Monster Nation: Brooklyn Horror Film Fest Preview

Between indie horror’s increasing success and Brooklyn’s status as a creative hub, it feels like the perfect time for the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, which kicks off this weekend. The programmers have programmed a promising range of original features and shorts along with a couple of live events. Here are some attractions to look out for:

We Are the Flesh: This truly bizarre sounding thriller concerns a brother and sister subjected to a madman’s increasingly kinky whims. With the caveat “this feature contains strong sexual visuals,” prudes better stay away!

Child Eater: A new contender for the pantheon of great movie bogeymen? This dark fairy tale concerning a babysitter and a legendary monster certainly sounds fun, in any case.

Beyond the Gates: Any 90s kids remember the wonderfully cheesy “Nightmare” video board game? It’s inspired this 80s homage costarring B movie mainstay Barbara Crampton.

Trash Fire: Straight-director-with-a-queer-aesthetic Richard Bates, Jr. reunites with his Excision muse AnnaLynne McCord for this tale of a bickering couple (including Adrian Grenier) dealing with the former’s very twisted family.

The Master Cleanse: The festival’s starriest affair concerns Johnny Galecki (of Roseanne and The Big Bang Theory fame) embarking on a wacked out spiritual retreat led by Oliver Platt. Also: Anjelica Huston!!!!

The Sentinel: This 1977 cult classic shot in Brooklyn Heights is defiantly politically incorrect, with a sinister lesbian couple and actual deformed people as the denizens of Hell. All this plus cat birthday parties and the voice of Jack Skellington (Chris Sarandon) as the Sleazy Boyfriend!

“Locals Only”: The festival tips its hat to the borough with a whole assortment of shorts and one feature, Psychotic!, made by residents.

Summerland Lost: A Ghost Story: There will be a few live events at the festival including this production. The spoken word performance involving teens and Ben Franklin’s ghost sounds like a treatment for a new Vertigo comic series, and that’s a compliment.

The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival runs from Friday, October 14-Sunday 16 at various locations in the borough. Brooklynhorrorfest.com for more info

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