Fright nights: What to see at the Brooklyn Horror Film Fest

Fright nights: What to see at the Brooklyn Horror Film Fest

The movie monsters are loose!

The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival will unleash a wave of terrifying films across the borough during its run next week, from Oct. 17–24. If you are overwhelming by the many fearsome features, spooky shorts, and demented documentaries taking place — take heart! We have picked out a few of our favorite frightening flicks for you.

Learn more at Brooklyn Horror Film Festival (www.brooklynhorrorfest.com). All listed events cost $16.


Looking for a real mind-bender? Look no further than “Daniel Isn’t Real.” This psychological horror follows a young man who, faced with the stress of caring for his mentally ill mother, turns to an odd source for help: Daniel, his childhood imaginary friend, who slowly takes control of their “friendship,” turning his life into a waking nightmare. Director Adam Egypt Mortimer will discuss his film after the screening.

At LIU Kumble Theater (1 University Plaza between Willoughby Street and Dekalb Avenue Downtown). Oct. 18 at 9 pm.

Doc Frankenstein

Brooklyn horror legend Larry Fessenden recently released “Depraved,” a modern adaptation of Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein” set in Williamsburg — and he also directed a documentary about how he pulled it off, titled “Fessenden’s Depraved: Making Frankenstein in a Brooklyn Loft.” Check out the doc to learn about his creative process, and if you have any questions, ask him yourself after the show.

At Cobble Hill Cinema (265 Court St. between Butler and Douglass streets in Cobble Hill, www.cobblehilltheatre.com). Oct. 19 at 4:50 pm.

High society

High-school tensions come to a bloody resolution in “The Shed,” which follows the strained relationship between life-long friends Stan, Roxy, and Dommer, after Roxy gets popular and leaves the boys behind. But the answer to their problems may lie in Stan’s backyard, where an ordinary-looking tool shed houses something horrific.

At Cobble Hill Cinema (see above) Oct. 19 at 8:45 pm; Oct. 24 at 9 pm.

Last laughs

Take a break from monster movies to scream with laughter at the comedy show “Gas Station Horror,” which takes short clips from horror films and asks comedians to come up with their own unlikely endings. The night will also feature a raffle, free candy, and horror trivia.

At Independent FIlmmaker Project (30 John St. between Jay and Pearl streets in Dumbo, www.nymediacenter.com). Oct. 19 at 8 pm.

Queer fear

The festival’s “Slayed” short film collection features seven horror flicks starring queer characters, including “Penance,” about queer teens who seek revenge on the therapist trying to turn them straight, and the evocatively titled “Bathroom Troll.”

At Independent FIlmmaker Project (see above) Oct. 20 at 5:50 pm.

Mad men: Learn how a Brooklyn director unleashed a mad scientist in Williamsburg, in the documentary “Fessenden’s Depraved.”
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