Sep 21, 2021

HXFF Presents HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES (2003) & COSTUME CONTEST @ The Staircase

  

The Hexploitation Film Festival is excited to usher in the Halloween season with a screening of Rob Zombie's trashterpiece HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES at The Staircase Theatre! 




HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES (2003)
|| RETRO GRADE ||

DIR. ROB ZOMBIE, 89 MIN. USA

SHOW TIMES: Saturday, October 23 @ 10:00pm (Main Theatre)
Theatre Doors Open, Vaccination Validation, and Theatre Pre-Show begins @ 9:30pm

*Due to capacity limits, only 33 tickets will be sold*

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FILM SYNOPSIS

In Rob Zombie's infamous breakout feature, four young people investigating the legend of Dr. Satan are captured and tortured by the colorfully psychotic Firefly family. Recognized as a cult classic and horror genre game-changer, House of 1000 Corpses is a Hellbilly Halloween murder-ride inspired by 70's horror and exploitation thrills, chills, and kills.




COSUME CONTEST!

* Come dressed as your favorite HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES or other Rob Zombie film character (i.e. The Devil's Rejects, Rob Zombie's HalloweenLords of Salem31, 3 From Hell) for a chance to win prizes! Winners will be chosen based on creativity, originality, style, and theme!



HXFF MERCH BLOWOUT!
* All HXFF shirts and posters will be on deep discount for one night only.
  • Classic Red & White tees - only $5.00 (cash only)
  • Toxic Green tees - only $10.00 (cash only)
  • Limited Edition festival posters - only $5.00 (cash only)


IMPORTANT COVID-19 Safety Update:

Beginning Sept. 22, 2021, ALL cinemas in Ontario will require patrons to provide proof of full vaccination.

At the Hexploitation Film Festival box office, please have ready the following:
  • Physical proof of vaccination or a clear photo of the proof of vaccination
  • Photo ID along with proof of full vaccination
* Attendees who do not present proof of full vaccination will not be allowed into the theatre and there will be no refunds.

Jul 23, 2021

STAIRCASE x HXFF present SUMMERWEEN! Aug 1st - 2nd, 2021

Celebrate Summerween at The Staircase!
August 01 - August 02, 2021


Hexploitation returns to the Staircase for the first time since the pandemic!

The People Under the Staircase and the Hexploitation Film Festival are collaborating this August long weekend to present two nights of Halloween-themed events with a socially-distant Summer twist at  27 Dundurn St. North in Hamilton, ON.

In addition to nightly costume contests, watermelon jack o' lantern carving, a live performance by The Monsters of Schlock, and some special "spooky season" additions to The People Under the Staircase's full-service menu of vegan pub fare and drinks, Hexploitation will be bringing the thrills, chills, and kills with three special Summerween horror events:

Sunday, August 1, 2021


7:00pm - 8:00pm: Summer Survival Horror Movie Trivia
Admission: Free Registration in Advance (limited seating available)
SOLD OUT

Summer Survival Horror Movie Trivia is an informal, fun, and interactive competition where teams (2 to 5 people) compete to see who has the greatest knowledge of summer-themed horror movies. The team with the most points will take home a prize! During and in between rounds, take full advantage of The Staircase's full-service restaurant specializing in vegan pub food, drinks, and cocktails.

Register your team for free in advance, by claiming a free ticket, but spots will be limited to maintain social distancing between tables.


9:00pm: Hexploitation Presents CRUEL JAWS (B-Movie Bingo Edition)
SOLD OUT

Only 33 tickets will be sold!
*Theatre fully sanitized after each screening*

Hamilton's longest-running horror, cult, and exploitation genre film festival returns to the Staircase Theatre with an interactive screening of the wild, hilarious, and notorious 1995 killer shark movie CRUEL JAWS (or, as it was known in some countries: JAWS 5). Experience the ultimate example of killer sharksploitation in a film best described as THE ROOM meets DEEP BLUE SEA. Borrowing characters, plot, and footage from other killer shark films, CRUEL JAWS is a film so-bad-it's-good that it might be genius.

Every attendee will receive a limited edition B-MOVIE BINGO card. Instead of numbers, cards will include events or lines of dialogue from the film. Cross them off as they occur on screen and form a complete line. If you can complete a full line on your card, you will win a prize! 1/11 attendees are guaranteed a winning card.

