FILM SCHEDULE - 2017



The Staircase Theatre (27 Dundurn St. N, Hamilton, ON)
Admittance restricted to people 18 years of age or older.

FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE (Updated 3/24/17)

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FRIDAY, MARCH 24 - OPENING NIGHT!


7.30 PM - POOL PARTY MASSACRE (USA) -- OVER 50% SOLD OUT
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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 DengrĂ¡
Tickets: $11.00 ea. (cash-only at the door) 


9.45 PM - THE LURE (POLAND) -- OVER 60% SOLD OUT
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*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) 

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 (dir. Mike 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)
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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.
Tickets: $11.00 ea. (cash-only at the door) 

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


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

SUNDAY MARCH 26

4.00 PM - LONG LIVE THE KING: THE LEGACY OF KING KONG (USA)
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Directed by Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger
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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) 



7.00 PM - BLOOD HUNTERS (CANADA)
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Directed by Tricia Lee
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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)