The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival has wrapped for 2019 and the complete list of award winners has been announced, including Daniel Isn't Real for "Best Picture" in the horror feature category and Travis Stevens' Girl on the Third Floor winning "Best Gooey Effects." Also in today's Horror Highlights: My Girlfriend the Serial Killer Indiegogo details, Pumpkin Spice Podcast season finale episode details, and The Spirit Gallery's new DVD and limited VHS info.

Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2019 Awards Announced: "The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival closed out their fourth edition on October 24th with a sold-out screening of Joe Begos’ VFW. The Screening was hosted at Nitehawk Cinema Prospect Park with Director Joe Begos, Writer Max Brallier, and cast members Stephen Lang, Tom Williamson and Linnea Wilson in attendance.

This year the festival featured over 100 films and events across Brooklyn at Nitehawk Cinema, Cobble Hill Cinema, IFP Made in NY Media Center and Long Island University’s Kumble Theater. Guests included filmmakers Adam Egypt Mortimer, Travis Stevens, Joe Begos, David Gregory, Carlo Mirabella-Davis, Karen Arthur as part of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies talk and more. This year’s fest also welcomed many cast members including Phil “CM Punk” Brooks and Trieste Kelly Dunn with GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR, Miles Robbins with DANIEL ISN’T REAL, Jeffrey B. Chapman with SPIRAL and Tom Williamson & Stephen Lang with our audience award winner VFW.

Brooklyn Horror was proud to partner with premium sponsors ALTER, Blood Manor, IFC Midnight, Spamflix and Fangoria, who produced the acclaimed VFW and presented the festival’s closing night party.

After welcoming more festival attendees, film guests and putting on more events than ever before, Brooklyn Horror has been recognized as ‘One of the country’s premier indie horror showcases’ by Vulture and continues to grow and offer festival-goers a unique and internationally celebrated experience.

This year the festival welcomed Tom Philip, Journalist for GQ, Jess Mills, Director of Content Marketing for Breaker, and Heather Buckley, Producer, THE RANGER, BLOOD & FLESH on the horror jury, and awarded DANIEL ISN’T REAL with the best picture and best director.

The Head Trip Jury, which focuses on genre films that push outside the bar of horror cinema, featured Madeline Whittle, Programmer at Film at Lincoln Center, Madeleine Koestner, Journalist for Rue Morgue, and Charles Bramesco, Journalist for The Guardian, who awarded Jagoda Szelc’s MONUMENT top honors and a trio of awards for SWALLOW including best actress, best screenplay and best production design.

The 2019 Shorts Jury consisted of Anya Stanley, Journalist for Dread Central, Jamie Righetti, Social Media Manager for IFC Midnight, and Sean Redlitz, PR Director at Shudder and top honors was given to Branden Cronenburg’s mind-fuck of a short film PLEASE SPEAK CONTINUOUSLY AND DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCES AS THEY COME TO YOU. The jury also awarded numerous special jury awards.

HOME INVASION, a special offering of BHFF centered on platforming films from local filmmakers, invited Chelsea Lupkin (Alumni ‘18), Ben Sottak (Alumni ‘17), and Julia Zanin de Paula (Alumni ‘17) to return for the Shorts jury, and who offered distinctions towards THE MUFFIN MAN for best short and best director to Carlen May-Mann’s for THE RAT which is now available via festival partner ALTER.

Complete list of award winners can be found below:


Best Picture - DANIEL ISN'T REAL dir. Adam Egypt Mortimer

Best Director - Adam Egypt Mortimer, DANIEL ISN'T REAL

Best Screenplay - Johannes Nyholm, KOKO-DI KOKO-DA

Best Actress - Nina Medeiros, THE FATHER'S SHADOW

Best Actor - Stephen Lang, David Patrick Kelly, William Sadler, Fred Williamson, George Wendt, Martin Kove VFW

Special Jury Award - KOKO-DI KOKO-DA dir. Johannes Nyholm

Best Gooey Effects - GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR dir. Travis Stevens

Audience Award - VFW dir. Joe Begos


Best Picture - MONUMENT dir. Jagoda Szelc

Best Director - Ramon Porto Mota, THE YELLOW NIGHT

Best Cinematography - Matthew Macar, THE LONG WALK

Best Screenplay - Carlo Mirabella-Davis, SWALLOW

Best Production Design - Erin Magill, SWALLOW

Best Sound Design - Rafal Nowak, MONUMENT

Best Actor - Yannawoutthi Chantalungsy, THE LONG WALK

Best Actress - Haley Bennett, SWALLOW

Special Jury Awards

Best Film Within a Film - ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS

Best Performance of a Dog - Toto the Guinea Pig, ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS

