Growing up in LA, Eli Craig enjoyed watching blood-splattered B-movies and ridiculing the Hollywood elite. With no desire to go into show business, Craig ski bummed in Crested Butte (Telluride’s neighboring ski town) and worked as a mountain guide. But after enough time spent shoveling snow off roofs as a ski bum, it was off to USC graduate school where he studied screenwriting and filmmaking. After writing and directing the award-winning short film, THE TAO OF PONG, Craig teamed up with fellow USC student Morgan Jurgenson to co-write his first feature film, TUCKER & DALE vs. EVIL, directed by Craig, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and is often voted in the top 10 funniest horror comedies of all time. He also wrote & directed the Netflix horror comedy, LITTLE EVIL, starring Adam Scott & Evangeline Lilly (which some people liked as well). He is currently developing a half-hour comedy-horror with Blumhouse and Red Hour Films (Ben Stiller’s company) to be distributed on Amazon Prime. He is also developing his third feature film with Mandalay Pictures and Argent Media. Craig may not ridicule the Hollywood elite as much these days, but he avoids them by spending his time recycling and composting in North Vancouver, BC with his wife, two kids, dog and frequently visiting mother-in-law.
Eli Craig joins the Telluride Horror Show for a special presentation of Tucker & Dale vs. Evil and will participate in a conversation following the film, hosted by Joe Bob Briggs.