Mar 28, 2018

HXFF 2018 - AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNERS

2018 AUDIENCE CHOICE 
AWARD WINNERS

Each year, the Hexploitation Film Festival places the power to choose the festival's top award winners in the hands of its audience members. Audience members in attendance vote for every short and every feature, and the the film from each category with the highest score is crowned BEST SHORT or BEST FILM of the festival. 


We are proud to announce the following Audience Choice Winners for our 2018 season.

BEST SHORT 
*AUDIENCE CHOICE*


Camille Monette, Roxane De Koninck, Keenan Poloncsak, 2017

Four douche-bags embark on a weekend of partying and debauchery at a cabin in the woods, unaware that they will be disturbing the humanoid-termite mutant: Termitator.


WINNER OF MOST GORE FILM @ SPASM FILM FESTIVAL 2017 IN MONTREAL

WINNER OF PUBLIC'S CHOICE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION @ COURTS MAIS TRASH 2018 IN BRUSSELS

BEST FILM 
*AUDIENCE CHOICE*

Brendan Steere, 2017

After losing his parents, a priest travels to China, where he inherits a mysterious ability that allows him to turn into a dinosaur. At first horrified by this new power, a hooker convinces him to use it to fight crime. And ninjas.


WINNER: FUNNIEST FILM @ HXFF 2018
WINNER: BEST ACTOR @ HXFF 2018
WINNER: BEST MONSTER @ HXFF 2018

Congratulations to this year's winners!

Mar 25, 2018

HEX FILM FEST - 2018 AWARD WINNERS

2018 AWARD WINNERS

The Hexploitation Film Festival is proud to announce the following Feature Film & Short Film Award Winners for our 2018 season.


~~ SHORT FILM AWARDS ~~

BEST HORROR SHORT


Directed by Justin Harding & Rob Brunner

MOST SHOCKING SHORT


Directed by Stephen Stull

BEST COMEDIC SHORT


A Clarissa Jacobson production by JM Logan

BEST FANTASY SHORT


Directed by Justin Harding & Rob Brunner 

BEST ANIMATED SHORT


Directed by Lora D'Addazio

BEST CANADIAN SHORT



Directed by Justin Harding & Rob Brunner 

~~ FEATURE FILM AWARDS ~~

SCARIEST FILM


Directed by Eduardo M. Clorio

MOST SHOCKING FILM


Directed by Andy Collier & Toor Mian

FUNNIEST FILM



Directed by Brendan Steere


BEST DIRECTOR


PRESTON DEFRANCIS for RUIN ME

BEST ACTRESS


MARCIENNE DWYER for RUIN ME

BEST ACTOR


GREGORY JAMES COHAN for THE VELOCIPASTOR

BEST SUPPORTING
ACTRESS


JORJA CADENCE for THE HERETICS

BEST SUPPORTING
ACTOR


IVÁN MONDRAGÓN for I WISH I WISH (DESEO DESEO)

BEST WRITING



TRYSTA A. BISSETT & PRESTON DEFRANCIS for RUIN ME

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY


JEFF MAHER for THE HERETICS

BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS


Directed by Eduardo M. Clorio

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS


Directed by Chad Archibald

BEST MUSICAL SCORE


ALEJANDRO KARO for I WISH I WISH (DESEO DESEO)

BEST VILLAIN

(TIE)


BEST MONSTER


Directed by Brendan Steere

ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP FX


Directed by Lloyd Kaufman

Congratulations to all this year's winners!

Audience Choice Award Winners to be Announced March 28th

Mar 19, 2018

MAYOR TO RECOGNIZE MITCH MARKOWITZ AT HEX FILM FEST FOR 48 YEARS OF HILARIOUS HOUSE OF FRIGHTENSTEIN


On Saturday, March 24th, the Hexploitation Film Festival presents the HILARIOUS HOUSE OF FRIGHTENSTEIN 48th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION at the Staircase Theatre (27 Dundurn St. N).

To commemorate the occasion, Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger will be appearing at 10:45am to present a certificate of congratulations to co-producer and co-star Mitch Markowitz on the 48 year legacy of Canada's longest-running children's program!

