Jun 30, 2015

26th Anniversary Screening of THINGS (1989) - JULY 3rd

The Fright Night Theatre Film Festival and Hamilton's Trash Cinema are proud to present a special 26th Anniversary screening one of the greatest "so bad it's good" movies ever made: THINGS (1989)

Released straight to video, THINGS is a dirty and nasty Canadian horror film that is the true definition of "cult classic." Since its release, THINGS has developed a cult following among fans of trashy, gory, and bizarre indie b-movies. To celebrate the underground legacy of THINGS and its place in the annals of Canuxploitation, we will be joined in person by director Andrew Jordan and star Barry J. Gillis as well as other cast members to discuss all things THINGS.



* FILMMAKERS IN ATTENDANCE *

Friday, July 03, 2015
The Staircase Theatre (27 Dundurn St. N.)
Hamilton, ON
Directed by Andrew Jordan
(CANADA) 1989, 83 mins

Principal Cast: Barry J. Gillis, Amber Lynn, Doug Bunston, Bruce Roach, Patricia Sadler

Seating from 7:00pm

An impotent husband, driven by a fanatical desire to father children, forces his wife to undergo a dangerous experiment. The result: the birth of a multitude of monstrous THINGS


Screening with short film: SHIT'S ABOUT TO GET DARK (2014) 
|| INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE||
Dir. Stephen Stull (USA)  TRAILER

"What's the worst thing you can think of?" 

With those words, five friends kick off a hilariously filthy game of shock value one-upsmanship that culminates unexpectedly in real-life horror.




Jun 10, 2015

Non-Competitive Shorts Lineup Announced


On the heels of yesterday's competitive lineup reveal, today we are excited to announce the official selections in our non-competitive shorts programme.


Choice Cuts (USA)

A duo of violent kidnappers bite off more than they can chew when their latest victim turns the tables on their dinner plans. (Dir. Jeff Meyers and Keith Jefferies)

Crazy Golf (UK)

While on a date at an amusement arcade, Reed and Lucy begin a game of Crazy Golf that takes a dark turn somewhere around the 10th hole where horror is par for the course. (Dir. Chloe Phillipou)

The Cyborg (USA)

In this charming interview, Oneion (CII-001YN) the Cyborg tells the story of how his life was saved by Cybernetics Industries International. (Dir. James Heyes)

Dark Therapy (USA)

A vampire seeks psychiatric treatment for a phobia that impacts his way of life. (Dir. Chad Eric Smith)

Deathbox (Canada)

A lonely, conflicted hobo lives an existence defined by a dark, insatiable need. On this day, he crosses paths with a mysterious man, who’s also defined by an all-consuming, singular drive. (Dir. Michael Pereira)

Isolated (Chile)

After finding himself in a wrecked taxi, Evan tries to piece together the puzzle of his memory while dealing with a dangerous threat in a seemingly deserted city. (Tomas Vergara)

Japanese Doctor Who (UK)

A found clip on old video tape from the 1970's or 80's that looks like a strange Japanese version of Doctor Who. (Joshua Kahan)

Laughing Out Loud (Canada)

A woman, completely immersed in all forms of electronic social networking, is thrown into a situation where she only gets one last chance to send one last text message to one last person. (Dir. Daniel Clements)

Letting (USA)

In the middle of the night a little girl awakens to discover the doll she fell asleep with has disappeared, but what she finds next is terrifying. (Dir. Hannah Neurotica)

Mitten (Canada)

An elderly man discovers a lost mitten and begins a paranoid search for its owner. (Dir. Amanda Row)

My Favorite Holiday (USA)

An enthusiastic home owner celebrates Halloween by decorating the outside of his house and making his own special candy. But there's a trick to those treats... (Dir. Josh Mruz, Anthony Cousins)

Out of the Box (Canada)

Two men volunteer for an experiment. All they have to do is not open the box. Simple, right? (Dir. Seb Godin).

