Dec 15, 2019

THE REVIEWS ARE IN FOR TAMMY AND THE T-REX (HXFF Retro Grade)

At our November 16th Retro Grade screening of Tammy and the T-Rex, audience members were asked to fill out HXFF Retro Grade Report Cards to rank and review the film. We've collected the reviews and our fans have spoken.


Our fans give Tammy and the T-Rex an average grade of A (89%). Obviously, this restored cut of Stewart Raffill's tale of a murdered teenager's brain implanted into the body of a robot dinosaur and the girl who loved him hit the sweet spot with fans of cult cinema. 

Here are a few of our favorite audience comments:

WHAT FANS HAD TO SAY

  • "Epitome of WTF??? A bizarre 90s fever dream that needs to be seen to be believed!!" - Adam V.
  • "What Jurassic World should have been. Testicular Teenage T-Rex FUN!" - Ajay R.
  • "A decade defining tour-de-force" - Angelo B.
  • "Beautiful. Romantic. Sinfully Satisfying. Exciting. Realistic (could happen to any of us)" - Natasha C.

Thanks to everyone who came out. Also, congratulations to Jess A. on being randomly selected to win two 3-Day Festival Passes to Hexploitation Film Festival 2020.

Stay tuned: in a few weeks we'll be making some big announcements about the 2020 Hexploitation Film Festival. 

Oct 2, 2019

HEX FILM FEST 2020: JAY CLARKE TO LEAD SHORT FILM PROGRAMMING

The Hexploitation Film Festival is proud to announce that HXFF team member Jay Clarke will be assuming the new role of Lead of Short Film Programming for the Hexploitation Film Festival: Feb 20-22, 2020. 


Jay Clarke: Lead of Short Film Programming

Born in Oakville, Ontario and raised on a steady diet of eighties horror flicks, Jay has been a programmer for the Hexploitation Film Festival for over five years. He has written and directed several short films which have screened across North America. Jay also continues to program for the Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival, Toronto Smartphone Film Festival and Toronto's monthly genre short film showcase Little Terrors. He is the founder of The Horror Section, a VHS archive and horror media blog.


Regular submissions for Hexploitation Film Festival 2020 close October 26, 2019!


Sep 30, 2019

HXFF Retro Grade presents TAMMY AND THE T-REX (1994) * 25th Anniversary - Restored Gore Cut


TAMMY AND THE T-REX (1994)
*25th Anniversary - Restored Gore and Uncut*
|| RETRO GRADE ||


DIR. STEWART RAFFILL, 90 MIN. USA

SHOW TIMES: Saturday, November 16, 2019 @ 8:30pm (Main Theatre)



SHORT SUMMARY

An evil scientist implants the brain of a murdered high school student into a robotic Tyrannosaurus. He escapes, wreaks vengeance on his high school tormentors, and seeks to reunite with his sweetheart Tammy.


FULL DESCRIPTION

It’s the 25th Anniversary of 2019’s most unbelievable repertory film discovery. Directed by Stewart Raffill (MAC AND ME, THE ICE PIRATES), TAMMY AND THE T-REX is a love story as old as time.


This post-JURASSIC jam stars Denise Richards (STARSHIP TROOPERS, WILD THINGS) and the late Paul Walker (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS) in an unprecedented mishmash of rom-com tropes and R-rated horror thrills. When Paul's mauled by the local zoo’s toothier residents, his love affair with Denise doesn’t cease — even after his brain is transplanted into an ancient animatronic predator. Oh, and did we mention “Bernie” from WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S is the villain?


Originally filmed as a gorefest w/ impressive splatter by SFX guru John Carl Buechler, TAMMY’s only minimal release back in the day was cut to PG-13, funneled straight-to-video and inexplicably marketed as a “kids’ film.” Thanks to the intrepid efforts of top-notch archival pals Vinegar Syndrome, this gonzo gem is fully restored and ready to scorch your audience's ganglia into dust!


(American Genre Film Archive)

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Jun 10, 2019

HEXPLOITATION FILM FESTIVAL 2020 - CALL FOR ENTRIES!


CALL FOR FILM ENTRIES!

2020 DATES ANNOUNCED!

The Hexploitation Film Festival has announced its Call for Film Entries for our next festival season running February 20-22, 2020.
We are seeking Short & Feature length Horror, Cult, and/or Exploitation films that deliver thrills, chills, and kills & feature plenty of monsters, maniacs, and murder. 
We are now accepting submissions exclusively through FilmFreeway
  • Earlybird Deadline: August 31, 2019
  • Regular Deadline: October 26, 2019
  • Late Deadline: November 30, 2019 
Browse our past film lineups HERE

Mar 11, 2019

2019 AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNERS

2019 AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS WINNERS

The Hexploitation Film Festival is proud to announce the winners of our Audience Choice Awards for Best Short and Best Feature Film

~~ AUDIENCE CHOICE ~~
BEST SHORT FILM


SPLIT DECISION (2018, DIR. SCOTT RIOPELLE)

~~ AUDIENCE CHOICE ~~
BEST FEATURE FILM

CREATURE FROM CANNIBAL CREEK (2019, DIR. JOHN MIGLIORE)

For More --  Discover our other 2019 Festival Award Winners

Mar 4, 2019

HXFF 2019 AWARD WINNERS

2019 AWARD WINNERS

The Hexploitation Film Festival is proud to announce the following Feature Film & Short Film Award Winners for our 2019 season, as voted by the HXFF programmign team.