Monday, August 2, 2021



4:00pm: Hexploitation Presents THE MUTILATOR (B-Movie Bingo Edition)

SOLD OUT

Only 33 tickets will be sold!
*Theatre fully sanitized after each screening*

Hamilton's longest-running horror, cult, and exploitation genre film festival returns to the Staircase Theatre with an interactive screening of beachfront 80s vacation slasher THE MUTILATOR (aka. FALL BREAK).

A group of college coeds travel to an island property on vacation find themselves stalked, hacked, and slashed in a beach-side bloodbath. Oozing with brutal gore from FX wizard Mark Shostrom (VIDEODROME, EVIL DEAD II), beach-goth vibes, and haunted synths, THE MUTILATOR is an undiscovered treasure from the golden age slasher boom. It should also be noted that the movie contains a killer dad-rock theme song called “Fall Break" you'll be singing all August!

Every attendee will receive a limited edition B-MOVIE BINGO card. Instead of numbers, cards will include events / lines of dialogue from the film. Cross them off as they occur on screen and form a complete line. If you can complete a full line on your card, you will win a prize! 1/11 attendees are guaranteed a winning card.

May 21, 2021

Hexploitation Cancels 2021 Film Festival

A special update from Hexploitation Film Festival Director / Lead Programmer Aaron Allen

Hello fellow fright fans, horror hounds, and cult film connoisseurs. 

I hope that you and your loved ones have been able to weather this COVID-19 storm so far, but if you or your families have suffered hardship this past year and half, you have my sympathies. This is not the 2020 or 2021 any of us were hoping for. With so much strife and sadness going on in the world, I have had occasion to hear explicitly from many of you how much you miss the Hexploitation Film Festival (HXFF) and wish for a return to normalcy. With that in mind, it is with immeasurable regret that I must announce that there will be no HXFF for 2021 either online or in person.

Since our last HXFF in February 2020, we have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and rolling with the punches that fate has delivered. Whether it was the unexpected closure of our long-time venue or the entirely foreseeable crushing third wave of COVID variants that were encouraged to sweep through Ontario (thanks for nothing, Dougie!), we have been trying to work out a plan to return our festival and screening events to a venue or screen near you. With the news that the People Under the Staircase were going to resurrect our long-time venue, and in seeing that the ramp up in vaccine rollout was on the horizon in Ontario, we had hope that we could return for Fall 2021. We were fully prepared to bring the festival back in 2021 as an online event and were positioned to open submissions this Spring/Summer. Unfortunately, events in my life that are beyond my control have led me to the hard decision to cancel HXFF for 2021.

Like many of you, horror films are my passion but not my profession. I work a regular day job, Monday to Friday, that's about as far away from cinematic thrills, chills, and kills that you can get. Although I have been the lead festival programmer and director of HXFF since 2012, “Festival Director and Lead Programmer” is not my fulltime job. Everything I do to organize and pull off the film festival each year with the help of a great team of programmers is done on my own free time. Like myself, the entire dedicated HXFF team is made up of programmers and volunteers who make ends meet in fields outside the world of film distribution and entertainment. While it is true that those with passion find a way to make time for what they love, it’s equally true that there's not always enough time to give that which you love the attention it deserves. 

This is the position I find myself in as we approach the Summer. Certain developments in my field have resulted in my day job becoming unexpectedly and increasingly demanding. It is leaving me very little time or energy to devote to the intensive preparations that the HXFF requires, and I do not foresee it letting up until next year. I faced a choice of burning the candle at both ends, but no matter which way I looked at it, the HXFF was bound to eventually suffer in either quality or presentation. I love the HXFF, I love our fans, and I love the films we screen too much to do a half-assed job. After speaking with my fellow programmers, I have decided that the best course of action is to cancel HXFF for 2021 in its entirety.

That is not to say that you won’t see some activity from us this Summer or early Fall. Ontario just announced a new three-phase opening plan that leaves the possibility of some outdoor screenings or events. If something of a smaller scale presents itself, we may resurface. But as for our three-day competitive film festival...well, that event is a slippery, slobbering beast to wrangle at the best of times. You cannot handle a monster like that without giving it your full attention. Therefore, for 2021 we will do the next best thing. We will shackle the beast of HXFF and force it into hibernation. But if the types of movies we love to screen have taught us anything, such beasts never slumber for long. Hexploitation will return. And it will return very, very hungry.

We hope you will be there with us to feed it.

Feed it with your screams.

