HEXPLOITATION FILM FESTIVAL - 2018
27 Dundurn St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 3C9, Canada
Raise a little hell for three days of the best in independent horror, cult, and exploitation genre film mayhem!
Featuring 7 feature films and approx 20 shorts showcasing the most shocking, scary, sexy, and silly films that thrill, chill, and kill! Horror fans and genre junkies can expect our unique brand of down-to-earth Q&A's with local and visiting filmmakers, themed parties, and a one-of-a-kind theatre-going experience by fans for fans.
All screenings will occur at the Staircase Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
== FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018- OPENING NIGHT! ==
7:00 pm: I WISH I WISH (Canadian Premiere!)2017, DIR. EDUARDO M. CLORIO, 83 MIN. MEX*Subtitled in English*
Five cousins discover a diabolical board game that grants their deepest desires, they just have to be prepared to lose the most valuable things in their lives to see their wishes come true. Screens with short film LATCHED by Justin Harding and Rob Brunner9:45pm: CHARISMATA (Ontario Premiere!)
2017, DIR. ANDY COLLIER & TOOR MIAN, 96 MIN. UK**Director & Producer In Attendance for Q&A!**Psychological horror about a rookie police detective whose sanity begins to unravel as she investigates a series of brutal ritualistic murders. When the chief suspect takes a personal interest in her, a game of cat and mouse ensues which sees Rebecca's grasp on reality beginning to spiral out of control. Screens with short film A DOLL DISTORTED by Niall Shukla
== SATURDAY MARCH 24, 2018 ==
10:00am: HILARIOUS HOUSE OF FRIGHTENSTEIN 48TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
**Special Guest Mitch Markowitz in Attendance** The Hexploitation Film Festival invites you and your family to join us on March 24th for a free Saturday Morning Cereal Buffet as we celebrate this historic made-in-Hamilton series with a special screening of two original episodes It'll be fiendishly funny fun for the whole family12:00pm: THE LEGACY OF FRIGHTENSTEIN PANEL and Q&A
Hexploitation Film Festival director Aaron Allen moderates a panel discussion about the history and cultural legacy of The Hilarious House of Frighteinstein and its origins in Hamilton. Panel guests include Mitch Markowitz (co-producer and co-star), Stacey Case (filmmaker, musician, and Frightenstein Super Fan), and Chris Alexander (filmmaker, film critic, and composer)
3:30pm: HORROR SHORT FILM SHOWCASE
VARIOUS - 90 MIM
A program of the best in indie horror, exploitation, and cult genre shorts from Canada and around the world including local Hamilton filmmakers. This block includes:
7:00pm: THE HERETICS (Hamilton Premiere!)
2017, DIR. CHAD ARCHIBALD, 90 MIN. CAN
A notorious cult kidnaps a young girl, and sacrifice themselves by the light of the locust moon. The next morning the girl awakes, caked in dried blood and surrounded by corpses...but safe - or so she thinks. Years later, the locust moon is about to rise again and the girl is captured once more by a surviving member of the cult. She is taken to a remote cabin where she learns that a demon has been growing inside of her all these years, and before the dawn it will rise. Screens with short SCRAPS by Christopher Giroux
9:45pm: RETURN TO RETURN TO NUKE'EM HIGH (aka. Vol.2) - Hamilton Premiere!
2017, DIR. LLOYD KAUFMAN, 84 MIN. USA
In Volume 2 of Troma's two-part event film RETURN TO NUKE'EM HIGH, Lauren and Chrissy, two lesbian lovers, must face and defeat not only the mutant glee-club Cretins who have taken over Tromaville High but also the corrupt and evil forces of the Tromorganic Foodstuffs Conglomerate which threatens to destroy Tromaville... and the world! Screens with short TERMITATOR by Camille Monette, Roxane De Koninck, and Keenan Poloncsak
11: 59pm: THE VELOCIPASTOR (Canadian Premiere!)
2017, DIR. BRENDAN STEERE, 70 MIN. USA
After losing his parents, a priest travels to China, where he inherits a mysterious ability that allows him to turn into a dinosaur. At first horrified by this new power, a hooker convinces him to use it to fight crime. And ninjas. Screens with short THE JERRY SHOWby Stephen Stull
== SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2018- CLOSING NIGHT! ==
4:00pm: BLOODSUCKA JONES VS. THE CREEPING DEATH (Canadian Premiere!)2017, DIR. JUSTIN ARMAO, 96 MIN. USA
The baddest mofo with the killer afro -- Bloodsucka Jones -- and his gorgeous sidekick Vanessa must help a couple of idiots fight an army of zombies unleashed by an evil group of vampires. Screens with short film LUNCH LADIES by Clarissa Jacobson and J.M. Logan.
