Sep 10, 2014

Jay Winger Steps Down as Host of Fright Night Theatre

by Aaron Allen

" 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 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, 

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


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).

Sep 8, 2014

Vampire Comedy BLOODSUCKA JONES Debuts on DVD

If you have a problem with vampires, you call the badass mofo in the killer fro: BLOODSUCKA JONES!

Bloodsucka Jones, the indie vampire comedy which had its world premiere at Fright Night Theatre in 2013, is now available on DVD from! Take a bite out of this hilarious film that Horror in the Hammer raves is "the Anchorman of horror comedies: irreverent, unpredictable, goofball, chaotic, supremely quotable, and completely hilarious."

Written and directed by Justin Armao, Bloodsucka Jones stars Preston Gant as the afro'd vampire hunter who teams up with bumbling friends David (Armao) and Tony (Travis Woods) when David discovers that his new girlfriend is a sexy nosferatu. Together they take on hot vampire babes and a gang of collar-popping douche bag undead with the help of Bloodsucka Jones's sultry sidekick Vanessa (Maria Canapino). Bloodsucka Jones is an irreverent, unpredictable, goofball, chaotic, supremely quotable, and completely hilarious fresh new horror comedy guaranteed to slay your funny bone!

Order your copy of Bloodsucka Jones loaded with special features directly from AMAZON.COM

Aug 22, 2014

Hamilton Zombie Short Film Festival -- CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

Fright Night Theatre is proud to announce that it will be presenting the 2nd annual HAMILTON ZOMBIE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (HZSFF) as part of this year's Hamilton Zombie Walk.

Started in 2013 for the Hamilton Zombie Walk in Hamilton, ON, the HZSFF is a competitive one-night short film festival celebrating the best in zombie short films with an audience of die-hard zombie fans and dedicated zombie walkers. Whether they be scary, funny, or just plain gory, all films officially selected for the HZSFF will screen on Saturday, October 18th at the beautiful Staircase Theatre and will be eligible to receive award distinction in our audience Zombie Choice Awards. Click here for last year's winners.

Please write "HZSFF" on your submission form

As with all Fright Night Theatre screenings, we charge no entry fees and maintain no premiere requirements or prior online screening restrictions. All screenings are not-for-profit and open to the public.

Aug 12, 2014

$244 Raised for SACHA Sexual Assault Centre


On Friday, August 8th, 2014, the award-winning Canadian horror-thriller SILENT RETREAT had its Hamilton Premiere at Fright Night Theatre as part of a fundraiser for the SACHA sexual assault centre at the Staircase Cafe Theatre. Thanks to the generosity of the filmmakers, our sponsors, and fans, Fright Night Theatre was able to raise $244.52 in support of SACHA's services for survivors of sexual assault and abuse.

I would like to thank everyone who came out last week to support Fright Night Theatre's initiative to raise money for the SACHA Sexual Assault Centre. SACHA is a feminist, non-profit, community-based organization of women in Hamilton, Ontario guided by anti-racist and anti-oppressive values working to end violence in our community. SACHA offers several invaluable programmes such as a 24 Hour Support LineCounselling and AdvocacyDiverse Communities Outreach, and Public Education. Services are confidential and completely free of charge

Recognizing dynamics of gender and power in sexual violence and the importance of organizations like SACHA, Fright Night Theatre invited director Tricia Lee and writer Corey Brown to screen their feminist horror film SILENT RETREAT in Hamilton as an official selection of Fright Night Theatre. We were honored to have Lee, Brown, and star Robert Nolan join to celebrate women in the horror industry, to raise money for SACHA, and to share their thoughts about how horror and the horror industry can be empowering to women.