All the bloody best,

- Aaron Allen
Festival Director / Lead Programmer
Hexploitation Film Festival
 

 

 

 

Apr 9, 2021

CONTEST: Win Black Fawn Distro's HALL (iTunes Download)

 CONTEST!

Win an iTunes Canada download code for HALL, the new apocalyptically viral horror film release from Black Fawn Distribution



HOW TO WIN:

Email info@hexfilmfest.com with HALL 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

3.) Your Canadian postal code

Contest closes at 11:59PM (EDT), Sunday, April 11, 2021


Contest open to residents of Canada only, the age of 18 or over. ONE ENTRY PER POSTAL CODE. MULTIPLE ENTRIES WILL BE DELETED.

One winner will be chosen at random and will receive a download code from iTunes Canada for HALL (https://itunes.apple.com/ca/movie/hall/id1556490624)


SYNOPSIS

When a hotel hallway is ravaged by a mysterious virus, pregnant tourist Naomi is tragically thrust into the fight of her life. Forced to crawl her way past other helpless victims, Naomi crosses paths with Val - a young mother separated from her daughter. While keeping out of sight, Naomi and Val must navigate their way down the stretch of isolated carnage, before they become infected themselves.

Directed by Francesco Giannini
Starring Carolina Bartczak,Yumiko Shaku, Julian Richings
 
REVIEWS

"Giannini has crafted a riveting, at times teasingly-abstract apocalyptic nightmare primed by domenstic violence horrors and psychological trauma”
– Martyn Conterio, CineVue

“Will have you gnawing your fingernails right down”
– Kat Hughes, The Hollywood News

"Like Steven Soderbergh's 'Contagion' blended with Terry Gilliam's '12 Monkeys,' Hall bears witness to an infernal outbreak from an elevated Ground Zero."
– Anton Bitel, Through The Trees

“Clearly, director Francesco Giannini, despite this being his first foray into the genre, has made the most of his extensive experience in film and created something definitely worthwhile for fans of slow-burn, subdued horror."
– Keri O'Shea, Warped Perspective

“The film's undertones and story come together to create an uncomfortable situation for all involved, including the viewer.”
– Emilie Black, Cinema Crazed

“As well as Giannini, I must credit the pulsing soundtrack by Michael Vignola, and claustrophobic cinematography by Graham Guertin Santerre."
– Alix Turner, Ready Steady Cut

“Timely horror/thriller is beautifully horrifying."
– Ashleigh Gozy, Load And Clear Reviews

Mar 8, 2021

HXFF 2021 Online Film Festival Planning Survey

 A Hexploitation Film Festival Update from Director and Lead Programmer Aaron Allen


Hello film fiends,

It has been over a year since we held the 2020 edition of the Hexploitation Film Festival at The Staircase Theatre followed by our rocking afterparty at This Ain't Hollywood in Hamilton, ON. Since then, it has been a year of turmoil and uncertainty for all of us. We postponed our plans for a February 2021 festival, and festival operations went into a holding pattern. The Staircase closed. This Ain't Hollywood closed. The Staircase re-opened! It's been a real roller coaster of a year. And looking ahead, it's still quite uncertain when it will be safe for theatres to re-open at a large capacity again.

With this continued uncertainty in mind, and from the feedback we've received from longtime fans and supporters who truly missed having an HXFF to attend in February, we are now looking at launching the 2021 edition of HXFF as an online film festival in the Fall.

To this end, we are currently collecting feedback from fans and filmmakers about what they would like to see in an online version of the HXFF. I would like to invite you to leave your feedback by completing the survey below or click here to complete the survey on a new page. The survey is anonymous, contains only five questions, and should take no more than five minutes of your time to complete. Your feedback will help shape our plans for Hexploitation in 2021. 

The HXFF is an independent festival run by horror, exploitation, and genre film fans. Our passion is introducing fans to the best in indie thrills, chills, and kills. If it's not safe for you to come to us, we may have to come for you.

All the bloody best,

- Aaron Allen


Jul 22, 2020

Hexploitation Film Festival 2021 Indefinitely Postponed



Dear HXFF Fans, Filmmakers, and Supporters,

Due to COVID-19 and related circumstances that are beyond our control, and with the health and safety of all our supporters as top priority, the Hexploitation Film Festival has made the decision to postpone its February 2021 festival indefinitely.

