October 15, 2014

Prizes and Fiendish Fun Planned for the Hamilton Zombie Walk After-Party

Following the Hamilton Zombie Walk, all ghouls are invited to the Staircase Cafe for a chance to win spooktacular prizes at our freaky, fun, and free after-party (2:30pm - 4:00pm)!

The festivities kick off at the beautiful and historic Staircase Cafe and Theatre (27 Dundurn St. N.) at 2:30pm. After a full day of shambling, you'll definitely want to order a snack or a full-meal from the Staircase's delicious new menu and quench your undead thirst with a full complement of drinks including draft beer and wine. Food and drink orders are cash-only.


Help support Horror in the Hammer's not-for-profit events and film screenings by entering to win some awesome prize packs featuring sinister swag courtesy of Fangoria, Raven Banner Entertainment, MonsterMatt Patterson, Hammer City Records, Prouse Pottery & Soap Co., and more! Winners will be drawn at 4pm.


Get your zombie horde together (4-6 people) and gather your brains to play along with our live zombie trivia contest. The winning team will receive a prize pack filled with goodies from our local sponsors to be hungrily split up among the participants like a fresh victim. Cheaters will be head-shot on sight. In the case of a tie, winner will be decided in a SUDDEN DEATH overtime round.


To enter, you have to sign up and be present at The Staircase (27 Dundurn St. N) between 3:30pm and 4:00pm on Saturday, October 18. Three of our best costumed walkers will win one of these grand prizes.

||FIRST PLACE|| - a $180 value
  • An October subscription to Horror Block! Horror Block is a monthly pop-horror package filled with ghoulish goodies and horror collectibles delivered right to your door! Each Horror Block ships with an exclusive horror t-shirt.For more info: http://www.horrorblock.com

  • A copy of FANGORIA LEGENDS PRESENTS: GEORGE A. ROMERO. Fangoria's tribute to the zombie master contains essays on every one of his horror features, from NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD to SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD, plus interviews with key collaborators (John Russo, FX wiz Tom Savini, actors John Amplas, Lynn Lowry and Debbie Rochon, etc.), examinations of how his movies were marketed and their impact on popular culture, words from the man himself and more.

||SECOND PLACE|| - a $176 value
  • Two free "Red Zone" passes to CAMP HALLOWEEN on the night of October 31, 2014. Not for the faint at heart, Camp Halloween is a 12-hour, overnight, interactive Horror camping adventure. This experience is designed to be the next level of interactive horror. By choosing to stay in the “Red Zone” tent area you will be sleeping on the hunting ground of an alien head-taking tribe called the Dayaki. If you get caught by the Dayaki and are not freed by dawn, your head will be removed in a ritual of blood to the gods and your head kept as a trophy. All content is strictly for entertainment purposes and at no time will campers ever be in real danger. Lasting 12 hours (8pm-8am), this Camp Halloween Skull Head event is suitable for those 16 and over. http://camphalloween.ca

  • An October subscription to Horror Block!

||THIRD PLACE|| - a $50 value
  • Free admission to FRIGHT NIGHT THEATRE's Ontario Premiere of black horror-comedy BAG BOY LOVER BOY. November 22, 2014.

October 7, 2014

8th annual Hamilton Zombie Walk and Charity Food Drive

Horror in the Hammer presents the 8th Annual Hamilton Zombie Walk: Saturday, October 18, 2014. Sponsored by Value Village.

For its eight consecutive year, Horror in the Hammer's Hamilton Zombie Walk invites zombies, ghouls, and undead of every age to help us take a bite out of hunger as part of our annual zombie-themed march and food drive in support of the Hamilton Dream Centre. For 2014, we are proud to have the VALUE VILLAGE as our spook-tacular title sponsor with generous support courtesy of the Hamilton Mountain, Stoney Creek, Flamborough, and Burlington retail locations.


PRE-WALK: Zombification Station [FREE]

Kid and adults who need a little help with their zombie makeup are invited to visit our official Zombification Station where our crew of talented makeup volutneers will transform them into the walking dead. 10:30am - 12:30pm at the Central Hamilton Public Library (55 York Blvd)


*Assemble at GORE PARK between 12pm and 12:30pm. Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected at the beginning of the walk.

WALK BEGINS: 1pm from Gore Park
WALK ENDS: 2:00pm-2:30pm at Victoria Park
POST-WALK: After-Party and Special Events

The Staircase: 27 Dundurn St. N.
*Costume Contests!
*Trivia Contests!
*Food and drinks served (cash-only)!