~~ SHORT FILM AWARDS ~~


MILK (2018, DIR. SANTIAGO MENGHINI)
** BEST HORROR SHORT **
** BEST CANADIAN SHORT **


BITTEN (2018, DIR. SARAH K REIMERS)
** BEST COMEDIC SHORT **



MAW (2018, DIR. JASPER VRANCKEN)
** MOST SHOCKING  SHORT **



THE WORLD OVER (2018, DIR. HEATH C. MICHAELS)
** BEST SCI-FI SHORT **






HAMMER DOWN (2018, DIR. DAN PASTO)
** BEST ANIMATED SHORT**

~~ FEATURE FILM AWARDS ~~


FRAMED (2018, DIR. MARC MARTÍNEZ JORDÁN)
** MOST SHOCKING FILM **
** BEST SPECIAL FX **
**ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP FX ** 
** BEST ACTOR (Alex Maruny) **
** BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (Júlia Molins) **
** BEST WRITING (Marc Martínez Jordán & Jaume Cuspinera) ** 


CRYSTAL EYES (2017, DIR. EZEQUIEL ENDELMAN & LEANDRO MONTEJANO)
** SCARIEST FILM **
** BEST VILLAIN **
** BEST DIRECTOR (Ezequiel Endelman & Leandro Montejano) **
** BEST ACTRESS (Erika Boveri) **
** BEST MUSICAL SCORE (Pablo Fuu)** 


FP2: BEATS OF RAGE (2018, DIR. JASON TROST)
** FUNNIEST FILM **
** BEST VISUAL FX**


THE ISLE (2018, DIR. MATTHEW BUTLER-HART)
** BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (Pete Wallington) **
** BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (Conleth Hill) **


WOLFMAN'S GOT NARDS (2018, DIR. ANDREW GOWER)
** BEST DOCUMENTARY **

CREATURE FROM CANNIBAL CREEK (2019, DIR. JOHN MIGLIORE)
** BEST MONSTER **

Congratulations to all this year's winners!

Audience Choice Award Winners to be Announced March 9th

Jan 15, 2019

HXFF 2019 Full Lineup, Schedule, & Tickets



HEXPLOITATION FILM FESTIVAL 2019
FULL LINEUP, SCHEDULE, & TICKETS NOW LIVE! 
The Staircase Theatre (27 Dundurn St. N, Hamilton, ON)
Admittance restricted to people 18 years of age or older (unless otherwise specified).


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FILM FESTIVAL & SCREENING SCHEDULE (Updated 2/1/18)

THURSDAY - FEB 21, 2019
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8:00pm: THE ISLE (UK) || Canadian Premiere ||
On a remote island off the west coast of Scotland in 1846, three survivors of a shipwreck row ashore. They soon discover that the shrouded isle is almost abandoned except for four sole residents....with no way off. When they begin to investigate the myth of a ghostly siren haunting the island, they are lead to uncover a truth that may cost them their lives.

Screens with short film THE BLUE DOOR.

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FRIDAY - FEB 22, 2019
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8:00pm: CREATURE FROM CANNIBAL CREEK (CANADA) || World Premiere ||
Nature spawns a creature driven by vengeance to destroy a group of cold-blooded cannibals who have been kidnapping people and keeping them imprisoned in the forest. The latest from Hamilton filmmaker John Migliore! FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE

Screens with short film SPLIT DECISION.




9:35pm: FP2: BEATS OF RAGE (USA) || Canadian Premiere ||
Despite hanging up his boots, JTRO, the legendary Beat-Beat Revelation warrior, must return to the deadly dance sport one last time. JTRO 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.

Screens with short film TIME HEALS NO WOUNDS.

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11:59pm: FRAMED (SPAIN) || Hamilton Premiere ||
At Alex’s farewell party with his friends, three psychopaths descend on the house with the intent to kidnap and torture them. Their goal: to broadcast the violence via a controversial, uncensored streaming platform and become viral sensations.

Screens with short film HAMMER DOWN.

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SATURDAY - FEB 23, 2019
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1:30pm: THRILLER & HORROR SHORTS
A block of shorts comprised of local and international thriller and horror shorts featuring:

BINGE
THE BLOODY BALLAD OF SQUIRT REYNOLDS
GRIDLOCK
MAW
MILK
ROAD TRASH
THE WHISTLER
THE WORLD OVER

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4:00pm: CRYSTAL EYES (ARGENTINA) || Canadian Premiere ||
Buenos Aires, 1985: It's the first anniversary of the tragic death of supermodel Alexis Carpenter, and a haute couture magazine is planning a shoot to commemorate her death. However, the night before the shoot is to take place, Alexis's original dresses are stolen and soon important members of the fashion magazine industry begin to disappear or turn up dead. Has Alexis returned from the grave for revenge?

Screens with short film DAWN OF MAN.

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7:30pm: JOHNNY GRUESOME (USA) || Canadian Premiere ||
Rebellious 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.

Screens with short film CHOWBOYS: AN AMERICAN FOLK TALE.

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9:30pm: WOLFMAN'S GOT NARDS (USA) || Canadian Premiere ||
This heartfelt documentary explores the power of cult film told through the lens of the 1987 classic The Monster Squad and the impact it has on fans, cast and crew, and the industry.

Screens with short film BITTEN.

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