In case you need a break from the real world horror our nation has gone through this week, escape to the New York City Horror Film Festival like we plan to do. Now in its 14th year, the festival celebrates some of the best films and filmmakers the genre has to offer. Actress Adrienne Barbeau will be on hand on November 12th to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her performances in films such as The Fog, Escape From New York, Creepshow, and Swamp Thing.
As for the films themselves, here are a few I’m looking forward to seeing:
Directed, Written, Edited by: Ryan Gregory Phillips
Produced by: Tony Mancilla, Lindsay Lanzillotta, Ryan Gregory Phillips
Starring: JuanitaRingeling, Cristobal Tapia Montt, Kyle Davis, featuring Jay Ellis, Nina Senicar, Sara MalakulLane
Josh and Isabel Harris, after suffering the loss of their only child, relocate to a secluded hillside research facility with the hopes of repairing their broken family. After years of trying, Josh and his research partner, Thomas, have a breakthrough involving a cryptic shortwave radio signal and its universal origins. Something within the signal resonates with Isabel and she begins experiencing seeming hallucinations and visions of distant memories. Upon further investigation into the phenomenon, the scientists fear for Isabel’s health while Isabel fears the signal has attracted something sinister to their new home.
Night of Something Strange
Writer/Director: Jonathan Straiton
Producer: Ron Bonk
Starring: Rebecca C. Kasek, Trey Harrison, Wayne W Johnson, Toni Ann Gambale, Michael Merchant, John Walsh, Tarrence Taylor, Nicola Fiore, Janet Mayson, Kirk LaSalle, Billy Garberina and Wes Reid with Brinke Stevens.
Five teenage friends set out for the beach on their Spring Break vacation. Good times are cut short when one of the group, Carrie, contracts a deadly sexual transmitted disease during a bathroom stop. When they stop for the night at an isolated motel, the real terror begins when the STD virus starts running rampant, turning those infected into the living dead. However, there’s more going on at the motel than meets the eye.
Found Footage 3D
Writer/Director: Steven DeGennaro
Producers: Steven DeGennaro, Charles Mulford, Kim Henkel
Co-Producers: Scott Weinberg, David Kassin Fried, Randi R. Ludwig
Starring: Carter Roy, Alena von Stroheim, Chris O’Brien, Tom Saporito, Scott Allen Perry, Jessica Perrin, Scott Weinberg
When he’s hired to document the behind-the-scenes action of the ultralow-budget horror movie Spectre of Death (“the first 3D found-footage horror film”), an aspiring filmmaker packs up his camera and travels with the film’s crew to a creepy cabin in the woods. But when the fictional evil presence from their film begins appearing in his behind-the-scenes footage, he has to figure out how to stop it, or it just may find its way into the real world. In the same way that Scream deconstructed the slasher sub-genre in the 90’s, FF3D takes a found-footage horror movie and populates it with people who are aware of all of the rules, tricks, and clichés of the genre. They know how to make a found-footage movie. But do they know how to survive one?
Director: Daniel De la Vega
Producers: Del Toro Films, Furia Films
Starring: Julieta Cardinali, Eleonora Wexler, Rafa Ferro, Fiorela Duranda, Damian Dreizik, Pablo Pinto
Virginia will do the impossible in order to rescue her little daughter who has been abducted. After a terrible accident, she has the chance to live one more day to save her. On her path, she will find out that THERE ARE WORST THINGS THAN DEATH.
Director: Nils Taylor
Writers: Nicole Marie Johnson, Nils Taylor
Executive Producer: Diamond Cutter Films
Starring: Nicole Marie Johnson, Luke Edwards, Leisha Hailey, Carrie Finklea
In order to escape from her abusive boyfriend, Kat joins a women’s outdoor-bound group who venture out into the uncharted wilderness to gain a fresh perspective on their lives. Their relatively peaceful trip takes a turn for the worst with a single gunshot. Suddenly, they are running for their lives as a pack of deranged hunters track their every move. Hell bent on survival, the group struggles to turn the tables on these gruesome predators and fight their way back to civilization.
Don’t Knock Twice
Director: Caradog W. James
Writers: Mark Huckerby, Nick Ostler
Starring: Katee Sackhoff, Javier Botet, Lucy Boynton, Nick Moran
“Knock once to wake her from her bed, twice to raise her from the dead…” So goes a disturbing urban legend involving an abandoned house supposedly inhabited by a vengeful, child-stealing witch. When troubled teen Chloe (Lucy Boynton) raps at the door one night, she has no idea the horror she’s about to unleash. Fleeing to the country home of her estranged mother (Katee Sackhoff)—a recovering addict who’s turned her life around to become a famous artist—Chloe must learn to trust the woman who gave her up years ago in order to stop the bloodthirsty, shape-shifting demon stalking them. This wild supernatural shocker delivers a barrage of nonstop jolts and searing nightmare images.