Pig Boy (Canada)

Documentary filmmakers get too close to their subject: the dealer of a strange new drug. (Dir. Chad Magnant)

Repossession (Canada)

Lindsay is a typical university student living in a house with her friends … except her best friend and roommate is possessed by a demon. (Dir. Jessica Marshall)

The Revenant (France)

A young man believes that he can beat death through sheer will power alone, and one he succeeds he decides to make the Grim Reaper's job even more complicated. (Dir. Victor Druillet and Norman Jangot)

Shhh (Canada)

Shhh is a dark fairy tale about a young boy, Guillermo, who uses his imagination to overcome his monstrous bully at night. Tired of being scared, Guillermo eventually takes matters into his own hands. (Dir. Shervin Shoghian
and Freddy Chavez Olmos).

Shit's About to Get Dark (USA)

"What's the worst thing you can think of?" With those words, five friends kick off a hilariously filthy game of shock value one-upsmanship that culminates unexpectedly in real-life horror. (Dir. Stephen Stull)

Top Hat (UK)

Graham, the nervy Saturday Boy at a late night dry cleaners, is greeted by a deeply mysterious customer who manages to surprise him and turn his terrible first day around for the better. (Dir. Michael Middleton-Downer)

Uncommon Enemies (Canada)

A hard-boiled US Sergeant and a chatterbox Nazi must join forces to destroy a sexy, French vampire in World War II France. (Dir. Alex Hatz)

Vampire-Killing Prostitute (USA)

Raven, a vampire hunter who poses as a prostitute, joins a rogue priest and his team in a mission to save the world and exact revenge on the blood sucker who killed her father. (Dir.
Jordan Mears)

Congratulations to all our non-competitive shorts!

Jun 9, 2015

Second Wave of Official Selections Announced


After a record-breaking number of submissions, Fright Night Theatre is thrilled to announce our second wave of official selections in our competitive features and short film programme.


FEATURE FILMS



LATE NIGHT DOUBLE FEATURE (Canada)
A horror anthology film directed by Navin Ramaswaran, Zach Ramelan and Torin Langen.
Produced by Kelly Michael Stewart. 


At a down and out television studio where dreams of Hollywood go to die, the late night show “Dr. Nasty’s Cavalcade of Horror” goes live to air...and bloody chaos ensues. In between screening two films, the cannibal super-thriller “Dinner for Monsters” and “Slit,” an art house foray into the world of a human cutter for hire, the Dr. Nasty cast and crew find themselves battling off-screen antics, blown out egos, and a deranged killer who refuses to stay in the shadows any longer.

Starring Jamie Elizabeth Sampson, Nick Smyth, Colin Price, Jeff Sinasac, Caleigh LeGrand, Mike Donis, Sandra DaCosta and Brian Carleton.



KILLER RACK (USA)
Directed by Gregory Lamberson
Written by Gregory Lamberson, Paul McGinnis, Rod Durick

Screwball horror comedy about a woman (Jessica Zwolak) suffering from low esteem who gets breast enhancement surgery from Dr. Cate Thulu (Debbie Rochon). Her new assets turn out to be man-eating monsters, and only she can stop them. Featuring cameos by Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Thurber, and Brooke Lewis as the Voice of the Boobs. Directed by author Gregory Lamberson, creator of the cult classic SLIME CITY.

Starring Jessica Zwolak, Debbie Rochon, Paul McGinnis, Michael Thurber, Lloyd Kaufman, Brooke Lewis, Roy Frumkes



FRIDAY NIGHT DEATH SLOT (CANADA)
Directed by John Migliore
Written by John Migliore, Kyle Hytonen, Darren Hutchings

The Friday Night Death Slot lampoons late night television in a mashup of weird, wild, and wonky comedic horror shorts. Join your undead host Johnny Ghoulash for a madcap series of silly shorts, terrifying trailers, and kooky commercials that celebrate the joys of homemade independent film-making.

Starring John Migliore, Andre Guantanamo, Deborah Jayne Reilly Smith, and Rachél Johnson.


