Thursday, July 10, 2014

Canada delivers Aliens, Living Dolls, and a WolfCop to the 2014 Fantasia International Film Festival

Canadian horror/genre filmmakers can't be stopped! Today, the Fantasia International Film Festival announced its full 2014 lineup, and you better believe that Canada has brought its Eh!-Game to the prestigious and lauded genre festival!



Check out the full list of Canadian feature films including fan-favorite horror comedy WOLFCOP and the world premiere of the new alien horror film EJECTA

EJECTA || WORLD PREMIERE! 


The story of one night on earth that changed everything we know about the universe.

August 3 • 7:00 PM
DB Clarke Theatre

Directors: Chad Archibald, Matt Wiele
Writer: Tony Burgess
Stars: Julian Richings, Lisa Houle, Adam Seybold

THE DROWNSMAN || WORLD PREMIERE! 


After almost drowning in a lake, Madison finds herself bound to a life of fear. Unable to describe what happened to her during the moments she was underwater, she begins to develop hydrophobia. Crippled by her post trauma, Madison attempts to shut out the world but her fear intensifies and she is faced with the vision of a dark figure that haunts her.

August 2 • 5:15 PM
DB Clarke Theatre

Director: Chad Archibald
Screenplay: Chad Archibald
Cast: Michelle Mylett, Caroline Korycki, Gemma Bird Matheson, Sydney Kondruss

WOLFCOP || QUEBEC PREMIERE! 


As a series of strange and violent events start happening, an alcoholic policeman realizes that he has been turned into a werewolf as part of a larger plan, so he investigates with the help of his partner and his friend.

August 1 • 11:55 PM
Concordia Hall Theatre

Director: Lowell Dean
Screenplay: Lowell Dean
Cast: Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, Sarah Lind

DYS- || WORLD PREMIERE! 


Forced to barricade themselves in their apartment, a young couple is brought to the edge of the already existing divide between them.

August 1 • 7:30 PM
J.A. De Seve Theatre

Director: Maude Michaud
Screenplay: Maude Michaud
Cast: Shannon Lark, Alex Goldrich, Dega Lazare, Lynn Lowry

BLACK MOUNTAIN SIDE || WORLD PREMIERE! 


Black Mountain Side follows a group of archaeologists after they uncover a strange structure in Northern Canada, dating over ten thousand years before the present. The team finds themselves isolated when their communication systems fail and it is not long before they begin to feel the effects of the solitude.

July 30 • 7:00 PM
DB Clarke Theatre

Director: Nick Szostakiwskyj
Screenplay: Nick Szostakiwskyj
Cast: Shane Twerdun, Carl Toftfelt, Michael Dickson, Marc Anthony Williams, Andrew Moxham

BLOODY KNUCKLES || WORLD PREMIERE! 


Travis is an underground comic book artist with a penchant for the obscene. When one of his comics insults a Chinatown crime boss, the gangster punishes Travis by removing his drawing hand. A daunted Travis retreats into a life of alcoholic misery. That is, until his hand returns from the grave...

July 27 • 5:00 PM
DB Clarke Theatre

Director: Matt O’Mahoney
Screenplay: Matt O’Mahoney
Cast: Adam Boys, Kasey Ryne Mazak, Ken Tsui, Gabrielle Giraud

PATCH TOWN || QUEBEC PREMIERE! 


In this dark comedy / adventure-fantasy, an abandoned living toy named Jon works in a factory where new living baby dolls are harvested from gabbage patches and sent out to be adopted by little human girls. When Jon and his wife Mary steal one of the newborns from the factory floor, they must flee the shadowy factory and enter the human world, but they are pursued by an evil child catcher who manufactures the living dolls.

July 19 • 3:15 PM
J.A. De Seve Theatre

Director: Craig Goodwill
Screenplay: Craig Goodwill, Jessie Gabe, Trevor Martin
Cast: Rob Ramsay, Zoie Palmer, Julian Richings, Suresh John, Stephanie Pitsiladis

FEED THE DEVIL || WORLD PREMIERE! 


