Information including pricing and specific details about the festival’s Dead Horse Horror Film Camp coming soon!
You may ask…”why in the world is the camp named that.” Here’s the interesting story behind our decision to name our teen camp that:
There is a very popular and historic park in Verde Valley named the Dead Horse State Park. The name is quite unusual and it begins with the Ireys family, who came to Arizona from Minnesota looking for a ranch to buy in the late 1940s. At one of the ranches they discovered a large dead horse lying by the road. After two days of viewing ranches, Dad Ireys asked the kids which ranch they liked the best. The kids said, “the one with the dead horse, Dad!” The Ireys family chose the name Dead Horse Ranch and later, in 1973, when Arizona State Parks acquired the park, the Ireys made retaining the name a condition of sale and it later became the Dead Horse State Park.
When determining a fitting name for our teen-horror camp, we couldn’t think of a more fitting name. It pays homage to the Ireys family and their story to retain the name of what they saw and the reason they chose that ranch. It also perfectly personifies the belief of the festival to be unique and always highlight the history of the region in everything we do. Besides that, you gotta admit the name is a little unnerving and we love that.