Feb 10, 2016

PHOTOS: My Bloody Valentine 35th Anniversary Celebration

On Saturday, Feb 6, 2016 the Fright Night Theatre Film Festival in Hamilton, ON celebrated the 35th anniversary of the classic Canadian slasher MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981) with special guest director George Mihalka.


George Mihalka, director: MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981)
Joined by an audience of die-hard horror fans and film fanatics --  some of whom were experiencing the film for the first time -- FNTFF director and head programmer Aaron Allen led the audience in a rousing sing-along rendition of film's end-credits song "The Ballad of Harry Warden" before screening the extended edition cut of the film which restores a number of gory deaths cut from the theatrical print by the MPAA. Following the show, Aaron moderated an insightful Q&A with director George Mihalka detailing the origins of the film, its challenging production, the heartbreaking cuts forced by the MPAA, and the film's eventual resurrection as a cult classic.

It was truly a night to remember and an experience that will live on in our hearts...until Harry Warden rips it from our chest, of course.

PHOTO GALLERY
photos by Kristopher Hadfield

Captivated audience
Festival director Aaron Allen moderates Q&A with George Mihalka
George Mihalka, director: MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981)
Mihalka greets fans
Aaron's heart grew two sizes that night
Festival programmers Darrell Marsh and Aaron Allen with Mihalka
Mihalka with photographer Kris Hadfield
Aaron doing his favorite thing: giving away prizes!

Feb 8, 2016

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS TO BE ANNOUNCED NEXT WEEK

After months of submissions, the Fright Night Theatre Film Festival will be announcing its official film selections for our March 2016 edition next week. Schedule information and tickets will go online soon after. 

Until then, feast your eyes upon our new poster by the incomparable artist Pat Sparrow.


Jan 20, 2016

MY BLOODY VALENTINE (1981) 35th Anniversary Screening

MY BLOODY VALENTINE
35th Anniversary Celebration

Director GEORGE MIHALKA in attendance for Q&A
Saturday, February 6, 2016
8:00pm - The Staircase Theatre (27 Dundurn St. N.)
Doors and Seating @ 7:00pm

ONE SCREENING ONLY!

Directed by George Mihalka
(CAN) 1981,  90 mins

Principal Cast: Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck

Admission

ONLINE: $11.00 (plus $1.38 service fee)
AT-THE-DOOR: $11.00 (cash-only)

DESCRIPTION

Welcome to Valentine Bluffs, a small mining town with a big heart and a terrible secret. When a group of young men and women decide to defy a decades-old ban on Valentine's Day festivities, a deranged killer from the past returns to inflict a bloody wave of heart-breaking revenge. Harry Warden is back, and he's got a pickaxe to grind on young lovers. Experience one of the greatest slashers ever made and a classic of Canadian horror. Director George Mihalka will be in attendance!



TRAILER


IMAGES






VENUE



Dec 7, 2015

FNTFF Returns March & September 2016


That's a wrap on the 2015 Fright Night Theatre Film Festival! Thank you to everyone -- our volunteers, our enthusiastic audience, and our very talented filmmakers -- who made our 7th annual season such a huge success. From the terrifying world of The Babadook to the screwball shenanigans of Killer Rack, we've had a landmark year of fun and frights.

The Fright Night Theatre Film Festival will return with new offerings from the best of the horror, genre, and cult film world on March 11-12 and September 30 - October 01, 2016 at the Staircase Theatre in Hamilton, ON, Canada.



NEXT FESTIVAL DATE: MARCH 11 - 12, 2016


Early Bird Deadline: December 19, 2015
  Fees: SHORTS - $5.00 (USD) / FEATURES - $10.00 (USD)
Final Deadline: February 6, 2016
 Fees: SHORTS - $10.00 (USD) / FEATURES - $15.00 (USD)

Notification Date: February 13, 2016



Dec 2, 2015

HORROR SHORT FILM SHOWCASE #8

Fright Night Theatre Presents

HORROR SHORT FILM SHOWCASE 

Saturday, 
December 05, 2015

Doors @7pm
Shorts @ 8pm

The Elaine Mae Theatre
25 Dundurn St. N.

Admission: $5.00

DESCRIPTION

Fright Night Theatre presents a night of horrific and hilarious horror short films from Canada and around the world. 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.

SHORTS

THIS NEIGHBORHOOD (2013) || 10:22 min.
* WINNER: BEST HORROR SHORT 2015 *
Dir. Jerry Ochoa
USA

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


EL GIGANTE (2014) || 13:42 min.
* WINNER: MOST SHOCKING SHORT 2015 *
Dir. Gigi Saul Guerrero and Luke Bramley
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!



