, as I can foresee the MHFF only getting better and better. See you next year!
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