May 2, 2017

Contest: Rename the Fright Night Theatre Film Festival and Win a Life-Time Pass

The Fright Night Theatre Film Festival is Mutating...
and We Need Your Help!


We don't know if it's because of exposure to radioactive ooze, a voodoo curse, the result of an alien virus, or simply just some form of putrid puberty, but Hamilton's long-standing horror, cult, and exploitation genre screening series and film festival is under going come chilling ch-ch-ch-changes.

That's right; for our 10th year and 2018 film festival, we are re-branding to change both our name and our look. Same great films and annual festival: new name!  And we want your help in re-naming our fearsome fest. In exchange, we're offering a free, life-time festival pass to the lucky winner. Read below for details!

CONTEST: RENAME THE FRIGHT NIGHT THEATRE FILM FESTIVAL

HOW TO WIN:

1.) Download and complete the official contest entry form HERE
2.) Return the form to aaron@frightnighttheatre.com with the subject-line RENAME FNTFF by 12:00 AM ET on Monday, April 22, 2017. This contest is open to all residents 18 years or older of Canada and the USA but prize is nontransferable. No cash value. See entry form for complete rules and guidelines.

Mar 27, 2017

2017 FNTFF AWARD WINNERS REVEALED


Please join us in celebrating all our FNTFF 2017 Award Winners! A creepy congratulations to all our amazing filmmakers, crews, and teams who partook in the festival. Your work and passion are truly exceptional. And a special thank you to all our fans who voted for the Audience Choice Awards across all three nights of the fest.

Without further adieu,  the winners are.....

2017 FNTFF AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS

BEST SHORT
Your Date is Here (USA). Directed by Zak White and Todd Spence

BEST FEATURE
Blood Hunters (CAN). Directed by Tricia Lee



2017 FNTFF SHORT FILM AWARDS

BEST HORROR SHORT
Death Metal (USA). Directed by Chris McInroy

MOST SHOCKING SHORT
When Susurrus Stirs (USA). Directed by Anthony Cousins

BEST COMEDIC SHORT
Death Metal (USA). Directed by Chris McInroy

BEST SCI-FI SHORT
The Fisherman (SPAIN). Directed by Alejandro Suárez Lozano

BEST FANTASY SHORT
Kaska (GER). Directed by Alexander Dannhauser

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Flies in May (AUS). Directed by Caroline Jiang

BEST CANADIAN SHORT -- TIE
  • Studded Nightmare directed by Jean-Claude Leblanc
  • PYOTR495 directed by Blake Mawson

2017 FNTFF FEATURE FILM AWARDS

SCARIEST FILM 
Red Christmas (AUS). Directed by Craig Anderson

MOST SHOCKING FILM 
Cat Sick Blues (AUS). Directed by Dave Jackson

FUNNIEST FILM  -- TIE
  • Cat Sick Blues (AUS) directed by Dave Jackson
  • Pool Party Massacre (USA) directed by Drew Marvick 

BEST DIRECTOR
Dave Jackson (Cat Sick Blues)

BEST WRITING
Andrew Gallacher & Dave Jackson (Cat Sick Blues)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY 
Jakub Kijowski (The Lure)

BEST ACTOR 
Russell Geoffrey Banks (Who’s Watching Oliver)

BEST ACTRESS 
Dee Wallace (Red Christmas)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 
Zygmunt Malanowicz (The Lure)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 
Margaret Roche (Who’s Watching Oliver)

BEST VISUAL FX 
The Lure

BEST SPECIAL FX
Cat Sick Blues

BEST SCORE
The Lure

BEST VILLAIN 
Catman/Ted (Cat Sick Blues)

BEST MONSTERS
Golden and Silver (The Lure)

ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP FX
The Lure

Mar 26, 2017

That's a Wrap on 2017!

That's a wrap folks! The 2017 Fright Night Theatre has come to a close after three nights of thrills, chills, and kills. Hamilton, ON's only festival dedicated to indie horror, cult, and exploitation films would like to thank you all for your support and sharing our love of monsters, maniacs, and cinematic murder.

