Five films not to miss at Mile High Horror Film Festival

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The Mile High Horror Festival kicks off tomorrow night at the Starz FilmCenter at the Tivoli, with more than thirty films being shown across three days on two different screens. While you can pick up a weekend pass to check out all the festivities, not everyone is going to have the time to do that, so we've put together a list of five of our favorites that shouldn't be missed by anyone who's a fan of horror. You can pick up individual tickets for only $9 per showing and, considering that many of these films are making their Colorado premiere, it's well worth the cash.

5. The Woman

We're not pretending to know exactly what to expect here, but from the looks of the trailer, this is a slightly tongue-in-cheek tale of a feral woman who's taken in by a very normal family. Sure, the "disruption by an outsider" thing is done to death in independent cinema, but

The Woman

looks to take it well over the line for a thouroughly enjoyable little flick.

4. The Killage

We kind of just wanted to write "LOL" and call it day, but this film is so full of cliché, ridiculousness and over-the-topness, we want to make sure you know this one is worth seeing. From the looks of it, it's going to be a modern day


, which uses the tropes of horror to make a comedy that works on several levels.

3. Shorts Program #1

Short films never get their due, so be sure to check out at least one of the three different slots showcasing some of the best experimental, humorous and horrifying short films. We're particularly fond of "The Mummy and the Balloon," which is why we recommend this slot, but it's really up to you which you attend -- just be sure to attend one.

2. Midnight Son

With the exception of

Let Me In

, there has been a serious glut of gritty vampire movies recently. As much as we all love watching pretty boys and girls running around be fancy-pants in vampire-dramas, we'd much rather see a brutal tale of a vampire who doesn't want to be a freak -- that's exactly what

Midnight Son

looks to be.

1. Chillerama

Four ridiculous films for the price of one, what more could you ask for?


looks completely insane, over-the-top, and takes the idea of classic B-films and upgrades it with some great modern directors. We're super excited for

The Diary of Anne Frankenstein

for obvious reasons. Seriously, this is going to be the major highlight of the weekend.

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