The weekend of October 14th to 16th marked the inaugural year of the (annual) Brooklyn Horror Film Festival. The festival hosted various events around the Williamsburg neighborhood of New York City’s largest borough, including an art show, a reading by author Grady Hendrix, and film screenings. The festival was so successful that eighteen of twenty-two events were completely sold out.
One film that had its world premiere at Bhff was Child Eater (2016), a joint Icelandic/USA production. The film takes an urban legend and brings it frighteningly to life. Directed by Erlingur Ottar Thoroddsen, the film follows Helen (Cait Bliss) while she babysits Lucas. Lucas and his dad are new to the area but know the history of the house. It once belonged to a local farmer who kidnapped, tortured, and then killed children, eating their eyes in the belief that it would save his own vision.