Blood Hunters director Tricia Lee (front right) with the Fright Night Theatre Volunteer Team
After 3 days spotlighting 7 freaky feature films and 16 shocking shorts, the FNTFF wrapped its 2017 season with the Ontario Premiere of Tricia Lee's creature feature BLOOD HUNTERS to an enthusiastic crowd of sci-fi and horror fans. Blood Hunters followed a robust screening of the monster-loving documentary Long Live the King: The Legacy of King Kong earlier that day.

From all of us at the FNTFF, thank you! And thank you to all our tireless volunteers and programming team without whom this festival would not happen.

See you all next year. The FNTFF will be undergoing some changes, but we'll be back in a new form with the same devotion to fringe films and sinister cinema.

Festival Day 3 - Monster Mania (Closing Night)

Tonight, the 2017 Fright Night Theatre Film Festival wraps its final day with two monstrous movies that are to die for!

*Special Sunday Pass: $15 for both films*

4:00pm (Elaine Mae Theatre, 25 Dundurn St. N.)

 LONG LIVE THE KING: THE LEGACY OF KING KONG (USA)
|| HAMILTON PREMIERE|| 
Directed by Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger
Trailer Poster
Feature documentary about the enduring popularity of the character King Kong, and how the 1933 film has inspired countless artists, writers and filmmakers. Featuring interviews with Joe Dante (Gremlins), Doug Jones (Hellboy), Dana Gould (The Simpsons), Bob Burns (monster movie historian and collector), Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) and more.
Screens with short film POLICY directed by Donavon Thompson.
Tickets: $11.00 ea. (cash-only at the door) 

6:00pm (Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. N.)




2017  Fright Night Theatre Film Festival Award Winner Announcement
Join us as we announce the winners of our FNTFF Awards including winners in our short film and feature film categories.
7:00pm (Staircase Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. N.)


 BLOOD HUNTERS (CANADA)
|| ONTARIO PREMIERE|| 
Directed by Tricia Lee     ** DIRECTOR IN ATTENDANCE**
Trailer Poster
A ward-winning Canadian director Tricia Lee returns to the FNTFF with BLOOD HUNTERS, a character-driven horror film about a single mother who wakes up in a medical facility to find that everyone is dead and she's nine months pregnant. And to make matters worse, strange blood-hungry creatures are lurking in the darkness. Starring Julian Richings (Man of Steel, The VVITCH, Cube), Lara Gilchrist (Battlestar Galactica), Mark Taylor (Flashpoint), and Torri Higginson (Stargate: Atlantis).
Screens with short film UNDRESS ME directed by Amelia Moses.
Tickets: $11.00 ea. (cash-only at the door) 

Mar 25, 2017

Festival Day 2: Slashers & Psychopaths

The Fright Night Theatre Film Festival enters Day 2 at the Staircase Theatre for a day of four fearsome screenings!

At 3:30pm we are thrilled to present our annual HORROR SHORT FILM SHOWCASE featuring the World Premieres of local shorts CHEWED (dir. Mike Trebilcock) and JASON (dir. Greg Kovacs). Although this screening is SOLD OUT, there's a chance some tickets will become available at the box office due to no-shows. Check in with the box office at 2:30pm to join the rush line.


At 7:00pm we have three back-to-back features, all of which deal with psychos and slashers!


7.00 PM - WHO'S WATCHING OLIVER (USA) Tickets: $11.00 ea. (cash-only at the door) 

|| ONTARIO PREMIERE||
Directed by Richie Moore

WHO'S WATCHING OLIVER
tells the story of a mentally unstable loner lost in a life of depraved violence forced upon him by his psychopathic mother. His only savior and possible way out of a life of sleazy violence comes in the form of the beautiful Sophia. Or will she end up like all the beautiful women in his life: cut up into little pieces?

Screens with short film FLIES IN MAY directed by Caroline Jiang.


9.45 PM - RED CHRISTMAS (AUSTRALIA) Tickets: $11.00 ea. (cash-only at the door) 

|| ONTARIO PREMIERE||
Directed by Craig Anderson

Starring and produced by genre star DEE WALLACE (The Howling, Cujo, The Hills Have Eyes), the stylish and over-the-top RED CHRISTMAS makes its Ontario debut the FNTFF! A cloaked stranger interrupts the Christmas Day festivities of a strong willed matriarch (Dee Wallace) who is celebrating with her dysfunctional family. When the stranger goes on the offensive, the family is subjected to an un-silent night of holy terror in which the cinematic carnage that makes victims of naughty and nice alike.

