New York City Horror Film Festival ’15 Preview: Shant Hamassian’s “NIGHT OF THE SLASHER”Movies/TV,News Ken W. Hanley
With opening night only one week away, excitement has been building for the upcoming 13th annual New York City Horror Film Festival. And while the full line-up features some exciting fright fare, including MOST LIKELY TO DIE, #HORROR and MODEL HUNGER, FANGORIA had a chance to preview one of the most buzzworthy short films playing at the festival: Shant Hamassian’s NIGHT OF THE SLASHER.
Part horror parody, part exercise in stylistic horror direction, NIGHT OF THE SLASHER puts a humorous spin on the rules of the slasher movie yet with an absurdist edge and fluid visual composition not often seen in horror comedies. Following a beautiful young woman with a jarring neck scar and a notebook with “horror movie” provocations, NIGHT OF THE SLASHER follows a revenge plot against a seemingly unstoppable killer during a typical slasher film scenario. And luckily, Hamassian’s vision is one likely to appeal to hardcore horror fans as it would those unfamiliar with the ins and outs of the genre, especially thanks to the film’s stunning cinematography by Eli Tahan that posits NIGHT OF THE SLASHER like a one-take short.
With over 90 film festivals to its name and a cast that includes Lily Berlina, Scott Javore and Adam Lesare, NIGHT OF THE SLASHER is a clever, engaging and very funny short that impressively subverts the conventions of the genre. While a technically astonishing short in its own right, NIGHT OF THE SLASHER will be an even more pleasant surprise for fright fans guaranteed to get a kick out of Hamassian’s twist on HALLOWEEN and its ilk. New York horror hounds can catch NIGHT OF THE SLASHER on Thursday, November 12th at the New York City Horror Film Festival, and you can check out the trailer for the 11-minute horror short below!