Red Hook

The Story

Director's Statement

There is a threshold we cross when we experience tragedy. Those who cross it can never go back. Those who have not yet crossed it can never understand what it's like to be on the other side. When we set out to make a horror movie, we wanted to tell a story about the darker side of how we feel about our hometown, New York City. To do so, we had to make two different movies at once. The central character, Jenny, has had horrible things happen to her already when she arrives in New York to a campus full of happy college freshmen. The other characters spend the first two thirds of the movie in a teen comedy - completely in denial that anything could be going wrong around them.

By the time the killer chooses to kill, we discover we actually care about these teens, fatal flaws and all, which makes the violence all the more disturbing. While the bogeyman is scary, killers who believe in the beneficial power of their actions are far scarier. The meticulous logic of these killers is frequently associated with a cause, personal or political, and our killers reflect that. We have created a psychological profile of both ourselves and our city at a time when none of us feel safe.