Screens with short film BORN AGAIN directed by Jason Tostevin.




11.59 PM - CAT SICK BLUES (AUSTRALIA) Tickets: $11.00 ea. (cash-only at the door) 

|| CANADIAN PREMIERE||
Directed by Dave Jackson

A man pushed to a traumatic mental breakdown following the death of his beloved cat believes he can bring his feline friend back from the dead by dressing up like a cat and collecting 9 human lives. Insane. Offensive. Prosthetic Cat Penis. None of these words come close to describing the unbridled madness that is destined to make CAT SICK BLUES a certifiable cult hit.

Screens with short film DEATH METAL directed by Chris McInroy.



Mar 24, 2017

Festival is Now On: Opening Night Films over 50% Sold Out

The 2017 Fright Night Theatre Film Festival is now officially on! 

Tonight we kick off the festival with a wet & wild double feature of horror-comedy POOL PARTY MASSACRE and acclaimed killer-mermaid musical THE LURE. 




7.30 PM - POOL PARTY MASSACRE (USA) -- OVER 50% SOLD OUT
|| CANADIAN PREMIERE|| 
Directed by Drew Marvick
What starts out as a relaxing summer day by the pool for a group of high-maintenance socialites quickly turns into a gory nightmare as the unknown killer begins to stalk and murder the young girls in increasingly bloody ways. This hilarious homage to 80s slashers from hot up-and-coming horror writer/director Drew Marvick is Slumber Party Massacre meets Mean Girls. Definitely a pool-side treat for fans of bodacious, blood-soaked bikini body counts. Starring LeeAnna Vamp, Alexis Adams, Mark Justice.

Screens with short film JUST JUSTICE III KUNGFU KARATE ANNIHILATOR directed by Rafael Dengrá
Tickets: $11.00 ea. (cash-only at the door) 

9.45 PM - THE LURE (POLAND) -- OVER 60% SOLD OUT
|| HAMILTON PREMIERE|| 
*subtitled in English*
Directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska
In an alternate version of 1980s Poland, a pair of mermaid sisters come ashore and join an adult night club as strippers and singers. While one seeks love with humans the other hungers to dine on the human population of the city. The Lure is a bloody, bold, and genre-defying sensation featuring stunning musical numbers, special effects, and savage sexuality. Starring Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszanska, Kinga Preis. 
Screens with short film WHEN SUSSURRUS STIRS directed by Anthony Cousins
Tickets: $11.00 ea. (cash-only at the door) 

Mar 22, 2017

Hamilton's Fright Night Theatre Film Festival begins on Friday!


MARCH 24 - 26, 2017
The Staircase Theatre (27 Dundurn St. N.)
Hamilton, ON

Killer musical mermaids! Cat-Obsessed Serial Killers! Blood-Thirsty Beasts!

+ More Monsters, Maniacs, and Murderers!

Hold on to your butts, horror fans! The Fright Night Theatre Film Festival kicks off its 2017 season on Friday, March 24 for three nights of thrills, chills, and kills at the Staircase Theatre.

Featuring a program of seven new horror, cult, and exploitation feature film premieres and an already sold-out short film block, tickets to this year's fest are going fast! Don't miss all the movie mayhem. Avoid disappointment at the door by purchasing your advance tickets online HERE.

Advanced ticket sales end on Mar 23 at 11:59pm!
  • 3-Day Festival Pass: $60.00 (while supplies last)
  • Special Sunday Pass (Long Live the King + Blood Hunters): $15.00
  • Individual Film Tickets: $11.00 ea.

FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Click on film titles for more information

FRIDAY, MARCH 24 - OPENING NIGHT!

7.30 PM - POOL PARTY MASSACRE (USA)
|| CANADIAN PREMIERE|| 
Directed by Drew Marvick
What starts out as a relaxing summer day by the pool for a group of high-maintenance socialites quickly turns into a gory nightmare as the unknown killer begins to stalk and murder the young girls in increasingly bloody ways. This hilarious homage to 80s slashers from hot up-and-coming horror writer/director Drew Marvick is Slumber Party Massacre meets Mean Girls. Definitely a pool-side treat for fans of bodacious, blood-soaked bikini body counts. Starring LeeAnna Vamp, Alexis Adams, Mark Justice.

