Jan 16, 2020

HXFF 2020: SHORT FILM LINEUP REVEALED

FINAL WAVE ANNOUNCEMENT

SHORT FILM LINEUP REVEALED!

In addition to the 7 features previously announced, the Hexploitation Film Festival is thrilled to announce its final wave of official selections of 2020: our fan-favourite short film lineup!

Featuring films from Canada, Brazil, Spain, USA, the UK, and Australia paired either with our features or spotlighted in our Short Film Showcase, the Hexploitation Film Festival's short film lineup represents the best and bloodiest in indie horror, exploitation, and cult film-making with no shortage of monsters, maniacs, and murder.

This year's shorts selection ranges in styles and subjects, including new takes on horror classics such as vampires and werewolves, nostalgic throwbacks to 80s and 90s era urban legends and direct-to-video creature feature fun, gooey gross-out gags, and terrifying takes on the horrors of modern life. Horror and genre fans can expect to be thoroughly slayed in their seats!

Don't miss a moment. Individual film tickets are now on sale! VIP 3-Day Passes, regular 3-Day Passes and Day Passes also available but expected to sell out, so act quickly.

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HXFF 2020: SHORT FILM OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

  • Dead Air

    DEAD AIR

    DIR. GEOFF HARMER
    Hamilton PREMIERE
    *SHORT FILM*
  • Don't Sneeze

    DONT' SNEEZE

    DIR. RYAN LAPLANTE
    HAMILTON PREMIERE
    *SHORT FILM*
  • Horrorscope

    HORRORSCOPE

    DIR. POL DIGGER
    HAMILTON PREMIERE
    *SHORT FILM*
  • Unholy 'Mole

    UNHOLY 'MOLE

    DIR. DAVID BORNSTEIN
    CANADIAN PREMIERE
    *SHORT FILM*

Jan 6, 2020

FIRST WAVE FEATURE FILMS ANNOUNCED || HXFF 2020

THE HEXPLOITATION FILM FESTIVAL’s 11th YEAR TO FEATURE FIRST ANIMATED HORROR FEATURE, FIRST EVER HORROR FILM FROM PANAMA, & LOCAL PREMIERES OF AWARD-WINNING CANADIAN HORROR FILMS HUNTER’S MOON and MAKING MONSTERS!

Canadian Premieres of the hyper-violent, feature-length animated horror film TO YOUR LAST DEATH; the very witchy debut horror feature from Panama DIABLO ROJO (PTY); and the explosive action-horror-exploitation parody BULLETS OF JUSTICE are among the Hamilton festival’s First Wave of selections.
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Hamilton, Jan 6, 2020 – The Hexploitation Film Festival will be celebrating is 11th season starting February 20-22 headlined by this first wave of feature film selections.

The festival’s full lineup of shorts will be announced later in January. In the meantime, the Hexploitation Film Festival is thrilled to unveil its seven feature film official selections, along with a very special after-party event featuring the world premiere performance of horror rock group Sematary Spawn.


DEATHCEMBER: 24 INTERNATIONAL FILMMAKERS OPEN AN ADVENT CALENDAR OF HORROR


Opening the first night of the festival, the Hexploitation Film Festival will debut the Canadian Premiere of DEATHCEMBER: the ultimate Advent Horror Anthology Movie. Christmas may be over, but this holiday-themed horror anthology is a merry gift of thrills, chills, and kills for any time of the year. Producer Dominic Saxl unites over 24 international directors such as Ruggero Deodato (CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST), Rémi Fréchette (MONTREAL DEAD END), Pollyanna McIntosh (star of THE WOMAN), and Lucky McKee (THE WOMAN, MAY, ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE) with performers like Barbara Crampton (RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND), Sean Bridgers (DEADWOOD), Johnny Vivash (CHARISMATA, BOOK OF MONSTERS), Barbara Magnolfi (Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA) and AJ Bowen (YOU’RE NEXT) to deliver a stocking hung by the fireplace with scares. DEATHCEMBER is a diabolically delightful treat for fans of everything from black comedy to outright splatter gore.

Screening Dates/Times
OPENING NIGHT FILM
Thursday, Feb 20 @ 7:30pm


TO YOUR LAST DEATH: FEATURE LENGTH ANIMATED HORROR WITH A TIME TRAVEL TWIST GOES TO THE EXTREME


In 2016, the Hexploitation Film Festival hosted the Hamilton premiere of NOVA SEED (a completely hand-animated 2D sci-fi adventure), and this year we continue to uncover ground-breaking animation with the Canadian Premiere of Jason Axinn’s hyperviolent sci-fi/horror survival film TO YOUR LEAST DEATH. After emerging as the sole survivor in a deadly revenge game set up by her wealthy industrialist father (voiced by Ray Wise of ROBOCOP and TWIN PEAKS), Miriam receives an offer from a supernatural entity (DEADPOOL and FIREFLY actress Morena Baccarin) to go back in time and try again. Now, Miriam must survive both her father’s bloodlust and the extra-dimensional Gamemaster’s everchanging rules to save her siblings as she relives the worst night of her life.  TO YOUR LAST DEATH also stars the powerhouse vocal talents of Bill Moseley (HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2), Dani Lennon (THE LOVE WITCH), and the legendary William Shatner (STAR TREK). Combining the gruesome violence of SAW with the time travel of GROUNDHOG'S DAY and HAPPY DEATH DAY 2 U, TO YOUR LAST DEATH is a pulse-pounding and visually vibrant fresh new entry into the genre of horror and adult animation.