SHORT FILMS

Alientampon (Germany)

When an unsuspecting student inserts a blood soaked alien tampon and mutates into a murdering monster, a group of students unite their forces in order to confront her with weapons and courage. (Dir. Jan Zenker)

The Army Within (Australia)

One night, childhood sweethearts Traye and Sally find themselves at ground zero for an alien invasion. Now Traye has to face his biggest fears while protecting the woman he loves as she fights for her life from an extraterrestrial evil within.... (Dir. Andy Sutton)

The Barber's Cut (UK)

Two decapitated yet still-living heads wake up in a refrigerator and plot to escape their captor: a deranged barber. (Dir. Mark Brocking)

Charlie (Canada)

Aging war veteran Charlie finds it difficult dealing with his post-traumatic stress disorder, and must hide his secret from his wife. (Dir. Jane Watson and Lyndon Horsfall)

The Doll (USA)

A young girl wraps a doll as a gift, but perhaps the doll has other plans. (Dir. Adam Gambrel)

Double Cross (USA)

When a scurrilous bandit double crosses his simple-minded partner, his greed puts him at the mercy of his conscience and a gang of vicious feral children. (Dir. Sandy Stenzel)

El Gigante (Canada)

After attempting to cross the US/Mexico border in search of a better life, Armando finds himself locked in a life-or-death struggle with the most terrifying villain of all: GIGANTE! (Dir. Gigi Saul Guerrero and Luke Bramley)

Invaders (USA)

A pair of home invaders consider their potential character choices just prior to their planned invasion. (Dir. Jason Kupfer)

Lilith (Belgium)

A lone female vampire struggles to survive in a city that doesn't want her. (Dir. Maxim Stollenwerk)

Loose Ends (Belgium)

Henry passes away on his deathbed. He deserves to go to heaven, but he must argue his case with an angel that says his administrative file in the great beyond says otherwise. (Dir. Stephane Everaet)

Massacre at Femur Creek (Canada)

Set in the summer of 1984, Massacre at Femur Creek is a retro-inspired slasher comedy about three stoner friends who embark on a camping trip to the mythical Femur Creek, only to come face to face with a knife wielding maniac bent on blood shed. (Dir. Kyle Hytonen)

Neighbour (Canada)

A husband and wife discover they may not be the only ones living in their house. (Dir. Evan Henderson)

Nester (USA)

A young man must come to terms with the offspring he births after a lustful one night stand. (Dir. Chuck Starzenski)

Ninja Eliminator 4 (France)
A duo of french super cops, Francois and Jean-Baptiste are on the case of Mr Mo, the diabolical leader of a gang of ninja drug traffickers who are trying to expand their influence into the beautiful land of France. (Dir. Mathieu Berthon)

The Outer Darkness (UK)

A young tormented woman in a support group for survivors of the strange and bizarre shares her personal story about a game of chance that sealed the fate of her family… (Dir. Anthony Melton and Ben Franklin)

Pixel Theory: Pandora´s Box (Spain)

In a decadent future ruled by virtual reality, a professional Laserball player is disqualified during a game and forced to disconnected for a few hours. Returning to the real world, he is reunited with his father. The clash between their realities reopens old wounds. (Dir. Daniel Hernández Torrado)

Postpartum (USA)

"Not everyone is meant to be a mother." Good intentions lead to disastrous results when a woman visits a new mom with a secret. (Dir. Izzy Lee)

Say What?! (Canada)

The dead are walking the streets and attacking the living. Lars, armed only with a Smartphone, ducks into the alleyways of his neighborhood on a mad dash to warn his friends. But are his friends too self-obsessed to notice? (Dir. Shane Nasmith)

The Seamstress (USA)

A young woman and her dog encounter something supernatural while she's working in her garage... (Dir. Tyler Mann)

The Spaghetti Massacre (Canada)

Two friends try to stay alive when their zombified roommate interrupts movie night. (Dir. Mike Fardy)

A Special Day (Spain)

