Toronto After Dark Film Festival – Tim’s Must See List

The Toronto After Dark Film Festival! As soon as I heard about it when we first started The Mind Reels, I knew it was something Sue and I would want to cover, and this year, WE ARE!

This is the festival’s 7th year, and it runs for 9 nights and is packed with 21 films, as well as a number of shorts! It’s all very genre based cinema, horror, sci-fi, action, and this year’s selection looks very entertaining indeed.

I’ve prowled the schedule, watched the trailers and I’ve come with 5 that I think I just have to see. In no particular order, these are the ones I am most looking forward to…

The opening night film, Grabbers, from the blurb I read it sounds like a wonderfully Irish version of Tremors (also a great movie) that features some weird tentacled aliens that apparently have an aversion to alcohol, especially in their food source, people. So the logical answer? Get drunk and hunt the baddies down! That just sounds like a good night at the movies as far as I’m concerned, it’ll be bloody, and bloody funny! It features Richard Coyle from Coupling (think Friends but funnier and sexier) and Russell Tovey from Doctor Who and the original UK version of Being Human.

Then staying across The Pond for my film choices, there is Cockneys vs. Zombies, I think the title pretty much says it all! It looks like a fun little zombie film that doesn’t look to take itself too seriously, and isn’t skimping on the gore either. It features the always brilliant Richard Briers (and the sequence of him outrunning a zombie with his walker looks hilarious), Pussy Galore herself and former Avenger Honor Blackman, and the very lovely Michelle Ryan of Doctor Who and Jekyll.

And hey, why not a documentary on one of the most famous alleged hauntings and possessions ever? My Amityville Horror is a documentary that examines the tale of Amityville by one of the people who actually lived through it, Daniel Lutz, who was a child at the time. It’ll be an interesting watch I think, and the case has always been fascinating to me, and Jodie has always been a freaky image to me… I remember reading the book and being freaked out by the thought of some red-eyed creature staring through the window at me. I’m interested in hearing his side of the tale…

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a huge Simon Pegg fan, so I am looking forward to his appearance in A Fantastic Fear of Everything. The film also features Paul Freeman from Hot Fuzz as well as playing Belloq in Raiders of the Lost Ark and tells the story of a children’s author who is trying to branch out and write a novel about Victorian serial killers, it’s just too bad he’s scared of everything!

My last selection is a bit of a toss-up, I’m intrigued by the film Wrong, from the director of the delightfully odd film Rubber, it follows the misadventures of a man trying to find his kidnapped dog.

The other one is Grave Encounters 2, I thought the first film was a lot of fun, but admittedly, I also watched it on the small screen. I don’t handle shakey cam and found footage on the big screen very well, it tends to make me nauseous, so we’ll see if I can get to that one.

But those are only 6 of the films showing, I’m intrigued by Sushi Girl, After, Resolution and Citadel, and of course the new Universal Soldier movie will just be good bone-breaking fun as Dolph and JCVD suit up again.

Are you going?

What are you looking forward to seeing?

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