John Carpenter to Host El Rey’s Horror Short Showcase


John Carpenter to Host El Rey's Horror Short Showcase

John Carpenter to host The People’s Network Showcase horror edition on El Rey Network

El Rey Network announced today the launch of “The People’s Network Showcase: Horror Edition,” hosted by the master of horror himself John Carpenter, and featuring 10 short horror films submitted by rising independent filmmakers. The showcase will debut on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 8pm ET, with an encore airing at 10pm ET.  It will air as part of El Rey’s month-long celebration of Horror, a program they’re dubbing “Blood, Sweat and Fears.”

“When I started El Rey I wanted the network to provide a new pipeline for creators. My roots are in independent filmmaking and I believe in providing opportunities to people working outside of the studio system,” said El Rey Network founder and Chairman Robert Rodriguez.  “We’ve discovered these terrific short films by very talented makers and with this on-air special hosted by my friend John Carpenter, we can help get them noticed.”

“Whether for digital or linear, programming is no longer dictated from the top down. Audiences today know what they want, and in many cases are able to make it themselves,” said El Rey Network President and G.M. Daniel Tibbets.  “The People’s Network is our disruptive tool to demolish the wall between Professional and User Generated Content.”

“The People’s Network” celebrates filmmakers and artists from diverse cultures by giving them a platform to showcase their work. The new on-air series will feature interviews with the filmmakers and special vignettes of current working industry professionals who share the behind the scenes secrets of their craft to inspire future creators. Each collection of films that airs will be curated by genre or central story theme.

Films and filmmakers featured on Sunday, Oct. 30 include:


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.


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.


Directed by Alex Russell

A vicious serial killer looks for love in the City of Angels… and finds rich pickings.


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.


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 doesn ět 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…


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.