NYC Horror Film Festival: Bigger & BloodierMovies/TV,News Ken W. Hanley
As anyone knows, New York City never sleeps, and this November, the New York City Horror Film Festival will give it a good reason not to. Descending on the Big Apple for the eleventh time, this annual showcase of new and independent movies from around the world is looking to be one of its finest exhibitions to date, and features appearances from some of the most exciting names in the genre. From November 14 to 17, the NYCHFF will be held at Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick Street), and is organized by Ronnie Hein and FANGORIA’s own Tony Timpone.
“My son, Michael J. Hein, started the festival in 2001, seeing a distinct lack of any serious genre based film festivals on the East Coast, and he thought the New York City Horror Film Festival would be a fun event to organize, as well as be important for horror filmmakers,” says Ronnie about the scary showcase. Founder Michael died in 2012, but his family has continued running the festival in his honor. “Michael’s main inspiration was a need for a film festival with serious industry attendance. He wanted filmmakers to be seen, not just by the horror fans, but also by people who actually buy movies for distribution.”
This year, the industry presence will be definitive, much to the joy of both moviemakers and fright fans alike. Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Lloyd Kaufman (of Troma fame) and RE-ANIMATOR director Stuart Gordon (recipient of the 2013 Michael J. Hein Award for Personal Achievement in Direction) will take center stage during the horrific event. Furthermore, the festival will open at 7:00 p.m. on November 14 with the celebration of Troma’s 40th anniversary and the U.S. premiere of the camp company’s latest effort, RETURN TO NUKE ’EM HIGH, VOLUME 1, which Kaufman directed.
In addition, the festival will have no shortage of exciting new offerings, including Lionsgate/After Dark’s presentation of the world premiere of Travis Baker’s feature MISCHIEF NIGHT (already sold out); the East Coast premieres of Blair Erickson’s BANSHEE CHAPTER (pictured up top, and produced by AMERICAN HORROR STORY/STAR TREK star Zachary Quinto); and IFC Films’ release of Eric England’s CONTRACTED, the fest’s closing attraction, attended by dynamic actress Caroline Williams (of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE II fame). Other thrilling flicks in the fest include the New York debut of Craig and Peter DiFolco’s VISCERA; Byron Turk’s THE BATES HAUNTING; Dylan (NIGHTMARE) Bank’s CAPTURED HEARTS (starring CANDYMAN’s Tony Todd, PSYCHO II’s Robert Loggia and the late Charles Durning); Don Thacker’s MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH (featuring the voice of Jeffrey Combs!); Matt (VICTIM) Eskandari’s THE GAUNTLET; Teller’s (of Penn & Teller) PLAY DEAD, plus several other promising chillers. A slew of brand-new shorts (including the award-winning JACK ATTACK by Bryan Norton) will accompany the feature films, along with celeb-filled after parties and other surprises.
“This year, the New York City Horror Film Festival is bigger, better, more industry-driven and boasts many more films than past editions,” says Hein. “So like I always say, Michael’s passion became ours and the dream of the New York City Horror Film Festival will live on.”
For true East Coast fright fanatics, with a selection of great horror films and appearances from two undeniable genre greats, the 2013 New York City Horror Film Festival is one that’s not to be missed. For more information, including the full line-up and to purchase tickets, go to the official website here and visit the Facebook page here.