New York’s top horror festival—bringing you the genre’s best from around the globe—is back with a vengeance. This year’s tenth anniversary edition offers an exhilarating week of terrifying and gruesome shockers, featuring a host of hair-raising premieres and rediscoveries, guest appearances and giveaways. Occultism, zombie action, home invasions, survival thrillers, Victorian-era slashers, and creepy clowns are all on tap, in addition to films that play on the very human fears associated with sexual desire and motherhood. Our tenth birthday celebration also includes a quartet of delightfully nasty party-themed flicks from the 1970s and ’80s, and an evening with comedy legend Bob Balaban—who (in our book) is also a legend in the horror field.
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New York Premiere • Q&A with Director and Cast • 10th Anniversary PartyCoulrophobics beware! It’s Halloween night and Art the Clown, the cold-blooded killer, is not wearing a creepy costume just for show.
Closing Night: Double Feature
On Closing Night, see Still/Born and It Stains the Sands Red and save, plus a reception in between!
New York PremiereStill/Born stays grounded thanks to the intense, dedicated performance of Christie Burke as the mother who means business in keeping her baby safe no matter what forces are against her.
New York Premiere • Q&A with Colin Minihan and Brittany AllenThe solo feature directorial debut of Colin Minihan, one half of the Vicious Brothers, makes his strongest impression yet with this engaging, visually striking film, set during apocalyptic times, about a woman, Molly (a fearless Brittany Allen), who finds herself stranded in the desert after her dumbass boyfriend is killed by a zombie.
An Evening with Bob Balaban
Q&A with Bob BalabanAs supremely black as a comedy can be, Bob Balaban’s brilliantly subversive feature directorial debut is deranged in all the right ways.
Introduction by Bob BalabanAt the start of this horror-comedy for the highest of lowbrow tastes—produced by Sean S. Cunningham, written by Dean Lorey (who went on to Arrested Development), and directed by the great comic actor Bob Balaban—geeky teen protagonist Johnny Dingle (Andrew Lowery) announces in voiceover: “This day was the beginning of the end of my life.”
New York PremiereEncompassing three great traditions of horror—the Christmas, home-invasion, and babysitting subgenres—Better Watch Out is a twisted and twisty mash-up of dark delights as filtered through the lens of an ’80s teen comedy.
North American Premiere • Intro by Mickey Sumner and Christina O'Shea-DalyLike its title, so succinct, even generic, until its meaning is put into clearer focus, Caught is a stellar example of what can be accomplished with little means but a whole lot of imagination, while also reminding us that it’s often the unknown that can be the most terrifying.
New York PremiereClaustrophobic, and exquisitely shot by Diego García (Neon Bull, Cemetery of Splendor), The Darkness transcends the horror tropes it gets its bones from, and becomes something beautiful, fantastical, and truly unnerving.
Q&A with director Damien PowerExpertly constructed and strongly acted—the two sadistic villains are truly skin-crawling and their prey authentic and sympathetic—Damien Power’s feature debut is at times excruciatingly cruel, yet always positively stunning.
U.S. PremiereThis jam-packed, handsome, highly literate film satisfies as a gothic murder mystery and an inside look into the lively world of the music halls so popular at the time, while also offering its fair share of bloodletting.
New York PremiereAudacious, inventive (featuring some spectacular practical effects), sometimes hilarious and jaw-droppingly disgusting, and always totally bonkers, the film has more on its mind than pure gross-out—though it succeeds in that too. In any case, we promise you have never seen anything like it...
New York PremiereRough and raw (visually as well as thematically), the ultra-tense film is painfully cruel yet purely satisfying, and, with the introduction of some revelations about Bernard’s father, it also serves as an intriguing exploration of three generations of violence.
North American PremierePhobia is the strongest Hindi horror outing in ages, anchored by a fiery performance by Apte, who absolutely rivets the screen.
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