David is about to marry Cristina. He thinks she is the perfect woman and nothing can ruin their wedding day. But when Capt.Alpha (a world-famous superhero) crash-lands into the church, things start to get complicated. (Dir. Dani Padró Targarona)

Substance (USA)

An innocent mix-up leads to disaster when two girlfriends encounter an extraterrestrial substance at a winter music festival. (Dir. Barbara Stepansky)

Trajectoires (France)

David, Lucas, and Nina live on the road, doing what they can and taking whatever they must to survive. On a random road while in search of food and cigarettes, their trajectory leads them to a small and almost deserted village..... (Dir. Massoni Philippe and Sébastien Jovellar)

Tully's Time (Canada)

Tully the puppet films his home grown kid's show in front of a captivate studio audience. (Dir. Pat Walton, Nick Wilson, Shaun Ellie)

The Waldgeist & Me (UK)

A dark animated tale of love and dismemberment centered around a man and the monster of the forest. (Dir. Joe Bichard)

The Whisperers (USA)

On a quiet night in October 1995, two young brothers, home alone and grounded for fighting, must uncover the source of strange, unintelligible whispers slowly surrounding their family's isolated country home. (Dir. Jason Miller)

Jun 1, 2015

CANCELLED: Kung Fu Double Feature (June 6)

It is with great disappointment that Fright Night Theatre must cancel tonight's Kung Fu Double Feature of Police Story: Lockdown and Kung Fu Killer.

As director of Fright Night Theatre, I apologize to everyone who was excited to see this double-bill tonight and made plans to join us. Those of you who bought tickets will of course be refunded in full.

At Fright Night Theatre Film Festival, we pride ourselves on putting on a good show and bringing movies to Hamilton that you won't see anywhere else in the city. Unfortunately, some last-minute technical issues with our screening materials meant that we would have to compromise video and audio quality tonight in order to proceed. We worked with the distributor to try and find a solution, but, sadly, nothing could be done despite their best efforts. Although we had to cancel tonight's presentation, we have a lot of amazing films and screening events lined up for the coming Summer and Fall season. Please stay tuned to this site for news and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Both of tonight's films are now available on VOD, however, so you can still seek them out for some top-notch Hong Kong action entertainment.

If you have any issues or concerns with this cancellation, please contact me at aaron@frightnighttheatre.com.

- Aaron Allen
Director: The Fright Night Theatre Film Festival


May 12, 2015

Circus of the Dead Canadian Premiere Turns Stomachs and Tickles Funny Bones

On Saturday, May 9th, Fright Night Theatre hosted the Canadian Premiere of Billy Pon's controversial killer clown horror film CIRCUS OF THE DEAD in Hamilton, ON. 

Circus of the Dead's tale of a marauding troupe of sadistic circus clowns led by the deviant Papa Corn on a violent murder spree through West Texas was the center piece of a night filled with games and gore and the creepiest clowns this side of your nightmares.

Creepiest Clown winner Ann as her sinister, sledge-hammer wielding alter-ego "Sissy the Clown"
Fright Night Theatre director Aaron Allen
was all smiles for the Canadian Premiere
To celebrate Circus of the Dead's Canadian debut, Fright Night Theatre infused the Staircase Theatre with a creepy carnival atmosphere by inviting audience members to attend in clown makeup to compete for the title of "Creepiest Clown" at the end of the evening. Attendees could also test their luck at one of our two prize games sponsored by Fangoria Magazine.

The night's films kicked off with the North American theatrical premiere of the short film Clown & Out. Directed by Tom Lox, Clown & Out begins with a whimsical clown (Trev Flemming) trying to brighten up the urban streets of England with magic tricks and silly antics only to be met with fear and disgust. Things are not what they seem, however, as a mid-point transition takes the film on a dark turn that reveals the true reason this particular clown has been eliciting more screams than laughs. Clown & Out is equal parts funny and disturbing.

