October is a fantastic time in New York City. The weather is a little cooler, the holiday crowds haven’t reached sidewalk clogging proportions yet, and we really know how to do Halloween. If you’re a horror-fan, then you can look into attending FEARnyc, which is New York City’s largest horror film-festival. The event will be taking place later this month at the iconic Cinema Village from October 21st through the 27th. This year the event will feature screenings of 65+ new and classic horror films, and there will be cast appearances and special events for those that attend to enjoy. This year the fest will also honor the horror icon Wes Craven.
“This Halloween season, FEARnyc aims to scare the pants off New York City as we present more than 65 new and classic horror films along with an array of cast appearances and special events,” said John Capo, founder and director of FEARnyc. “We will also be honoring horror icon Wes Craven, creator of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, in a special tribute.”
The Jury for FEARnyc includes Joshua Rothkopf (Film Editor, Time Out New York), Robert Eggers (Writer/Director, The Witch), Kate Siegel (Writer/Actress, Hush), Peter Phok (Producer, The House of the Devil, The Sacrament, Stake Land),Tuesday Knight (Actress, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare), tomandandy (Composers, The Hill Have Eyes, The Strangers, The Mothman Prophecies), Liz Vastola (Costume Designer, The Purge: Election Year, The Innkeepers, V/H/S, We Are What We Are, Keep The Lights On, Cold in July), Brian Spears (Special Effects Artist, Jessica Jones, The Sacrament, I Sell the Dead, We Are What We Are), Johnny Recher (Assistant Director, The Purge: Election Year, Underworld: Awakening), James Reyes (Light Iron Post-Production Services), DJ Hesta Prynn, Jim Klock (Executive, Terror Films) and Lee Peterson (Indie Theater Programmer).
A few highlights of the event include a special screening of ‘Night of the Living Dead,’ ‘Psycho,’ the cult-classic ‘Hocus Pocus,’ ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,’ ‘The Lost Boys’ and ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 3’. There will also be a screening of ‘The Exorcist,’ which will begin with a seance with the audience led by a renowned psychic.
If you need more, you can hit the screening of ‘The Monster Squad,’ which will offer special appearances by cast members Duncan Regehr (Count Dracula) and Tom Noonan (Frankenstein’s Monster). The event will also feature the premiere of ‘Dead Awake,’ which is a new thriller film from the writer of ‘Final Destination’ Jeffrey Reddick. Of course it will be Halloween, so the night is perfect for a screening of the original 1978 ‘Halloween’ filled with candy bags and games for the audience.
If classics are more your thing, then watch the screenings of ‘Nosferatu,’ ‘Carnival of Souls,’ ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,’ ‘House on Haunted Hill,’ the iconic ‘Plan 9 from Outer Space,’ ‘Dementia 13,’ ‘Silent Night Bloody Night,’ ‘And Then There Were None,’ ‘The Brain That Wouldn’t Die’ and ‘Santa Claus Conquers the Martians’.
Not into classics? Then find the new films being screened at the event. There will be new films including Gedeon Burkhard’s ‘The Key,’ ‘The Butcher Brothers’ A Beginner’s Guide to Snuff, Hannah Macpherson’s ‘Sickhouse,’ Shawn Burkett’s ‘Don’t F* in the Woods,’ the anticipated remake of the splatter classic ‘Blood Feast’ and new documentaries about ‘Pet Sematary’ and ‘Carrie’.
There will also be ‘Faust: The Live Event,’ a special screening of the silent classic Faust accompanied by a live performance of a soundtrack by Ben Singer of Modern Robot. This year there will also be an award ceremony honoring the year’s best horror films.
You can check out the complete lineup at FEARnyc.com, or check the schedule at Fearnyc.com/2016-films. Tickets are $12 for general admission, and only $8 seniors. They are available by visiting FEARnyc.com through the link above. A limited number of Festival Passes, which include admission to every screening in the festival as well as the award ceremony and Wes Craven tribute, are available for $125.
Then, if you’re still in town, make sure you hit the Greenwich Village Halloween parade. It’s one of the year’s best events in the West Village all year.