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After taking home the prize for Best Canadian Feature at last year’s Toronto After Dark Film Festival, SILENT RETREAT has now found a home on DVD through Black Fawn Distribution. And Rue Morgue has your very first look with stills from the upcoming thriller.
Rue Morgue contributors Jessa Sobczuk and Charlotte Stear wrap up our Toronto After Dark coverage with a pair of reviews.
Big Bad Wolves (Israel)
Dir: Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado
Toronto After Dark finished off with a bang, closing this year’s festival with the explicitly violent Israeli crime-thriller Big Bad Wolves. From Rabies directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, the film tells the story of three men – a corrupt police officer investigating a gruesome string of child murders, the father of one of the murdered children, and a teacher suspected to be the killer – as their paths cross in violent acts of torture and vigilante justice.
Rue Morgue contributors Mike Beardsall and Jessa Sobczuk review a pair of selections from Toronto After Dark Film Festival.
Willow Creek (USA)
Dir: Bobcat Goldthwait
Jim (Bryce Johnson) and his girlfriend Kelly (Alexie Gilmore) have traveled to the small town of Willow Creek, California – a quaint little tourist trap that happens to be the closest piece of civilization to the spot where the famous Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot film was shot in October 1967. Jim is filming his own documentary about the beast; ignoring warnings from some of the locals, the couple make the long trek into the woods with the hope of catching a glimpse of the famous cryptid. Jim and Kelly soon get more than they bargained for when they discover they might not be alone in the deep California wilderness.
Rue Morgue contributors Jessa Sobczuk and Vanessa Furtado check in with a pair of reviews from this year’s Toronto After Dark Film Festival.
The Last Days on Mars (UK/Ireland)
Dir: Ruairi Robinson
Director Ruairi Robinson (BlinkyTM) walks the line between claustrophobic science fiction and white-knuckle horror in The Last Days on Mars, a slick, low-budget UK-Ireland co-production that packs a talented cast including Scream‘s Liev Schreiber and Shutter Island‘s Elias Koteas.
On the last day of the first manned mission to Mars, an international team of astronauts uncover a virulent strain of bacteria. The ground-breaking discovery soon turns deadly as two teammates are infected with the virus and mutate into violent, shambling zombies. The crew is infected one by one and the remaining astronauts must survive the night before their relief team finally arrives.
Rue Morgue contributors Mike Beardsall and Jessa Sobczuk check in with a pair of reviews from the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.
Silent Retreat (Canada)
Dir: Tricia Lee
The locally-shot Silent Retreat celebrated its world premiere at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival Sunday afternoon. The plot centres around Janey (Chelsea Jenish), a young woman who has recently gotten into some trouble with the law and is sent away to a meditation camp to be rehabilitated. Janey, along with her fellow campers (all teenage girls), must remain completely silent for the duration of their stay, or else incur the wrath of the camp doctor and his two sons. Escape is impossible as they’re miles from anywhere, surrounded by forest, and watched constantly by a hungry nocturnal beast that walks among the trees.
Rue Morgue contributor Charlotte Stear weighs in on the Zombie Appreciation Night selections at this year’s Toronto After Dark Film Festival.
Dir: Christian James
If you think you’ve seen everything a zombie comedy can offer, let me introduce to you Stalled, a British film about a man locked in a bathroom stall during a zombie outbreak. For an entry in a subgenre that has already seen so much, Stalled is a unique, engrossing movie that boasts one of the most interesting zombie concepts in years.
Rue Morgue contributors Mike Beardsall and Jessa Sobczuk check in with reviews of Toronto After Dark’s Friday-night selections.
BIG ASS SPIDER! (USA)
Dir: Mike Mendez
Just in case the title alone doesn’t explain enough of the story, Big Ass Spider! is centred around a genetically altered arachnid capable of growing to gigantic proportions in a matter of hours. It’s up to a blue collar exterminator and his security guard sidekick to stop the beast before it reproduces and consumes all of Los Angeles.
We Are What We Are (USA)
Dir: Jim Mickle
Toronto After Dark kicked off last night with Jim Mickle’s latest, the highly anticipated We Are What We Are, a re-imagining of Jorge Michel Grau’s Mexican film of the same name. The plot follows a reclusive, poor, rural family that partakes in an unusual tradition: cannibalism. After a brutal storm results in a family tragedy, eldest daughter Iris (Ambyr Childers) finds herself responsible for the yearly ritual. But as the investigation of a number of missing people in the area brings the local authorities to their property, the lives of the family members begin to unravel.
Rue Morgue and the Toronto After Dark Film Festival are teaming up for the Toronto theatrical premiere of Bobcat Goldthwait’s Willow Creek. This is a special, one-night-only event on Thursday, October 24 at 7 p.m. @ Scotiabank Theatre (259 Richmond Street West). Director Bobcat Goldthwait will be in attendance for an intro and a special Q&A session!
Attention filmmakers! There are only ten days left until Toronto After Dark Film Festival’s final entry deadline, Friday June 7. Don’t miss this chance to submit your horror, sci-fi, action or cult film (features and shorts) for consideration by the fantastic TADFF programming team.
The final selections will screen at the festival from October 17-25.