Dec 9, 2014

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - 2015 Season


Horror in the Hammer's FRIGHT NIGHT THEATRE is now accepting short and feature film submissions for its 2015 screening programmes.



Fright Night Theatre is a not-for-profit and fan-driven competitive horror film and cult movie festival in Hamilton, ON, Canada. Each season, Fright Night Theatre selects some of the best horror and genre feature films and short films from Canada and around the world for a year-long screening series that culminates in our Fright Night Theatre Awards. Previous official selections include such genre hits as Lloyd Kaufman's Return to Nuke'Em High (Vol. 1), Don Coscarelli's John Dies at the End, and Astron-6's Father's Day.

Fright Night Theatre is now accepting submissions for its 2015 competitive season. Films will screen in February, March, May, June, September, and November 2015.

Wave One (February, March, May, 2015)
Deadline - January 01, 2015

Wave Two (June, September, November 2015)
Deadline - May 01, 2015



SUBMISSION PAGE

Established in 2009, Fright Night Theatre is a year-round screening program that combines the best aspects of a film festival with the intimate and interactive atmosphere of grassroots revival cinema. Fright Night Theatre is not just a scary night at the movies – it’s a celebration of fringe film-making, controversial cinema, tongue-in-cheek B-movies, and the art of the macabre.

Fright Night Theatre's mission is to bring back the fun, communal atmosphere, and showmanship of going to the movies by showcasing shocking, scary, schlocky, and scintillating independent and mainstream horror / genre films to our die-hard genre film audience in and around the Hamilton, Ontario region. As the hybrid between a film festival and repertory movie house, we offer:

 No submission or entry fees!
 Press and reviews!
 Devotion to grassroots promotion of your film!

Canadian and International filmmakers and distributors are invited to submit feature and short films (both current and classic) in the horror, cult, and exploitation genres.

Dec 2, 2014

FRIGHT NIGHT THEATRE 2014 AWARD WINNERS


This year, Fright Night Theatre is proud to have exposed genre fans to some of the best independent Canadian and international horror, thriller, and exploitation films of 2014 as part of our first-ever competitive screening programme. First, we took die-hard fans back to the boobs and blood of Tromaville for Return to Nuke'Em High (Volume 1). We tuned in to the mystery of German horror-thriller Radio Silence. We delved deep into the monstrous Canadian woods for a fatal Silent Retreat. Then we capped things off by skewering the New York art scene from the greasy hot dog cart of Bag Boy Lover Boy.

 It's been a stellar season, and we're now thrilled to announce the winners of the first annual FRIGHT NIGHT THEATRE AWARDS, chosen by you the audience and our tireless team of film programmers.

The winners are......

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS
As voted by the in-attendance audience

BEST FILM

Return to Nuke'Em High: Volume 1 
(Director - Lloyd Kaufman / Producers - Michael Herz, Justin A. Martell, Lloyd Kaufman)

BEST SHORT

Killer Kart 
(Director - James Feeney / Producer - Andrew Fairbank)



SELECTION COMMITTEE AWARDS
As voted by the Fright Night Theatre programming team


BEST DIRECTOR
Marco Riedl and Carsten Vauth (Radio Silence aka. On Air)


BEST ACTOR
John Wachter (Bag Boy Lover Boy)


BEST ACTRESS
Asta Paredes (Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1)


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Theodore Bouloukos (Bag Boy Lover Boy)



BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Sofia Banzhaf (Silent Retreat)


BEST SCREENPLAY
Radio Silence (aka. On Air) - Marco Riedl



BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Radio Silence (aka. On Air) - Marco Riedl


BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS
Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1



BEST MUSICAL SCORE
Bag Boy Lover Boy - Barbara De Biasi


Congratulations to all our winners and officially selected competitive shorts and features! 

Nov 8, 2014

November 22: BAG BOY LOVER BOY (ONTARIO PREMIERE)

Fangoria

Fright Night Theatre is excited to debut the Ontario Premiere of BAG BOY LOVER BOY as our final official selection in our competitive 2014 season.

