Brooklyn, New York- This is my 2nd year in a row covering the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival and it just keeps getting better. The scares, the throwback screenings, the great team of people there to greet you, I don't think it could get any better than a horror film festival in October. I already told you what were the 5-Must-See movies were at BHFF this year, and now I want to tell you about some other fantastic movies that I covered. These are just a few more reasons why the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival is fantastic:
STARRING: MADELINE BREWER; MELORA WALTERS; SAMANTHA ROBINSON
DIRECTED BY: DANIEL GOLDHABER & ISA MAZZEI
The biggest surprise of this years Brooklyn Horror Film Festival has to be Cam. It's not a conventional horror film. It's a movie about a web-cam girl named Lola (Madeline Brewer); her goal in life has become to achieve the top ranked girl on the website, which means doing anything drastic to get the viewers to fork over cash. When a girl-girl show goes over the top, something supernatural happens. She's locked out of her own account, but there's still a show running on her page. It's Lola on the cam, but she's watching the show while it's happening. Is this real? Russian hackers? Is it a ghost? Is it a supernatural entity? In her pursuit to reclaim her identity she must fight the mysterious being and reclaim her life. It's a spectacular work for today's climate and Madeline Brewer delivers a powerhouse performance. Without her, Cam wouldn't be as great as it is.
MOVIE: WOLFMAN'S GOT NARDS
STARRING: ANDRE GOWER; FRED DEKKER; SHANE BLACK
DIRECTED BY: ANDRE GOWER
Do you remember The Monster Squad? The Fred Dekker film has now, more than ever, become a classic among it's massive following of fans. The 1980's produced a lot of great hits, but the documentary Wolfman's Got Nards proves just how important The Monster Squad is to its fans. It helps that this documentary is directed by the star of the film Andre Gower. He knows exactly how popular the film has become because he's lived it. The documentary chronicles his trip to various Alamo Drafthouse theaters, talking with die-hard fans, and proving to everyone that this once considered flop, now has one of the biggest cult followings of all time. For any fan of The Monster Squad, Wolfman's Got Nards is a must see!
STARRING: AURORA PERRINEAU; JADEN PINER; JILL MARIE JONES; ROB ZABRECKY
DIRECTED BY: LUKE JADEN
What I love about the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival is that they support features of all shapes and sizes. BOO! is a strong independent horror film to have in your lineup. I did not like the title at all, but the performances are strong and director Luke Jaden shows a lot of skills, in his film about a family that receives a package on their front step, which places a curse on the entire family. The tone is right and Jaden knows to spend extra time with the performances from Aurora Perrineau and Jill Marie Jones, there just could have been a bit more added to make BOO! great.
MOVIE: THE CLOVEHITCH KILLER
STARRING: CHARLIE PLUMMER; DYLAN MCDERMOTT;
DIRECTED BY: DUNCAN SKILES
It could have been that I was in the perfect mood, but I thought The Clovehitch Killer was an awesome movie. Starring All the Money in the World's Charlie Plummer as Tyler, a 15-year old, growing up in an uber-Christian town, where his family prays before each meal, and his father is the leader of his boy scout's troop 22. 10 years ago there was a string of murders by The Clovehitch Killer and when Tyler suspects someone in town is the serial killer, he bonds with a new friend to find the truth. It's not as much of a horror movie, but the brutal reality of The Clovehitch Killer makes it my favorite at the BHFF.