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Stanley Film Festival will open with Doc of the Dead

The Stanley Film Festival just announced its opening-night film and other special, scarey events for the four-day fest, which kicks off April 24 at the historic Stanley Hotel. "The Stanley Hotel is consistently voted one of the most haunted hotels in the world, and they give over 75,000 ghost tours annually," says JoAnna Cintron, marketing and communications manager for the Denver Film Society, which co-produces the festival. "You wont find a better venue to host a world-class destination horror film festival." See also: Local filmmakers unleash zombie documentary Doc of the Dead at SXSW

And horrific it will be.

The festival will open with a documentary directed by Colorado filmmaker Alexandre O. Philippe, Doc of the Dead, which analyzes the evolution of the zombie genre in film, television and literature.

But the goal of the festival is not just to show films, but also be an interactive event with games, dinners and races. One of those games, the Horror Immersion Game, is a real horror and mystery narrative using the hotel as its medium; players will follow clues and interact with each other to solve a mystery. There will also be a three-course dinner murder mystery game.

Other games set for the fest include Dead Right Horror Trivia and a Big Wheel Death Race, where guests will race around the grounds of the hotel of adult-sized versions of Danny Torrance's Big Wheel in The Shining. And Eye Heart Brains, which puts together the world's largest zombie gatherings, will organize a zombie crawl around the grounds of the hotel and through the streets of Estes Park, "in search of brains."

Food is also involved within the special events, with a murder mystery three-course dinner planned where guests become their very own detectives. Almost like a game of real-life Clue game.

The rest of the films that will be featured at the Stanley Film Festival will be announced April 3. TIckets range from $40 for a day pass to $295 for a three-day stay at the hotel and all four days of the festival; go to stanleyfilmfest.comfor more information.