New York City’s scariest film festival, FEARnyc, will conclude its 2019 festival tonight at Film Noir Cinema (122 Meserole Ave) with a tingly, sensational, and sneakily immersive screening. But who’s the man behind the madness? Get to know festival founder, advocate, and horror film fanatic John Capo in this week’s Thursday Spotlight. And remember, if you’re looking to join the spooky fun, Greenpointers get a 20% discount on tonight’s Halloween Night Tingler Event with code GREENPOINTERS20.
Greenpointers: I see that this is your third FEARnyc; how long have you been affiliated with Film Noir Cinema?
John Capo: I founded the festival in 2016 but we took 2018 off to reassess our model. This is our first year at Film Noir Cinema! We were previously in Manhattan but we moved to Greenpoint this year because I love the neighborhood’s vibrant community. We love Greenpoint.
Are all of the film entries original ones? I love that you are spotlighting underrepresented groups in your programming.
We’ve had over 60 films, events, and other activities over the past eight days. Most of them are premieres although we did show some retrospectives including the 35th anniversary screening of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Fritz Lang’s M, a program of surreal short films by David Lynch, and the premiere of the new 4K restoration of George A.Romero and Dario Argento’s Two Evil Eyes. We always spotlight underrepresented groups in our programming. That’s a big part of our mission. This year we focused on queer horror with a discussion on queer themes and characters in horror films curated by The New York Times‘ Erik Piepenburg and the world premiere of the LGBT thriller Hurricane Aaron. We also had films centering on the Native American and Latinx communities.
Now in its fourth year, how do you think FEARnyc has evolved?
We’ve matured just as horror filmmaking has matured. Almost all of our films this year focused on the horrors of real life, whether that’s the dark underbelly of Instagram culture, beauty obsession, conversion therapy, Grindr hookups gone deadly. We even had a film about a mass shooting. I know these topics sound dark, but they really show that horror filmmakers are focusing on relevant issues and moving away from the stereotypical “let’s kill a bunch of pretty girls” tropes that have defined the genre.
Tonight’s the Tingler event! What can audiences expect?
It’s going to be insane. So when The Tingler came out in 1959 its producer William Castle knew that even thought it was a Vincent Price movie it wasn’t the greatest film so he marketed it by staging all these gimmicks in the theater. Buzzers on seats to jolt people, fainting audience members being carried out on stretchers, a monster jumping off the screen and into the theater. We’re recreating that experience at Film Noir Cinema just like it happened in the ’50s. We have showings tonight at 7pm and 9pm. People can get tickets in advance at FEARnyc.com or at the door.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Just a big thank you to the people of Greenpoint for embracing our festival and to all our filmmakers who’ve come from everywhere from Brooklyn to LA to Germany who’ve made this experience incredible.
The Springs is quickly becoming Greenpoint’s most versatile bar — after hosting a Reindeer Lounge around the holidays, the bar that took over for TBD at 224 Franklin Street is now going rogue and spooky.
Prepare yourself for a an immersive Halloween pop-up: Walk of Fear comes to The Springs from Friday, October 4 through Halloween night, Thursday, October 31.
The enormous bar (complete with outdoor space) is getting creepy, transforming its exterior patio into an immersive Instagrammable Halloween experience; 7,500 square feet of fright! Expect ominous lighting, horrifying music, scary vignettes and entertainment that will leave you thirsty for The Springs’ new fall cocktails. Cost of entry is one drink minimum per person.
Hours will be Friday and Saturday from 6 PM to midnight, and Sundays through Thursdays from 6 to 11 PM. And for those worried about the weather, the backyard will be enclosed for the Halloween pop-up so Walk of Fear will be open rain or shine! Discover more at @thespringsbk.
Due to the heavy rain last weekend, the North Brooklyn Boat Club has some tickets available for the fifth annual Haunted Paddle with multiple sessions beginning Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m.
Founding NBBC member Jens Rasmussen explains: “The North Brooklyn Boat Club’s Annual Cthulhu Haunted Boat Rides sold out (like it does every year) but this weekend’s weather forced us to move to Halloween night. We now have last minute tickets available! If you didn’t make plans, you can now snag tickets to this HP Lovecraft themed Halloween canoe ride and experience the cosmic horror that resides in the abandoned recesses of Newtown Creek.”
The paddle starts at the NBCC’s 51 Ash St. launch near McGuinness Blvd, and some tickets are still available for the 7 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:20 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. paddles.
This will not be the first time BKPS visits the historic 67 West St. building in Greenpoint, where the team recently conducted a paranormal investigation: “One of the psychics picked up on two distinct spirts in the back door area of the wine bar,” said Anthony Long, BKPS co-founder.
