Are you a horror fan loading up on scary movies during the Halloween season? Well, if you live in or around the New York City area, FEARnyc has you covered. Emanating from the Cinema Village on 22 East 12th Street in Manhattan, FEARnyc is the film festival horror fans need and deserve. Featuring a mix of world premieres and classics, the fest runs through next Thursday, October 27th.
I was there last night for the red carpet and a trio of screenings: Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as well the U.S. premiere of Lex Ortega’s Atroz and the world premiere of Shawn Burkett’s Don’t Fuck in the Woods. I had a chance to speak with Burkett and producer Chris Gierowski about their new film, so watch for that here real soon, as well as a retro review of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
The first film shown was Atroz (Atrocious), a Mexican film co-written and directed by Lex Ortega. Horror has many sub-genres and this film certainly comes from one the darker ones. The best way I’d describe the film is to say it’s the bastard child of VHS and A Serbian Film … so yeah, pretty freaking unpleasant and hard to watch; in fact, many people got up and walked out during the screening.
Next up, it was time for the classics with Tobe Hooper’s 1974 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Introduced by FEARnyc director John Capo and Heather Buckley (Dread Central, Fangoria), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre introduced the world to Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen) and created one of the most visceral experiences ever felt in the world of cinema.
Finally, we saw the premiere of Shawn Burkett’s Don’t Fuck in the Woods …yes, that is the actual the title. The film is a loving homage to both the creature feature and 80s slasher. It reminded me of Slumber Party Massacre meets Creature from the Black Lagoon. Afterwards there was a Q&A with writer-director Shawn Burkett, stars Nadia White and Brittany Blanton and producer Chris Gierowski. Earlier in the evening I got a chance to speak to Burkett and Gierowski about the film.
Three movies, one classic, and some excited new filmmakers eager to show off their work. All in all, night one of FEARnyc was pretty awesome. The fest will run over 65 screenings of classic and new horror films, and will include several cast appearances, special events, and a tribute to horror icon Wes Craven. Visit FEARnyc.com for the daily schedules.
Highlights today include screenings of classics A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warrior as part of the weeklong retrospective on the late great Wes Craven. The Lost Boys, the original Night of the Living Dead, a new 80s-style slasher Pool Party Massacre, and at 11:00pm there is a special screening of The Exorcist with a pre-movie seance!
Admission is $12 for GA, $8 for seniors, and a Festival pass is only $125. Head to Cinema Village near Union Square in NYC’s Greenwich Village, and get your fill of new and classic horror now.