Rest assured; we are working hard to make arrangements to return Hexploitation's unique brand of thrills, chills, and cinematic kills to the big screen at a later date in 2021 and in an alternative format. More news will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

Click "Read More" to scroll down for our full statement and rationale behind this regrettable postponement.


Apr 27, 2020

CONTEST: Win RABID on DVD (Signed by Laura Vandervoort)!

CONTEST!

WIN RABID ON DVD! SIGNED BY STAR LAURA VANDERVOORT!



HOW TO WIN:
Email info@hexfilmfest.com with RABID 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

3.) Your full mailing address in Canada.

Contest closes at 11:59AM, Tuesday, April 28, 2020.


Contest open to residents of  Canada only, the age of 18 or over. ONE ENTRY PER EMAIL. MULTIPLE ENTRIES WILL BE DELETED.

Winners will be chosen at random and contacted on Tuesday, April 28



RABID
AVAILABLE ON EST, VOD, AND DVD
APRIL 28

Remake of the Classic David Cronenberg 1977 Horror Feature Film

Starring Laura Vandervoort and Ben Hollingsworth

Written and Directed by The Soska Sisters

For immediate release

Toronto, Canada – April 20, 2020 – Following the Canada-wide theatrical release, Rabid will now be available on Apple TV, Sony, Rogers, Bell, Shaw and DVD across Canada on April 28th. Written and Directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska (Dead Hooker in A Trunk, American Mary) and John Serge, Rabid stars Laura Vandervoort (Jigsaw, V WARS, BITTEN) as “Rose” a demure seamstress who goes through a radical transformation after electing for plastic surgery following a disfiguring accident. Rabid is a remake of the classic 

David Cronenberg 1977 horror feature film which was executive produced by Ivan Reitman. Rabid also stars Ben Hollingsworth (CODE BLACK) as “Brad” a fashion photographer, WWE superstars CM Punk as “Billy” and his wife New York Times best-selling author AJ Mendez as “Kira.”

Drawing influence from the original movie, the remake is set in the seductive and glamourous world of high fashion and will follow Rose (Laura Vandervoort), a young woman whose disfigurement after an accident leads to a radical and untested stem-cell treatment. While turning Rose into the belle of the ball, the experimental transformation comes at a price.


“It’s a tremendous honour re-imagining David’s 1977 body horror classic, Rabid. Our Rabid is a continuation of the thoughts and conversation David started, but modernized through a female perspective. The film not only honours his original Rabid, but also Cronenberg’s entire body of work,” said Writer-Directors Jen and Sylvia Soska.

The Rabid DVD (Blu-ray and Standard) contains the following special features, Audio Commentary with Directors and Writers Jen and Sylvia Soska and an interview with star Laura Vandervoort. It is released by Shout! Factory on behalf of A71.



Rabid is produced by Back 40 Pictures in conjunction with Telefilm Canada, Ontario Media Development Corporation and London based, Media Finance Capital. Michael Walker, Paul Lalonde and John Vidette are the producers.

About A71 Entertainment:

A71 Entertainment is the leading independent distributor on the Canadian Feature Film landscape that focuses on acquiring award-winning and festival selected feature films. A71 applies a high level of strategic thinking to all acquisitions from the earliest possible stages of a film’s development. The company sets itself apart by virtue of a commitment to marketing titles on all levels - from industry to audience - with a specific commitment to reaching and building a broader audience. Previous releases include, LOVE JACKED, AUDIENCE OF CHAIRS, HONEY BEE, HARPOON (Certified Fresh) and SHE NEVER DIED. Future releases include the award-winning THE CUBAN, starring Oscar and Emmy award winner Louis Gossett Jr.

Apr 22, 2020

National Canadian Film Day - Thrills, Chills, and Kills HXFF Style!


April 22 is National Canadian Film Day! As a proud Canadian genre film festival based in Hamilton, ON -- and with the continued importance of staying home and social distancing during this COVID-19 pandemic -- the HXFF is proud to present a list of Canadian-made feature films you can stream from the comfort from your own home -- all of which were official selections of our festival in past years. 

So crack a cold one and take off with thrills, chills, and kills from the Great White North....Hexploitation style!




