The day of reckoning is near. Well, a week. Actually it’s nine nights of reckoning, as the ever-growing, ever-powerful, ever-terrific and terrifying Toronto After Dark Film Festival draws near, not unlike an ominous zombie horde, band of werewolves, or plate of killer sushi.
While it may not be the grandest film festival put on in Canada, it is one of the most compelling, annually featuring the most horrific, grotesque, bizarre and bloody films from around the world, showing them off the most fanatical and impassioned group of followers. Seeing one of these premieres is one thing; watching it in the crowded Hot Docs Cinema is an experience unto its own.
The final announcements were made completing the roster of films, the schedule has been released, and tickets are on sale. Now we only have wait.
We took a look at the first set of films that were revealed back in August, so now we shall ponder and anticipate the second group of films that looks to equally amuse and terrify.
1. Excision unfortunately was removed from the lineup as its wide release was moved up, but after checking out the trailer for American Mary, we’ve what looks to be a very worthy replacement with this deranged-beautiful-female-medical-student-turned-killer entrant that looks to be among the most bloody of films – and of course it’s playing opening night.
2. A curious entry to the festival is My Amityville Horror. No, it’s not another remake (or sequel, or prequel), but instead a documentary as told by Daniel Lutz, who 40 years after living there as a child, returns to tell his side of the events that took place in the infamous haunted house.
3. Some fun Game of Werewolves looks like. Realistic yet silly, bloody and entertaining, this Spanish film about a young man returning home to his cursed small town is the closing gala film, ripe to elicits screams and roars of laughter all the same from the crowd.
4. Selma Blair taking a starring role with In Their Skin, a creepy and darkly made home-invasion thriller with the standard eerie forest, untrustworthy people, and colour palate full of black, whites, and grays. This Canadian film may hit close to home—here’s hoping.
5. It wouldn’t be a horror film fest without a group of naïve attractive teenagers venturing off into territories unknown. Inbred is just that, as this UK export promises to be among the goriest of films in the fest when a group of city kids head to the rural outskirts of civilization.
There is much to get excited about; you can check out the rest of the films here and the schedule for the nine nights of frights.