Screens with short film JUST JUSTICE III KUNGFU KARATE ANNIHILATOR directed by Rafael Dengrá


9.45 PM - THE LURE (POLAND) - OVER 50% SOLD OUT
|| HAMILTON PREMIERE|| 
*subtitled in English*
Directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska
In an alternate version of 1980s Poland, a pair of mermaid sisters come ashore and join an adult night club as strippers and singers. While one seeks love with humans the other hungers to dine on the human population of the city. The Lure is a bloody, bold, and genre-defying sensation featuring stunning musical numbers, special effects, and savage sexuality. Starring Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszanska, Kinga Preis. 
Screens with short film WHEN SUSSURRUS STIRS directed by Anthony Cousins


SATURDAY, MARCH 25

3.30 PM - HORROR SHORT FILM SHOWCASE
Experience a curated program of horrific and hilarious short films from around the world including the World Premieres of local shorts CHEWED (dirMike Trebilcock) and JASON (dir. Greg Kovacs). The FNTFF puts a freaky and fun spotlight on local and international filmmakers working in the fields of cinematography, animation, special effects, makeup, and script-writing. (Approx 104 min.)



7.00 PM - WHO'S WATCHING OLIVER (USA)
|| ONTARIO PREMIERE|| 
Directed by Richie Moore
Poster
WHO'S WATCHING OLIVER tells the story of a mentally unstable loner lost in a life of depraved violence forced upon him by his psychopathic mother. His only savior and possible way out of a life of sleazy violence comes in the form of the beautiful Sophia. Or will she end up like all the beautiful women in his life: cut up into little pieces? 
Screens with short film FLIES IN MAY directed by Caroline Jiang.


9.45 PM - RED CHRISTMAS (AUSTRALIA)
|| ONTARIO PREMIERE|| 
Directed by Craig Anderson
Trailer Poster
Starring and produced by genre star DEE WALLACE (The Howling, Cujo, The Hills Have Eyes), the stylish and over-the-top RED CHRISTMAS  makes its Ontario debut the FNTFF! A cloaked stranger interrupts the Christmas Day festivities of a strong willed matriarch (Dee Wallace) who is celebrating with her dysfunctional family. When the stranger goes on the offensive, the family is subjected to an un-silent night of holy terror in which the cinematic carnage that makes victims of naughty and nice alike.
Screens with short film BORN AGAIN directed by Jason Tostevin.



11.59 PM - CAT SICK BLUES (AUSTRALIA)
|| CANADIAN PREMIERE|| 
Directed by Dave Jackson
Trailer Poster
A man pushed to a traumatic mental breakdown following the death of his beloved cat believes he can bring his feline friend back from the dead by dressing up like a cat and collecting 9 human lives. Insane. Offensive. Prosthetic Cat Penis. None of these words come close to describing the unbridled madness that is destined to make CAT SICK BLUES a certifiable cult hit.
Screens with short film DEATH METAL directed by Chris McInroy.

SUNDAY MARCH 26

4.00 PM - LONG LIVE THE KING: THE LEGACY OF KING KONG (USA)
|| HAMILTON PREMIERE|| 
Directed by Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger
Trailer Poster
Feature documentary about the enduring popularity of the character King Kong, and how the 1933 film has inspired countless artists, writers and filmmakers. Featuring interviews with Joe Dante (Gremlins), Doug Jones (Hellboy), Dana Gould (The Simpsons), Bob Burns (monster movie historian and collector), Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) and more.
Screens with short film POLICY directed by Donavon Thompson.


7.00 PM - BLOOD HUNTERS (CANADA)
|| ONTARIO PREMIERE|| 
Directed by Tricia Lee
Trailer Poster
A ward-winning Canadian director Tricia Lee returns to the FNTFF with BLOOD HUNTERS, a character-driven horror film about a single mother who wakes up in a medical facility to find that everyone is dead and she's nine months pregnant. And to make matters worse, strange blood-hungry creatures are lurking in the darkness. Starring Julian Richings (Man of Steel, The VVITCH, Cube), Lara Gilchrist (Battlestar Galactica), Mark Taylor (Flashpoint), and Torri Higginson (Stargate: Atlantis).
Screens with short film UNDRESS ME directed by Amelia Moses.