THE HERETICS
2018, DIR. CHAD ARCHIBALD. 88 MIN. CAN

A notorious cult kidnaps a young girl and sacrifices themselves by the light of the locust moon. The next morning the girl awakes, covered in blood and surround by corpses… but safe – or so she thinks. Years later, the locust moon is set 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 dawn breaks, it will rise. Director Chad Archibald and screenwriter Jayme Laforest (BITE) weave a tale of satanic abduction, crazy cults, cabins in the woods, and demonic possession anchored by top notch performances by Ry Barrett (THE DROWNSMAN) and Nina Kiri (THE HANDMAID'S TALE).



BLOOD HUNTERS
2016, DIR. TRICIA LEE. 90 MIN. CAN

A character-driven horror film about a single mother who wakes up in a medical facility to find that everyone is dead and she's nine months pregnant. And to make matters worse, strange blood-hungry creatures are lurking in the darkness. Starring Julian Richings (Man of Steel, The VVITCH, Cube), Lara Gilchrist (Battlestar Galactica), Mark Taylor (Flashpoint), and Torri Higginson (Stargate: Atlantis).



NOVA SEED
2016, DIR. NICK DILIBERTO. 64 MIN. CAN

Beneath the decay of a dying world lives the Mad Doctor Mindskull. Using the planet's power of creation he has created the ultimate Weapon. Can mankind find a way to stop this Evil before time runs out?



SHE WHO MUST BURN 
2015, DIR. LARRY KENT. 90 MIN. CAN

When Angela (Sarah Smyth) refuses to leave her planned-parenthood clinic after it is shut down by the state, a family of fanatical evangelists vow to make her pay.

https://www.justwatch.com/ca/movie/she-who-must-burn


WOLFCOP
2014, DIR. LOWELL DEAN. 79 MIN. CAN

As a series of strange and violent events begin to occur, an alcoholic policeman realizes that he has been turned into a werewolf as part of a larger plan.


LATE NIGHT DOUBLE FEATURE
2015, DIR. VARIOUS. 89 MIN. CAN

During a late night taping of Dr. Nasty's Cavalcade of Horror, bloody chaos takes place while screening two features (Dinner for Monsters and Slit). Samantha/Nurse Nasty is frustrated with how the show is being run by its womanizing director and its drunk and crazy host, Dr. Nasty.

THE EDITOR
2014, DIR. ADAM BROOKS & MATTHEW KENNEDY. 95 MIN. CAN

Rey Ciso was once the greatest editor the world had ever seen. Since a horrific accident left him with four wooden fingers on his right hand, he's had to resort to cutting pulp films and trash pictures. When the lead actors from the film he's been editing turn up murdered at the studio, Rey is fingered as the number one suspect. The bodies continue to pile up in this absurdist giallo-thriller as Rey struggles to prove his innocence and learn the sinister truth lurking behind the scenes.

https://www.justwatch.com/ca/movie/the-editor


BLOODY KNUCKLES
2014, DIR.  MATT O'MAHONEY. 85 MIN. CAN

Travis is an underground comic book artist with a penchant for the obscene. When one of his comics insults a Chinatown crime boss, the gangster punishes Travis by removing his drawing hand. A daunted Travis retreats into a life of alcoholic misery. That is, until his hand returns from the grave...


SILENT RETREAT
2013, DIR. TRICIA LEE. 95 MIN. CAN

Janey is sent to a silent meditation retreat, in the woods, for rehabilitation, only to realize that the men who run it are brainwashing women, and if she breaks the rules, she'll discover what lurks beyond the trees.

Mar 20, 2020

STAY HOME - STREAM, RENT, OR BUY DIGITAL HXFF SELECTIONS

A message from Hexploitation Film Festival director Aaron Allen


Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are living in unprecedented times. The seriousness of the COVID-19 virus cannot be overstated: even if you do not believe it is a health risk to yourself, the contagion is certainly a health risk to others in your communities and is already wreaking havoc on global health care systems and economies. The world is not ending -- I repeat, the world is not ending -- but the situation is very serious and we all must do our part to stop the spread of this disease. How can you, as an individual, help? Two words.

STAY HOME. 

Unless absolutely necessary, stay home. Practice social distancing. Do not attend public gatherings or entertainment events. Do not visit with friends. Act like you already have the virus and you need to prevent spreading it to those at risk in your community. Do your part. Support front line healthcare workers and those whose jobs require them to remain in public. Stay home and save lives. 

Social distancing is, however, a thankless task. In gratitude, and to help you combat the boredom of  self-isolation, I have compiled an easy-to-reference list of every feature-length Hexploitaton Film Festival official selection that are available in Canada to stream, rent, or buy online. This index starts with our most recent 2020 festival and goes back all the way back to 2013  Catch up on films you missed this year or catch up on some fan favorites. And don't forget: wherever possible, support indie and local filmmakers and businesses. Support each other. This too shall pass.

