Horror fans are in for a macabre menu of varying flavors when FearNYC, a new film festival, makes its debut on Friday, Oct. 21, at Cinema Village. Among the offerings (more than 65 films) are family-friendly frights (“The Monster Squad”), oddball documentaries (“Unearthed & Untold: The Path to ‘Pet Sematary’”) and big servings of nightmare-inducing classics (“The Texas Chain Saw Massacre”).
And there are buzzy new horror titles to be shown: “Atroz,” a punishingly brutal film about Mexican serial killers who tape their crimes; “A Beginner’s Guide to Snuff,” a horror comedy from the directing duo the Butcher Brothers; and “Blood Feast,” a remake of Herschell Gordon Lewis’s 1963 gore fest. (Mr. Lewis died in September.) Wes Craven, the “Nightmare on Elm Street” director who died last year, will be honored at the festival’s awards ceremony.
The dread isn’t confined to the big screen, either. The psychic Jesse Bravo leads a séance to kick off a late-night screening of “The Exorcist,” and there will be candy and costumes for a showing of “Halloween.” (Through Oct. 27;fearnyc.com.)