One of my favorite film festivals in Toronto is here!!! Starting tomorrow night and running through until the 23rd, it is nine nights of action, sci-fi, horror, spills, thrills, chills and cult films, as Adam Lopez, festival runner, and his adept festival crew present us with some of the most unique, entertaining, often bloody, often scary films from around the world.
This year looks to be no different, with amazing sounding titles – and this is the thing I love most about the festival, is that it introduces me to films I may not have heard of otherwise. The After Dark festival is like being let in on the secret of where all the really cool bars are in town, it takes you aside, and in it’s best Dan Akroyd Twilight Zone voice asks, “Wanna see something really scary?”
And every year that we’ve attended, (didn’t get there last year, as I was on a beach in Hawaii) it’s been a wonderful time, seeing some great films. But it’s not only the films, it’s the audience. The festival draws so many like-minded people who, when the lights go down, and the film starts rolling, there’s a communal vibe that tells you no matter what the film is truly like, it’s going to be a fun ride, because there will be laughter, applause, and even the occasional gasp from something that takes a viewer by surprise.
The line up this year looks pretty damned impressive as well…
Opening night, there is the horror anthology film, Tales of Halloween, featuring 10 tales, from 10 different directors. It’s followed by the unnerving sounding The Hallow, from Ireland (apparently this one is really scary!!).
Friday night is Sci-Fi Night and features Synchronicity featuring cult favorite, Michael Ironside, and the quite hilarious sounding Lazer Team.
Saturday afternoon will feature the shorts program, Night of the Loving Deb, and A Christmas Horror Story featuring our friend Rob Archer, and Bill Shatner, and an additional late night screening of The Hallow (the first screening has already sold out!).
Sunday features Shut In, The Hollow One (I like the sound of this one quite a lot), and The Demolisher.
Monday is The Diabolical and The Interior, Tuesday features Backtrack and Gridlocked, Wednesday is Nina Forever and The Hexecutioners, Thursday is Sion Sono night featuring Tag and Love & Peace, and closing night features Patchwork and Deathgasm!
It’s going to be an amazing festival!
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