All the bloody best,

- Aaron Allen

HXFF OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
ONLINE STREAMING RESOURCES

Official Selections: 2020

TO YOUR LAST DEATH 
2019, DIR. JASON AXINN. 92 MIN. USA
In this groundbreaking 2D animated feature film, Miriam -- the sole survivor in a deadly revenge game set up by her wealthy industrialist father to punish his children -- receives an offer from a supernatural entity to go back in time and try again. Now, Miriam must survive both her father’s bloodlust and the extra-dimensional Gamemaster’s ever-changing rules to save her siblings as she relives the worst night of her life.


SLAUGHTERHOUSE SLUMBER PARTY
2019, DIR. DUSTIN MILLS. 84 MIN. USA
What started as the debauched annual slumber party for a tight knit group of gal pals becomes a fight for their lives when supernatural evil threatens to destroy the world--and even worse, ruin the one night of the year the ladies get to have a nude pillow fight. Trapped by magic, surrounded by evil, and very underdressed, will they survive the night? Or will this slumber party become a slaughterhouse? SLAUGHTERHOUSE SLUMBER PARTY is the unholy hybrid of HARD TO DIE, EVIL DEAD II, and PARKS & REC the world never knew it needed.


Official Selections: 2019

FP2: BEATS OF RAGE  
2018, DIR. JASON TROST. 89 MIN. USA
Despite hanging up his boots after saving his home of the FP, JTRO, the legendary Beat-Beat Revelation warrior, must return to the deadly dance sport one last time. JTRO and KCDC - his mystical hype man - will quest deep into The Wastes, a land decimated by the Beat Wars, to compete in the ancient Beat-Beat tournament, "Beats of Rage," and face AK-47 the sole stealer, JTRO's most powerful and personal foe yet.




JOHNNY GRUESOME
2018, DIR. GREGORY LAMBERSON. 90 MIN. USARebellious high school senior Johnny Grissom is murdered while on a drunken joyride. Soon, Johnny's classmates turn up dead, murdered by an unknown assailant. Johnny's best friend Eric begins to suspect Johnny has returned from the grave to wreak havoc on those who wronged him.


Official Selections: 2018


RUIN ME
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.





THE VELOCIPASTOR
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.


Official Selections: 2017



THE LURE
2015, DIR. AGNIESZKA SMOCZYNSKA. 92 MIN. POL

In an alternate version of 1980s Poland, a pair of mermaid sisters come ashore and join an adult night club as strippers and singers. While one seeks love with humans the other hungers to dine on the human population of the city. A monster mermaid musical!




RED CHRISTMAS
2016, DIR. CRAIG ANDERSON. 82 MIN. AUS

A cloaked stranger interrupts the Christmas Day festivities of a strong willed matriarch (Dee Wallace) who is celebrating with her dysfunctional family. When the stranger goes on the offensive, the family is subjected to an un-silent night of holy terror in which the cinematic carnage that makes victims of naughty and nice alike.




WHO'S WATCHING OLIVER?
2017, DIR. RICHIE MOORE. 87 MIN. USA

WHO'S WATCHING OLIVER tells the story of a mentally unstable loner lost in a life of depraved violence forced upon him by his psychopathic mother. His only savior and possible way out of a life of sleazy violence comes in the form of the beautiful Sophia. Or will she end up like all the beautiful women in his life: cut up into little pieces?




BLOOD HUNTERS
2016, DIR. TRICIA LEE. 90 MIN. CAN

A character-driven horror film about a single mother who wakes up in a medical facility to find that everyone is dead and she's nine months pregnant. And to make matters worse, strange blood-hungry creatures are lurking in the darkness. Starring Julian Richings (Man of Steel, The VVITCH, Cube), Lara Gilchrist (Battlestar Galactica), Mark Taylor (Flashpoint), and Torri Higginson (Stargate: Atlantis).