Mayor Fred Eisenberge

Take a trip back, waaaay back, to gory, gory Transylvania, home of Count Frightenstein, Igor, the Wolfman, Grizelda, the Librarian, Super Hippy and the whole host of kooky creeps that populated the classic Canadian children's television series The Hilarious House of Frightenstein. Conceived in 1970, produced by CHCH-TV in Hamilton, and aired in 1971, the Hilarious House of Frightenstein was syndicated both in Canada and across the world, sparking the imaginations of monster kids everywhere (including those on our festival team!). The Hexploitation Film Festival invites you and your family to join us on March 24th for a free Saturday Morning Cereal Buffet as we celebrate this historic made-in-Hamilton series with a special screening of two episodes of the show followed by a panel discussion about the history and legacy of the show with Mitch Markowitz (co-star and co-producer) and other special guests to be announced. It'll be fiendishly funny fun for the whole family.


EVENT SCHEDULE: Saturday, March 24, 2018

10:00AM: EPISODES SCREENING & CEREAL BAR

Enjoy complimentary breakfast cereal (while supplies last) as we screen two original and un-altered Hilarious House of Frightenstein episodes (hand-picked by Mitch Markowitz) on the big screen of the main theatre

At 10:45AM we will break from the episodes for the special appearance of Mayor Eisenberger and the cutting of our HHOF Birthday Cake created by The Hearty Hooligan

* Seating is limited and general admission only. Subject to capacity.

12:00PM: PANEL and Q&A - THE LEGACY OF FRIGHTENSTEIN



HXFF director Aaron Allen moderates a panel discussion about the history and cultural legacy of The Hilarious House of Frighteinstein and its origins in Hamilton. Panel guests include:
  • MITCH MARKOWITZ (Hilarious House of Frightenstein co-producer and co-star)
  • STACEY CASE (musician, filmmaker, Frightenstein Super Fan)
  • CHRIS ALEXANDER (film critic, director, composer, editor: DELIRIUM MAGAZINE)
* Seating is limited and general admission only. Subject to capacity.

Mar 16, 2018

Hexploitation Film Festival: March 23-25 (Hamilton, ON) - Horror, Exploitation, Cult Films!


The Hexploitation Film Festival is coming March 23 - 25 to the Staircase Theatre (27 Dundurn St. N.) in Hamilton, ON for three days of Horror, Exploitation, and Cult genre film mayhem!

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IMPORTANT TICKET INFORMATION (updated 3/16/18)

  • Advance Sales of Friday and Sunday Passes ($15.00 ea.) End on 3/22/18 at 11:55pm (ET) 
  • Online Sales of Individual Film Tickets will Remain Open for the Duration of the Festival
  • Individual Film Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $11.00 (cash or credit card * subject to additional service charge)
  • Please print your online tickets from Universe.com and bring them to the event to check in and redeem your admission or pick up your pass. 
The HILARIOUS HOUSE OF FRIGHTENSTEIN 48TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION (March 24th) is FREE. No passes or tickets are required. General admission seating - first come, first served.

EVENT SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018- OPENING NIGHT!


7:30 pm: I WISH I WISH (Canadian Premiere!)
2017, DIR. EDUARDO M. CLORIO, 83 MIN. MEX
== DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE FOR Q&A ==
*Subtitled in English*

Five cousins ​​discover a diabolical board game that grants their deepest desires, they just have to be prepared to lose the most valuable things in their lives to see their wishes come true. Screens with short film LATCHED by Justin Harding and Rob Brunner

50% SOLD OUT
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2017, DIR. ANDY COLLIER & TOOR MIAN, 96 MIN. UK
== DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE FOR Q&A ==

Psychological horror about a rookie police detective whose sanity begins to unravel as she investigates a series of brutal ritualistic murders. When the chief suspect takes a personal interest in her, a game of cat and mouse ensues which sees Rebecca's grasp on reality beginning to spiral out of control. Screens with short film A DOLL DISTORTED by Niall Shukla

60% SOLD OUT
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SATURDAY MARCH 24, 2018

== SPECIAL GUEST MITCH MARKOWITZ IN ATTENDANCE ==

 The Hexploitation Film Festival invites you and your family to join us on March 24th for a free Saturday Morning Cereal Buffet as we celebrate this historic made-in-Hamilton series with a special screening of two original episodes  It'll be fiendishly funny fun for the whole family

FREE EVENT


Hexploitation Film Festival director Aaron Allen moderates a panel discussion about the history and cultural legacy of The Hilarious House of Frighteinstein and its origins in Hamilton. Panel guests include Mitch Markowitz (co-producer and co-star), Stacey Case (filmmaker, musician, and Frightenstein Super Fan), and Chris Alexander (filmmaker, film critic, and composer)

2017, DIR. CHAD ARCHIBALD, 90 MIN. CAN
== FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE FOR Q&A ==

