Feb 19, 2016


The Fright Night Theatre Film Festival is proud to announces its March 2016 line-up with premieres of HARVEST LAKE and THE BARN 

The winter edition of the FNTFF runs March 11 – 12 at the Staircase Theatre in Hamilton, ON. The FNTFF is not just a scary night at the movies packed with monsters, madmen, and murder; it’s a celebration of fringe filmmaking, controversial cinema, tongue-in-cheek B-movies, and the art of the macabre. Highlights from this year’s lineup include the theatrical World Premiere of HARVEST LAKE by director Scott Schirmer (FOUND), the Canadian Premiere of the Halloween-themed 80’s homage and crowd-funding success THE BARN by director Justin M. Seaman, and a midnight screening of the controversial and utterly insane BUNNY THE KILLER THING


HARVEST LAKE – (World Premiere)

Dir. Scott Schirmer (USA)

Starring: Tristan Risk (American Mary), Ellie Church (Headless), Jason Crowe (Dead Moon Rising), Dan Nye (The Legend of Wasco), and Kevin Roach (The Confession of Fred Krueger)

A group of campers on a birthday vacation to the lake fall under the erotic spell of a libidinous, otherworldly presence in the woods. Inhibitions drop and their behaviors become erratic as one by one they find their sexual identities and wills being subsumed by the creature's power. One of the friends tries to escape the carnal free-fall, ultimately bringing him face to face with the source of a primal mystery that will change his life forever. This bold and "uncomfortably sexy" new film comes from director Scott Schirmer (Found) and producer Brian K. Williams (Time to Kill) with special FX by The Clockwerk Creature Company.

THE BARN - (Canadian Premiere)
Directed by Justin M. Seaman (USA)

Starring: Mitchell Musolino, Will Stout, Lexi Dripps, Cortland Woodard, Nikki Darling, Nickolaus Joshua, Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th).

It’s Halloween 1989, and best friends Sam and Josh are trying to enjoy what's left of their final Devil's Night before graduating high school. But the two pals and a group of their friends get more trick than treat when they take a detour on their way to a rock concert, finding an old abandoned barn and awakening a trio of Halloween demons inside. Now it's up to Sam and Josh to find a way to protect their friends and defeat the flesh-hungry creatures that lurk within "The Barn." Featuring a rocking cameo by Ari Lehman, the first Jason Voorhees, The Barn is the perfect retro throwback to classic 80s VHS horror like The Monster SquadHalloween III: Season of the Witch, and Full Moon's direct to video features.

IDYLL - (Canadian Premiere)
Directed by Tomaž Gorkič (SLOVENIA)
Slovenian Language with English Subtitles

Starring: Nina Ivanisin, Lotos Sparovec, Nika Rozman

After a night of carousing, amateur photo model Zina heads for a fashion shoot in the idyllic vistas of rural Slovenia, accompanied by ambitious model Mia and their snobby photographer Blitcz. On their way to the wooded location, they cross paths with a group of hideously disfigured and violent redneck moonshiners. Thus, an ordinary fashion shoot in the idyllic woods turns into a fierce fight for survival.

Directed by Joonas Makkonen (FINLAND)

Starring: Hiski Hämäläinen, Enni Ojutkangas, Veera W. Vilo

A group of Finnish and British partygoers get stuck at a snowy cabin when they are attacked by a horny creature that is a half human, half rabbit. A brilliant send-up of monster movie conventions or a depraved excuse for gratuitous gore, sex, violence, nudity, and penis jokes? Either way, BUNNY THE KILLER THING is the perfect midnight movie for lovers of exploitation trash and what-the-fuck filmmaking.

Directed by Larry Kent (CAN)

Principal Cast: Sarah Smyth, Shane Twerdun, Jewel Staite

The Baarkers, a family group of religious fanatics who believe they are God's chosen ones, polarize a small mining town and force its residents to fight for their lives as their zeal turns murderous and the rule of law decays into brutish mob mentality. A controversial and timely look at the horrific results of religious zealotry from esteemed Canadian filmmaker Larry Kent.


Dir. Richard Powell (CAN)

After connecting with a stranger of similar interests online, family man Gordon and his young son Paul embark on an ill-fated road trip in which Gordon aims to indulge in a secret passion. Before the day ends, a horrible truth will be uncovered and a harsh lesson will be learned....

Die! Sitter! Die!: Rupert
Dir. Lee Boxleitner & Sam Boxleitner (USA)

A young woman desperate to make money to pay for her mother's cancer treatments takes a babysitting job for a wealthy family but gets a lot more than she bargained for when she finally meets baby Rupert.

Dir. Sam McGlynn (CAN)

The world's worst serial killer teams up with his stalker to battle a castrated man looking for revenge. This satire of Tarantino’s Deathproof is a true celebration of blood, guns and cars

Dir. Melanie Light (UK)

A number of kidnapped and trafficked women find themselves imprisoned in a squalid medical facility. Escape, on any level, is seemingly impossible as the women are enslaved, inseminated, abused, and condemned to a life of enforced servitude at the whims of their captors; for one reason only – their milk.

Dir. Matthew John Lawrence (USA)

Three twenty-somethings must risk life and limb in an attempt to save the soul of their demon-possessed roommate and procure his five-hundred dollars in back rent. A frenetic, punk-rock horror-comedy.

Dir. David E. Munz-Maire (USA)

A gruesome coming of age story about a vintner son’s disobedience and his desire to care for his ailing mother while upholding the family’s secret and strange wine-making traditions.

Dir. Kalen Artinian (CAN)

James, a disturbed high schooler, retreats into a comic-book fantasy world he’s created featuring a hero called The Indestructible. Increasing pressure from his mother, fellow students and his teachers eventually push him to the breaking point, and the lines between fantasy and reality shatter entirely after a violent encounter with a school bully.

Dir. Vivieno Caldinelli (CAN)

A crusty and recluse superintendent is thrown into the ultimate fight against evil when a couple of cultists open a portal to the ancient and mystical city of R'lyeh, awakening a slumbering god. Starring the late, great Roddy Piper.

Dir. Javier Chillion (ESP)

The starship Tantalus drifts through space, but the remaining crew's efforts to get the ship back on course are not what they seem in this black-and-white sci-fi thriller.

Dir. Morgan King (USA)

A group of warriors confront a deadly foe standing between them and a cosmic power that could save their people in this rotoscoped animated fantasy short.

Dir. A.J. Briones (USA)

A little girl home alone finds herself face-to-face with a being of pure evil.

Dir. Karen Nielsen (CAN)

A young girl, her dog, and a stranger find themselves trying to hold onto their humanity when stranded together in a post-apocalyptic world.

Dir. Paul Urkijo (ESP)

Sir Hector, a brave knight in armor and on steed, prepares to enter the wicket Black Forest to deliver a beautiful and virginal lady from the clutches of a terrible ogre.

Dir. Shant Hamassian (USA)

A ‘shot-in-one-take’ slasher film about a teenage girl who must commit horror movie sins by drinking alcohol, doing drugs, and having sex in order to draw out a masked killer and exact revenge.

Dir. Greg Kovacs (CAN)

Carolers out to spread Christmas cheer experience some holiday horror when they stop at Mabel’s house.