Tricia Lee's Blood Hunters kicks off today's Horror Highlights with news that the film will have three screenings this month in North America, just in time for the most glorious of holidays, Halloween! Also: a recap / photos for Trash Fire's Screamfest screening in Los Angeles, a trailer / poster for The Terrible Two, and the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival's list of awards.
Blood Hunters North American October Premiere: Press Release: "The trees are changing color and the weather is starting to cool, but Halloween is right around the corner. And Blood Hunters is having its North American premiere in the month of October. With three screenings scheduled this month, the film is fresh off a successful and well-received world premiere at Horror Channel Frightfest in London.
Directed by Tricia Lee and starring Lara Gilchrist, Benjamin Arthur, Torri Higginson, Julian Richings, Mark Taylor, and Peter Blankenstein, the film debuted in the US at the Boston Sci-Fi Festival’s Terrorthon. The Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and Marathon (“Boston SciFi”) is an 11-day cinematic event held at the historic Somerville Theatre. It is the oldest genre fest in the USA and one of the oldest in the world. Every year the fest celebrates a selection of horror films at Terrorthon in October and this year, featured the US premiere of Blood Hunters.
Blood Hunters is a character-driven genre film about a single mother who wakes up in a medical facility to find that everyone is dead and she's nine months pregnant.
On October 20, 2016, Blood Hunters will be featured at a private charity red carpet screening hosted by GTAN (The Golden Triangle Angel Network). Several members of the angel group invested in the film and are excited to see themselves debut as dead bodies on the big screen! The proceeds from the screening will be going towards the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation. There will also be a Canadian Blood Services mobile blood unit on site to test attendees’ blood type and scheduling appointments for them to donate blood.
At the end of the month, the inaugural Requiem FearFest in Montreal will be bringing Blood Hunters to its first Canadian public audience. Not only a film festival, this convention provides a venue for fans and creators alike to celebrate all things horror."
Trash Fire Premiere at Screamfest 2016: "TRASH FIRE - When Owen is forced to confront the past he's been running from his whole adult life, he and his girlfriend, Isabel, become entangled in a horrifying web of lies, deceit, and murder. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll be scarred for life.
ABOUT SCREAMFEST HORROR FILM FESTIVAL
Formed in August 2001 by film producer Rachel Belofsky, Screamfest Horror Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that gives filmmakers and screenwriters in the horror and science fiction genres a venue to have their work showcased in the film industry. Among the numerous films that have been discovered and/or premiered at the festival include “Paranormal Activity,” “30 Days of Night,” “Trick ‘r Treat” and “The Human Centipede.” For more information, visit www.ScreamfestLA.com."
Photos courtesy of Lisa O'Connor:
New The Terrible Two Trailer and Poster: Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA - Orange St Films has debuted a trailer and teaser poster for their new supernatural thriller The Terrible Two. The newest feature from writer-director Billy Lewis (The Jailhouse), The Terrible Two centers on a grieving couple, whose loss threatens to consume everything around them.
The Terrible Two mixes the real-life horror of a parent's worst nightmare with the supernatural, as two innocent young girls haunt the parents they believe failed them. Reid Doyle and Cari Moskow star as the couple in the center of a storm, as the depth of their grief gives way to a sinister evil that plans to use their daughters' (Ariana Baron, Arielle Breslerman) angry souls to destroy them.
The Terrible Two follows Albert and Rose Poe as they approach the first anniversary of the death of their daughters, Addi and Jade. As the day comes and goes, Rose continues to struggle to come to grips with the loss of her only children. She begins hearing the girls' voices throughout the house. The whispers lead her to the attic where she discovers an old manuscript with shocking revelations. After reading the book and looking into the history of the house, secrets are revealed that something sinister is happening within the walls, something that led to the deaths of Addi and Jade. Soon Albert and Rose find themselves prisoners of their precious little girls in "the safety" of their own home."
Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2016 Recap and Awards: Press Release: "Sunday, October 16th, the first annual Brooklyn Horror Film Festival came to an end after a jam-packed weekend of screenings and events with an award ceremony and World Premiere screening of festival closer CHILD EATER at Syndicated Theater. Attending filmmaker Jackson Stewart took home the Audience Award for his debut feature BEYOND THE GATES, which screened to a packed room on October 15th.
