What do Freddy KruegerMichael Myers, and Jason Voorhees all have in common? Other than their killer appetites for sexy young college coeds, they all like to play (or slay) in October.

If you live in NYC and you’re into scary stuff then you’ll definitely wanna check out at least a film or two at three of the following horror film festivals that are around the corner.


The biggest and most renowned of all the horror film festivals is the NYC Horror Film Festival, now in its 15th season. Hosted at the Cinépolis in Chelsea from October 26th through the 29th, this year they are presenting their Lifetime Achievement Award to award-winning actor  Brad Dourif, who, among many other things, is known in the horror realm as the high-strung voice of the evil doll Chucky in  Child’s Play and its sequels.

Check out the trailer for the 2017 NYC Horror Film Festival here!

FEARnyc Horrorfest

Also in Manhattan is FEARnyc.  In its second year, it is NYC’s newest horror film festival that takes place at The Sonnet Theater in Times Square from October 27th through the 29th.  It features screenings of dozens of new horror films, cast appearances, special events and a special tribute this year to horror icon John Carpenter, creator of the Halloween franchise.

Brooklyn Horrorfest

But let’s not leave out our friends in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival is a competitive international film festival in its second year holding macabre film screamings (see what we did there?) through October 15th, as well as parties, Q&A sessions with filmmakers, panels, food and drinks events, and more! The directors of BHFF are committed to celebrating the art of horror filmmaking and are focused on pushing horror’s boundaries to challenge the genre’s preconceptions.


If you’re a big horror and Grindhouse enthusiast you might wanna also check out NYC GRINDHOUSE. They have a lot of frightening events not only in October but throughout the year – that is if you last that long… NYC GRINDHOUSE is the only group on Meetup.com that deals specifically with the Exploitation Film Genre. What genre is that? Check them out to find out more!

– Michael Riegelman