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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The 2008 New York City Horror Film Festival

The 2008 New York City Horror Film Festival kicks of Wednesday, November 12th, 2008, at Don Hills Nightclub, located at 511 Greenwich St., at Spring Street, in New York City. Residing over the evening’s festivities will be legendary sideshow performer Harley “The Lunatic” Newman, featured in director Nick Basile’s documentary “American Carney. In the early 80's, Harley began to create a performance that combines escapes and traditional sideshow stunts. But he's taken some of the stunts much farther than his predecessors. Harley also has two world records: minimum number of nails in a bed of nails (four nine-inch spikes), and weight on top of someone on a bed of nails, over 1,700 pounds.

In addition to a large selection of special short films and trailers, the opening night celebration will feature several live musical performances by critically acclaimed macabre musician Voltaire and the heavy metal band M-16, who sing in Latin!

This year’s festival showcases several premiers, including the North American premier of Resident Evil: Degeneration. The Thursday, November 13th is close to selling out so don’t delay in reserving your tickets. Other spotlight screenings quickly filling up are director Daniel (Blair Witch Project) Myrick’s The Objective, The Lifetime Achievement Presentation for director Frank Henenlotter’s Bad Biology, Jennifer Chambers Lynch’s Surveillance, and director Nacho Vigalondo’s critically acclaimed Timecrimes. For a complete screening schedule listing at ticket availability please visit

The New York City Horror Film Festival ( was established in 2001 by Festival Director Michael J. Hein. The festival is dedicated to the international genre film community. There are no restrictions on the films that are screened at the festivals. The program includes films screened both in and out of competition. The Festival jury presents awards to films in the categories of Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Cinematography, Best Special Effects, Best Actor / Actress, Best Screenplay for films showcased, and Audience Choice. The NYCHFF also presents an annual Lifetime achievement award. Past recipients include director George A. Romero, Special Effects Artist and Director Tom Savini, Producer and Director Roger Corman, and Producer and Director Mick Garris.

Don Hills Nightclub511 Greenwich St., at Spring Street8:00pm (21 to enter) $10 COVER

An hour free beer (9-10) and some of our friends from The Coney Island Freak Show will perform some outrageousness on stage!!

Voltaire performs live!!!! Over 15 great short horror films, one hour of free beer, and live performances by :Voltaire (The one and only)M16 (Latin Death Metal) The Ross Byron Band (old school Rock)

The Features:

Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick @ Canal

Resident Evil: Degeneration (Feature / USA - Japan) genre: Horror

The Resident Evil franchise gets a brand new addition this winter with Resident Evil: Degeneration. It's the first full CGI Resident Evil movie and it picks up seven years after the destruction of Raccoon City by the US government after the first zombie outbreak caused by the Umbrella Corporation. It's set in a US airport where the T-Virus gets released once again and the airport is locked down, giving the counter-zombie fighters four hours to solve the problem before the virus is spread to the whole of the US.
Directed by Makoto Kamiya, staring Alyson Court and Paul Mercier

Alien Raiders (Feature /USA) genre: Sci-Fi /Horror

It's the end of yet another night at Hastings Supermarket, an idyllic family grocery store in Buck Lake, Arizona. But the normal monotony of rounding up shopping carts and settling out the cash drawers is broken at 11:07pm, just before closing when a group of masked and armed-to-the-teeth militants invades the store, immediately killing several of the employees and shoppers and holding the rest hostage. Though the hostage-takers at first appear to be robbers or terrorists, they reveal themselves to be a cadre of rogue scientists that has discovered and tracked an alien infestation to THIS STORE on THIS NIGHT, and they are determined to find out which of the survivors are extraterrestrials and end the invasion at any cost. Directed by Ben Rock, stars Mathew St. Patrick & Carlos Bernard

Surveillance (Feature /USA) Thriller

Two FBI Agents track two twisted serial killers with the help of their would-be victims in this twisted tale that one best feature at Sitges. Directed by Jennifer Chambers Lynch and Stars Bill Pullman & Julia Ormond. Produced by genre legend David Lynch

The 7th Hunt (Feature / Australia) genre: Horror /Thriller

The five victims of the 7th Hunt never knew they were being watched... Files were being built on them, on the eligibility to die. This innocent prey must fight for their lives against sociopaths who know their environment intimately, becoming increasingly outnumbered as their friends are killed. Directed by Jon Cohen, stars Imogen Bailey and Jason Stojanovski

From A Place of Darkness (Feature / USA) genre: Horror

A documentary filmmaker finds himself drawn into the seedy world of a snuff filmmaker with a mysterious dark side. Soon what is real and what is otherworldly become increasingly blurred.
Directed by Douglas A. Raine and stars John Savage and Travis Schuldt

How To Be A Serial Killer (Feature / USA) genre: Horror/Comedy

The story of Mike Wilson, a charismatic, educated, and articulate young man who has found his life's purpose in exterminating people. Mike is determined to spread his message about the joy of serial killing and recruits a lost soul named Bart to be his pupil. Mike leads Bart through the ethics of serial killing as well as teaching him various lessons in disposing corpses, balancing work and play, methods of killing, and many many more. Mike and Barts curriculum is interrupted when Mikes girlfriend discovers what's beneath her boyfriend's charming exterior and Mike and Bart must kill their way out of being discovered by the cops. Directed by Luke Ricci, Stars Dameon Clarke

Bad Biology (Feature / USA) genre: Horror
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Frank Henelotter

Driven by biological excess, a young man and woman search for sexual fulfillment, unaware of each other's existence. Unfortunately, they eventually meet, and the bonding of these two very unusual human beings ends in an explosive and ultimately over-the-top sexual experience, resulting in a truly god awful love story. Directed by Frank Henelotter

Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula (Feature / USA) genre: Horror/Comedy

Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula combines the rough and tumble world of 1930's era gangster movies with the violent gothic atmosphere of a classic horror film. When a robbery goes bad and one of their companions is shot, Bonnie and Clyde are forced to seek help at a nearby mansion, home to the twisted Dr. Loveless (Allen Lowman) and his imprisoned sister, Annabel, but Loveless has a secret. Deep in his cellar, the recently revived Dracula awaits...Directed by Timothy Friend. Stars Tiffany Shepis and Trent Haaga

Timecrimes (Feature / Spain) genre: Sci-Fi /Horror
(Los Cronocrimes )

A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.
Directed by Nacho Vigalondo, stars

Devils Grove (Feature / USA) genre: Horror/ Grindhouse

In 1999, nine family members are found brutally murdered in the family-owned Denville Grove Amusement Park. Police convict a transient working at the park for the murders. Now…a group of high-school students become the first people to go back inside the park. The purpose is to shoot a documentary about the murders, but they soon learn that certain things should be left alone! Directed by Zoe Judd & Michael J. Hein, Staring Kimberly Magness, Susie Silva, and Chris Cochran.

The Objective (Feature / USA) genre: Horror/Supernatural

A group of Special Ops Reservists on a mission in the harsh and hostile terrain of Afghanistan find themselves lost in a Middle Eastern "Bermuda Triangle" of ancient evil.
Directed by Daniel Myrick, stars Jonas Ball & Matthew R. Anderson

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Saw Charlie by Brandy Hines on Opening Night - Great short. Very original, very creepy.