A hunt for easy money turns into a deadly search for a missing loved one as outsiders confront the evil forces behind a native American myth.

Director: Max Perrier
Screenplay: Matthew Altman
Cast: Jared Cohn , Ardis Barrow , Victoria Curtain , Brandon Perrault, Nahka Bertrand

DEVIL'S MILE || WORLD PREMIERE! 


A relentlessly-paced hybrid of gritty crime thriller and Lovecraftian supernatural horror, Devil's Mile follows a trio of kidnappers who take an ill-advised detour en route to deliver their hostages - two teenage girls - to their mysterious and powerful employer. When they accidentally kill one of the girls during a botched escape attempt, their simmering mistrust explodes into shocking violence. But what they thought was their worst case scenario is only the beginning, as they are engulfed by the hellish forces that haunt the road - a road they realize they may never escape... THE DEVIL'S MILE

July 26 • 7:25 PM
J.A. De Seve Theatre

Director: Joseph O'Brien
Screenplay: Joseph O'Brien
Cast: Maria Del Mar, Casey Hudecki, David Hayter, Samantha Wan, Frank Moore

Friday, June 27, 2014

CONTEST: Win Tickets to RADIO SILENCE & CALL GIRL at Fright Night Theatre (June 28)

To celebrate the Canadian Premiere of the award-winning German horror/thriller RADIO SILENCE and short film CALL GIRL, Horror in the Hammer is giving away 3 double-passes to see both fright-tastic films at Fright Night Theatre in Hamilton, ON this Saturday (June 28, 2014 @ 7pm at The Staircase Cafe Theatre - 27 Dundurn St. N.





Horror in the Hammer has three (3) double passes to RADIO SILENCE CALL GIRL

HOW TO WIN
DEADLINE: 12am on Saturday, June 28, 2014 (ET)

Three winners will be selected at random and notified at midnight.

RADIO SILENCE: Synopsis

A pirate radio host is the only person who can prevent a serial killer called the Nightslasher from slaying his next victim, but saving one innocent soul may means sacrificing another.

Radio Silence delivers a pulse-pounding game of cat and mouse that takes audiences on a nail-biting plunge into the depths of human depravity through a maze secrets, lies, and murder. Nothing is what it seems. The killer is closer than you ever imagined. There is no escape. Directed by Marco Riedl and Carsten Vauth.


CALL GIRL: Synopsis

In one man's attempt to exploit his date night via online video-chat, he ends up sharing something far more disturbing. Tristan Risk (American Mary) and Laurence R. Harvey (Human Centipede 2 and Human Centipede 3) star in this sleazy and shocking micro-movie from director Jill Sixx Gevargizian.



Monday, June 16, 2014

LITTLE NIGHTMARES: TASHA AND FRIENDS LEADS AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS

On Saturday, June 14th, Horror in the Hammer was a proud co-presenter of the 2nd annual Little Nightmares Canadian Horror Shorts Festival. Organized and programmed by HITH's own Darrell Marsh, Little Nightmares is an annual festival of 10 Canadian-made horror short films representing some of the best and most unique genre talents Canada has to offer.


One of the big draws of Little Nightmares is the fact that audiences vote for their favorite picks in the category of BEST SHORT, BEST DIRECTOR, and BEST FX. Today, the winners were announced with the the horror-comedy Tasha and Friends managing a near sweep. Wow!

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNERS


BEST SHORT: (TIE)
UNCOMMON ENEMIES & TASHA AND FRIENDS



In a surprise twist, two films walked away with the top honour this year! The audience was divided between Alex Hatz's Uncommon Enemies -- the tale of a hard-boiled US sergeant and a Nazi taking on vampires during WWII -- and director Greg Kovacs's Tasha and Friends: a homicidal muppet movie about a vengeful troop of puppets looking to exact revenge on their human co-star. Although every film received at least one vote for Best Short, audiences were clearly extra thrilled and chilled by Uncommon Enemies and Tasha and Friends. In 2013, Greg Kovacs and the Tasha and Friends production team won Best Short for their film THE POST-LIFERS.