Screening Dates/Times
Friday, Feb 21 @ 8:00pm




BLOW YOUR MIND WITH THE EXPLOSIVE CANADIAN PREMIERE OF BULLETS OF JUSTICE FEATURING DANNY TREJO



During World War III, the American government initiates a secret project to create super soldiers by crossbreeding human beings with pigs. 25 years later, the world is a post-apocalyptic wasteland in which human/pig hybrids called "Muzzles" dominate the top of the food chain by eating and farming humans like animals. Rob Justice, an ex-bounty hunter working for the last line of human resistance leads a high-octane mission to destroy them all in BULLETS OF JUSTICE, a ludicrous satire of action and horror movie tropes. Helmed by Valeri Milev, the director of such horror/exploitation fare as the zombie actioner CODE RED (2013) and the notorious WRONG TURN 6 (2014), BULLETS OF JUSTICE is a go-for-broke, wall-to-wall horror/sci-fi/exploitation extravaganza that parodies everything excessive, everything questionable, and everything crowd pleasing about 80s action films and Michael Bay movies. Without a doubt it's the year's most raucous action-horror-exploitation mashup offering so much comedic carnage you will smell the gun-smoke. Featuring cult film favourite Danny Trejo (MACHETE, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN) in a supporting role!

Screening Dates/Times
Friday, Feb 21 @ 10:00pm


SAY GOODBYE TO GOOD TASTE AND HELLO TO NUDE PILLOW FIGHTS AT MIDNIGHT SLAUGHTERHOUSE SLUMBER PARTY CANADIAN PREMIERE



The perfect Midnight Movie mix of gory, gross-out horror comedy and excessive nudity, SLAUGHTERHOUSE SLUMBER PARTY (Canadian Premiere) is American writer/director Dustin Mills's ultimate lover letter to all fringe and psychotronic film-making. What starts as a 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? Fusing the sensibilities of horror comedies like EVIL DEAD II with direct-to-video exploitation, SLAUGHTERHOUSE SLUMBER PARTY will screen in the festival’s coveted and very popular Midnight Movie slot.

Screening Dates/Times
MIDNIGHT MOVIE: Friday, Feb 21 @ 11:45pm


FIRST EVER HORROR FILM FROM PANAMA DIABLO ROJO (PTY) INTRODUCES CANADA TO THE DARK WORLD OF CHIRIQUÍ FOLKLORE AND MONSTERS



In Panama City (abbrev. PTY), a bus driver, his assistant, and two cops falls victim to a mysterious spell and end up lost in the Jungles of Chiriquí where they will have to survive from the creatures of the night, with only the old bus (one of the city's fabled Diablo Rojo aka. Red Devil buses) as refuge. The debut film from Panama director Sol Moreno, DIABLO ROJO (PTY) is a trip to the depths of the unknown that captures the vibrant culture of Panama City and explores the traditional folk monsters of Panama's cultural interior: witches and demons which have been passed down in tales for generations by oral tradition and appear for the first time on film in what is being billed as Panama's first horror film. DIABLO ROJO (Canadian Premiere) offers plentiful practical special effects and a beautiful score composed by maestro Ricardo Risco, assistant director of the Panama Symphony Orchestra.

Screening Dates/Times
Saturday, Feb 22 @ 3:30pm


RISING CANADIAN DIRECTOR JUSTIN HARDING RETURNS TO HXFF WITH HAMILTON PREMIERE OF AWARD-WINNING DEBUT FEATURE: MAKING MONSTERS



Ontario-based filmmaker Justin Harding (a two-time HXFF award winner for his shorts KOOKIE and LATCHED), brings to Hamilton his gripping and grisly feature film debut MAKING MONSTERS, which he co-directed with collaborator Rob Brunner. Tim Loden (BLOODLINES, VANTASTIC) stars as Christian Brand, a celebrity YouTuber known for his highly popular scare prank channel where is wife Allison (Alana Elmer) is the somewhat reluctant victim/star. When an old friend of Christian's offers to have them stay over at his rural place (a church that's been converted into a home and movie makeup studio), Christian and Allison agree to join him; however, once they arrive, things don't feel right. Christian didn't tell Allison his friend was a monster makeup artist and his studio would be full of gross, ghoulish masks and terrifying figures. It all starts to feel like a prank scare setup, especially when Allison starts to see things she can't explain in the corner of dark rooms and out the corner of her eyes. Is Christian setting her up for the scare of all scares, or is something more sinister afoot? Delivering solid frights, slasher-like suspense, and surprising twists, MAKING MONSTERS is also a meta-commentary on why we like to be scared and scare others, and to what extent that behavior is ultimately unhealthy for society.

