The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival Announcements

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New York Premiere
Iceland / Dir. Erlingur Thoroddsen
Film guest in attendance

Rift Synopsis:

Intrigued by an out-of-nowhere phone call, Gunnar heads to a remote outpost to reconnect with his ex-boyfriend Einar. Great conversation and fond memories are shared, yet the two men can’t shake the feeling that someone, or something, else is there—and has sinister plans. Elegant and assured, the subtly creepy Rift is the audacious sophomore feature from Icelandic filmmaker Erlingur Thoroddsen, whose debut, Child Eater, world-premiered at BHFF 2016.


North American Premiere
Spain / Dir. Denise Castro

Brooklyn Horror Film Festival salvation

Salvation Synopsis:

Stuck in a hospital waiting to undergo open heart surgery, Cris (Marina Boti) finds a reason to stay in another patient named Victor (Ricard Balada) who claims to be a vampire. Surrounded by death, the two enamored teenagers hatch a plan to escape the hospital together. Filled with both sadness and unbridled hope, Salvation is the arthouse answer to Twilight.

Sequence Break

New York Premiere
USA / Dir. Graham Skipper
Sponsored by Brooklyn Fireproof Stages
Film guest in attendance

Sequence Break Synopsis:

Busy genre actor Graham Skipper (Re-Animator: The Musical, Beyond the Gates, The Mind’s Eye) makes his feature writing/directing debut with a surreal, absorbing homage to the body-horror cinema and video games of the ’80s. Chase Williamson plays an arcade-game repairman who finds love with a customer (Fabienne Theresa) and terror from a mysterious game with a lot more powering it than pixels.

The Shiver of the Vampires (1971)

France / Dir. Jean Rollin

In conjunction with the launch of Spectacular Optical’s Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin, book editor Samm Deighan will host a special screening of Rollin’s Shiver of the Vampires. Originally released in 1971, the French auteur’s psycho-sexual masterwork demonstrates all of Rollin’s cinematic touchstones: erotic scares, drop-dead-gorgeous bloodsuckers, and ornately shot kink. It’ll turn you into a Rollin disciple if you aren’t one already.

To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story

East Coast Premiere
USA / Dir. Derek Dennis Herbert

To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story Synopsis:

The man behind two of horror’s greatest slashers, Jason Voorhees and the Hatchet franchise’s Victor Crowley, Kane Hodder has proven himself unbeatable when it comes to offing on-screen victims. But as it turns out, he’s even more unbeatable in real life, having persevered through a painful childhood and a nearly fatal accident. Derek Dennis Herbert’s heartfelt documentary To Hell and Back candidly reveals the heart and soul of a horror icon.

Tragedy Girls

New York Premiere
USA / Dir. Tyler Macintyre
Co-Presented by Nitehawk Cinema

Tragedy Girls Synopsis:

Status obsession has a body count when BFFs Sadie (Brianna Hildebrand, Deadpool’s Negasonic Teenage Warhead) and McKayla (Alexandra Shipp) capture a serial murderer whose exploits they’ve been chronicling on their blog. How do they keep the slaughter spree going so they have more to report on? The answers are both giggly and grisly in a film also featuring a fun supporting turn by Craig Robinson (also a producer).


U.S. Premiere
Mexico / Dir. Carlos Algara & Alejandro Martinez Beltran
Sponsored by El Buho Mezcal

Brooklyn Horror Film Festival veronica

Veronica Synopsis:

A retired psychologist agrees to take on one more patient under the condition that the young lady move into her isolated home in the woods. A game of secrets and lies ensues as the two women battle for psychological dominance. Mexican co-directors Carlos Algara and Alejandro Martinez-Beltran’s feature debut is an erotically charged mystery with echoes of early Polanski.

Rock Hard \m/

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