Dec 10, 2018

HXFF 2019 First Wave Announcement

 

HXFF 2019 First Wave Announcement

2019 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Hexploitation Film Festival. What began in 2009 as a monthly horror film screening series called Fright Night Theatre eventually evolved into the annual film festival that the Hexploitation Film Festival is today. In recognition of a decade devoted to cinematic thrills, chills, and kills, our 2019 festival will be a fusion of our past and present in which we honor both our local roots and continue to seek out the best in new and exciting horror, cult, and exploitation films.


The Hexploitation Film Festival will celebrate 10 years of screenings with our next festival, running Thursday, February 21 to Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The festival’s full lineup of 7 features and approx. 15 shorts will be announced in early January, but in the meantime, we are exited to reveal our first wave of officially selected features and shorts to show you the gore we have in store.

FIRST WAVE - FEATURE FILMS


CRYSTAL EYES
Mirada de Cristal
|| CANADIAN PREMIERE ||
2017, DIR. EZEQUIEL ENDELMAN AND LEANDRO MONTEJANO, 82 MIN. ARG


Official Selection: 
FrightFest London 2018
Mordibo Film Festival 2018 

Buenos Aires, 1985.

It's the first anniversary of the tragic death of supermodel Alexis Carpenter, who went out in blaze of glory when she was accidentally set on fire while closing an upscale runway show. Lucia L'uccello, the Editor-in-Chief of the most important fashion magazine in Buenos Aires, chooses two rival supermodels as cover girls for the next issue in memory of Alexis's death. The night before the photo shoot is to take place, Alexis's original dresses that were going to be used for the shoot are stolen. From that moment, members of the important fashion magazine and agency begin to disappear, one by one, at the hands of a stealthy, sinister female silhouette in a long black leather raincoat. Is someone seeking revenge? Or has Alexis returned from the grave?


Slasher fans won't want to miss Crystal Eyes. Argentinan writers/directors Ezequiel Endelman and Leandro Montejano drink deep at the well of Dario Argento and Mario Bava to deliver a Spanish-language neo-Giallo dripping in neon style and the horrors of high-fashion.


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JOHNNY GRUESOME
|| CANADIAN PREMIERE ||
2018, DIR. GREGORY LAMBERSON, 90 MIN. USA


Gregory Lamberson (KILLER RACK, SLIME CITY MASSACRE) will be in attendance to brings his award-winning novel JOHNNY GRUESOME to the HXFF, starring Anthony De La Torre (Young Jack Sparrow in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN) and Michael De Lorenzo (NEW YORK UNDERCOVER).


While on a drunken joy-ride with his friends, rebellious high school rocker Johnny Grissom is murdered. After those involved cover up his death to make it look like an accident, Johnny's classmates start to turn up dead. Johnny's best friend Eric begins to suspect Johnny has returned from the grave to wreak havoc on those who wronged him.


We are thrilled to welcome back Gregory Lamberson to the HXFF for the Canadian debut of his  Tales From the Crypt styled slice of undead revenge. Lamberson is no stranger to the HXFF. In 2015 we hosted the Canadian Premiere of his cult comedy KILLER RACK and he was a special commentator at our 2017 screening of RAWHEAD REX. Expect a lively post-film Q&A about the making of the film, how they scored an original song by Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls, and the long road from novel to screen.


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CREATURE FROM CANNIBAL CREEK
|| WORLD PREMIERE ||
MADE IN HAMILTON
2018, DIR. JOHN MIGLIORE, 80 MIN. CAN


It Came From Hamilton! Locally made creature feature to receive World Premiere at HXFF


Nature spawns a creature driven by vengeance to destroy a group of cold-blooded cannibals in Creature from Cannibal Creek! From the director of Exorcism of the Dead and Poltergeist Encounters comes a film that recalls the dingy reels of low-budget exploitation and monster movies of the seventies. Creature from Cannibal Creek combines the cannibal horror like The Hills Have Eyes with the monster mayhem of Swampthing.


Creature from Cannibal Creek concerns itself with a family of deranged cannibals who make their meals out of unsuspecting people they capture in the woods, keep in cages, and then tenderize for supper. However, when one of their captives escapes only to die in the surrounding forest, nature takes a perverse turn to resurrect their victim as a shaggy beast made of forest and fury that gives the cannibals a taste of their own medicine.

John Migliore, the film's writer and director, is a familiar face at the HXFF. As a mainstay of the local horror scene, Migliore's films are imbued with a passion for low-budget horror, a dedication to do-it-yourself film-making, and a commitment to following your dreams, no matter how bizarre. With a score by Juno Award-winning musician Mike Trebilcock, CREATURE FROM CANNIBAL CREEK is a not-so-serious romp full of local Hamilton talent in front and behind the camera.


FIRST WAVE - SHORT FILMS

BINGE
||HAMILTON PREMIERE||
MADE IN HAMILTON
2018, DIR. DAVID J. FERNANDES, 13 MIN. CAN


Official Selection: 
Blood in the Snow Film Festival 2018

A mysterious envelope arrives at Jen's door, sending her on an increasingly dangerous hunt to discover its intent. Written, directed, and produced by Hamilton filmmaker David J. Fernandes, the eerie and tense Binge is an exercise in minimalism that delivers lush images, compelling music, and rich sound design.

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BITTEN
||CANADIAN PREMIERE||
2018, DIR. SARAH K REIMERS, 11 MIN. USA


A mysterious & violent encounter in the dark of night visits a peculiar curse upon a neighborhood dog. The curse sends him on a wild night of adventure, strange new encounters, and many ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. BITTEN has been an official selection over 10 international film festivals, and director Sarah K. Reimers' career includes editorial credits on hit Pixar films such as Brave, Findy Dory, and Coco.

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THE BLOODY BALLAD OF SQUIRT REYNOLDS
||HAMILTON PREMIERE||
2018, DIR. ANTHONY COUSINS, 7 MIN. USA


The kids at Camp Nawgonamakit are about to find out the tragic tale of Squirt Reynolds is more than just a legend in this outrageous new horror comedy by writer/director Anthony Cousins. Cousins returns to the HXFF after winning our 2017 award for MOST SHOCKING SHORT with WHEN SUSURRUS STIRS.

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TIME HEALS NO WOUNDS
||HAMILTON PREMIERE||
2018, DIR. JORDAN BARNES-CROUSE, 11 MIN. CAN


Toiling away in a makeshift lab, Dr. Barry Slater has finally made a breakthrough: THE CHRONOSPHERIC RE-OSCILLATOR, a device able to transmit artifacts across time. But when he materializes a recording from his future self, he decides to become his next test subject, despite the cautioning of his young wife Georgina. When the experiment goes awry, Georgina suddenly finds herself transported to another time, and the man resembling her husband may no longer be who, or what, he seems. Fantastic practical effects highlight this tale of time travel and terror from west coast filmmaker Jordan Barnes-Crouse.

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​