BAG BOY LOVER BOY 
|| Ontario Premiere! ||
Directed by Andres Torres
(USA) 2014, 77 mins

Hot off its World Premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival, Bag Boy Lover Boy is the new underground cult film that the The Hollywood Reporter raves is "tailor-made for the midnight crowd." Oddball hotdog vendor and love-lorn loser Albert is shocked to find himself thrust into the world of perverse fetish art photography when  an an enigmatic NYC photographer named Ivan plucks him from obscurity to be his bizarre new muse and model. However, when Ivan accidentally leaves Albert with the keys to his studio, Albert decides that his best way to woo women is to become a freelance photographer. Soon, Albert is luring call girls and drunken women away from parties with the promise of modelling gigs that in his inept hands soon turn deadly and increasingly depraved. But what will happen when he, unable to distinguish sleazy art from reality, finally convinces the girl of his dreams to get behind the camera? Melding dark humour with shocking violence, Bag Boy Lover Boy serves up a morbid satire of New York's pretentious art scene and gallery culture. "A true and daring piece of underground cinema" (All Things Horror)

Principal Cast: Jon Wachter, Theodore Bouloukos, Kathy Biehl, Kara Peterson

Screens With Short Film: REMEMBER ME (dir. Jean-Francois Asselin)

SCREENING DETAILS

Saturday, November 22, 2014
9:30pm - The Staircase Theatre (27 Dundurn St. N.)
ONE SCREENING ONLY!

$10 (advance) / $12 (at the door - cash only)
Advance Tickets: BUY ONLINE
Door Tickets from: 9:00pm.  Join Facebook Event

BAG BOY LOVER BOY - TRAILER

 


REMEMBER ME - TEASER




VENUE


Oct 20, 2014

Zombie X-Mas Short O COME ALL YE ZOMBIES Wins Big at HZSFF!

On Saturday, October 18th, hardcore zombie fans and the recently reanimated flocked to the HAMILTON ZOMBIE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (presented by Fright Night Theatre) to celebrate and vote on some of the best and bloodiest zombie short films from Canada and around the world. The ghouls in attendance made their voices known, and the votes have been counted. The winners of our Zombie Choice Awards are.......


Dominating this year's festival with decisive wins in five out of eight of our eligible voting categories, O COME ALL YE ZOMBIES was (severed) hands down the people's choice! Directed and written by Greg Kovacs, O COME ALL YE ZOMBIES reunites the hilarious zombie cast of characters from The Post-Lifers (2011) for a gory and laugh-a-minute holiday special. O COME ALL YE ZOMBIES stars Lindsay Smith, Stephanie Christiaens, Rich Piatkowski, John Cross, John Williams, Darren Hutchings, Nathan Hawkins, Nicole Bonin, and Greig Graham. This is the second win for Greg Kovacs, who picked up BEST SCRIPT last year for The Post-Lifers companion short COOKIN' THE SHIT OUTTA THINGS WITH MIKE. This is the first win for special makeup artist Mitchell Stacey.



Not to be outdone by the Canadians, Rickey Bird's grind-house-inspired NAKED ZOMBIE GIRL tickled funny bones, turned stomachs, and turned on gore hounds in this American short pitting a naked protagonist with a chainsaw against a horde of grisly ghouls. This is a first win for Rickey Bird and his film-making team who pick up awards for BEST GORE and BEST ZOMBIE KILLS.


If you were looking for hardcore zombie action, the HZSFF was the place to be. Zachary Ramelan's kinetic and award-winning zombie mini-epic DEAD RUSH, filmed from the point of view of a survivor in the zombie apocalypse as he runs and fights for his life, thrilled the audience of the HZSFF to the tune of a decisive victory in the category of BEST ACTION.


Congratulations to all our official selections and to everyone who came out to support the second annual Hamilton Zombie Short Film Festival. We'll see you next year! Until then, shoot for the head and protect your braaaiiiins.

For more screenings of the best in Canadian and international horror, check out the Fright Night Theatre film schedule.

