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 includes 12 of the best new titles out there, including Sean Byrne’s eagerly anticipated follow-up to The Loved Ones, The Devil’s Candy, and the gut-wrenching Australian feral-dog thriller The Pack, plus 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 Hammer gem The Gorgon. We will also be presenting evenings with Larry Fessenden, whose company Glass Eye Pix is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and Bernard Rose, whose new film, Frankenstein, a wildly original update set on the streets of L.A., closes this year’s festival with large doses of both heart and gore.
On Opening Night, we begin our journey into nightmare with Southbound, an anthology road film from some of the key players behind V/H/S, followed by a blow-out Halloween bash where prizes will be given for the best costume.
Programmed by Laura Kern, Gavin Smith, and Rufus de Rham
Followed by a Q&A and costume party with snacks, drinks, and prizes!A knock-down drag-out road movie from some of the key players behind V/H/S that puts the pedal to the metal as it speeds down a lost highway to hell with five separate but neatly connected stories of terror and menace that will take you on a wild ride you won’t soon forget.
Q&A with Bernard RoseBernard Rose’s retelling of Mary Shelley’s immortal tale has been updated to present-day Los Angeles but retains much of its source material’s key story elements and sentiments as the seemingly perfect artificial creation by two married scientists is violently cast out into the world with tragic and wholly disturbing results.
Introduction by Bernard RoseDon’t miss this rare 35mm screening of Bernard Rose’s highly inventive, visual dream of a film about a lonely 11-year-old girl who through her drawings creates an alternate world—a place of peace that turns terrifying.
Five cops on night patrol stumble into charnel house and descend into an ever-more nightmarish netherworld of grotesque, mind-wrenching horrors in this truly disturbing, outrageously gory, and increasingly surreal film that pulls the carpet from under your feet and keep you guessing right up to the final moment.
Just as 15-year-old Faith learns that her sick father has only a few months to live, her new hockey coach reveals that she’s the leader of a coven of witches and has the power to cure her dad if she agrees to bear a very special child for her—a proposition that sets in motion Faith’s nightmarish downward spiral.
Sean Byrne’s highly anticipated follow-up to The Loved Ones is another masterwork of housebound terror, in which a struggling artist and his devoted wife and daughter move into a new place, unaware that its previous occupant is a royally disturbed—and potentially possessed—child-killer who wants his home back.
On their parents’ anniversary, three children are left home alone with the new replacement babysitter, whose behavior becomes increasingly menacing as the evening unfolds. A bloodcurdling mash-up of the bad-babysitter and home-invasion subgenres, Emelie is every parent’s worst nightmare.
Q&A with Larry Fessenden and actors Ron Perlman and James Le GrosIn an isolated Alaskan base near the Arctic Circle, as an eco scientist (James Le Gros) and a roughneck oil boss (Ron Perlman) butt heads, a team of oil prospectors begin to unravel as one by one they realize that… there’s something out there.
Q&A with Mickey Keating, Larry Fessenden, and actors Lauren Ashley Carter and Brian MorvantA troubled young woman is hired to act as caretaker of a sprawling NYC apartment building with a notoriously haunted history, where she proceeds to have a Repulsion-style psychological meltdown (black and white included).
Free family screening!In conjunction with Lincoln Center’s campus-wide Halloween celebration for kids we offer a free screening of this monster-movie classic, which has gone down in cinema history for its iconic Boris Karloff performance, groundbreaking makeup, and, of course, the immortal line, “It’s alive!”
In tribute to the late, great Christopher Lee, we present a 35mm screening of Hammer’s gothic horror mystery that transports one of the most memorable monsters from Greek mythology to turn-of-the-century middle Europe. Lee appears alongside Peter Cushing and Barbara Shelley as a professor who travels to the village of Vandorf to investigate a series of deaths in which the victims are turned to stone.
Q&A with Corin HardyEmploying impressive old-school effects, this intense, folklore-steeped monster-movie tour de force follows a scientist and his family deep into the Irish forest on assignment. He disregards the warnings of the townspeople and an alarming early discovery, and, as can be expected, things go very, very wrong—especially when the titular woodland creatures come out to play.
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 gruesome and sleazy cult classic, a maniac with a chainsaw runs loose on a college campus, slicing off pieces of co-eds. Packed to the gills with atrocious over-dubbed dialogue, amazing gore, stunning camerawork and murder setpieces, and even a completely random kung-fu fight, the insanely over-the-top and entirely entertaining Pieces is presented here in glorious 35mm.
Agoraphobic and severely anxiety-ridden, dressmaker Montse connects to the outside world only through her younger sister, Nia. When she takes in their injured hunky upstairs neighbor, Montse’s neuroses turn monstrous, keeping him drugged and bedridden—à la Misery—as she’s driven ever closer to madness. This unpredictable, impeccably directed period piece, set in 1950s Madrid, was produced by Álex de Iglesia.
Featuring a smorgasbord of slug-on-human violence, mid-coitus slug sneak attacks, explosive greenhouses, geysers of blood, and demented dialogue, Slugs is a rare and forgotten gem of the nature-gone-wild variety, in which public officials battle carnivorous gastropods that chew their way through a New England town.
North American PremiereFour young American counselors who show up for duty at a secluded, run-down European camp are faced with cold temperatures, creepy backwoods neighbors, shut-off water, and so much worse in [REC] producer and Sleep Tight scripter Alberto Marini’s directorial debut. Something is transforming them into virus-infected, blood-drooling maniacs, the cause of which they must discover before camp goes into session.
A mysterious virulent outbreak sweeps through an idyllic Danish town, and the Johanssons are sealed in their home by hazmat-wearing military forces. Outside, their once-friendly neighbors are changing into something horrific and violent, and the family faces a deadly—and all too real—fight for survival.
More graphic than Psycho following the relaxed censorship of the ’70s, Hitchcock returned to England to have morbid fun with a cast of character actors and the story of a sex killer at large, deploying his iconic The Wrong Man plot last time one last time.
Q&A with Kent Jones, moderated by Noah Baumbach · Reception to follow open to all ticket holders!Featuring extended testimonials from David Fincher, Martin Scorsese, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, and others, Hitchcock/Truffaut is a lively tribute to a legendary dialogue between two masters and to a defining work of modern film culture.
Introduction by Kent JonesAs gripping and playful as any of Hitchcock’s best-known works, I Confess follows a Catholic priest (Montgomery Clift) who keeps a murderer’s confession to himself, with dangerous consequences.
Hitchcock’s penultimate silent film and one of the most mature works of his early career follows two childhood friends living in a secluded Isle of Man fishing community and locked in a heartbreaking love triangle with the daughter of a puritanical Methodist.
Made shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hitchcock’s first feature with an all-American cast is a cross-country wartime thriller of imposing set pieces, whose box-office success secured the filmmaker’s foothold in Hollywood for the iconic films to come.
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
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