Screening Dates/Times
Saturday, Feb 22 @ 5:30pm

A HOWLING GOOD TIME IN HAMILTON: WEREWOLF MYSTERY HUNTER’S MOON TO HAVE CLOSING NIGHT LOCAL PREMIERE 



At a lavish launch party for a new Werewolf-themed gaming app, all the media bigwigs are in attendance, but things go sideways when guests turn up murdered in the same fashion as depicted in the game. Mass paranoia erupts among the survivors as they believe the killer is more beast than man. Now, the remaining survivors must work together to survive the night and uncover the true identify of the monstrous murderer...under a full a moon. Filmed in Ontario, HUNTER’S MOON features a fully practical werewolf suit and gory special makeup effects designed and created by Hamilton's own Carlos Henriques (The Butcher Shop). As the body count rises, a cast of accomplished young and upcoming actors -- Steven Morana (WHISKEY BUSINESS, THREE CHORDS FROM THE TRUTH), Holly Deveaux (THE MIST, MUTANT WORLD), Ari Millen (ORPHAN BLACK) -- share the screen with veteran Canadian thespians like Colm Feore (THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK, THOR) and Art Hindle (THE BROOD, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, BLACK CHRISTMAS), all of whom play their parts in unraveling the shocking mystery of this hairy whodunit. Winner: Best Special Effects: 2019 Spooky Empire Horror Film Festival 

Screening Dates/Times
Friday, Feb 22 @ 7:30pm

HORROR ROCK AFTER-PARTY @ THIS AIN’T HOLLYWOOD: CHRIS ALEXANDER, BLOOD OPERA, SEMATARY SPAWN



The Hexploitation Film Festival celebrates its closing night with a Hex-travaganza of horror-rock starring BLOOD OPERA, SEMATARY SPAWN, and CHRIS ALEXANDER.

$10.00 at the door or FREE with a Hex Film Fest 3-day pass.


80's Horror Movie Soundtracks & Originals played live with a stage show!


Hamilton-based horror-rock for soundtracks since 2017. Songs featured in Lycanimator, Creature From Cannibal Creek, Slimoids, Exorcism of the Dead and many more!


Alexander is the former editor-in-chief (and current columnist) for FANGORIA as well as the editor and co-founder of cult film magazine DELIRIUM. He is the writer, director and composer of the films BLOOD FOR IRINA, QUEEN OF BLOOD, BLOOD DYNASTY, FEMALE WEREWOLF and NECROPOLIS: LEGION (produced for Full Moon Features). As a musician he has released the albums MUSIC FOR MURDER (Giallo Disco Records), BLUE EYES OF THE BROKEN DOLL (Future City Records) and THEY DRINK YOUR BLOOD. Alexander - along with drummer David Bertrand - will bring his live performance of psychedelic, post-industrial cinematic synth-rock to the Hexploitation stage. Get ready for a dark, heavy and trippy amalgam of vintage analog John Carpenter ambience and organ-fueled Goblin groove with an experimental edge.


Festival Passes are now on Sale, and the full lineup of shorts will be announced in mid-January.

The Hexploitation Film Festival returns to the Staircase Café Theatre (27 Dundurn St. N) February 20 -22, followed by an after-party of horror rock featuring Chris Alexander, Blood Opera, and the world premiere of Sematary Spawn at This Ain’t Hollywood (345 James St N)

Jan 4, 2020

Festival Passes & First Wave Announcement Coming January 6

Next week, on Monday, January 6th, the Hexploitation Film Festival will be announcing its first wave of official selections. At the same time, VIP passes, 3-Day Passes, and daily passes will go on sale at 8:30am ET


This year, the Hexploitation Film Festival is offering its fans the chance to obtain entry to all three days of the festival, our after party, and must-have festival merch at a great discount with our 3-Day Pass VIP Package.


The package will include:
  •  ALL SCREENINGS! Guaranteed seating to all three days of screenings at HXFF (Feb 20-22, 2020)
  • AFTER PARTY ACCESS! A ticket to our official closing night after party at This Ain't Hollywood, featuring live horror rock from Chris Alexander, Blood Opera, and the world premiere performance from Hamilton's own Sematary Spawn
  • Our new 2020 HXFF T-shirt
  • One of our brand-new HXFF logo Embroidered Patches.
Tickets and our first film reveals will go live at 8:30am EST on Monday, January 6th.

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