BEST DIRECTOR:
TASHA AND FRIENDS (Greg Kovacs)


Not only did Tasha and Friends tie for Best Short but its director Greg Kovacs also took home the inaugural Best Director Audience Choice Award. With an eye for blending humor with horror, Kovacs lead Tasha and Friends on quite a sweep at this year's festival. A very honorable mention goes to Karen Lam, director of The Meeting, for coming in as a close runner-up.


BEST SPECIAL FX:
TASHA AND FRIENDS


Guts, gore, and puppets galore! Tasha and Friends completes a near-sweep by bagging the coveted award for Best Special FX. The audience of Little Nightmares 2014 obviously fell in love with Tasha and Friends's cast of mentally perverted puppets. With the accomplished work of special makeup effects artist Mitchell Stacey, Tasha and Friends solidified its domination of the audience choice ballot. Runner-Up: Dead Rush (dir. Zach Ramelan).


Congratulations to all the official selections and winners! To be alterted to next year's festival, please like its official Facebook page: facebook.com/LittleNightmaresCanadianHorrorShortsFestival

WIN Tickets to BLOOD GLACIER at Sinister Cinema in Hamilton (June 19)

Win tickets to the Sinister Cinema presentation and Canadian Premiere of BLOOD GLACIER at the SilverCity Hamilton Mountain Cinemas (7:30pm on Thursday, June 19th).


Synopsis

Scientists studying global warming in the German Alps discover that a glacier leaking a red liquid appears to be mutating the local wildlife, causing changes that are at first curious, then horrifying. Soon the team has their hands full defending themselves against a growing horde of biological monstrosities. Harking back to classic creature features, BLOOD GLACIER combines classical film-making techniques with imaginative practical effects to produce a roller-coaster ride of laughs and jolts.


Raven Banner has given Horror in the Hammer three (3) double passes to BLOOD GLACIER

HOW TO WIN
DEADLINE: 12am on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 (ET)

*Contest open only to residents of Canada
**One entry per email address

Three winners will be selected at random and notified in the morning by email on Wednesday, June 18, 2014


This special screening is part of Raven Banner's Sinister Cinema Series

Sunday, June 8, 2014

WOLFCOP: Full Moon Hamilton Double-Screening - JUNE 13


The stars have aligned... 

It's a full moon next Friday, June 13 and Horror in the Hammer is presenting a howling double screening of WolfCop in Hamilton! Advance ticket holders will be entered to win a Fangoria and Wolfcop Prize pack.



ORDER TICKETS NOW! 
Use promo code HELLYEAH for discount.
Advance ticket sales end Thursday, June 12 at 8pm

WHEN: Friday, June 13 7PM or 9:30PM screening

WHERE: SilverCity Mountain Cinemas (795 Paramount Drive, Stoney Creek, Ontario L8J 0B)
GET YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE TO WIN
When you get your ticket here, your name will be entered to win a FANGORIA / WOLFCOP PRIZE PACK including:
  • Hot issues of Fangoria, Gorezone, Delerium, and Kiss magazine!
  • a WolfCop Tshirt, signed comic novels, large format poster!

HOW IT WORKS

1.) Select your showtime 7:00PM or 9:30PM screening on the Eventbrite Event Page
2.) Use discount code HELLYEAH by clicking the link above the order button: "Enter Promotional Code"
3.) Select your ticket quantity and click ORDER NOW
4.) Enter your name, email and billing information
5.) Eventbrite will send your order confirmation and your name will be on our guest list.
6.) At Cineplex on June 13, check in with the rep from Horror in the Hammer to get your Cineplex ticket(s) and prize raffle tickets.