7:00pm: RUIN ME (Canadian Premiere!)2017, DIR. PRESTON DEFRANCIS. 87 MIN. USA
Alexandra reluctantly tags along for Slasher Sleepout, an extreme event that is part camping trip, part haunted house, and part escape room. But when the fun turns deadly, Alex has to play the game if she wants to make it out alive. Screens with short BON APPETIT by Erenik Beqiri.
ALL FESTIVAL PASSES, DAY PASSES, OR SINGLE TICKET SALES ARE FINAL - NO REFUNDS, EXCHANGES OR CANCELLATIONS.
Passes guarantee seating up to five minutes before scheduled showtime. Pass holders who do not check in by the schedule showtime may lose their seat to Rush Line customers.
If a film is listed as Sold Out in advance, you can still try for tickets in person by joining the Rush Line at the venue; you will be issued a number on a first come, first served basis. After an empty seat count, a few mins before the show, any spare tickets will be issued to Rush Line number-holders in the order they were received.The running time for each HXFF screening is approximately two hours in total from start to finish, and includes a couple of trailers, a pre-feature short film, and a post-film Q&A with the filmmakers if available. All screenings and events are Restricted to Adults age 18+ unless otherwise noted.
== TERMS & CONDITIONS | HEXPLOITATION FILM FESTIVAL (HXFF) ==
Your entry to and presence at the Hexploitation Film Festival is subject to the following Conditions in addition to the conditions set forth by our venue: The Staircase Cafe Theatre. The following conditions are both of sale (including any resale or subsequent allocation), participation, original selection, and conditions of entry to the event:1.) HXFF reserves the right to add, delete, reschedule or replace films/artists/facilitators/performers etc and/or vary prices, venues and layout without notice to you. 2.) If tickets are damaged or defaced in any way or are not purchased from authorized points of sale, entry may be refused and a refund denied. 3.) Without the prior written consent of HXFF, tickets must not be resold or offered for resale (including on-line auction sites) or used for commercial purposes including advertising, promotional competitions, or to promote the sales of other goods and services. If this condition is breached the ticket may be cancelled without refund and the bearer of the ticket may be refused entry. 4.) It is your responsibility to inform yourself of the Conditions. By purchasing a ticket and/or entering HXFF you are deemed to have accepted and understood as binding on you all Conditions and any accompanying risks, obligations and responsibilities. 5.) Tickets purchased through unauthorized points of sale may be cancelled or you may be denied admission without refund, at the sole discretion of the HXFF and staff. Tickets lost or stolen may not be replaced, unless they fit the terms and conditions. 6.) In consideration of your entry and attendance at HXFF, you agree to indemnify the HXFF, its directors, employees and agents, volunteers, sponsors and contractors from and against all claims, expenses, harm, damage, loss or personal injury (including death) you suffer or incur directly or indirectly as a result of your attendance at the HXFF, however caused, including as a result of the negligence or any acts or omissions of HXFF or the venue. 7.) Tickets are non-transferable and non-exchangeable. 8.) The right of admission is reserved. 9.) Any decision to eject you from the venue is final. No refunds will be issued following ejection from the venue or refused entry. 10.) You acknowledge and agree that while attending HXFF as a member of the audience, your image, likeness or voice may be recorded (by any form of audio or visual recordings), and that any photograph, film, audio file or images of you taken by HXFF or any third party may be published, broadcast, transmitted or otherwise distributed by HXFF or a third party worldwide in any form of media (with or without identification) for any purpose, including for commercial gain, without compensation to you. 11.) Appropriate standards of behavior are expected and persons deemed to be behaving in a manner that is dangerous or unacceptable to management or otherwise breaching these Conditions will be refused admission and/or removed from the venue. No refunds will be issued following ejection from the venue. 12.) At the licensed area of the venue, disruptive or offensive behavior will result in service being denied and removal of such offenders from the licensed premises or the venue. 13.) Unless expressly agreed by HXFF, you must not conduct any commercial activities within the venue. 14.) The event has licensed areas. Patrons wishing to consume alcohol must have Photo ID. We are prohibited by law from serving liquor to intoxicated persons. 15.) You must not, without the prior written consent of HXFF and the Staircase Cafe Theatre, bring any of the following items into the venue: (a) any alcoholic beverages; (b) any illegal drugs; (c) knives, weapons ,or fireworks; (d) animals (apart from authorized guide/companion dogs); (e) any dangerous goods; (f) any other items deemed by management to be dangerous or capable of causing a public nuisance.16.) You must not make any audio or visual recording or take any photograph other than for private non-commercial purposes without express permission from the HXFF.
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