New York City Horror Film Festival Offers Killers, Creatures, and Creeps Galore
With a jaw-dropping assortment of creature features, supernatural shockers, and other assorted manner of fright fare on tap, the New York City Horror Film Festival promises to be a can’t-miss destination for fear-fare fans. The fest celebrates its 16th edition from November 29 through December 2 at the Chelsea Cineopolis Theaters at 260 West 23rd St., New York City. In addition to the fantastic array of movies listed below, fright-flick legend Tony Todd (Candyman, Final Destination, The Crow) will quite deservingly receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
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In a world where fairy tales are much more than tales, monsters and humans are forced to live alongside one another. Much like in our world, many people find it possible to peacefully coexist, however there are plenty of others who do not. Nick Lane is one of the few people who stand in the middle and try to bring both sides closer together instead of pushing them further apart. However, when the tension that has been building between both sides reaches its breaking point, the middle isn’t necessarily the best place to be. Nick’s morals are tested and his own weaknesses are revealed as all these problems come closer to home.
Director: Michael Leavy
Writers: Steven Della Salla, Jason Leavy, Michael Leavy
Stars: Tyler Mane, Malcolm McDowell, Leslie Easterbrook
After the Lethargy
Sara travels to the hot spot where one of the most extraordinary contacts with extraterrestrials in history took place. The forest ranger accompanies her, but they’ll soon be attacked by a creature that lives in the depths of the forest, being forced to take refuge in an abandoned military barracks.
Director: Marc Carreté
Writers: Marc Carreté
Starring: Liliana Cabal, Mark Schardan, Andrea Guasch
A man and woman (Thomas Cocquerel, Camille Stopps) awaken post-surgery in an abandoned sanitarium with no memory as to who they are or how they got there. They quickly discover they are not alone. A crazed doctor (Angus Macfadyen) claims to be their only chance for a full recovery as well as the only hope for a return to the lives they left behind. Through painstaking physical therapy and stomach churning meals they plead for freedom, instead the doctor just toys with them. Finally able to summon the strength to challenge the doctor face to face they make their escape back to civilization only to discover the jaw dropping reality of who they truly are.
Director: Rob Grant
Writers: Chuck McCue, Jules Vincent
Starring: Angus Macfadyen, Tom Cocquerel, Camille Stopps
Book of Monsters
Sophie’s 18th birthday party becomes a bloodbath when six terrifying monsters descend upon her house, intent on devouring the party guests and killing anyone who tries to leave.
As her school friends are torn apart and eaten, Sophie must rally a band of misfits and take up arms to send their party crashers back to hell. To survive the night, Sophie will face her destiny; monsters are real – and she’s the only one who can stop them.
Book of Monsters brings old-school practical creature effects and a dark comedic edge to make for a deeply entertaining monster movie.
Director: Stewart Sparke (The Creature Below, ShortCuts to Hell 2)
Writers: Paul Butler (The Creature Below, ShortCuts to Hell 2)
Lyndsey Craine, Michaela Longden, Lizzie Stanton, Nicholas Vince, Daniel S. Thrace
Camp Cold Brook
Chad Michael Murray stars as reality TV producer and host Jack Wilson, who finds himself in a tough spot when his show is about to be canceled. In a last-ditch effort to spark ratings, he and his producer Angela, (Danielle Harris) choose to film their next episode at the legendary Camp Cold Brook, which was host to a horrific incident where the young campers were drowned in a nearby creek 20 years ago. Their arrival begins like any other episode . . . but the TV crew find that they get more than they bargained for.
Director: Andy Palmer
Writer: Alex Carl
Stars: Danielle Harris, Chad Michael Murray, Courtney Gains
The Child Remains
An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the Butterbox Babies and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that has already won 15 Best Feature Prizes on the global festival circuit. A tribute to vintage atmospheric horror such as The Shining, Rosemary’s Baby, and The Orphanage, The Child Remains is about the evil that lurks behind the postcard. You’ll sleep like a baby.
Director: Michael Melski
Writer: Michael Melski
Stars: Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson
When a train derails into the river, its surviving passengers are faced with a grim challenge . . . die in the wreckage or face the unknown that awaits them in the murky waters below.
Director: Dale Fabrigar
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A strained suburban family’s Thanksgiving is disrupted by a gang of vicious vagrants. Barbarity abounds and secrets are brought to the table in this pitch-black burlesque.
Director: Brett Glassberg
Writers: Andre Evrenos (screenplay), Brett Glassberg (screenplay), Clay Shirley
Stars: Dalton Allen, Emily Ammon, Les Best
Five New York City Millennials escape the Big Apple for a rustic Thanksgiving weekend in the country, but something threatens to shatter their peaceful getaway and they are targeted for murder.
Nicole, Ted, Lorena, Alex, and Sebastian are off to party, but upon arriving at their idyllic farmhouse getaway, everything seems perfect as the friends let down their guard with food, drinks, and sexy romance. The mood quickly turns sour as Nicole’s painful memories begin to encroach and her friends suddenly start to go missing . . . one-by-one.
As their savagely butchered dead bodies begin to turn up, the race is on for Nicole and her surviving friends to find the unknown killer before it’s too late.
Luciana Faulhaber: Director, producer and cast
Writers: Jessica Boucher and Danielle Killey
Cast: Javier E. Gomez (Producer), Lindsay DiFulvio (Producer), Curtis K. Case, Hailey Heisick, Jarrod Robbins, Jeff Berg.
After a tragic event last year at Brooklyn’s Annual Enema Party, a group of queer friends is stalked by a unicorn masked killer out for revenge, taking down one drag queen down at a time.
Director: Drew Bolton
Writer: José D. Álvarez
Stars: Alejandro La Rosa, Dennis Budesheim, Markus Kelle
Lost in Apocalypse
A mystery unfolds as a group of individuals are confronted by undead forces outside of an abandoned factory. Rewinding their encounters only one day before, the major players of the group go about their business as usual. As they all unwittingly gather up at a local hotel for personal reasons, an unexplanatory virus breaks out that turns people into blood-lusting beings. Consequentially, the characters are stuck at the penthouse suite they were having lunch in. As time passes, the group decides to make a run for survival before battling down to the parking lot. Through struggle, betrayal, and loss, the remaining individuals desperately make it out of the hotel alive and arrive at the factory where we first meet them. While this is only a temporary haven, they are tested once again by new circumstances. Who amongst them will survive?
Director: Sky Wang
Writers: Sky Wang, Baiying Wu (story)
Starring: Martin Yang, Mingyi Yang, E’Naan Zhang, Ray Wang
Five strangers converge at a haunted movie theater owned by The Projectionist (Mickey Rourke). Once inside, the audience members witness a series of screenings that shows them their deepest fears and darkest secrets over five tales.
Director(s): Alejandro Brugués, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Ryûhei Kitamura, David Slade
Writers: Sandra Becerril, Alejandro Brugués, Lawrence C. Connolly, Mick Garris, Richard Christian Matheson, David Slade
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Richard Chamberlain, Adam Godley, Orson Chaplin, Eric Nelsen