Following Clown & Out, we amped up the disturbing levels with the Canadian Premiere of Circus of the Dead, a nasty but darkly-amusing homage to Texas Chain Saw Massacre style violence with a despicable yet charming cast of hell clowns. If the audience wasn't afraid of clowns already, Circus of the Dead made sure they'd never look at a circus the same way again. Our audience was as disgusted as they were delighted by Bloody Billy Pon's big screen shock treatment of gore and greasepaint.


Fright Night Theatre was certainly not the place to be Saturday night if clowns give you the willies. A number of our attendees turned out rocking full-on clown costumes and makeup. Although "Sissy the Clown" won our Creepiest Clown contest by audience applause, everyone deserved a big pie-in-the-face for their creative and disturbing clown costumes.



Fright Night Theatre would like to thank our sponsor Fangoria for their support, and we wish Billy Pon and his cadre of criminal clowns all the bloody best as they continue to shock audiences across world. To find out if Circus of the Dead is screening near you, visit the official Facebook page for news and other ghoulish goodies.

Apr 8, 2015

CIRCUS OF THE DEAD to Make Canadian Premiere at Fright Night Theatre

On May 9, Fright Night Theatre is sending in the clowns for the Canadian Premiere of the gory killer clown epic CIRCUS OF THE DEAD



Straight from the blood-soaked indie film world of Texas, Circus of the Dead is the ferocious feature-film debut from Billy Pon (DOLLBOY). To celebrate the Canadian debut of this gruesome new horror picture, Fright Night Theatre will be transforming the lovely Staircase Theatre into a Bloody Big Top Experience for a night of killer clowns and creepy circus thrills.

SYNOPSIS

After a night at the circus, a family man must fight for his life when a marauding troupe of sadistic clowns led by the deviant Papa Corn (Bill Oberst Jr.) ensnares him in an all-night crime spree through oil-soaked West Texas. Armed with guns, knives, and a 68 Camaro, Papa Corn and his insane clown posse bring blood, gore, and mayhem to all they encounter.  Circus of the Dead is the Devil's Rejects meets Texas Chainsaw Massacre of killer clown movies. If you're not already afraid of clowns, you will be.....


THE GORIEST SHOW ON EARTH featuring...

* CREEPY CLOWN MAKEUP CONTEST!
* DISCOUNT ADMISSION FOR CLOWNS!
* CIRCUS GAMES!
* PRIZE RAFFLES sponsored by FANGORIA!
* LICENSED VENUE!

BUY TICKETS

Saturday, May 09, 2015
8:00pm - The Staircase Theatre
(27 Dundurn St. N.)
Doors and Seating @ 7:00pm

ONE SCREENING ONLY!
FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY

Screens With Short Film: CLOWN & OUT || North American Premiere ||  (dir. Tom Lox)

Admission
  • $10.00 (advance) BUY ONLINE
  • $12.00 (at-the-door, cash only)
    • $2.00 DISCOUNT at-the-door for attendees in clown makeup

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS! Praise for CIRCUS OF THE DEAD

“There’s a TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE vibe to this entire film as the level of lunacy reaches a fever pitch early on in this film and doesn't let up until the end.” - Ain’t It Cool Horror

"[A] phenomenal film that will be damned hard to beat.” - Horror Society

“With it’s unflinching and unapologetic display of the blackest, most evil of capabilities that can exist in people, Circus of the Dead does what we ultimately want a horror film to do…it horrifies.” - Legless Corpse

"If you are prepared to see a film so menacing it will stay with you for days, "Circus of the Dead" is a must!” - Horror News Network

"This might be the bad guy horror fans have been waiting for. Billy Oberst Jr's performance as Papa Corn is one of the most exciting things I have seen in an indie horror film in the last few years.” - Nathan Thomas Milliner, Horror Artist

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Mar 30, 2015

Werewolf Double Feature - A Howling Success!

There was no full moon in the sky on March 21st, but The Staircase Theater was packed nonetheless with howling fans for Fright Night Theatre's Werewolf Double Feature of LATE PHASES and WOLFCOP! Not only did fans come out en masse for hairy, scary werewolf thrills but also to support real live wolves.