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Hoff’s Horrorfest Presents: VIDEODROME!

May 16, 2019


That’s right, our live comedy show/horror movie screening is back this month with David Cronenberg’s VIDEODROME! On Friday, May 31st, me and my co-producers Ian Goldstein (New York Magazine), Tim Barnes (Comedy Central) and Andrei Alupului (UCB) will present the latest installment of Hoff’s Horrorfest, interspersing our feature presentation with comedy bits, host segments and prize giveaways!

Videodrome stars James Woods (I know, but he’s good in this) as a sleazy TV programmer who stumbles upon a mysterious video with the power to induce hallucinations in its viewers and even warp the fabric of reality itself. This prophetic 1983 chiller was a harbinger not just of similar movies like The Ring and The Matrix but of our entire current media landscape (including the idea of “viral video,” expressed very literally here), and the Horrorfest crew promises to make this screening a truly mind-bending experience. It all goes down at Cantina Royal in Brooklyn (58 N 3rd St.) on May 31st! Doors at 7:30, show at 8:00. Tickets just $5 at! 18+! Come through and laugh until you scream!


Hoff’s Horrorfest Presents: THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS!

April 1, 2019



I’m excited to announce that our next Hoff’s Horrorfest screening will be Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs on Friday, April 26th! My co-producers will be Ian Goldstein (New York Magazine), Tim Barnes (Comedy Central) and Andrei Alupului (UCB), and as always we’ll be interspersing our feature presentation with comedy bits, host segments and prize giveaways!

Released about halfway between A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, The People Under the Stairs is an off-beat tale of desperate inner city residents discovering terrifying secrets in the seemingly idyllic suburban home of their landlords. Longtime Horrorfest followers may remember that I screened this movie on the old version of the show back in 2015, but I figured Jordan Peele’s Us may have whetted people’s appetites for socially relevant horror (or that the new Twin Peaks may have whetted appetites for Wendy Robie and Everett McGill). Besides, the new show format will allow us to unpack all of the movie’s sadly-still-relevant themes in a totally fresh way. It all goes down at Cantina Royal in Brooklyn (58 N 3rd St.) on April 26th! Doors at 7:30, show at 8:00. Tickets just $5! 18+! Come through and laugh until you scream!

Hoff’s Horrorfest Presents: CHILD’S PLAY!

February 28, 2019


Proud to announce that our live comedy show and horror movie screening series will return on Friday, March 22nd with our latest selection: Child’s Play! Me and my co-producers Ian Goldstein (New York Magazine) and Tim Barnes (Comedy Central) will help you get ready for the upcoming remake and TV series with this showing of the original 1988 film that introduced Chucky the killer doll to the world!

Directed by Tom “Not the Spider-Man Kid” Holland (Fright Night, Thinner), Child’s Play starts with serial killer Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) getting gunned down in a toy store and transferring his soul into an unlucky “Good Guy” doll. When that doll ends up in the hands of an innocent Chicago 6-year-old, people start ending up dead and the kid’s mother (Catherine Hicks) must team up with a dogged homicide detective (Chris Sarandon) to figure out what’s going on before it’s too late. See it all at Cantina Royal in Brooklyn (58 N 3rd St.) on March 22nd! Doors at 7:30, show at 8:00. Tickets just $5! 18+! Here’s the link again: Come through and laugh until you scream!

Come to SAVAGE!

April 15, 2018

I co-produce a weekly comedy show called SAVAGE at the bar Fawkner (191 Smith St., Brooklyn) on Mondays at 8pm! It features stand-up from me, my fellow producers and hilarious guest comics! Plus we give away drink tickets and stuff, and the venue feels like some mysterious haunted lodge! Come through and check it out!

The 12 Silent Nights of Horror Movie Christmas, Ranked

December 22, 2016

four0The Christmas season is all about tradition. This holds true even in the depraved world of horror cinema, where one tradition is respected above all others: If you are making a Christmas-themed horror movie, the title must be a play on the classic Christmas carol “Silent Night, Holy Night.” I don’t know why this is. There are plenty of well-known Christmas carols out there, and yet while there are no movies titled We Wish You a Scary Christmas, Deck the Hells or Bad King Wenceslas, there are twelve* feature films basically named Silent Night, [Scary Adjective] Night. Because I like horror movies and Christmas and committing to impractical ideas, I have watched and ranked all of them. Here they are, from worst to best.

*I’ve omitted two potentially eligible movies: 2006’s Silent Bloodnight, which as far as I can tell has nothing to do with Christmas, and 2011’s Violent Night: The Movie, which doesn’t appear to be publicly available for viewing. Read more…

I made a web series

July 5, 2016

Me and my friends made a web series called #Throwback. It’s about a social media marketing company that makes Twitter and Facebook pages and such for brands, and each episode takes place (and was filmed) one year prior to its release. So it’s like Mad Men with a really short attention span. You can binge-watch the whole thing at Enjoy!


Hoff’s Horrorfest Presents: FROM BEYOND!

January 25, 2016

Hoff's Horrorfest Presents: From Beyond!

Hoff’s Horrorfest is a monthly show featuring live comedy from host Hoff Matthews and a guest performer, followed by a horror movie screening. This month’s installment will be at Videology (308 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn) at 9pm, Monday, February 15th. Tickets are $5 at the door, or you can buy online here.

This month’s guest performer: Sketch comedy duo Teenager of the Year

This month’s movie: From Beyond (1986)

After my screening of Dagon back in August, someone asked me if I’d seen From Beyond, another H. P. Lovecraft adaptation from Stuart Gordon, director of both Dagon and Re-Animator. At the time I had to admit I hadn’t, but I’ve rectified that failing, and I was happy to find that From Beyond provides even more effects-laden, over-the-top insanity. Read more…