The Staircase Theatre: 27 Dundurn St. N.
6pm-8pm [$8 in zombie costume / $10 regular]
*World, Canadian, and Ontario film premieres!
*Filmmakers in attendance
*Door Prizes
*L.L.C.B.O licensed
*Viewer discretion is advised: 14-18+

October 30, 2013

Winners Announced from the Hamilton Zombie Short Film Festival

On October 19th, the audience at the first annual Hamilton Zombie Short Film Festival cast their votes in six categories for their favorite shorts. The votes are in, and we're proud to announce the winners of our 2013 Zombie Choice Awards

Adrián Cardona and David Muñoz's hysterically action-packed fusion of the biblical and the gory that pits Jesus Christ against a horde of flesh eating zombies cast a divine spell over the ravenous zombie fans at the first annual Hamilton Zombie Short Film Festival. Wowing the crowd with its over the top splat-stick gore and laughs, Fist of Jesus took home coveted audience awards for BEST FILM, BEST GORE, and BEST KILLS.

Full of hearts and brains, the tale of a girl and her zombie offered by the Pierce Brothers in SMUSH! A DeadHeads Short charmed our festival crowd with is wit and visual style, nabbing awards for both BEST DIRECTOR and BEST MAKEUP

While The Post-Lifers took the top honor at the Little Nightmares Canadian Horror Shorts Film Festival earlier this year, it was Greg Kovacs' companion piece Cookin' The Shit Outta Things With Mike that had the HZSFF audience laughing out loud. Cookin' The Shit Outta Things With Mike hilarious dialogue was a shoe-in for winning BEST SCRIPT.

The Hamilton Zombie Short Film Festival congratulates all this year's winners and all our official selection shorts. See you next year!

October 7, 2013

The Hamilton Zombie Walk (Oct 19) - Take a Bite out of Hunger!

The Hamilton Zombie Walk (Oct 19) - Take a Bite out of Hunger!

The 7th annual Hamilton Zombie Walk and Food Drive takes place on Saturday, October 19, 2013.

Halloween Alley and Horror in the Hammer present the 7th annual Hamilton Zombie Walk and Charity Food Drive. Participants, dressed as zombies, will be gathering at Gore Park beginning at 12:00pm. Each “zombie” is asked to bring a donation of non-perishable food items in support of the Hamilton Dream Center.

At approximately 1:00pm, the assembled hoard of zombies will shamble from Gore Park to Victoria Park, along the way winding through James St. N., King St. W., Queen St., and Locke St. S. The walk is a family-friendly Halloween-themed event that draws hundreds of people of all ages.  The Hamilton Zombie Walk is also a big attraction for photographers along the route. Last year, organizer Aaron Allen married his wife Tina Hall in full zombie makeup, attracting both local and international media attention.

This walk is completely free of charge to the public. Following the walk, The Staircase Café and Theatre (27 Dundurn St. North) will be hosting the Official Hamilton Zombie Walk After-Party for a night of raffles, prizes, and live music. Our after-party also includes the first annual HAMILTONZOMBIE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL and a screening of the locally-produced zombie comedy DEAD BEFORE DAWN 3D, which was shot in Niagara Falls. Both screenings require a separate ticket.

This year, Halloween Alley has stepped up as our exclusive presentation partner. Halloween Alley is Canada’s largest independently-owned retailer of Halloween costumes, accessories, décor, props and more. This year Halloween Alley has 22 locations Canada-wide, including a brand new Hamilton location (847 Barton Street, East).

The Hamilton Zombie Walk has also partnered with the Hamilton Public Library to offer a free Zombification Makeup Station at the central branch of the HPL between 10am and 12:30pm on Saturday, October 19th.

Organizer Aaron Allen is available for phone and email interviews.

For More Information:

Aaron Allen (organizer).
Phone: 289-680-0977
Twitter: @thezedword

Twitter: @HamZombieWalk

October 2, 2013

FREE Zombie Movies @ The Hamilton Public Library

In anticipation of the Hamilton Zombie Walk, the central branch of the Hamilton Public Library is screening FREE zombies movies for the entire month of October!

Check out the amazing selection of free movies for teens and adults.

Central Branch (55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario  L8N4E4)

Oct 3—6:00 PM Warm Bodies (2013) PG

A unique zombie/human romantic comedy that Richard Roeper calls “a bloody fresh twist on the zombie genre.”

Oct 10—6:00 PM World War Z (2013) 14A

Brad Pitt stars in this fast-paced summer thriller, described by one reviewer as “a zombie film for people who don’t like zombie films.”

Oct 17—6:00 PM Fido (2006) 14A

Funny, offbeat, low-key, and probably the only zombie movie with a plot based on Old Yeller. Seriously!

Oct 19—2:00 PM Warm Bodies (2013) PG 
Hamilton Zombie Walk After-Film

A unique zombie/human romantic comedy that Richard Roeper calls “a bloody fresh twist on the zombie genre.”

Oct 31—Undead Creatures Double Feature:

4:00 PM—Zombieland (2009) 14A
The witty script is part comedy, part horror, part romance and part zombie apocalypse survival guide. Starring Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone & Jesse Eisenberg, and a priceless cameo by Bill Murray.

6:00 PM—Shaun of the Dead (2004) 18A

It is, quite simply, one of the best zombie films ever made, played for laughs but genuinely scary and suspenseful. A must-see for all horror, comedy, and horror/comedy fans.