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. 



Mar 16, 2015

WEREWOLF DOUBLE FEATURE - Support the Eastern Wolf!

Purchase tickets to LATE PHASES & WOLFCOP and help protect the Eastern Wolf!


In our shared mythology, the wolf is a monster. It haunts our popular culture as a symbol of the carnivorous wild that has terrified human kind since prehistoric times as much as it represents the inner beast within us all. Especially in the horror genre, the wolf has been long associated with evil, terror, blood lust, and horror. But the wolf is not the monster of our medieval imaginations. It is an important species that, sadly, is under threat by a truly dangerous species: humanity.

That is why Fright Night Theatre has pledged to use our March 21st double-bill of werewolf films LATE PHASES and WOLFCOP to help support the Eastern Wolf of Ontario and Canada. After costs, we will be donating 50% of all ticket sales to the Bring Back the Wild™ project which aims to support Eastern wolf research and education.

TICKET PURCHASE LOCATIONS

ONLINE (Visa or Mastercard)

HAMMER CITY RECORDS (cash-only): 228 James St N Basement @ Rear Off Robert St. Hamilton, Ontario

CRASH LANDING (cash-only): 1189 Cannon Street East. Hamilton, Ontario

Donated funds will be used to:
  • Support telemetry research by Dr. Brent Patterson of the Ministry of Natural Resources to learn more about this apex predator’s movement patterns, current distribution and habitat use in Algonquin Provincial Park
  • Help verify a possible second Ontario eastern wolf population in the Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands
Eastern wolves were once plentiful in the forests of eastern North America, but human development has squeezed their population into smaller and smaller numbers. As a species of Special Concern in Canada, the eastern wolf is threatened by habitat loss, forest degradation and hunting

By supporting research of the eastern wolf and its habitat needs, initiatives like Bring Back the Wold will help the eastern wolf survive and expand in the future.

Mar 10, 2015

WEREWOLF DOUBLE FEATURE: LATE PHASES & WOLFCOP (March 21)

WEREWOLF DOUBLE FEATURE

== Late Phases (7:00pm) & Wolfcop (9:30pm) == 

Poster by Pat Sparrow
This March, unleash your inner beast at Fright Night Theatre! On Saturday, March 21st, we're bringing you a hairy and scary double feature of howling good modern werewolf films: the man vs. werewolf horror-drama LATE PHASES followed by the hilarious Canadian cult phenomenon WOLFCOP. Thanks to our awesome sponsors FANGORIA and SHOCK STOCK we'll be giving away monstrous prizes all night long, including free weekend passes to the SHOCK STOCK 2015 horror and exploitation weekend (April 24 - 26, 2015). in London, ON. Read on for full details and purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment. 


Saturday, March 21, 2015
The Staircase Theatre (27 Dundurn St. N.)
Hamilton, ON

DOUBLE FEATURE ADMISSION
$15 (LATE PHASES & WOLFCOP)

SINGLE FILM ADMISSION
$10 (advance)
$12 (at the door, cash-only)

* LCBO LICENSED VENUE!
* FANGORIA PRIZE RAFFLES!
* WOLFCOP BINGO!

BUY TICKETS ONLINE

LATE PHASES - 7:00pm
Directed by Adrián García Bogliano
(USA) 2014, 95 mins

Principal Cast: Nick Damici, Ethan Embry

Screens With Short Film: THE MAN WHO CHOKED || Canadian Premiere ||  (dir. Ross Jameson)

Seating from 6:30pm

When a wounded war veteran (Nick Damici, STAKELAND) moves in to the retirement community of Crescent Bay, he discovers that residents are dying in a series of grisly attacks. But his take-no-prisoners attitude is just what he needs to survive as it becomes clear that the increasingly violent and horrific attacks are being caused by beasts that are neither animal nor man, and the tight-knit community of Crescent Bay is harboring something truly sinister in its midst. Also starring Ethan Embry (CHEAP THRILLS, EMPIRE RECORDS). LATE PHASES is the English language film debut of director Adrián García Bogliano (HERE COMES THE DEVIL).


THE MAN WHO CHOKED

An elderly patient in an institution encounters a sadistic nurse.



WOLFCOP - 9:30pm
Directed by Lowell Dean
(CANADA) 2014, 95 mins

Principal Cast: Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Sarah Lind

Screens With Short Film: THIS NEIGHBORHOOD || Canadian Premiere ||  (dir. Jerry Ochoa)

Seating from 9:15pm

It's not unusual for alcoholic cop Lou Garou (Leo Fafard) to black out and wake up in unfamiliar surroundings, but after Garou finds himself at the center of an occult conspiracy, his life begins to get a lot hairier. When the moon is full, Lou becomes a rage-filled, booze swilling, pistol-slinging werewolf cop with a hunger for justice. With the help of his friends, he sets out to clean up his town and become a better man...one transformation at a time.


