In another sign that the world is slowly coming back to normal, we got word that The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival would be back this year with in-person screenings.
“The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival will once again hold an in-person festival for their sixth edition, with screenings for the 2021 fest to take place in North Brooklyn at Nitehawk Cinema Williamsburg, Williamsburg Cinemas, and Stuart Cinema from October 14-21. With a line-up of 14 features and 6 short blocks, including premieres from around the world and our signature focus on New York-made horror and LGBTQ+ curation.”
“As part of our ongoing commitment to the health and safety of our guests, the 2021 festival has adopted the following policies and procedures in response to COVID-19:
All attendees will be required to show proof of full vaccination and a valid ID – your last vaccination must have occurred at least 14 days prior to the first screening you attend.
All attendees will be required to wear masks indoors, including during film screenings unless eating or drinking.
Festival staff will conduct temperature checks at the door.
There will be no parties, mixers, or live events.”
You can check out my reviews of two of the films they’ll be screening, The Last Thing Mary Saw, and When I Consume You. I’m still not sure what I’ll be able to cover but there are still several more I’m looking forward to. Those include:
WHAT JOSIAH SAW
USA | 2021 | 120 Min. | Dir. Vincent Grashaw
A mother’s death hangs over her children’s lives in this haunting, Southern Gothic tale. As the story unfolds through four chapters, we’re introduced to the vastly different lives of a group of adult siblings from the codependent relationship between Thomas and his abusive father Josiah, to the criminal life of Eli and Mary, whose main concern is adopting a child of her own. Each new section brings a shift in genre while always maintaining a dark and foreboding tone culminating in a shocking reunion at their childhood farmhouse.
East Coast Premiere
Taiwan | 2021 | 99 Min. | Dir. Rob Jabbaz
In eerily prescient pandemic time Taiwan, the Alvin Virus is seemingly in retreat when it suddenly mutates and explodes. As the infected become depraved lunatics, acting out their sickest and most violent desires, a young couple caught in the infernal crossfire are hurtled into an unimaginable fight for survival. With The Sadness, director Rob Jabbaz takes a blood-and-puss-filled syringe to the zombie genre, injecting it with relentless visions of murderous carnage and sexual savagery. You’ve been warned.
USA | 2021 | 107 Min. | Dir. Adam Randall
When college student Benny (Jorge Lendeborg Jr.) gets to cover his older brother’s chauffeur duties, he anticipated a fun night of driving rich folks around Los Angeles. But the two young women he picks up (Debby Ryan & Lucy Fry) have something else in mind. As it turns out, they’re rogue vampires looking for fresh kills and to take out the old guard of bloodsuckers; a plan devised by their partner, Victor (Alfie Allen). Fast-paced, slick and sharp, Adam Randall’s follow-up to his 2019 SXSW-premiering debut I See You is a highly entertaining piece of neon-noir pop cinema, complete with memorable appearances from Megan Fox, Alexander Ludwig, and Euphoria’s Sydney Sweeney. A Netflix Film.
There will also be retrospective 20th Anniversery showings of Session 9 and Trouble Every Day as well as the short film blocks. You can see the full list of films on their website. Tickets and passes can be purchased here.