Fang-tastic return of Brooklyn Horror Film Festival comes to a close

Jorge Lengeborg Jr. as Benny and Lucy Fry as Zoe in “Night Teeth,” the bloody vampire Netflix thriller which premiered during the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival.
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Curtains closed on the sixth annual Brooklyn Horror Film Festival Oct. 21, after more than a week’s worth of frights and delights.

The eight-day festival took place in theaters around Williamsburg, and featured New York City-, USA- and worldwide premieres — among them, the new Netflix original vampire thriller “Night Teeth,” which Brooklynites got a sneak peak of on Oct. 16.

As one of the first film festivals to take place across the five boroughs since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring, North Brooklyn’s spook-tacular screenings saw packed crowds — each with the same energy as in years past.

“We’re so thankful to the Brooklyn Horror audience for embracing our return in full-force this year and making us feel like we hadn’t skipped a beat,” said Brooklyn Horror Film Festival Programmer Joseph Hernandez. “Sold out screenings day-in and day-out — it’s never been more clear to us that BHFF means a lot to so many people.”

The festival’s first weekend saw the debut of the event’s first Netflix original film in “Night Teeth.”

The bloody flick (starring Debby Ryan and Megan Fox) is based in Los Angeles and takes a modern-day twist on the classic “humans versus vampires” narrative. Audiences who attended the Brooklyn premiere were the first to see the film before it premiered on Netflix on Oct. 20.

The festival also featured wild and wicked films from different parts of the world, including France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Japan, the United States, Germany, Spain, and Taiwan.

Serving as the perfect kickoff to another Halloween season, the annual film fest’s promising return also set a good standard for the years to come, Hernandez said.

“This year’s fest feels like a new beginning,” he said. “We’re already looking forward to presenting a monster of an edition in 2022.”