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Brooklyn Horror Film Festival Unveils Final Wave of Titles


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The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival announces today the second and final wave of titles for
their upcoming 2022 edition, presented by Shudder, running October 13th to the 20th with
screenings held at Nitehawk Cinema Williamsburg and Williamsburg Cinemas.

The 7th edition of New York City’s celebrated genre event will close with the U.S. Premiere of
the “straight cut” of Gaspar Noè’s Irreversible, also a highlight of the festival’s Fear In
Focus: French Extremity sidebar. This coincides with the film’s 20th anniversary, and will spotlight Charlotte Le Bon’s supernatural coming-of-age feature debut Falcon Lake — hot off of its North American premiere at TIFF — as Centerpiece.

In addition, Brooklyn Horror Film Festival is proud to host a special event screening of the new genre anthology Give Me An A. Executive produced by Natasha Halevi, member of the celebrated female horror filmmaker group Fatale Collective, who premiered their own anthology, BLEED, at Brooklyn Horror in 2019, all proceeds from the screening will be donated to The New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF) to help provide access to reproductive services.

Give Me An A was conceived following the devastating overturning of Roe v. Wade in America and features a star-studded cast that includes Alyssa Milano (Charmed), Virginia Madsen (SIDEWAYS), Gina Torres (THE MATRIX franchise), Milana Vayntrub (WEREWOLVES WITHIN), Jennifer Holland (Peacemaker), Sean Gunn (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY films), Molly C. Quinn (Castle), Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy), and Jackie Tohn (GLOW), and the screening will be followed by a moderated discussion on reproductive rights with attending filmmakers, producers, and cast. For more information on NYAFF visit www.nyaaf.org.

Wave two adds even more exciting world premieres to the slate, including a special free
screening for Brooklyn Horror Film Festival audiences to enjoy of Tubi’s Terror Train remake; Influencer, the latest from Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2019 alum Kurtis David Harder; and the hand-drawn animated horror The Weird Kidz, directed by Lucky McKee’s longtime editor Zach Passero.

Additional highlights from the final wave include Brooklyn Horror Film Festival’s previously mentioned Fear In Focus: French Extremity sidebar. It’s not for the weak of heart! It features the U.S. premiere of the new HD remaster of Fabrice Du Welz’s revered feature debut Calvaire. The complete Slayed program of LGBTQ+ horror featuresMichelle Garza Cervera’s two-time Tribeca winning Huesera; Kyra Gardner’s Living With Chucky documentary; Carter Smith’s skin-crawling horror-thriller Swallowed; and a special screening of Brian Yuzna’s Society presented in conjunction with the book launch of It Came From The Closet, edited by Joe Vallese.

The complete shorts line-up for Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2022, including two blocks of the festival’s signature, locally-made-horror Home Invasion section, rounds out the announcement alongside this year’s special events.

Badges for Brooklyn Horror Film Festival are currently available to purchase on the website while supplies last and individual tickets will go on sale this Friday at noon EST. The complete schedule is now available HERE.

Falcon Lake

Centerpiece Film | East Coast Premiere

Canada, France | 2022 | 99 Min. | Dir. Charlotte Le Bon

Caught between childhood and adulthood, Bastien and Chloè spend their summer vacation with their families at a haunted lake cabin in rural Quebec. Tropes of drowning, ghosts, and death linger throughout the assured debut by actor turned director Charlotte Le Bon that follows two teens whose few days together will ultimately change them forever.

IRREVERSIBLE: STRAIGHT CUT

CLOSING NIGHT FILM | US Premiere

France | 2002 | 97 Min. | Dir. Gaspar Noe

If you’ve experienced Gaspar Noe’s incredible IRREVERSIBLE, you know that it’s an assaultive and brilliant look at the psychological damages caused by sexual violence and blood-lusting revenge. It’s presented as a backward narrative that unconventionally reveals its characters’ motivations. Their actions, as well as the nihilism of the film itself, take on a whole new dynamic here. Noe now presents the narrative in its proper chronological order, giving an already singularly powerful masterpiece the ability to cause a newfound dose of visceral devastation.