A notorious cult kidnaps a young girl, and sacrifice themselves by the light of the locust moon. The next morning the girl awakes, caked in dried blood and surrounded by corpses...but safe - or so she thinks. Years later, the locust moon is about to rise again and the girl is captured once more by a surviving member of the cult. She is taken to a remote cabin where she learns that a demon has been growing inside of her all these years, and before the dawn it will rise. Screens with short SCRAPS by Christopher Giroux

70% SOLD OUT

2017, DIR. LLOYD KAUFMAN, 84 MIN. USA
== TROMA MERCH FOR SALE & PRIZES! ==

In Volume 2 of Troma's two-part event film RETURN TO NUKE'EM HIGH, Lauren and Chrissy, two lesbian lovers, must face and defeat not only the mutant glee-club Cretins who have taken over Tromaville High but also the corrupt and evil forces of the Tromorganic Foodstuffs Conglomerate which threatens to destroy Tromaville... and the world! Screens with short TERMITATOR by Camille Monette, Roxane De Koninck, and Keenan Poloncsak

65% SOLD OUT

2017, DIR. BRENDAN STEERE, 70 MIN. USA

After losing his parents, a priest travels to China, where he inherits a mysterious ability that allows him to turn into a dinosaur. At first horrified by this new power, a hooker convinces him to use it to fight crime. And ninjas. Screens with short THE JERRY SHOW by Stephen Stull

60% SOLD OUT
SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2018- CLOSING NIGHT!


The baddest mofo with the killer afro -- Bloodsucka Jones -- and his gorgeous sidekick Vanessa must help a couple of idiots fight an army of zombies unleashed by an evil group of vampires. Screens with short film LUNCH LADIES (a Clarissa Jacobson production directed by J.M. Logan).

40% SOLD OUT

7:00pm: RUIN ME (Canadian Premiere!)
2017, DIR. PRESTON DEFRANCIS. 87 MIN. USA

Alexandra reluctantly tags along for Slasher Sleepout, an extreme event that is part camping trip, part haunted house, and part escape room. But when the fun turns deadly, Alex has to play the game if she wants to make it out alive. Screens with short BON APPETIT by Erenik Beqiri.

40% SOLD OUT

Feb 23, 2018

CONTEST: ADVANCE SCREENING tickets to see THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT

CONTEST! 

ENTER TO WIN: ADVANCE SCREENING tickets to see THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT


See the upcoming sequel to horror cult hit THE STRANGERS before its wide-release!

“A road trip to visit relatives takes a dangerous turn when a family arrives at a secluded mobile home park that's mysteriously deserted -- until three masked psychopaths show up.”



THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT stars Bailee Madison (Tv’s GOOD WITCH), Christina Hendricks (MADMEN, THE NEON DEMON), and Martin Henderson (SMOKIN’ ACES)

THE STRANGERS PREY AT NIGHT opens in theatres on March 9. One (1) lucky HXFF fan will win a pass for two to see an advance screening of the film, Monday March 5, 2018 at 7:00PM at the Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto, ON (259 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3M6) 

HOW TO WIN:

Email info@hexfilmfest.com with THE STRANGERS in the subject line and include the following:

1) Your full name.

2) Indicate consent (write yes or no) to sign up for the HXFF email list for future fest and contest updates and news

3) Answer this question: WHAT FILM ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THE 2018 HEXPLOITATION FILM FESTIVAL? (see schedule)

Contest closes at 11:59PM, Wednesday, February 28, 2018. 
Contest open to residents of Ontario, Canada, the age of 18 or over.  ONE ENTRY PER EMAIL. MULTIPLE ENTRIES WILL BE DELETED.

Winners will be chosen at random and contacted on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Passes courtesy of Elevation Pictures​s TARO PR​ Strangers: Prey At Night​

Feb 20, 2018

FULL 2018 LINEUP & SCHEDULE REVEALED


The Hexploitation Film Festival is proud to bring announce our full 2018 lineup of thrills, chills, and kills coming this March 23 - 25 at the Staircase Theatre (27 Dundurn St. N.) in Hamilton, ON. 

Feature films just added to the schedule include the Hamilton Premiere of Canadian killer pagan cult horror tale THE HERETICS, the Ontario Premiere of UK police thriller CHARISMATA, the Canadian Premiere of extreme weekend getaway gone wrong RUIN ME, and the Canadian Premiere of grindhouse horror spoof THE VELOCIPASTOR. These films join our first wave of announced features: Troma's RETURN TO RETURN NUKE'EM HIGH (aka VOL. 2), Mexican fright film I WISH I WISH, horror-comedy BLOODSUCKA JONES VS. THE CREEPING DEATH, as well as a our highly anticipated special event: THE HILARIOUS HOUSE OF FRIGHTENSTEIN 48th Birthday Celebration and panel event featuring Special Guest Mitch Markowitz.