Sep 23, 2014

REVEALED: Official 2014 Hamilton Zombie Short Film Festival Lineup

Calling all Zombie fans! Fright Night Theatre is as giddy as a ghoul at a brain buffet to finally announce the official lineup of the 2014 Hamilton Zombie Short Film Festival.


This year, the Hamilton Zombie Short Film Festival celebrates the best in Canadian and International zombie films with a premiere-studded brain-blasting programme of zombie shorts with filmmakers in attendance.

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS

PERIOD PIECE (dir. James McLellan) || WORLD PREMIERE!
12 mins. Canada

If you thought making a movie was difficult now, try it as the world is crumbling around you. Sweeping and majestic romance crashes headlong into apocalyptic violence in this beautiful short about a film director struggling to use movie magic to bring the power of love back to a brutal and uncaring world.



LINCOLN WITH A KNIFE 2: THE DECAPITATION PROCLAMATION (dir. Todd Lazlow) || WORLD PREMIERE!
3 mins. Canada

Lincoln is back from the grave and out for blood. This time he has only one thing on his mind: To liberate your head!



YOU MIGHT BE WEARING PYJAMAS WHEN THE ZOMBIES ATTACK (dir. Kevin McMillan) || WORLD PREMIERE!
3 mins. Canada

Imagine you are called upon to fight for your life against your family, friends, and loved-ones who have suddenly been turned into shambling, moaning, flesh-eating ghouls. Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse?


O COME ALL YE ZOMBIES (dir. Greg Kovacs) || CANADIAN PREMIERE!
10 mins. Canada

The zombie gang from THE POST-LIFERS reunites for a holiday feast only to discover that their meal has a bit more life in it than they thought. Hilarious squabbling quickly ensues. It may just take an X-Mas miracle to make things right.



NAKED ZOMBIE GIRL (dir. Rickey Bird) || ONTARIO PREMIERE!
28 mins. USA

A woman loses her dress but gains a chainsaw in this greasy and cheesy throwback to 1970s grindhouse and exploitation shockers filled with blood, gore, and nudity.


ANGER OF THE DEAD (dir. Francesco Picone)
15 mins. Italy.
subtitled in English

Alice and Nicholas survived an epidemic that ravaged the world, now only inhabited by the undead. But the nightmare is not over...


DEAD RUSH (dir. Zach Ramelan)
9 mins. Canada

Filmed from the point of view of a single survivor, experience the horror of waking up in the middle of a zombie uprising and fighting up close with the undead for your very survival.


CARGO (dir. Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke)
7 mins. Australia

Stranded in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, a man sets in motion an unlikely plan to protect the precious cargo he carries: his infant daughter.


FARM GIRL STRONG (dir. David Briggs)
10 mins. Canada

A beautiful farm girl's country bliss is threatened when a big-city tax collector comes a' knocking. With no money, what's an innocent farm girl to do? The tax-collector has some ideas...but little does he realize this farm girl has some naughty ideas of her own! A genre-bending lesson in expecting the unexpected from Distant Field Productions.


FODDER (dir. David Dollard)
9 mins. Canada.

In a post-apocalyptic undead world, a mysterious young woman must stand-up to her captors and horrible medical experiments in an underground military lab.


Audience members will also participate in our Zombie Choice Awards by voting for their favorite films in categories such as BEST FILMBEST KILLS, and BEST GORE.

SCREENING INFORMATION

Saturday, October 18, 2014
6:00pm - The Staircase Theatre (27 Dundurn St. N.)
$8.00 (zombies) / $10.00 (regular) 
Advance Tickets:  BUY ONLINE 
or purchase cash-only at the door.

ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Filmmakers in Attendance

Door Tickets from: 5:00pm / Seating from: 5:30pm.

Sep 10, 2014

Jay Winger Steps Down as Host of Fright Night Theatre

by Aaron Allen

"Welcome.....to Fright Night Theatre. OOOoooOOOOooo...."