POOL PARTY MASSACRE
2017, DIR. DREW MARVICK. 81 MIN. USA

What starts out as a relaxing summer day by the pool for a group of high-maintenance socialites quickly turns into a gory nightmare as the unknown killer begins to stalk and murder the young girls in increasingly bloody ways. Definitely a pool-side treat for fans of bodacious, blood-soaked bikini body counts. 

https://www.justwatch.com/ca/movie/pool-party-massacre



LONG LIVE THE KING
2016, DIR.  FRANK DIETZ & TRISH GEIGER. 66 MIN. USA

Feature documentary about the enduring legacy of the character King Kong, and how the 1933 film has inspired countless artists, writers and filmmakers. Featuring interviews with Joe Dante (Gremlins), Doug Jones (Hellboy), Dana Gould (The Simpsons), Bob Burns (monster movie historian and collector), Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) and more.


Official Selections: 2016



BRACKENMORE
2016, DIR. CHRIS KEMBLE & J.P. DAVIDSON. 72 MIN. UK

After the untimely death of an uncle she never knew she had, a young woman must return to her ancestral home on a tiny rural village in Ireland where she soon discovers that the suspicious townsfolk and secluded estate of her dead family is harboring a dark and ancient secret.




ATTACK OF THE LEDERHOSEN ZOMBIES
2016, DIR. DOMINIK HARTL. 78 MIN. AUT

Zombie action in the Alps: a group of young snowboarder is stuck in a remote mountain ski resort, where an all-night aprés-ski party soon turns into a hellish nightmare of zombie mayhem.





THE DARK TAPES
2016, DIR. MICHAEL MCQUOWN. 98 MIN. USA

A genre-defying mixture of horror, sci-fi, myth, mystery and thrills told as four interlocking tales in one intelligent anthology. Ghosts, spirits, creatures, demons and more from the paranormal world collide with rational curiosity.

https://www.justwatch.com/ca/movie/the-dark-tapes




NOVA SEED
2016, DIR. NICK DILIBERTO. 64 MIN. CAN

Beneath the decay of a dying world lives the Mad Doctor Mindskull. Using the planet's power of creation he has created the ultimate Weapon. Can mankind find a way to stop this Evil before time runs out?





NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE
2016, DIR. JONATHAN STRAITON. 94 MIN. USA

Five teenage friends set out for the beach on their Spring Break vacation. Good times are cut short when one of the group contracts a deadly sexual transmitted disease during a gas station bathroom. But this is no ordinary STD! When they stop for the night at an isolated motel, the STD virus starts running rampant, turning those infected into sex-crazed and oozing living dead mutants.

https://www.justwatch.com/ca/movie/night-of-something-strange




BONEJANGLES
2016, DIR. BRETT DEJAGER. 78 MIN. USA

A rag-tag group of cops tasked with transporting an unstoppable killing machine must survive a hellish pit stop: a cursed town where the dead rise from their graves!





THE BARN
2016, DIR. JUSTIN SEAMAN. 88 MIN. USA

Its Halloween 1989, best friends Sam and Josh are trying to enjoy what's left of their final Devil's Night before graduating high school. But trouble arises when the two pals and a group of friends take a detour on their way to a rock concert, finding an old abandoned barn and awakening the evil inside. Now it's up to Sam and Josh to find a way to protect their friends and defeat the creatures that lurk within "The Barn".





BUNNY THE KILLER THING
2015, DIR. JOONAS MAKKONEN. 88 MIN. FIN

A group of Finnish and British people get stuck at a cabin when they are attacked by a creature that is a half human, half rabbit

https://www.justwatch.com/ca/movie/bunny-the-killer-thing




KILLBILLIES (aka. IDYLL)
2015, DIR. TOMAZ GORKIC. 83 MIN. SVN

After a night of carousing, the amateur photo model Zina heads for a fashion shoot in the nature, accompanied by the ambitious Mia, apathetic Dragica and snobby photographer Blitcz. On the idyllic location, a supposedly ordinary fashion shoot soon turns into a fierce fight for survival.





SHE WHO MUST BURN 
2015, DIR. LARRY KENT. 90 MIN. CAN

When Angela (Sarah Smyth) refuses to leave her planned-parenthood clinic after it is shut down by the state, a family of fanatical evangelists vow to make her pay.

https://www.justwatch.com/ca/movie/she-who-must-burn

Official Selections: 2015

THE BABADOOK
2014, DIR. JENNIFER KENT. 94 MIN. AUS

A single mother and her child fall into a deep well of paranoia when an eerie children's book titled "Mister Babadook" manifests in their home.

https://www.justwatch.com/ca/movie/the-babadook


LATE PHASES
2014, DIR. ADRIÁN GARCÍA BOGLIANO. 95 MIN. USA

When deadly beasts attack from the forest, it is up to a grizzled veteran to uncover what the residents of a secluded retirement community are hiding.



