Oct 19, 2018

BLACK ROSES SCREENS SATURDAY (OCT 20)

The Hexploitation Film Festival's  RETRO GRADE movie night series continues with a screening of the 1988 heavy metal cult creature feature BLACK ROSES preceded by an exclusive walking tour of the film's Dundas, ON shooting locations!


BLACK ROSES (1988)
|| RETRO GRADE ||
DIR. JOHN FASANO, 84 MIN. CANADA/USA

TOUR TIME: Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 11:00am (Thirsty Cactus, Dundas, ON)
MOVIE TIME: Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 8:30pm (Staircase Theatre, Hamilton, ON)



SHORT SUMMARY

Demons hypnotize the general public by posing as a rock and roll band.




MOVIE DESCRIPTION

1980s satanic panic becomes reality in this hilariously schlocky glam rock, heavy metal horror creature feature filmed almost entirely in Dundas and Hamilton, ON!


When the sleepy town of Mill Basin (aka. Dundas, Ontario) is invaded by a sleazy band of satanic rockers, the self-righteous adults of the town attempt to shut down the concert series. But when the band -- BLACK ROSES -- overcomes parental censorship and takes to the stage, all hell breaks loose and the town's population of good kids begin to turn bad. BLOODSHED, RIOTS, and MASS MURDER assail the defenseless townspeople as their youth begin to change into murderous monsters before their very eyes!

RETURN TO MILL BASIN -- BLACK ROSES LOCATIONS TOUR


Join Hexploitation Film Festival director Aaron Allen for a personal, guided tour of the film's exterior shooting locations in historic Dundas, ON. Take a trip back to 1987 and experience, first hand, the extensive use of Dundas landmarks and locations immortalized in BLACK ROSES to portray the sleepy, midwestern town of Mill Basin USA. Learn interesting and quirky trivia about the making of this obscure yet endearing heavy metal horror flick in the days before Hamilton became a hot Hollywood shooting location.

* Exclusive Tour Swag for all tour attendees including:
  • Exclusive Poster
  • T-Shirt
  • Other surprise goodies to be announced!
Departure Location: The Thirsty Cactus (2 King Street East, Dundas, ON L9H 1B8)
Check-in Time: 11:00am
Tour Duration: Approx. 90min

Tour Ticket Purchasers will receive an email with detailed tour information.



Starring: John Martin (Fire in the Night), Sal Viviano (The Jitters), Paul Kelman (My Bloody Valentine), Julie Adams (Creature form the Black Lagoon), Frank Dietz (Zombie Nightmare)

*JOINING VIA WEBCAST FOR Q&A - STAR FRANK DIETZ*



Oct 10, 2018

Win Tickets to SUSPIRIA and MANDY at AGH BMO World Film Festival

CONTEST!

WIN tickets to see Dario Argento's SUSPIRIA (Oct 11) and Nic Cage's MANDY (Oct 12) at the AGH BMO World Film Festival Film

Our friend at the AGH BMO World Film Festival have put together a fantastic program of films for this year's fest, which runs October 11 - October 21, 2018. Of specific interest to die-hard genre fans, they are screening the superb 4K restoration of Dario Argento's 1977 horror classic SUSPIRIA as well as the deranged, run-away indie horror hit MANDY, starring Nicholas Cage at his absolute cageist!


And we want you to see both films on the big screen, we are giving away a pair of tickets to each screening! But you have to act fast! Deadline to enter is October 11th at 12:00pm ET.

  • SUSPIRIA screens at 10:00pm, Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the Lincoln Alexander Centre (160 King St E, Hamilton, ON L8N 1B2)
  • MANDY screens at 10:00pm, Friday, October 12, 2018 at the Lincoln Alexander Centre(160 King St E, Hamilton, ON L8N 1B2)
HOW TO WIN:
Email info@hexfilmfest.com with AGH BMO CONTEST in the subject line and include the following:

1) Your full name.

2) Whether you would like to win a pair of tickets to SUSPIRIA, MANDY, or BOTH!

Contest closes at 11:59PM, Thursday, October 11, 2018. Winners will be chosen at random and tickets will be awarded based on preference stated in email. Tickets will be available for pickup at the venue before showtime.
Contest open to residents of Ontario, Canada, the age of 18 or over. ONE ENTRY PER EMAIL. MULTIPLE ENTRIES WILL BE DELETED.


Sep 10, 2018

HXFF Retro Grade Celebrates BLACK ROSES with Dundas Tour of Shooting Locations and Screening!

The Hexploitation Film Festival's  RETRO GRADE movie night series continues with a screening of the 1988 heavy metal cult creature feature BLACK ROSES preceded by an exclusive walking tour of the film's Dundas, ON shooting locations!


BLACK ROSES (1988)
|| RETRO GRADE ||
DIR. JOHN FASANO, 84 MIN. CANADA/USA

TOUR TIME: Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 11:00am (Thirsty Cactus, Dundas, ON)
MOVIE TIME: Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 8:30pm (Staircase Theatre, Hamilton, ON)



SHORT SUMMARY

Demons hypnotize the general public by posing as a rock and roll band.