BROOKLYN HORROR FEST FEATURE SLATE

Daughter

East Coast Premiere

USA | 2022 | 95 Min. | Dir. Corey Deshon

Held against her will inside an isolated house deep in the woods, a young woman has no choice but to challenge the interpersonal dynamics and self-imposed rules of her captors, a three-person nuclear family that believes the air outside is toxic and that the apocalypse has arrived. A Dark Star Pictures Release.

Evil Eye

East Coast Premiere

Mexico | 2022 | 100 Min | Dir. Isaac Ezban

With all hope seemingly lost, and needing time to themselves to find the best medical care, a
critically sick young girl’s parents leave her and her older sister at grandma’s house, where
bedtime stories about a demonic shapeshifter turn out to be more than fiction.

Flowing

East Coast Premiere

Italy | 2022 | 93 Min | Dir. Paolo Strippoli

Reeling from the devastating death of their matriarch in a tragic car accident, the Morel family is shattered. Rather than bind together in shared grief, father and son deflect blame and lash out at each other in anger. The little sister, also sadly wounded in the accident, can only watch as the rest of her loved ones destroy what’s left of their family from the inside out. All the while a mysterious gas is seeping from out of the sewers that causes you to hallucinate your most painful, repressed thoughts. A dark and stormy Rome sets the stage for despair on a direct path to bloody carnage.

Give Me An A

Special Event Screening

USA | 2022 | 90 Min | Dir. Natasha Halevi, Meg Swertlow, Bonnie Discepolo, Danin
Jacquay, Annie Bond, Sarah Kopkin, Monica Moore-Suryiage, Caitlin Hargraves, Megan
Rosati, Hannah Alline, Avital Ash, Mary C. Russell, Valerie Finkel, Kelly Nygaard, Loren
Escandon, Francesca Maldonado

An urgent and passionate response to the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade, GIVE ME AN A is an anthology collecting 15 brand new shorts and a wraparound piece running the genre gamut from satire to horror. All the shorts thematically focused on abortion rights and bodily autonomy. An ambitious project put together in record time, GIVE ME AN A sees a massive ensemble of female filmmakers gather in unprecedented fashion to use their creative voices at a crucial moment in history. This is art for survival. 100% of proceeds from the screening will be donated to The New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF) to help provide access to reproductive services.

Influencer

World Premiere

USA | 2022 | 92 Min | Dir. Kurtis David Harder

Despite what she tells her loyal followers on IG, social media influencer Madison is having a lonely and disappointingly uneventful visit to Thailand. Her experience does a miraculous 180 when she meets CW, another traveler who seems to thrive on her own. After showing Madison all the amazing sights, CW saves the best surprise for last—a deserted island completely off the grid. Kurtis David Harder (BHFF 2019 selection SPIRAL) directs this sneakily twisted thriller that begs the question, are we the stars of our own stories or is no one?

NightMare

East Coast Premiere

Norway | 2022 | 99 Min. | Dir. Kjersti Helen Rasmussen

Eager to start their new life together, Mona and Robby have everything set: a new apartment, Robby’s new job, and Mona’s pregnancy. While things feel wonderful for Robby, though, Mona can’t shake the feeling that the strange occurrences around their apartment building are connected to her feeling that something inhuman wants the baby that’s inside her.

Smile

Free Advance Screening, September 26

USA | 2022 | 115 Min | Dir. Parker Finn

After witnessing a bizarre, traumatic incident involving a patient, Dr. Rose Cotter (Sosie Bacon) starts experiencing frightening occurrences that she can’t explain. As an overwhelming terror begins taking over her life, Rose must confront her troubling past in order to survive and escape her horrifying new reality.

Terror Train

World Premiere | Free Screening Presented by Tubi

US/Canada | 2022 | 91 Min | Dir. Philippe Gagnon

Lovers of ’80s slasher cinema know all about the Jamie-Lee-Curtis-led favorite TERROR TRAIN (1980). Now, 42 years later, Tubi is set to thrill horror fans with a contemporary reimagining of this cult classic. Keeping many of the original’s elements, including the killer’s clown mask obsession, intact, Tubi’s rambunctious and blood-drenched new remake takes place during a Halloween-themed bash. College seniors on board a party train soon find themselves amidst locomotive-bound carnage en route to its body-count-heavy final destination. A Tubi Original.