WOLFCOP
2014, DIR. LOWELL DEAN. 79 MIN. CAN

As a series of strange and violent events begin to occur, an alcoholic policeman realizes that he has been turned into a werewolf as part of a larger plan.


LATE NIGHT DOUBLE FEATURE
2015, DIR. VARIOUS. 89 MIN. CAN

During a late night taping of Dr. Nasty's Cavalcade of Horror, bloody chaos takes place while screening two features (Dinner for Monsters and Slit). Samantha/Nurse Nasty is frustrated with how the show is being run by its womanizing director and its drunk and crazy host, Dr. Nasty.

https://www.justwatch.com/ca/movie/late-night-double-feature


THE EDITOR
2014, DIR. ADAM BROOKS & MATTHEW KENNEDY. 95 MIN. CAN

Rey Ciso was once the greatest editor the world had ever seen. Since a horrific accident left him with four wooden fingers on his right hand, he's had to resort to cutting pulp films and trash pictures. When the lead actors from the film he's been editing turn up murdered at the studio, Rey is fingered as the number one suspect. The bodies continue to pile up in this absurdist giallo-thriller as Rey struggles to prove his innocence and learn the sinister truth lurking behind the scenes.



BLOODY KNUCKLES
2014, DIR.  MATT O'MAHONEY. 85 MIN. CAN

Travis is an underground comic book artist with a penchant for the obscene. When one of his comics insults a Chinatown crime boss, the gangster punishes Travis by removing his drawing hand. A daunted Travis retreats into a life of alcoholic misery. That is, until his hand returns from the grave...

Official Selections: 2014

RETURN TO NUKE'EM HIGH (Volume 1)
2013, DIR. LLOYD KAUFMAN. 85 MIN. USA

When the other students begin to undergo mutations, a lesbian couple must solve the mystery and save Tromaville High School.


ON AIR (aka. RADIO SILENCE)
2012, DIR. MARCO J. RIEDL & CARSTEN VAUTH. 95 MIN. GER

The serial killer "Nachtschlitzer" keeps the city holding its breath. With the police always one step behind the murderer, only the radio DJ Doc Rock can lure him out of his hiding place




SILENT RETREAT
2013, DIR. TRICIA LEE. 95 MIN. CAN

Janey is sent to a silent meditation retreat, in the woods, for rehabilitation, only to realize that the men who run it are brainwashing women, and if she breaks the rules, she'll discover what lurks beyond the trees.






BAG BOY LOVER BOY 
2014, DIR. ANDRES TORRES. 77 MIN. USA

Oddball hotdog vendor and love-lorn loser Albert is shocked to find himself thrust into the world of perverse fetish art photography when an an enigmatic NYC photographer named Ivan plucks him from obscurity to be his bizarre new muse and model. However, when Ivan accidentally leaves Albert with the keys to his studio, Albert decides that his best way to woo women is to become a freelance photographer. Soon, Albert is luring call girls and drunken women away from parties with the promise of modelling gigs that in his inept hands soon turn deadly and increasingly depraved.

https://www.justwatch.com/ca/movie/bag-boy-lover-boy

Official Selections: 2013

JOHN DIES AT THE END
2012, DIR. DON COSCARELLI. 99 MIN. USA

A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return no longer human. Can two college drop-outs save humanity from this silent, otherworldly invasion?




CALIBRE 9
2011, DIR. JEAN-CHRISTIAN TASSY. 90 MIN. FRA

In a town riddled with corruption, Yann, a naïve urban planner, acquires a 9mm handgun possessed by the soul of Sarah, a recently murdered prostitute. Working together the two eliminate the city's criminals one by one, seeking to restore order by hunting down the man at the head of the corruption... the mayor himself.





ADJUST YOUR TRACKING
2013, DIR. DAN M. KINEM, LEVI PERETIC. 84 MIN. USA

ADJUST YOUR TRACKING: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE VHS COLLECTOR is a documentary that sheds light on the underground VHS culture and the people who still collect and cherish what many call a "dead format." Working with Horror Boobs and Lunchmeat Magazine, directors Kinem and Peretic bring together and capture an entire community who share a love of the VHS format in a stylish and quirky documentary sure to speak to nostalgia nuts and horror freaks alike.