Fright nights: What to watch at Brooklyn’s Horror Festival

Lone wolf: Aubrey fends for herself after the apocalypse, in the feature film “Starfish.”
A.T. White

Two weeks before Halloween, the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival will have plenty of treats for fans of the terrifying and the unsettling. Here are some of the events you should be sure to catch during the week-long festival.

All tickets are $16 unless otherwise indicated. For more info, visit www.brooklynhorrorfest.com.

Neon bloodbath

An ultra-stylish and blood-soaked ode to the 1970s, “Knife + Heart” follows a successful gay porn producer Anne (Vanessa Paradis), whose actors have been targeted by a serial killer. As she tracks down the killer, she loses track of what’s real, who is dead, and who will be killed next. This films opens the festival.

Nitehawk Cinema [136 Metropolitan Ave. at Berry Street in Williamsburg (718) 782–8370, www.nitehawkcinema.com]. Oct. 11 at 7 pm. $18.

Singles in your area

In Henry Jinings’s short film “Welcome to Bushwick,” a fellow having a great first date goes back to her place, where things take a sinister turn.

Part of the “Nightmare Fuel” block at the Wythe Hotel Cinema [80 Wythe Ave. at N. 11th Street in Williamsburg, (718) 460–8000, www.wythehotel.com]. Oct. 13 at noon.

Scream queens

The festival will show its first block of horror shorts filmed through a queer lens in “Slayed.” Five flicks will explore the intersection of sexuality and horror in this lineup, co-presented by the LGBT film festival NewFest.

Wythe Hotel Cinema. Oct. 13 at 4 pm.

The Stars are right

Aubrey takes over the life of her recently deceased friend Grace, taking care of her pets and sleeping in her bed, in “Starfish,” directed by A.T. White. The next morning, she awakes to a desolate landscape of fires engulfing the city and people being attacked by something inhuman. Only a mixtape left behind by Grace can save her.

Kumble Theater [1 University Plaza at Flatbush Avenue Downtown, (718) 488–1624, www.kumbletheater.org]. Oct. 13 at 8 pm

Urban creatures

Delve into the Big Apple’s trove of resident monsters and eerie urban lore in a live taping of the booze-infused podcast “Spirits,” hosted by New Yorkers Amanda McLoughlin and Julia Schifini.

Wythe Hotel Cinema. Oct. 14 at noon.

The most dangerous game

Dysfunctional family members are forced to confront their issues when a mysterious Halloween game is left on their doorstep, in the debut feature and world premiere of “Boo!,” directed by 22-year-old Luke Jaden.

Wythe Hotel Cinema. Oct. 14 at 3:40 pm.

Poor vision

Joe invests in a new technology called Xtreme Virtual Reality, which lets the rich see life through the eyes of the poor, in “Empathy Inc.” — and then discovers that its makers have ulterior motives. A black-and-white sci-fi thriller directed by Yedidya Gorsetman.

Wythe Hotel Cinema. Oct. 14 at 6 pm.

Squad goals

The documentary “Wolfman’s Got Nards” pays homage to the 1987 horror-comedy “The Monster Squad.” Director Andre Gower, who starred as the pre-teen hero of the ’87 flick, examines how it became a beloved classic, and its relevance more than 30 years later.

Nitehawk Cinema. Oct 15. at 7 pm.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
She’s on neon: Yann Gonzalez’s “Knife + Heart” features a serial killer butchering his way through the gay porn industry.
Yann Gonzalez

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