THIS NEIGHBORHOOD

A deeply disturbed man stalks his neighbors, believing God has instructed him to murder everyone around him in order to save mankind.


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Mar 3, 2015

HORROR SHORT FILM SHOWCASE 6 (Fright Night Theatre Presents)

Fright Night Theatre Presents
HORROR SHORTS SHOWCASE 6

Fright Night Theatre presents a premiere-studded night of horrific and hilarious horror short films from Canada, America, the UK, and beyond. Our ongoing Horror Short Film Showcase programme is a freaky and fun spotlight on local and international filmmakers working in the fields of cinematography, animation, special effects, makeup, and script-writing.


Saturday, 
March 07, 2015

Doors @7pm
Shorts @ 8pm

The Staircase Theatre

(27 Dundurn St. N.)

$5 at the door (cash only)

Join Facebook Event

SPONSORED BY FANGORIA

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS


NIGHT OF THE HOST (2014) || WORLD PREMIERE || 5:16 min.
Dir. Jay Winger
CANADA

A familiar figure in a trashbag mask and shiny pants talks the streets of Hamilton.


THE ROLE THAT RUINED MY CAREER (2014) || WORLD PREMIERE || 3:52 min.
Dir. Melanie Gourlay
UK

A frustrated director auditions hopefuls for his latest project, but their last role in an infamous horror film seems to have affected them a little too much.


COGAS (2014) || NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE || 9:43 min.
Dir. Michela Anedda
UK

A dark animated tale about Cogas: vampire witches with long tails, forced to suck blood from newborn babies in order to survive.


EYES WIDE OPEN (2013) || NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE || 0:20 min.
Dir. Steven Dorrington
UK

Don't blink! EYES WIDE OPEN is a 20 second short from the point of view of a horror movie victim. Short but definitely not sweet.


HAPPY MEMORIES (2014) || CANADIAN PREMIERE || 5:53 min.
Dir. Jack Fields
USA

A cupcake is born to a mustachioed mother. As it embarks on its journey, it is menaced by terrifying beings. Will the cupcake be destroyed by torment, or metamorphose into something greater?


HEELS (2014) || CANADIAN PREMIERE || 13:10 min.
Dir. Jeremy Jantz
USA

Theo, a downtrodden, unassuming shoe repairman with a fetish for shoes, becomes obsessed with his latest customer: a bisexual stripper with luxurious footwear.



SCUM (2014) || CANADIAN PREMIERE || 12 min.
Dir. Zach Shildwachter
USA

Exploring the horrifying capabilities of a man pushed too far and comprised of dialogue solely from interview quotes from actual serial killers, SCUM brutally exposes how close we all are from becoming monsters in the blink of an eye.


THRILL KILL (2014) || CANADIAN PREMIERE|| 7:07 min.
Dir. Zach Shildwachter
USA

All is not as it seems when a man, pushed too far, frantically zooms around the city in a '77 Mustang with a beautiful woman on the verge of death in his passenger seat.



THE STOMACH (2014) || ONTARIO PREMIERE|| 15 min.
Dir. Ben Steiner
UK

Frank's had enough. As a spirit medium whose unique and grotesque method of channeling the dead is putting his own life at risk, he wants out. But others, living and dead, have plans of their own.


BROKEN (2014) 10:40 min.
Dir. Adam Ciolfi
CANADA

A damaged robot attempts to keep his companion alive after a catastrophic accident.


Jan 11, 2015

THE BABADOOK SELLS OUT

Fright Night Theatre's Hamilton Premiere of THE BABADOOK has now officially SOLD-OUT. 


Due to overwhelming demand, all tickets to the Hamilton Premiere of The Babadook and the World Premiere of The Shutterbug Man, all have been purchased or claimed as of this posting.

In the event that any tickets are returned or not picked up, they will be made available at the door on the night of February 7th, 2014, but Fright Night Theatre can not guarantee the availability of any door tickets at this time. Thanks to everyone for supporting Horror In The Hammer and Fright Night Theatre in our efforts to bring this amazing horror film to Hamilton.

Stay tuned to this site or the official Horror in the Hammer Facebook page for any future announcements about potential door tickets and rush lines.