Year of the Shark

East Coast Premiere

France | 2022 | 84 Min | Dir. Ludovic Boukherma, Zoran Boukherma

Tough and humorless maritime cop Maja is finally ready for well-deserved retirement when bodies begin washing up on the shore. As she becomes hell-bent on proving it’s all a bloodthirsty shark’s doing, the community shrugs off her warnings.

HEAD TRIP FEATURE FILM LINEUP

Pushing the boundaries of what can reasonably be termed ‘horror’ these films join first-wave titles that included Jethica; Mother, May I?; Old Flame; Sick Of Myself; and Something In The Dirt.

All Jacked Up And Full Of Worms

New York Premiere

USA | 2022 | 72 Min. | Dir. Alex Phillips

If you are looking through the festival slate for a movie that is the most out-there, eye-popping, what-hole-did-this-crawl-out-from, all-jacked-up-and-full-of-worms type of movie, then you won’t want to miss Alex Phillips’ electric debut, ALL JACKED UP AND FULL OF WORMS. Take a trip with Roscoe and Benny through their downward spiral of drugs, sex, and primordial ooze. A Cinedigm, Bloody Disgusting, SCREAMBOX, and Fandor Release.

Next Exit

USA | 2022 | 106 Min. | Dir. Mali Elfman

The world changes in a flash when a scientist shockingly claims she’s able to track consciousness after death hence proving the existence of an afterlife. Rose and Teddy, two deeply tormented strangers on their way to join this new study, cross paths and reluctantly agree to travel together cross-country. The journey to voluntarily end their lives proves not to be such an easy exit plan as they’re haunted both literally and figuratively by the ghosts of their pasts. A Magnolia Pictures Release.

Slash/Back

New York Premiere

Canada | 2022 | 86 Min. | Dir. Nyla Innuksuk

It’s another boring summer lamenting how lame their lives are for Maika and the girls of Pangnirtung, a tiny northern hamlet in the Arctic Ocean. When Pang is invaded by shape-shifting aliens, the teens are forced to become the hunters they were born to be and rediscover a love for their beautiful home. An RLJE/Shudder Release.

The Weird Kidz

World Premiere

USA | 2022 | 80 Min | Dir. Zach Passero

Three 12-year-old boys, including the precocious Dug, excitedly tag along with Dug’s older brother and his new girlfriend for a night of fireside camping. Their good times are rudely interrupted, though, when a local monster legend known as the “Night Child” turns out to be all too real. Painstakingly hand-drawn over eight years, veteran editor Zach Passero’s animated horror-comedy nails every fun-loving beat you could possibly want from a raucous yet heartfelt ode to ’80s coming-of-age genre films.

SLAYED: LGBTQ+ HORROR FILMS

Huesera

Mexico, Peru | 2022 | 93 Min. | Michelle Garza Cervera

Being pregnant with her first child should be the most exciting time of Valeria’s life—everyone else around her, namely her boyfriend, certainly thinks as much. But as nightmarish visions put her at the mercy of a restless demon, Valeria seeks solace from the woman she once loved and help from a coven of witches whose methods are, well, peculiar. A multi-award winner at this year’s Tribeca Festival, BHFF alum Michelle Garza Cervera’s stunning debut sets a new standard for motherhood-minded horror. An XYZ Films Release.

Living With Chucky

New York Premiere

USA | 2022 | 102 Mins. | Dir. Kyra Gardner

The most famous pint-sized serial killer and My Buddy doll from hell, Chucky, has turned out to be the most enduring slasher icon of the 80s. Piling up eight features, multiple reinventions, and now a hit television show, the Chucky franchise has bewitched multiple generations of horror film lovers and enriched the queer horror canon like no other before it. Director Kyra Elise Gardner takes you on an incredibly personal behind-the-scenes journey from the very beginnings of CHILD’S PLAY through its continued evolution with interviews from the likes of Don Mancini, Brad & Fiona Dourif, and Jennifer Tilly—the people who have lived with Chucky the longest.

