Apocalypse Survivors Heading to HorrorFest to Find Refuge at The Hangar and Safe Passage from VIP Whistler

Posted: Tue, Aug 13, 19

WHISTLER, BC – Every October 30th since 2002, Whistler film freaks and horror hounds have converged for a one-night celebration of macabre movies, independent filmmaking, and the celebration of primal fears. Heavy Hitting Horrorfest started with a projector duct-taped to a step ladder in a local bar and quickly grew into an 1100-person night of costumed mayhem and fake bloody fun. For 2019’s Heavy Hitting HorrorFest: Apocalypse organizers are proud to announce a brand new venue, The Hangar, which will host the popular event on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.

“With an Apocalypse theme we wanted a venue that felt a bit more rugged,” explains HorrorFest co-founder Feet Banks. “This year it’s not about fancy chandeliers and creepy tapestries, it’s more about burned-out cars and survival of the fittest. The Hangar is a really great room and offers a bit of a blank slate to create something new and awesome.”

One of Whistler’s newest independent venues, The Hangar and gives HorrorFest organizers an opportunity to grow the event from last year’s smaller <a href"https://heavyhitting.com/news/horrorfest-resurrection-awards-recap">Resurrection event, which saw tickets sell out in under 40 seconds. The Hangar offers a slight increase in capacity, but Banks states that the easiest way to get a HorrorFest ticket is always the same: make and submit a movie

“All of us at The Hangar are truly excited to be hosting Horrorfest 2019,” proclaims Jamie Grant, co-owner of The Hangar. “As Whistler’s newest large scale event space we have set out to produce and host unique and dynamic events that celebrate fun, creativity and the Whistler community as a whole. Being a part of Horrorfest and working with the great people behind this legendary event is an honour for The Hangar team and we look forward to an amazing night this October 30!”

VIP Whistler will provide safe travel to the Hangar before and after the event from Whistler Village and Creekside. This year’s tickets prices include the round-trip bus transfers and the only way attendees will be able to access the venue is by getting on those buses. “Moving away from the Village meant we needed to ensure we provided a safe way home at the end of the night,” states HorrorFest C.O.O. Chantal Limoges. “VIP Whistler has graciously provided us with buses to get all our attendees to the venue and back to Creekside or the Village, even at 3 AM when transit has ended for the day. With no parking available at the event, these buses give our audience one less thing to worry about and help ensure we all get back home safely.”

For those guests coming out of town, HorrorFest’s official hotel partner Aava Whistler Hotel is providing killer room rates for attendees to lay down their weary carcasses at the end of the night.

HorrorFest brings that true horror film spirit to life by giving filmmakers and horror fans a chance to celebrate independent horror films, art, and music together for one night. Enhancing the community’s creative edge is where HorrorFest thrives. It provides a unique platform for new and established filmmakers to unabashedly flex their dark muscles and make them into films that sometimes end up unintentionally funny.

On October 30th the doors will open at 6:30 PM. Movies will start at 8:00 PM. The post-screening after party will also be at The Hangar.

For more information on Heavy Hitting HorrorFest, visit Heavyhitting.com

FILM SUBMISSIONS: $25 | Close Sunday, September 15, 209 at 11:59 PM | Register, read the rules, sign the waiver & submit at heavyhitting.com/submit.

HORRORFEST TICKETS: $69 | 19 + Only |Tickets will go on sale online at heavyhitting.com on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 4:20 PM.

NOTE TO MEDIA: HorrorFest images are available for editorial use upon request at mask@heavyhitting.com


Chantal Limoges 604.935.4899 - chantal@heavyhitting.com

Feet Banks feet@heavyhitting.com


The Heavy Hitting HorrorFest was hatched in Whistler in 2002 by Feet Banks and Chili Thom as a one-night blender of horrorific, hilarious and very independent short films screening to a group of local filmmakers and their friends. Over a decade later, The HorrorFest has evolved into the largest and longest-running horror film festival in Western Canada attracting film fans and filmmakers from around the world. In a town known for its massive parties and huge events, Heavy Hitting HorrorFest is one of the most anticipated events on the Whistler calendar packing rabid film fans into an evening of movies, costumes and musical mayhem.

Since its inception, the HorrorFest has been a launching pad for young filmmakers and continues to attract industry pros with its emphasis on making movies for the pure and simple joy of it. At Heavy Hitting HorrorFest your art film might get booed and your bad taste might get cheered, but either way you’re gonna have the night of your life.