Hot Docs 2014: Doc of the Dead (Alexandre Philippe)

Zombies. The zombies are taking over tonight at 11:59pm at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema with the international premiere of Philippe’s highly enjoyable, and extremely entertaining look at the world of the undead. Starting with its cinematic roots, the film journeys back to White Zombie, where we are introduced to the voodoo zombie before George…

Toronto After Dark: The Battery (2013) – Jeremy Gardner

Zombie Appreciation Night continues following the UK zom-com Stalled with the character driven undead piece The Battery. Made for a budget of barely $6000, the film focuses on Mickey (Adam Cronheim) and Ben (Jeremy Gardner), a pair of former ball players, paired together as survivors, constantly on the move as they eke out an existence…

Toronto After Dark 2013

Tonight, one of my favorite film festivals gets underway, Toronto After Dark, a heady combination of horror, sci-fi and cult filmss. People I’ve spoken to want to know what movies I’m most eager to see at this year’s festival, so I thought I would share them with you. It struck me as interesting last year, the…

Night of the Living Dead Live

I don’t get to see enough stage and theater productions, but it’s shows like this that are guaranteed to get me out and sitting excitedly in a seat. At the beginning of its three-week run, Night of the Living Dead Live, currently on stage at the Theatre Passe Muraille on Ryerson Ave, is not only…

Mimesis (2011) – Douglas Schulze

Hitting blu-ray and DVD shelves this week is this interesting little release from Anchor Bay Films, Mimesis, which loosely translated means imitation or mimicry. Directed by Douglas Schulze the film posits the idea why watch a horror movie when you can live one? And this is what happens to the poor folk who are fool…

Tim’s Top 12 of 2012

12 is my lucky number, so I figured that would be the number of films I pick for my favorites of 2012, it kind of works, because then that would be one each month, though, for anyone who reads my blog, you’re well aware that I’ve seen a lot more than 12 movies this year!…

Dellamorte Dellamore (1994)

This one was just an odd, delightful, horror-comedy. To me it seemed like a combination or Sam Raimi and Guillermo del Toro, and made for a delightful addition to the 101 Horror Movies. Dellamorte Dellamore was simultaneously filmed in English and Italian by director Michele Soavi, and tells a wonderfully odd story, featuring necrophilia, reanimated boy scout corpses, dead…

Toronto After Dark Film Festival – Tim’s Tops

So The Mind Reels’ first year covering The Toronto After Dark Film Festival has come to an end, and it was FANTASTIC! Now that it’s over I thought it would be nice to compile my top 5 films of the festival. I want to be clear, I could have happily included A Fantastic Fear of…

Toronto After Dark – [Rec] 3: Genesis – Paco Plaza

So, let’s get this out of the way first: I am one of the sorry souls who hasn’t seen either of the first two Rec movies.  I know, I know.  I remember missing the first one, somehow, and then decided not to see the second one until I’d seen the first one…and there you go. …

Toronto After Dark – Cockneys vs Zombies – Matthias Hoene

  Playing to a sold-out theater last night at The Bloor Cinema, which seats 700 (!), Cockneys vs Zombies took the Toronto After Dark Film Festival by storm. This must have delighted the film’s director, Matthias Hoene, who was on hand for it, to no end. Does the film add anything new to the zombie genre?…

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Romero finds his way onto the 101 Horror Movies again with the follow-up to the classic Night of the Living Dead with Dawn of the Dead. First off, let me get this out of the way. I liked it. I also like the remake. I did, however, find that the film itself, the 139 minute…