SOCIETY

Screening in conjunction with ‘It Came From The Closet’ book launch event

France | 1989 | 99 Min. | Dir. Brian Yuzna

Being released via Feminist Press, the new book It Came From The Closet examines dozens of horror classics through essays that re-contextualize the films with fresh, queer points of view. One such film is Brian Yuzna’s bonkers SOCIETY, a late-’80s gem of body horror excess that follows a Beverly Hills teen whose parents belong to the grossest cult imaginable and features one of the wildest finales in cinema history. BHFF’s special SOCIETY screening will be introduced by It Came From The Closet editor Joe Vallese.

SWALLOWED

USA | 2022 | 92 Min | Dir. Carter Smith

A quick, easy drug run orchestrated by his best friend Dom is supposed to send Ben off to his new life in California with some extra cash in his pocket. They arrive at the pick-up location to find Dom’s cousin drugged up and her intense, take-no-bullshit girlfriend Alice (Jena Malone, DONNIE DARKO, THE NEON DEMON) calling the shots. She insists the only way to get their money is to smuggle the drugs past the state border by way of ingesting them. Then it all goes to hell. A new queer nightmare from Carter Smith (director of THE RUINS), SWALLOWED is a dirty and disturbing, body horror love story featuring a delightfully unhinged supporting turn from Mark Patton (SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM
STREET).

FEAR IN FOCUS: FRENCH EXTREMITY

Honing in on exceptional international horror film output, this time Fear In Focus lands on France where the French Extremity movement upped the brutality ante in horror at the turn of the millennium. Brooklyn Horror Film Festival is proud to present a batch of underseen knockouts from this influential era

Baise-Moi

France | 2001 | 77 Min | Dir. Virginie Despentes, Coralie Trinh Thi

Fed up with being pushed to the side and literally assaulted by society, particularly by men, two women decide to fight back by killing as many said men as possible. With its unflinching sexual violence and gruesome homicides, Virginie Despentes and Coralie Trinh Thi’s in-your-face BAISE-MOI (translation: “Fuck me”) has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the more controversial examples of the “New French Extremity.”

Calvaire (HD Re-Master)

US Premiere

Belgium, France, Luxembourg | 2004 | 88 Min | Dir. Fabrice Du Welz

The setup is basic enough: A guy, lost in an unfamiliar town, is taken in by a seemingly kind stranger after his van breaks down. Everything after that, however, is anything but basic. One of the most underrated of all early 2000s horror films, Fabrice Du Welz’s (VINYAN, ALLELUIA) debut feature is mesmerizingly unclassifiable, merging the weird with the creepy and the flat-out vicious to form a beautiful stew of insanity. And with this new restoration, Du Welz’s bizarre masterwork has never looked better. A Yellow Veil Pictures Release.

Fat Girl

France | 2001 | 86 Min | Catherine Breillat

Directed by French provocateur Catherine Breillat, FAT GIRL follows a sibling rivalry between two adolescent sisters on a trying family vacation. 12-year-old Anais is forced to watch as her 15-year-old sister Elena falls prey to the relentless seduction of an older Italian student. A harsh yet genuine depiction of sisterhood fraught with jealousy, unconditional love, and youthful desire all leading up to a heartbreaking, brutal end.

Criminal Lovers

France | 1999 | 96 Min | François Ozon

Two teenage lovers think they’ve committed the perfect murder by offing a classmate and dumping his body in the woods. Unfortunately, an old hermit living in those woods has other thoughts on the matter and locks the couple up in his basement, jumpstarting a series of horrific events.

LIVE EVENTS

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA WITH A LIVE SCORE FROM THE FLUSHING
REMONSTRANCE

The first American adaptation of French author Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel, this Universal
Pictures-backed version of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA remains, thanks to Lon Chaney’s
breathtaking physical transformation and amazing performance as the title character, a timeless gold standard within silent film horror. Brooklyn Horror Film Festival is thrilled to bring it to the big screen complete with an original live score from The Flushing Remonstrance (the duo of Catherine Cramer and Robert Kennedy). They’re returning to Brooklyn Horror Film Festival following their 2019 live score performance for THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI.

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