Best Ensemble - Cast of MONUMENT

Audience Award - SWALLOW dir. Carlo-Mirabella Davis



Best Performance - Lisa Smit, LILI

Best Supporting Performance - Felicity Steel, MIDNIGHT TALK

Best Director - Nico Van den Brink, THE BURDEN

Best Screenplay - Yfke Van Berckelaer, LILI

Best Cinematography - Matthew Lynn, INFERNO

Best Editing - Maïlys Degraeve, SWITCH

Best Score - Kenya Gillespie, JEREMIAH

Best Sound Design - Matt Davies and Cazz Cerkez, SKIN OF MAN

Best VFX - Cristina Asenjo and Antonio Naranjo, STIGMA

Best WTF Short - VALERIO'S DAY OUT dir. Michael Arcos

Special Jury Award - GIRL IN THE HALLWAY dir. Valerie Barnhart

Audience Award - BATHROOM TROLL dir. Aaron Immediato


Best Film - THE MUFFIN MAN dir. Ethan Blum

Best Director - Carlen May-Mann, THE RAT

Best Actress - Ella Rae Peck, BRAIN JAIL

Best Actor - Peter Vack, DEEP TISSUE

Special Jury Award - LAUNDRY NIGHT dir. A.K. Espada

Brooklyn Horror Film Festival will return for its fifth edition in 2020, look out for announcements of dates, submissions and badges this winter.

For more information see the website and sign up for the newsletter HERE. Information is also distributed on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook."


My Girlfriend the Serial Killer Indiegogo Details: "Felissa Rose and an epic cast bring you My Girlfriend The Serial Killer.

Co-directors/Writers Samantha Marie and Jonathan A. Moody are hard at work at their first feature film, “My Girlfriend The Serial Killer”.

This film is still in the funding stages. It has 20 plus days left on the Indiegogo campaign. You can see the campaign video with 2 teaser trailers on the bottom.

Cast in the film so far are Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Nick Gomez (The Walking Dead), Tom Proctor (Guardians of the Galaxy, Halloween 6), Kaylee Williams (Model Hunger, Mrs. Claus) Christopher Inlow (Volkov, Voorhees), and Samantha Marie (Teacher Shortage, Supernatural Assassins) is set to star as the serial killing female herself… plus many more to come.

Jonathan A. Moody (Follow Me, The Invited) and Samantha Marie are executives producing. Derek Huey (Mrs. Claus, Flash Drive) is Producing the film as well as shooting and editing it. Paul A Presenza (Supernatural Assassins) is co-producing.

The film is a modern-day look at a female slasher. And promises to be one of the most blood-soaked and epic thrill rides you will ever see in an indie film. But in order to do that the film needs your support.

Also, a good way to keep up with what’s going on please check out the official Facebook group for the movie:

Come join #TeamBloodbath"

For more information, visit the link to the IndieGoGo campaign at:



Pumpkin Spice Podcast Season Finale Episode Details: "A week from today, we'll be finishing this year's season of Pumpkin Spice Podcast.

Our guest will be John DeVore (EIC of HUMUNGUS by Medium).

This season we've covered the entire Scream Franchise and past guests have been Comics Tim Barnes (All That, Comedy Central) and Ben Harrison (The Greatest Generation, Friendly Fire)."

For more information, visit the podcast's website.


The Spirit Gallery DVD and Limited VHS Release Details: "For the first time on DVD!!! SOVHORROR.COM is pleased to present John Strysik's rarely seen S.O.V. from 1995, The Spirit Gallery!

A woman obsessed with a secluded artist travels beyond reality in THE SPIRIT GALLERY!

Gwendolyn Creed was a God-fearing woman until she met B.A. Catch and his fantastic abilities. A legendary and reclusive artist, Catch could manifest ectoplasm from the palms of his hands - and steal your soul in the process. Sculpting faces out of soul-matter, Catch opens doorways into alternate dimensions where pain and pleasure combine. People are beaten, stabbed and crucified. The body is altered, the skin diseased and in need of new host to survive - but can love win out?

From John Strysik, a director on George Romero's "Tales From the Darkside" and screenwriter of Stuart Gordon's "Stuck" and "Deathbed" comes THE SPIRIT GALLERY! A Semi-Divine Comedy of Love, Lust and Severe Mutation.

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Commentary With Director John Strysik
Young People In Trouble - A 16mm Short by John Strysik
Behind The Scenes Stills Gallery
Trailers For Other SOVHORROR.COM Releases
Reproduction Catch Newspaper Article

1995 / COLOR / 87 MIN. / UNRATED

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    About the Author - Tamika Jones

    Tamika hails from North Beach, Maryland, a tiny town inches from the Chesapeake Bay.She knew she wanted to be an actor after reciting a soliloquy by Sojourner Truth in front of her entire fifth grade class. Since then, she's appeared in over 20 film and television projects. In addition to acting, Tamika is the Indie Spotlight manager for Daily Dead, where she brings readers news on independent horror projects every weekend.

    The first horror film Tamika watched was Child's Play. Being eight years old at the time, she remembers being so scared when Chucky came to life that she projectile vomited. It's tough for her to choose only one movie as her favorite horror film, so she picked two: Nosferatu and The Stepford Wives (1975).