Monday, May 26, 2014

WIN Tickets to CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO at Sinister Cinema in Hamilton (March 29)

Win tickets to the Sinister Cinema presentation and Canadian Premiere of CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO at the SilverCity Hamilton Mountain Cinemas (7:30pm on Thursday, May 29th).


Synopsis

When a group of friends enjoying a bachelor cruise in the Caribbean stumble upon a research facility on a remote island, a deadly virus is unleashed. The group must find a way to survive before the flesh eating virus consumes them all.

Raven Banner has given Horror in the Hammer three (3) double passes to CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO

HOW TO WIN
DEADLINE: 12am on Wednesday, March 28, 2014 (ET)

*Contest open only to residents of Canada
**One entry per email address

Three winners will be selected at random and notified in the morning by email on Wednesday, March 26, 2014


This special screening is part of Raven Banner's Sinister Cinema Series

Monday, April 28, 2014

TIME TO KILL (Review)

TIME TO KILL (2014)

review by DARRELL MARSH

Directed and written by Brian Williams

Starring Ellie Church, Debbie Rochon, Charlie Moon, Jason Hignite
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Time To Kill, the debut feature from writer/director Brian Williams, may have been shot a shoestring budget, but it sure doesn't skimp on the booze, boobs, or blood.


The film stars his lovely wife, Ellie Church, along with a supporting cast of friends that were willing to help Williams with this lurid labour of love. Ellie Church is Sara, a former drug addict and stripper who somehow overcame her past and ended up living in the suburbs. After a doctor's appointment where she hears that she has only 24 hours to live, she runs directly into the past that she has fought to leave behind. Runs into her past with a bloody vengeance! Her motivation for this is revealed by the end of the film, and I'm not going to ruin it for you by giving it away here. Sara straps on a spiked bra, double-fists a pair of machetes, and embarks on bloody path of destruction. Along the way, Sara picks up the gorgeous, timid Lailah (played by the couple's friend Charlie Moon in her first on screen performance) when she sees her being abused by some dirty, fat bastard on the side of the highway. After some killing, and a very gratifying lesbian bubble bath in a wash basin, they head to Sara's old stomping ground: a run down shithole of a strip club (built by Williams in his garage, which is still intact and operational) to face the film's villain, played diabolically by Jason Hignite. After buying her new friend a dance, and catching up with one of her old coworkers, we reach the climax of the film. All I'm going to say about this is that there's no shortage of blood and gore.


Time to Kill screened at both Cinema Wasteland in Cleveland, and Shock Stock in London, Ontario, to packed rooms of rowdy drunks. I was lucky enough to be at both screenings and I can honestly say it was the most fun I've had at a movie in a long time. Shot in a faux grindhouse style, complete with a hilarious intermission, Time to Kill is a throwback to the nudie cutie exploitation films of the 60s and 70s. I know what you're thinking. Not another wannabe grindhouse flick! I would usually agree with you, but Williams makes it work, big time! Filled with violence and a ton of tits and ass, even your buddies with ADHD will be glued to their seats for this one. For you movie lovers like me, the film also has a pretty cool little story as well, and unlike a lot of the original grindhouse films, it's plot isn't spoon-fed to you.


 Shot on a shoestring budget, time to Kill is packed with booze, boobs, blood, and Beelzebub. Between the strong performance by Ellie Church, the fantastic score (also by jack of all trades, Brian Williams) which is filled with some of the coolest songs I've heard, and it's funny as fuck intermission sequence, Time to Kill is a lot stronger than most of the indie films being made today. The word of mouth buzz on the internet already has cinephiles foaming at the mouth. Luckily, Time to Kill can be part of you own home library. The DVD is on sale now at mostlyharmlesspictures.com.


I cannot recommend this film enough. Packed tightly into approx. 70 minutes, Time to Kill is a modern grindhouse mini-masterpiece. So why don't you kill some time with Time to Kill!