EXTREME PINOCCHIO (2014) 22:44 min.
* WINNER: BEST FANTASY SHORT 2015 *
Dir. Pascal Chind
FRANCE

A dwarf junkie dresses up as Pinocchio to steal money from a schizophrenic psychopath who thinks he’s Geppetto…


INVADERS (2014) || 6:00 min.
* WINNER: BEST COMEDY SHORT 2015 *
Dir. Jason Kupfer
USA

A pair of home invaders consider their potential character choices just prior to their planned invasion.


THE WALDGEIST & ME (2014) || 10:00 min.
* WINNER: BEST ANIMATED SHORT 2015 *
Dir. Joe Bichard
UK

A dark animated tale of love and dismemberment centered around a man and the monster of the forest.


OUT OF THE BOX (2015) || 4:00 min.
Dir. Sebastien Godin
Canada

Vince and Brian are desperate. They volunteer for an experiment that could give them the reward they need. Two guys. One box.


 ISOLATED (2015) || 5:14 min.
Dir. Tomas Vergara
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.



DARK THERAPY (2014) || 8:08 min.
Dir. Chad Eric Smith
USA

A vampire seeks psychiatric treatment for a phobia that impacts his way of life.


CRAZY GOLF (2014) || 10:00 min.
Dir. Chloe Philippou
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.


PIGBOY (2013) || 11:29 min.
Dir. Chad Magnant
CANADA

Documentary filmmakers get too close to their subject: the dealer of a strange new drug.


CHOICE CUTS (2014) || 4:43 min.
Dir. Jeff Meyers and Keith Jefferies
USA

A duo of violent kidnappers bite off more than they can chew when their latest victim turns the tables on their dinner plans.


THE REVENANT (2013) || 7:16 min.
Dir. Victor Druillet and Norman Jangot
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.


LAUGHING OUT LOUD (2012) || 8:02 min.
Dir. Daniel Clements
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.


Nov 28, 2015

2015 Fright Night Theatre Awards Announced


The competitive portion of the 2015 Fright Night Theatre Film Festival has officially wrapped, and our fans and selection committee have cast their votes. Out of the nine competitive feature films and 38 competitive shorts we screened this season, we are thrilled to announce this year's Fright Night Theatre Award Winners 

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS
As voted by the in-attendance audience

BEST FILM

Wolfcop
(Director - Lowell Dean / Producers - Sean Buckley, Bernie Hernano, J. Joly, Bill Marks, Deborah Marks, Danielle Masters, Hugh Patterson, Brian Wideen)

BEST SHORT

Dead Hearts
(Director - Stephen W. Martin / Producer - Alex Glua)



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

== FEATURE FILMS ==


SCARIEST FILM
The Babadook (dir. Jennifer Kent)


MOST SHOCKING FILM
Circus of the Dead (dir. Billy Pon)


FUNNIEST FILM
Bloody Knuckles (dir. Matt O'Mahoney)


BEST DIRECTOR
Jennifer Kent (The Babadook)



BEST ACTOR
Nick Damici (Late Phases: Night of the Lone Wolf)


BEST ACTRESS
Essie Davis (The Babadook)



BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Conor Sweeney (The Editor)



BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
TIE - Paz de la Huerta (The Editor) & Amy Matysio (Wolfcop)



BEST SCREENPLAY
The Babadook - Jennifer Kent


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Babadook- Radek Ladczuk


BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS
Late Phases: Night of the Lone Wolf



BEST MUSICAL SCORE
The Editor - Jeremy Gillespie, Norman Orenstein, Claudio Simonetti, Vercetti Technicolor, Trevor Tuminski, Brian Wiacek



BEST SONG
Killer Rack - "Fun Bags"





BEST VILLAIN
Circus of the Dead -Bill Oberst Jr. as PAPA CORN


ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP FX
Wolfcop - Emersen Ziffle
BEST MONSTER
TIE  - The Babadook and the Killer Rack


 == SHORT FILMS ==


BEST HORROR SHORT
This Neighborhood (dir. Jerry Ochoa)



MOST SHOCKING SHORT
El Gigante (dir. Luke Bramley an Gigi Saul Guerrero)


BEST COMEDY SHORT
Invaders (dir. Jason Kupfer)

BEST SCI-FI SHORT
La Caja de Pandora aka. Pixel Theory: Pandora's Box (dir. Daniel Hern├índez Torrado)


BEST ANIMATED SHORT
The Waldgeist & Me (dir. Joe Bichard)


BEST FANTASY SHORT
Extreme Pinocchio (dir. Pascal Chind)