Jay Winger presides over screening of Medium Raw: Night of the Wolf (Aug 2010)
Faithful attendees of Fright Night Theatre will no doubt recall the traditional opening words of our longtime host Jay Winger. With a homemade mask fashioned from a garbage bag and his infamous shiny pants, Jay would speak these immortal words -- delivered with all the cheese of a late night horror host -- to usher in each night's Fright Night Theatre audience to our unique blend of horror, comedy, and cult programming. However, it is with four years of unforgettable memories under his belt that Jay Winger has officially resigned from his position as Host and programmer with Fright Night Theatre.

The Host in killer mode (Mar 2014)
In a private statement to the Horror in the Hammer team, Jay explained that he would be leaving Fright Night Theatre as host and programmer, effective immediately. Jay has decided to devote more of his time to his website channeljaywebtv.com and film-making projects such as his various web series: the Horror in the Hammer-affiliated horror review show THE HOST and his parkour series 10 FEET (subscribe to both on Jay Winger's official Youtube channel). Jay will continue to dedicate his time to Fright Night Theatre as a volunteer and promoter as well as video editor.

Doing his infamous intro at the World Premiere of Bloodsucka Jones (Feb 2013)
Jay Winger officially took over Fright Night Theatre in February of 2010 as sole programmer, acting director, and Host. During his reign, Jay brought such boundary-pushing and controversial films to Hamilton as THE RED SIN TOWER (dir. Fred Vogel), MARTYRS (dir. Pascal Laugier), WOUND (dir. David Blyth), and DEAR GOD NO! (dir. James Bickert). Jay's programming also inclined towards the hilariously cheesy, with fan-favorite screenings of films such as MEGA SHARK vs. GIANT OCTOPUS, MEGA PIRANHA, NAZIS AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, and SHARKTOPUS. And who could forget screenings of such classics as PUPPET MASTER III, FRIDAY THE 13th, CITY OF THE LIVING DEADMETROPOLIS, DARKNESS, and DEMONS? Of course, independent Canadian genre cinema was always very close to Jay's heart. Jay was instrumental in bringing the works of Justin McConnell (THE COLLAPSED), Andrew Cymek (DARK RISING, MEDIUM RAW), Nathan Hynes and Chris Power (LONG PIGS), Chad Archibald (Neverlost), Torin Langen (TRASH), and Zach Ramelan (HOOKED) to the big screen of Fright Night Theatre. After November 2012, Jay stepped down as director but stayed on as programmer and Host until is resignation this year. Aaron Allen will stay on as director of Fright Night Theatre and share programming duties with Darrell Marsh.

Jay Winger: the Host and killer in shiny pants (Sep 2013)
Thanks for all the memorable screenings, Jay! May the host live on to slay audiences another day.


Killers to the left. 

Killers to the right. 
Stand up, sit down, 
FRIGHT!
FRIGHT!
FRIGHT!

Dario Argento's DEEP RED - Saturday, September 20 @ Fright Night Theatre Presents


Before Suspiria, Italian horror-master Dario Argento created DEEP RED. Also titled Profondo Rosso and The Hatchet Murders, DEEP RED is held up as one of the finest giallo films ever created. This September, we celebrate Dario Argento's contributions to horror with a one night only screening of his giallo masterpiece.

Experience the terror for yourself on the big screen and enter to win a Fangoria prize pack at Fright Night Theatre presents DEEP RED

DESCRIPTION

A musician (David Hemmings) witnesses the murder of a famous psychic and then teams up with a feisty reporter (Daria Nicolodi) to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by an unseen and black-gloved murderer bent on keeping a dark secret buried. Throw in creepy dolls, a roving killer POV, and a classic score by Italian prog-rock group GOBLIN to round out this seminal 1975 giallo film, considered by many to be a masterpiece of the genre. 


DATE: Saturday, September 20, 2014
TIME: Seating @ 5:30pm. Film @ 6:00pm
ADMISSION: $5 at the door (cash-only)
VENUE: The Elaine Mae Theatre (25 Dundurns St. N.)

Screens with music video / short film HAD BABBITS
(Dir. Derek Lukosius).