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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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.