MOVIE DESCRIPTION

1980s satanic panic becomes reality in this hilariously schlocky glam rock, heavy metal horror creature feature filmed almost entirely in Dundas and Hamilton, ON!


When the sleepy town of Mill Basin (aka. Dundas, Ontario) is invaded by a sleazy band of satanic rockers, the self-righteous adults of the town attempt to shut down the concert series. But when the band -- BLACK ROSES -- overcomes parental censorship and takes to the stage, all hell breaks loose and the town's population of good kids begin to turn bad. BLOODSHED, RIOTS, and MASS MURDER assail the defenseless townspeople as their youth begin to change into murderous monsters before their very eyes!

RETURN TO MILL BASIN -- BLACK ROSES LOCATIONS TOUR


Join Hexploitation Film Festival director Aaron Allen for a personal, guided tour of the film's exterior shooting locations in historic Dundas, ON. Take a trip back to 1987 and experience, first hand, the extensive use of Dundas landmarks and locations immortalized in BLACK ROSES to portray the sleepy, midwestern town of Mill Basin USA. Learn interesting and quirky trivia about the making of this obscure yet endearing heavy metal horror flick in the days before Hamilton became a hot Hollywood shooting location.

* Exclusive Tour Swag for all tour attendees including:
  • Exclusive Poster
  • T-Shirt
  • Other surprise goodies to be announced!
Departure Location: The Thirsty Cactus (2 King Street East, Dundas, ON L9H 1B8)
Check-in Time: 11:00am
Tour Duration: Approx. 90min

Tour Ticket Purchasers will receive an email with detailed tour information.



Starring: John Martin (Fire in the Night), Sal Viviano (The Jitters), Paul Kelman (My Bloody Valentine), Julie Adams (Creature form the Black Lagoon), Frank Dietz (Zombie Nightmare)

*JOINING VIA WEBCAST FOR Q&A - STAR FRANK DIETZ*



Aug 6, 2018

HXFF's RETRO GRADE presents CURTAINS (1983) with star Lynne Griffin in Attendance!


The Hexploitation Film Festival's brand new RETRO GRADE moving night series kicks off its inaugural show with a special screening of the 1983 cult Canadian slasher CURTAINS with star LYNNE GRIFFIN (also of BLACK CHRISTMAS and STRANGE BREW fame) in attendance!

Every ticket-buyer will have a chance to win some exclusively cool horror movie prizes.

Saturday, August 18 @ The Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. N, Hamilton: 8:30PM - 10:30PM



SHORT SUMMARY

Six young actresses auditioning for a movie role at a remote mansion are targeted by a mysterious masked murderer.




FULL DESCRIPTION

In Curtains, a group of actresses are stalked by a masked killer while they are auditioning at the remote mansion estate of a sleazy, shady film director. What begins as a casting session to replace the film's intended and emotionally unstable star devolves into madness and murder when a witch-masked slasher with a creepy doll and some well-sharpened tools makes each wannabe star fight for her life. Curtains features direction by the acclaimed cinematography Richard Ciupka.


Curtains stars a cast of cult film icons including John Vernon (Animal House, Killer Klowns from Outer Space), Samantha Eggar (The Brood, Demonoid), and Lynne Griffin (Black Christmas, Strange Brew).

*IN ATTENDANCE* STAR LYNNE GRIFFIN

 RETRO GRADE is a new, ongoing film series presented by the Hexploitation Film Festival where audience are given the chance to grade our selections from our back catalog of interesting and entertaining thrillers, chillers, and cinematic killers of yesteryear. We also invite special celebrity guests, horror genre film experts, cinema scholars, podcasters, and writers to drop  knowledge bombs about the making of these freaky flicks and school us with their insidious insights and anecdotes

So sharpen them pencils, grab your notebooks, and prepare to venture into the hallowed halls of hackademia for a lurid lesson in retro horror.

Jun 19, 2018

Submissions Open for 2019 Hexploitation Film Festival

Hey all you fabulous makers of freaky films! The Hexploitation Film Festival in Hamilton, ON is now accepting submissions for its 2019 Festival Season! 


The Hexploitation Film Festival returns to the Staircase Theatre: February 21 - 23, 2019.

In addition to the festival itself, we will be celebrating a decade of screening horror films in Hamilton.

Enter your film at Film Freeway by clicking on the button below, before the Final Deadline of November 30, 2018.

May 29, 2018

CONTEST: Win Tickets to HEREDITARY

CONTEST! 

WIN tickets to see HEREDITARY - in theatres June 8th!


"Hereditary is the most traumatically terrifying horror movie in ages" - The AV Club
"A new generation's The Exorcist" - Time Out
100% FRESH ON ROTTEN TOMATOES 


When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.

HEREDITARY opens in theatres on June 8th. Two (2) lucky HXFF fan will win a pass for two to see any screening of the film at any Cineplex theatre for a showtime Monday to Thursday after its release on June 8, 2018.

HOW TO WIN:
Email info@hexfilmfest.com with HEREDITARY CONTEST 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, film screening, and contest updates and news

Contest closes at 11:59PM, Sunday, June 3, 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 Monday, June 4, 2018.

Passes courtesy of Elevation Pictures​ and TARO PR​

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!