The Toronto After Dark Film Festival returns to its ancestral home at the Bloor Cinema this week, with a bone chilling line up of films to get us in the mood for the best holiday of the year (Halloween, obviously). Of course, there is always the dilemma - what to see? With an ever growing schedule (20 films this year!) it becomes increasingly difficult to keep them all straight.
However, all is not lost! We have compiled a list of the first ten films for you, covering opening night through October 21st. Check back on the 22nd for the rest of the film list. For now though, have a gander below at ten very different horror films - there's really something for everyone! (except sissies)
Thursday October 18, 6:45 PM
In this hysterical Sundance audience crowd-pleaser in the mould of TREMORS, when a small Irish town is invaded by bloodsucking tentacled aliens, the locals discover that getting drunk may be their only way to survive!
Thursday October 18, 9:45 PM
In this new festival circuit sensation from Jen and Sylvia Soska aka The Twisted Twins, a disillusioned medical student (GINGER SNAPS star Katherine Isabelle in a standout performance) decides to ply her trade in the shady underworld of unregulated surgeries and body modification with horrifying consequences.
Friday October 19, 6:45 PM
With echoes of TAXI DRIVER and FIGHT CLUB, this award-winning directorial debut film from BLADE RUNNER Ultimate Edition producer Charles de Lauzirika sees a mentally unstable crime scene photographer spiralling into darkness, madness and violent vigilantism on the gritty streets of Detroit. Also features a fantastic supporting turn from Ron Perlman (HELLBOY) as a veteran cop whose seen more than one murder too many.
Friday October 19, 9:45 PM
With nods to the TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and DELIVERANCE, this over-the-top gory British horror film finds a group of inner-city kids and their counsellors on a field trip fall prey to a rural village’s inbreds and their uniquely violent form of hospitality. Warning: not for the weak of stomach!
[REC] 3: Genesis
Saturday October 20, 6:45 PM
An official selection of the SXSW Film Festival, the latest instalment of the hit Spanish zombie movie series relocates the action to a lavish wedding where the guests - including the bride wielding a chainsaw - try to survive a terrifying outbreak of the undead!
Cockneys Vs Zombies
Saturday October 20, 9:45 PM
When a bunch of East End bank robbers find themselves caught in the middle an outbreak of the undead on the streets of London, it’s every gangster for himself. One part SHAUN OF THE DEAD, one part SNATCH, and loaded with outrageous zombie kills, the latest hit zombie comedy from Britain is a shotgun blast of fun from start to finish!
Sunday October 21, 1 PM
Winner of Fantasia Film Festival’s Jury Award for Best Feature Film, this trio of apocalyptic tales features the rise of sentient robots, a zombie virus outbreak and an asteroid on a fatal collision course with earth. Co-directed by acclaimed Korean filmmaker Jee-woon Kim (I SAW THE DEVIL, THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE WEIRD, A TALE OF TWO SISTERS)
Lloyd the Conqueror
Sunday October 21, 3:45 PM
A very nerdy and very funny comedy about three male college students roped into taking part in their first Live Action Role-Playing tournament where they must defeat Derek the Unholy, a dark wizard, determined to hold onto his reigning championship crown by any devious means. Fantastic cast includes comedian Brian Posehn (SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM), Mike Smith (aka “Bubbles” from TRAILER PARK BOYS) and Harland Williams (DUMB & DUMBER)! UPDATE: Posehn and Smith will be in attendance at this screening to intro and take questions from fans!
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
Sunday October 21, 6:45 PM
Packed with extreme, ultraviolent fight scenes and hard-hitting action, the newest chapter of the Universal Soldier movie series has received fantastic fan reactions on the festival circuit. Action legends Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme unite as leaders of a renegade army of soldiers and its up to Scott Adkins (the rising action star from EXPENDABLES 2) to track them down and defeat them.
Sunday October 21, 9:45 PM
In this fascinating dark fantasy with shades of SILENT HILL and THE MIST, two bus crash survivors awake to find themselves the only people left in a deserted small town. Even worse, they only have a limited number of days left to solve the mystery of their predicament, as a dark black cloud is advancing from all sides, and within its mist are some hostile creatures!