El Rey, the Robert Rodriguez-founded network that specializes in cleverly-programmed B-movies (like the “Kaijuly Roarth” Godzilla marathon that ran July 4), is launching a series of specials highlighting new short films. The first entry will be all horror—and will be hosted by John Carpenter.
It’s titled The People’s Network Showcase; each quarterly episode will run two hours and feature works by indie filmmakers from around the world, interviews with the up-and-coming artists, and behind-the-scenes chats with established filmmakers, too (gonna guess that Rodriguez and his Grindhouse cohort Eli Roth might pop up during those segments). The People’s Network Showcase: Horror, hosted by the legendary director of Halloween and They Live, airs October 30.
Courtesy of Deadline, here’s the list of every horror-themed short that’ll be part of the debut show:
ELI ROTH PRESENTS: CHAINSAW
Directed by David Dinetz and Dylan Trussell
A bickering couple enters a haunted house with a mad man on the loose. They’re splitting apart tonight.
Directed by Nick Peterson
A mother protects her children from a demon inside their home.
Directed by Kheireddine El-Helou
What was supposed to be a romantic night in for a young couple, quickly turns into a terrifying encounter with Drudge.
THE SMILING MAN
Directed by AJ Briones
A little girl home alone finds herself face-to- face with pure evil.
Directed by Joe Price
When Miguel takes out his contacts to get ready for bed, through his blurred vision, he realizes there is something horrendous within his apartment. The biggest problem is, without his contacts, Miguel is truly helpless.
LOVE AND DATING IN L.A.
Directed by Alex Russell
A vicious serial killer looks for love in the City of Angels… and finds rich pickings.
JACK THE RIPPER
Directed by Nick and Lexie Trivundza
As we follow the infamous killer Jack the Ripper on one of his evenings out in the city, we enter a world somewhere between Sin City and the Opening Titles of Mad Men.
COME OUT AND PLAY and LEAVES
Directed by Pablo Olmos Arrayales
Come Out and Play
Brenda is alone at her house. All her friends have left and she is about to clean her house but she sees on the table the game board they were playing a minutes ago: Ouija. She doesnt believe in any paranormal activity. So, as a joke, she sits down and ask the ouija if she is really home alone…
Leaves tells the story of a couple that get deep into the forest. Once there, the girl finds a beautiful unicorn figure on the ground. Maybe somebody lost it or maybe somebody left it there…
ALL YOU CAN EAT
Directed by Tommy Groth
Did you have nightmares about clowns when you were a child? Do you still have nightmares? All You Can Eat will confirm your fear because in a small town lives an ordinary clown with extraordinary secrets.
There’s no hint of what future episodes might bring, only that each will focus on either a shared theme or genre in the El Rey vein. Two words: GIANT MONSTERS.