We were also  joined in our efforts by a number of stellar local sponsors and local artists who donated valuable prizes, perks, and original artwork for our charity raffles. Fright Night Theatre would like to thank the following sponsors who were crucial in making our fundraiser a success:
Fright Night Theatre would also like to thank the following individuals for all their work and assistance:
Ann Hopkins, CF Benner, Chelsea Jenish, Cheyenne Federiconi, Chris Alexander, Chris Crash, Colette Kendall, Corey Brown, Courtney Make, Erin Crickett, Jacqueline de Schutter, Jefferey Watson, Leah Visser, Lenore Lukasik-Foss, Mark Furukawa, Mark Sims, Robert Nolan, Suzanne Kirkwood, Ted Dalgetty, Tina Hall, Tricia Lee.

Thank you for coming out and supporting such a great cause. Don't forget: Silent Retreat is now available on VOD across Canada and will be hitting DVD on September 2nd from Black Fawn Distribution. Pre-order your copy at

- Aaron Allen
Director: Fright Night Theatre

Jul 2, 2014


Fright Night Theatre is thrilled to announce the next installment in its competitive screening series: SILENT RETREAT 

After taking home the award for Best Canadian Feature at Toronto After Dark and completing an extended theatrical run, director Tricia Lee's critically acclaimed horror thriller meets creature feature SILENT RETREAT will be making its Hamilton Premiere at Fright Night Theatre on Friday, August 08, 2014! In addition, Fright Night Theatre will be donating all net proceeds from the screening directly to SACHA - the sexual assault centre of Hamilton.

In SILENT RETREAT,  Janey (Chelsea Jenish), an orphaned 
young woman with a troubled past, is sent to a
rehabilitation camp for young girls as an alternative to prison. The doctor overseeing this shady operation  (Robert Nolan) enforces a very strict policy: absolutely no speaking or noise-making whatsoever. No personal items. No direct eye contact with the camp administrators. What looks on the outside to be a rehabilitation camp quickly shows itself to be something far more sinister: a misogynistic experiment in social programming. Failure to comply, however, is punished not at the hands of the administrators but by the tooth and claw of a dangerous creature that stalks the dense, dark woods. The only way to survive the to SCREAM. Directed by Tricia Lee. Written by Corey Brown. CANADA, 2013, 84 mins. Screening with the short film PITY (dir. John Pata).
Director: Tricia Lee

Director and Cast in Attendance for Q&A

Friday, August 8, 2014
8:00pm - The Staircase Theatre (27 Dundurn St. N.)
$10 (advance) / $12 (at the door - cash only) 
Advance Tickets: BUY ONLINE
Door Tickets from: 7:00pm / Seating from: 7:10pm.


"[A] tense little beast of a movie that has some powerfully terrifying moments" - Aint It Cool News

"[B]eautifully blends supernatural horror with the terrors of the real world" - Rue Morgue

"[A]n absolute horror winner" - The Man Sphere

"Fans of quieter psychological horror drama as well as blood-soaked monster movies should seek out Silent Retreat" - Horror in the Hammer

Please join us for a night of hair-raising Canadian cinema by one of Canada's rising female genre directors as we raise funds to support services for survivors of sexual assault and abuse.

Jun 30, 2014

ALL OUT FOR ANG Fundraiser at Fright Night Theatre a Success!

Thank you to all who came out last Saturday for the Fright Night Theatre Canadian Premieres of Radio Silence and Call Girl. Due to your generosity and the support of our awesome sponsors at Fangoria and Raven Banner Entertainment, we were able to raise an additional $50.00 in raffle proceeds for the All Out For Ang cancer fundraiser!

Presented by Ben Rispin, Crash Landing and Rebel Time Records, All Out for Ang was a charity punk show organized to raise funds for Angela Orchard, the drummer for The Rotten, in order to help her in her ongoing battle against cancer. Horror in the Hammer donated a prize pack for raffles at the event and also took the extra step to put together a second round of charity raffles at our Fright Night Theatre Canadian Premiere of the German horror/thriller Radio Silence that very night. For more on Ang's story and to make further contributions, visit

Thank you to all our loyal fans, generous attendees, and amazing sponsors for supporting us in not only our ongoing celebration of independent horror cinema but also in our efforts to give back to the local community and make a difference in people's lives.