BROWSE COMPLETE DIRECTORY OF ALL 2018 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

Scroll down to see the complete day-to-day schedule and to buy tickets to screenings at the 2018 Hexploitation Film Festival. Click film names for more information.

If a film is listed as Sold Out in advance, you can still try for tickets in person by joining the Rush Line at the venue; you will be issued a number on a first come, first served basis. After an empty seat count, a few mins before the show, any spare tickets will be issued to Rush Line number-holders in the order they were received.

Seating is limited. Avoid disappointment at the door; buy your Tickets & Passes now!

All screenings are Restricted to Adults Age 18+ with the exception of all THE HILARIOUS HOUSE OF FRIGHTENSTEIN 48TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION, which is free and all-ages.

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018- OPENING NIGHT!


7:00 pm: I WISH I WISH (Canadian Premiere!)
2017, DIR. EDUARDO M. CLORIO, 83 MIN. MEX
*Subtitled in English*

Five cousins ​​discover a diabolical board game that grants their deepest desires, they just have to be prepared to lose the most valuable things in their lives to see their wishes come true. Screens with short film LATCHED by Justin Harding and Rob Brunner

Get Tickets

2017, DIR. ANDY COLLIER & TOOR MIAN, 96 MIN. UK
**Director & Producer In Attendance for Q&A!**

Psychological horror about a rookie police detective whose sanity begins to unravel as she investigates a series of brutal ritualistic murders. When the chief suspect takes a personal interest in her, a game of cat and mouse ensues which sees Rebecca's grasp on reality beginning to spiral out of control. Screens with short film A DOLL DISTORTED by Niall Shukla

Get Tickets

SATURDAY MARCH 24, 2018

**Special Guest Mitch Markowitz in Attendance**

 The Hexploitation Film Festival invites you and your family to join us on March 24th for a free Saturday Morning Cereal Buffet as we celebrate this historic made-in-Hamilton series with a special screening of two original episodes  It'll be fiendishly funny fun for the whole family


Hexploitation Film Festival director Aaron Allen moderates a panel discussion about the history and cultural legacy of The Hilarious House of Frighteinstein and its origins in Hamilton. Panel guests include Mitch Markowitz (co-producer and co-star), Stacey Case (filmmaker, musician, and Frightenstein Super Fan), and Chris Alexander (filmmaker, film critic, and composer)

2017, DIR. CHAD ARCHIBALD, 90 MIN. CAN

A notorious cult kidnaps a young girl, and sacrifice themselves by the light of the locust moon. The next morning the girl awakes, caked in dried blood and surrounded by corpses...but safe - or so she thinks. Years later, the locust moon is about to rise again and the girl is captured once more by a surviving member of the cult. She is taken to a remote cabin where she learns that a demon has been growing inside of her all these years, and before the dawn it will rise. Screens with short SCRAPS by Christopher Giroux


In Volume 2 of Troma's two-part event film RETURN TO NUKE'EM HIGH, Lauren and Chrissy, two lesbian lovers, must face and defeat not only the mutant glee-club Cretins who have taken over Tromaville High but also the corrupt and evil forces of the Tromorganic Foodstuffs Conglomerate which threatens to destroy Tromaville... and the world! Screens with short TERMITATOR by Camille Monette, Roxane De Koninck, and Keenan Poloncsak


2017, DIR. BRENDAN STEERE, 70 MIN. USA

After losing his parents, a priest travels to China, where he inherits a mysterious ability that allows him to turn into a dinosaur. At first horrified by this new power, a hooker convinces him to use it to fight crime. And ninjas. Screens with short THE JERRY SHOW by Stephen Stull

SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2018- CLOSING NIGHT!


The baddest mofo with the killer afro -- Bloodsucka Jones -- and his gorgeous sidekick Vanessa must help a couple of idiots fight an army of zombies unleashed by an evil group of vampires. Screens with short film LUNCH LADIES (a Clarissa Jacobson production directed by J.M. Logan).


7:00pm: RUIN ME (Canadian Premiere!)
2017, DIR. PRESTON DEFRANCIS. 87 MIN. USA

Alexandra reluctantly tags along for Slasher Sleepout, an extreme event that is part camping trip, part haunted house, and part escape room. But when the fun turns deadly, Alex has to play the game if she wants to make it out alive. Screens with short BON APPETIT by Erenik Beqiri.