This year’s edition of Scary Movies kicks off with a bang—a Halloween evening blowout featuring a screening of What We Do in the Shadows and a vampire-themed costume party, and closes with a pair of rare ’80s gems: Amsterdamned and Angst. In between, we will be presenting the latest works from the French duo Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury and American duo Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, and John McNaughton; a trio of new first-rate creature features, Dark Was the Night, Late Phases, and When Animals Dream; the documentary Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau; a few titles fresh from the Toronto Film Festival: Backcountry, Cub, and Spring; as well as retrospective screenings of The Pack and A Reflection of Fear.
Programmed by Laura Kern and Gavin Smith
Q&A with co-director Jemaine Clement, followed by a vampire costume party open to all ticket holders!
In this hilarious and ultra-quotable horror-comedy, four endearingly unhip vampire roommates squabble over household chores, go to clubs, struggle to keep up with the latest technology and fashion trends, and antagonize the local werewolves whenever their paths cross. Oh, and they suck people’s blood, too...
Followed by a reception co-hosted with Viva Radio!
A deeply disturbing yet spellbinding story of a psychopath, played by Erwin Leder with brilliant creepiness, just released from prison who immediately falls back to his murderous ways when he happens upon a house in the woods. This rare screening of a film that’s well on its way to cult status is best appreciated by those with a cast-iron stomach.
The final installment in dynamic French shock duo Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s trilogy of American-influenced horror flicks sees three 14-year-old boys get more than they bargained for after accidentally uncovering the hideout of an unhinged family at an abandoned movie backlot.
Featuring top-notch murder scenes and extravagant action, this delicious blend of police procedural and slasher film long out of circulation in the U.S. finds a detective assigned to the case of tracking down a scuba-masked psycho lurking beneath Amsterdam’s canals.
In this tightly constructed, gory, and gut-wrenching survival story, a young couple’s romantic camping trip in a National Park goes from bad to much worse when on top of getting hopelessly lost they realize they are not alone—and whatever’s out there is hungry.
In Jonas Govaerts’s riveting, smart, and skillfully directed feature debut, a troop of preteen Cub Scouts and two capable twentysomething Scout Leaders (plus their cute female cook) head into the woods for a summer camping trip. Will any of them be coming back?
Q&A with director Jack Heller and actors Kevin Durand and Sabina Gadecki!
The quiet lives of a sheriff (The Strain’s Kevin Durand—finally a leading man!) and his deputy (Lukas Haas) are put to the test when an ancient creature begins preying on the local livestock and the small logging town’s human residents in this wholly entertaining old-school monster movie.
Q&A with director John McNaughton, writer Stephen Lancellotti, producer Steven A. Jones, and actor Michael Shannon!
Samantha Morton is the stuff of great screen villainy as the mother of deathly ill, bed-ridden boy, whose new neighbor persistently tries to befriend him and uncovers some seriously sinister goings-on in the process.
Q&A with actor Nick Damici!
Soon after a hard-ass blind Vietnam vet (Nick Damici) moves to a retirement home, he experiences a strange animal attack—and it turns out these attacks are a monthly occurrence, synchronized to the full moon...
This doc tells the outrageous story of the dysfunctional production of the 1996 horror-movie remake of The Island of Dr. Moreau originally to be directed by one visionary, decidedly weird, and in-over-his-head South African filmmaker, Richard Stanley, who talks about the film’s many failures—an epic cinematic travesty for the ages—with admirable composure.
A family of four must fight to survive a night of sheer terror, as they are relentlessly stalked by ravenous dogs on their remote Australian farm. Horror of the most jarring, edge-of-your-seat kind, with the added bonus of a cast of characters actually worth rooting for.
In this vintage title from the When Animals Attack pantheon, dogs abandoned by summer vacationers form a ravenous pack of man-eaters that terrorizes the island community’s few permanent residents in search of a square meal.
A severely troubled 16-year-old (Sondra Locke) lives with her overbearing mother in a sprawling desolate estate, whose all-female household is thrown seriously off kilter when the girl’s absentee father shows up. Things are not what they seem, and people soon start turning up dead in this genuinely unsettling Gothic psycho-thriller.
Please note: this screening has been canceled due to an issue with the print.
Escaping his life in an idyllic Italian coastal village, Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci) falls for the charming and elusive Louise (Nadiar Hiker)—but little does he know that she’s hiding a terrifying secret. What comes next defies standard genre categories and, in the name of love, brings Evan face to face with monstrous primordial forces rooted in a realm that’s nothing short of mythic.
Q&A with directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer!
A modern masterwork of body horror, the biting and gruesome Starry Eyes features a fearless lead performance by Alex Essoe as a striving young actress who goes to extreme lengths in the name of success.
Both a melancholy coming-of-age film, and a tragedy-tinged tale of young love, When Animals Dream, featuring a teenage girl who learns she is gradually transforming into a monster, recalls Let the Right One In with its raw and moody feel, and its structure, built on slow character development and then topped off with a merciless unleashing of carnage and revenge.
Now in its ninth edition, New York’s top festival for quality horror from around the globe is back with a vengeance. This year’s fright fest begin its journey into nightmare with the anthology road movie Southbound, followed by 11 more of the best new titles out there, including Sean Byrne’s eagerly anticipated The Devil’s Candy, the gut-wrenching Australian feral-dog thriller The Pack, and horror movies of all stripes from Ireland, Denmark, Spain, and Turkey. Revival offerings include Juan Piquer Simón’s ’80s cult classics Pieces and Slugs, and in tribute to the dearly departed Christopher Lee, a 35mm screening of The Gorgon. We will also be presenting evenings with Larry Fessenden and Bernard Rose, whose new film, Frankenstein, a wildly original update set on the streets of L.A., closes this year’s festival. Read More
Now in its eighth year, New York’s top festival for quality horror from around the globe is back! This year’s fright fest will bring you a collection of hair-raising premieres and rediscovered classics. A Halloween evening blowout featuring a screening of What We Do in the Shadows followed by a vampire-themed costume party will kick off an exhilarating week of terrifying shockers and demented mayhem. Read More
This year’s edition of Scary Movies features more brand-new offerings and guest appearances than ever before: nine U.S. or New York premieres from the likes of Eli Roth and Lucky McKee, a handful of gems from the 1970s and 80s that demonstrate there’s nothing scarier than being stuck in the boonies, and the New York premiere of the Cabal Cut of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed. Read More
Our popular annual horror fest returns just in time for Halloween with two strong-female-driven terror tales featuring medical students with unorthodox methods, plus zombie clowns, evil kids, voodoo, obscure Italian gems, Wes Craven, Vincent Price and the bloody good remake of Maniac! Read More
Scary Movies is back with an upped deadly dosage of hair-raising premieres and classics. Join us for Ben Wheatley’s genre-crossing Kill List and the first New York showings of Ti West’s supernatural caper The Innkeepers, Scott Leberecht’s fresh take on vampirism Midnight Son, and the deliciously grotesque multiple-director omnibus The Theatre Bizarre, as well as Mariano Baino’s 1993 atmospheric chiller Dark Waters. Read More