Throw leaves in your hair and arms in the air: our annual Fall Market returns October 28 from 1–7 PM! This year, we’re celebrating Samhain — a traditional Gaelic holy day marking the end of the harvest season and the nearness of winter. Our market will be a fall festival in the fullest: a celebration of Greenpoint’s autumnal splendor and the 60+ talented crafters our neighborhood supports. RSVP here, and spread the word around!
As our Instagram has shown, nobody celebrates Halloween like Greenpoint, so join us for our market in the stunning (and seasonally appropriate rustic chic) Greenpoint Loft at 67 West Street. Up on the fifth floor, enjoy for a variety of treats including: Continue reading →
Sure, you can go trick-or-treating in the neighborhood this year to local mom-and-pop businesses, but there’s also some cool events happening this Halloween for tiny Greenpoint witches, pirates, zombies, and other spooky kidlets.
So make or thrift that costume and load up the kids for The Greenpoint Halloween Parade. The parade itself is free, but other spooktacular events for your supernatural sprogs start at $15. Kids can enjoy a Halloween party with crafts, music, games, face painting, and enjoy a Nerf war. Prices for the party or the Nerf War start $15 a piece, but there are combo special available – so get on it! (Note: The zombie Nerf war is marked on the Eventbrite listing for “older kids.” )
The proceeds of the Halloween parade and party will benefit Town Square, local Brooklyn Boy Scout Troop 26, and local Brooklyn Pack 7.
WHEN: 12 noon, Saturday October 28th WHERE: 176 Java Street
When Halloween comes to town, so do the bands. This weekend was lined up with an insane number of fun shows to check out. I, personally, was able to enjoy two great ones at Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost Street). First one being Cypress Hill on Haunted Hill and then Primus the next night on Halloween.
When I first heard Cypress Hill was performing down the street it was a no brainer to check the show out. Being a weed enthusiast I thought I might even have a chance to hit their infamous giant bong. Sadly, there was no onstage bong, not even much of a stage setup at all. I figured a well-known act like Cypress Hill, who are only doing three Haunted Hill shows, might at least have a giant pumpkin (or even a small pumpkin!) smoking weed on stage, but sadly they didn’t. That being said…. I left this show stoned out of my gourd. I mean supreme dream.
Farewell, Halloween—time to finish off the candy corn before it goes stale, sweep up the cobwebs and deflate your giant spiders. If you or your neighbor still have a slowly decomposing jack-o-lantern or two sitting outside, by now they’re probably getting a little worse for wear (but hopefully not as bad as the Hawkins pumpkins in Stranger Things). If you don’t have a compost bin—the entire zone that makes up Community Board 1 should have one, though we’ve heard some residents or landlords have avoided using them—you can drop your pumpkin and its guts off at the McCarren Park Greenmarket on Saturday from 8am-2pm. Alternatively, if you’re into an old fashioned pumpkin smashing, you can head down to the Carroll Gardens Greenmarket for Pumpkin Smash 2017 from 9am-12pm on Sunday, November 5th. Do your part to help NYC become a Zero Waste city!
The North Brooklyn Boat Club is hosting their spooky haunted nighttime paddle again this year! This Saturday, October 28 from 7:30-11pm, the horror will be revealed!
Here are the deets:
NBBC’s dark and silent (ACA-certified) guides will lead terrifying twenty-minute tours of the starkly beautiful postindustrial waters of Newtown Creek. Over the dark surface of this time-haunted stream, strange chants echo, and those who dwell here have changed with the passing of forgotten years. As the boat passes beneath the rusted relics of bygone industry, there emerge the twisted devotees of ancient powers, older than humanity, uncaring, and strange.
That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die.
Each $30 canoe ride ticket includes a drink ticket to be used after your trip. You’ll need it. For those too fearful to ply the waters, we’ll have a party on land with a bonfire, drinks, and food.
WHAT: Polish/American Karaoke!
WHERE: Warsaw/Polish National Home | 261 Driggs Ave
WHEN: Thurs, Oct 26 @ 8pm
Tix $10, RSVP here
Wydaje Ci się że umiesz śpiewać? Sprawdźmy to!!Zapraszamy na Polskie Karaoke! Chcemy Cię usłyszeć i milo spędzić wspólnie czas! W tym tygodniu mamy dla Was przygotowany konkurs na najlepszy Halloweenowy kostium! Do wygrania darmowa wejsciówka na nastepną imprezę + ulubiony drink w barze!
It’s time to sing your heart out and rock the night away! Join us for Polish Karaoke night!
This week we have a surprise for you! We will be hosting a Best Halloween Costume Contest! Winner gets a FREE DRINK of their choosing as well as FREE ENTRY to our next Karaoke event! Good Luck!