Toronto After Dark: Backtrack (2015) – Michael Petroni

  Last night, the 10th Annual Toronto After Dark film festival took us Down Under for a spooky, and well-crafted ghost story starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neill. And for the first time all festival, a jump scare got me! Brody plays psychologist Peter Bower, who finds himself in strange circumstances as he still mourns…

Room 237 (2012) – Rodney Ascher

When I first heard about this documentary from Rodney Ascher, it was coming to TIFF, and I very much wanted to see it, I love the ideas of secrets and conspiracies hidden in movies. Both the opportunities I had to see it fell through, and I was a little bummed. Then I heard it was returning to…

TIFF Next Wave 2013: Ghost Graduation – Javier Ruiz Caldera

Attention Toronto film fans!!!  Thanks to TIFF’s Next Wave Film Festival, you will have another opportunity to catch one of my Top 12 Films of 2012 on the big screen one more time!!!  I was lucky enough to see this one premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, and I can’t rave about…

Mama – Andres Muschietti

  Usually, early in the new year, the films that come out are…well…fairly crappy. There are, of course, exceptions to every rule. Silence of the Lambs, for example, is one of my top ten favourite movies of all time, and it was so good it held on all year to be showered with accolades during…

A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) – Jee-woon Kim

For me, there has always been something creepy and disturbing about the horror of Asian cinema, it has the ability to get under my skin and have moments that can actually earn a jump or two from me, so it was with equal parts excitement and trepidation that I turned to the next title on the 101 Horror Movies…

Toronto After Dark – My Amityville Horror – Eric Walter

  This documentary was one of the films I was most looking forward to seeing at Toronto After Dark this year, and while it was a little different than I’d expected going in, it gave me far more than I’d dared hope before the end credits rolled! Based on the events of the most famous…

Poltergeist (1982)

The 101 Horror Movies let me revisit another one of my favourite films, Poltergeist. I won’t get into the whole “who really directed it dilemma” – I don’t care (though if pressed it feels more like a Steven Spielberg film than a Tobe Hooper film). I just know I like it. It’s a very simple…

TIFF 2012: Ghost Graduation – Javier Ruiz Caldera

  I have to admit, I was secretly really excited to see this movie, but part of me was worried that it wouldn’t be as good as I hoped it would be.  The plot description was, essentially, written for my 80’s-lovin’ self:  Five students – a rebel, a jock, a pretty and popular pregnant girl,…