The first-year festival, which opened October 14th with DEAREST SISTER at the Wythe Hotel Cinema, is proud to report 18 out of 22 events were complete sell-outs with overall attendance and enthusiasm for the fest defying expectations. “The reception that we’ve received from the NYC horror community has absolutely blown me away,“ says festival director Justin Timms. Additional venues that hosted BHFF were Videology, Spectacle, Throne and The Muriel Schulman Theater At Triskelion Arts.
Cinematic highlights of BHFF’s program were two world premieres, the Icelandic/USA joint production CHILD EATER by Erlingur Thoroddsen and locally made PSYCHOTIC! by directors Maxwell Frey and Derek Gibbons, as well as the US premieres of Lorcan Finnegan’s WITHOUT NAME, Cody Calahan’s LET HER OUT, Nathan Ambrosioni’s THERAPY, Fabien Delage’s FURY OF THE DEMON and the North American premiere of Shaun Robert Smith’s BROKEN. The festival was also thrilled to host best-selling author and renown public speaker Grady Hendrix and his spoken word event SUMMERLAND LOST: A GHOST STORY.
A total of 11 countries were represented in the diverse line-up of 26 shorts and 14 features. “ Horror is in a really exciting place right now, with genre lines being blurred and indie filmmakers from all around the world taking big creative risks, and our lineup tried to capture as wide a range of that as possible,“ says head programmer Matt Barone of the films picked. “ Based on the audience’s feedback throughout the weekend, I know that we’ve succeeded.“
Brooklyn Horror Film Festival is excited to announce the winners for our first edition, chosen by our esteemed jurors and through audience votes.
Our features jury was composed of Laura Kern (Film Comment editor, Film Society of Lincoln Center programmer), Matt Donato (We Got This Covered film critic), and Sam Zimmerman (Shudder curator).
Best Feature - Without Name - Lorcan Finnegan
Best Director - Without Name - Lorcan Finnegan
Best Actor - Noé Hernández - We Are The Flesh
Best Actress - Angela Trimbur - Trash Fire
Best Cinematography - Piers McGrail, Without Name
Best Editing - Tony Cranstoun - Without Name
Best Effects - Master Cleanse - dir. Bobby Miller
Audience Choice Award - Beyond The Gates - Jackson Stewart
Our shorts jury was composed of Eric Walkuski (Arrow In The Head/JoBlo Critic), Erlingur Óttar Thoroddsen (Dir. Closing Night Film CHILD EATER) and Jenn Wexler (Glass Eye Pix producer).
Best Short - Pigskin - Jake Hammond
Best Director - Disco Inferno - Alice Waddington
Best Actor - Richard Glover- The Monster
Best Actress - Trieste Kelly Dunn - The Push
Best Cinematography - Zoë White - The Push
Best Editing - Aleksandra Hansen - Pigskin
Best Effects - Gwilliam - dir. Brian Lonano
Best Score - John Carpenter - The Puppet Man
Audience Choice Award - Tilly - Robert Kotecki
Special Jury Award – The Sound Of Blue Green and Red - Joshua Erkman
The festival would like to thank our main fest sponsors: Coney Island Brewery, Horror Pack, El Buho Mezcal, Syndicated, QuickFrame, Brooklyn Fireproof Stages, and Throne Watches. Additional sponsorship thanks goes to Uber, Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, Brooklyn Bean Roastery, Essentia and Skinny Pop. Additional thanks goes out to supporting sponsors Screencraft, Boroughs of the Dead, Hattan Media, The Kings Of Karaoke, and Salty Road.
Special thanks to our media partners We Got This Covered and Bloody Disgusting as well as our friends of the festival BK Horror Club and Brooklyn Music Festival.
BHFF extends a huge thanks to all the audience, filmmakers, and volunteers that came out to support us in this exciting first edition. We look forward to returning again next year and bringing the festival back to Brooklyn, even bigger and better than before.