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.

Jun 23, 2014

JUNE 28: RADIO SILENCE and CALL GIRL (Canadian Premieres) with Charity Raffles

Fright Night Theatre invites you to a night of Canadian Premieres full of shocking scares, terrifying twists, and petrifying prizes! 

Fright Night Theatre is proud to announce a double-bill of Canadian debuts: Saturday, June 28th at the Staircase Theatre. Our feature RADIO SILENCE (dir. Marco Riedl and Carsten Vauth) is a pulse-pounding horror/thriller from Germany that recently picked up the awards for Best International Thriller and Best Directors at the 2013 Buffalo Dreams International Film Festival.

Our official short selection will also be making its Canadian premiere: director Jill Sixx Gevargizian's CALL GIRL is a violent voyeuristic vignette starring Laurence Harvey (Human Centipde 2) and Tristan Risk (American Mary).

DATE: Saturday, June 28, 2014
TIME: Doors @ 7:00pm / Films @ 8:00pm
VENUE: The Staircase Theatre 
(27 Dundurn St. N.)
ADMISSION: $10 (advance) / $12 (at the door - cash only) -- BUY ONLINE
Door Tickets from: 7:00pm / Seating from: 7:10pm.  Join Facebook Event

AFTER-PARTYALL OUT FOR ANG! Benefit Concert and Fundraiser
CLUB ABSINTHE - $5.00 w/ Fright Night Theatre ticket
38 King William St
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 1B3

But that's not all! Courtesy of our sponsors Fangoria, Raven Banner Entertainment, and Horror in the Hammer, we'll be holding a horror prize raffle at Fright Night Theatre as a fundraiser for the All Out For Ang Cancer Benefit.

PRIZE #1: Zombi Soundtrack LP (Death Waltz Records) & Free Admission to Sinister Cinema

PRIZE #2: Fangoria Magazines & Free Admission 
to Sinister Cinema

PRIZE #3: Nightmare City Bluray & Admission 
to Sinister Cinema

All proceeds from the following raffle prizes will be donated to the All Out for Ang Fundraiser. Raffle Tickets: $1 for 1, $2 for 3, $5 for an arm's length, $10 for a body's length.

Angela Orchard, the drummer for the punk band The Rotten, has been battling breast cancer for the last four years. After undergoing a double mastectomy and hysterectomy in hopes of stopping the disease, Angela was given a terminal prognosis but continues to fight! Her friends in the local music community have put together an amazing fundraiser benefit show to raise money to help Angela with the cost of standard and usual medical treatments such as chemotherapy/radiation/etc as well as alternative treatment(s). To read her story:

May 28, 2014


This Saturday, Fright Night Theatre Presents the classic high-concept monster movie HORROR EXPRESS (1972) starring screen legends Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee


Saturday, May 31, 2014.
8pm - $5.00 (cash only)
Elaine Mae Theatre
25 Dundurn St. N. 
Hamilton, ON


Everyone who pays full admission will be automatically entered into a draw to win a copy of GOREZONE #28 and GOREZONE #29 courtesy of FANGORIA

Apr 29, 2014

Help Make FIST OF JESUS Into a Feature Film!

News -- UPDATE: Fundraising campain moved from Kickstarter to IndieGoGo

David Muñoz & Adrian Cardona's hilariously bloody short film FIST OF JESUS is on its way to becoming a feature film...and you can help. Once Upon a Time in Jerusalem from Fist of Jesus on Vimeo.

FIST OF JESUS was an official selection of Fright Night Theatre in 2013 and winner of BEST FILM, BEST KILLS, and BEST GORE at the 2013 Hamilton Zombie Short Film FestivalFist of Jesus imagines what would happen if Jesus's miraculous gift for resurrection unleashed a zombie curse of biblical proprtions. Slapstick carnage ensues in the tradition of Peter Jackson's Dead Alive and Sam Raimi's Evil Dead 2.

Now, Muñoz and Cardona are now seeking funding on INDIEGOGO to adapt their short into a 90-minute feature film: Once Upon a Time in Jerusalem. It promises Zombies, Demons, post-apocalyptic Punks, Mutants, Cowboys, the Roman Army, Monsters, Mythological Creatures and Steampunk technology. After wiping out an entire village whilst trying to raise Lazarus, Jesus decides to go to the Oracle of Delphos for advice. The witches reveal to him that he must go on a perilous journey. He recruits twelve ruthless mercenaries, and sets off, ready to burn his name into the pages of history.

Once Upon a Time in Jerusalem -- the Fist of Jesus movie -- must become a reality! Help these intrepid and brilliant young filmmakers reach their funding goal before JUNE 13, 2014 and score yourselves a copy of the film and other heavenly booty in the process.
What Would Jesus Do?
Donate on INDIEGOGO!