Horror has a home in Brooklyn. The most popular genre in indie film is definitely horror. Many filmmakers from Guillermo Del Toro and Peter Jackson to David F. Sandberg got their start in the industry by making horror films. Jason Blum built Blumhouse on a foundation of films like Paranormal Activity and Sinister before later achieving critical acclaim with Get Out. Horror has been and continues to be the way to break into an over-saturated industry.
The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival which ran from October 17th to October 24th this year was packed with young hopeful filmmakers looking to launch their careers and with fans looking for the latest scares. Festival founder Kaila Heir and her team put together an impressive program that is filmmaker and fan friendly.
At this year’s festival, there were a wide variety of films both shorts and features that range from psychological thriller to horror comedy to the surreal. I had the opportunity to attend Home Invasion short’s program, and was impressed by the selection. Some of the shorts that stood out were: Laundry Night by director. A.K. Espada, Bakemono, by Sumire Takamatsu and Jorge Lucas, and Muffin Man by Ethan Blum and starring (friend of the show) Stefanie Bloom.
Some of this year’s winners included the features Daniel Isn’t Real which took home the best horror film and best director awards, Monument which took home the Best Picture award in the Head Trip Feature Competition, and Swallow which won Best Screenplay and Best Production Design.
Now in its fourth year and going strong, the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival has recently been named one of the 30 Bloody Best Genre Fests by MovieMaker Magazine. If you’re a horror fan, BHFF have a lot to offer, and if you’re filmmaker looking to make your bones in horror, I highly recommend submitting your film.