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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.
Toronto After Dark Film Festival has just announced its 8th Annual Call For Film Entries. The critically acclaimed fest runs for nine awesome nights in Toronto this October 17-25, and welcomes submissions of all forms of genre cinema including horror, sci-fi, fantasy, animation, crime, action, cult and documentary films, both short form and feature length. The final deadline for this year’s entries is June 7, but you can save some dough by submitting your film before the Early Deadline of April 12.
Stay tuned for more details about the festival as they become available…
[RM contributor Derek Emerildo Nieto reviews A Fantastic Fear of Everything, which had its Toronto premiere tonight at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.]
Simon Pegg: check. Snappy title: check. Comedic psychological mystery premise: check. So how could this particular concoction fail to amaze when the funny formula sounds so right? One answer: uneven pacing.
Co-directed by former Kula Shaker frontman Crispian Mills and production designer Chris Hopewell, this film has a couple of nice shots and use of camera language, an aptly muted colour palette, some great performances – most notably from Pegg, who gives his portrayal of Jack everything he’s got, but also from the lovely Amara Karan, whose character is almost shoehorned in and could have been given more to do – and some fun cameos by British character actors Clare Higgins and Paul Freeman.
[Lime Blake checks in with a review of Toronto After Dark selection In Their Skin.]
There’s nothing scarier to me than the thought of being woken up by a deranged psychopath who has broken into my home, wishing to harm my family for personal gain. Director Jeremy Power Regimbal effectively captures this nightmarish concept in his debut film In Their Skin.
[RM intern Vanessa Furtado offers her thoughts on Toronto After Dark selection My Amityville Horror.]
Given our ongoing fascination with the Amityville tragedies and the controversies surrounding them, it’s not surprising how many documentaries have tackled the subject. My Amityville Horror attempts to give us a fresh look through the eyes of someone who experienced those events directly. Daniel Lutz, oldest son of George and Kathy Lutz, whose experiences inspired the controversial book The Amityville Horror and ten feature films, finally speaks out after almost 40 years of silence about what he saw and experienced in the house during the 28 days he and his family lived there. This documentary shadows Danny as he revisits those memories and returns to the location where these disturbing events took place.
[RM contributor Patrick Dolan serves up a combo splatter platter from the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Domo arigato, Mr., um, Dolan. Jeeze, Patrick, why isn't your last name Roboto?]
It’s a movie about killer sushi; immediately, you should know whether or not you’re going to like it. But if you’re still on the fence, allow me to set the table.
Beginning more like a hard luck tale than a hilarious horror, Keiko (Rina Takeda, High Kick Girl!, Karate Girl) runs away from the borderline abusive tutelage of her sushi chef father and takes a server job at a secluded inn. On her first day, executives from a large pharmaceutical company show up to stay for the night and pig out on sushi. Dinner is spoiled, however, when a disgruntled ex-employee of the company shows up with a serum that brings dead cells back to life (a discovery he was unjustly fired for, as it makes the reanimated subject crazy). He injects it into the sushi and, you guessed it: the sushi attack!
[Our Toronto After Dark coverage continues with Aaron Von Lupton's review of Grave Encounters 2.]
New director John Polinquin and original Grave Encounters writers the Vicious Brothers deserve some credit for taking their sequel in a whole new direction when they could have just done the easy thing and made another average found footage ghost movie. Unfortunately, as Grave Encounters 2 proves, randomly grabbing new ideas out of thin air isn’t exactly the best approach, either.
[Charlotte Stear checks in with another review from this year's Toronto After Dark Film Festival.]
Here’s another one to add to the “bat shit crazy” list from this year’s Toronto After Dark Festival and hey, that’s not a complaint.
To try and sum up what Resolution is about is a challenge in itself. Without giving too much away (actually, that may not even be possible), Michael (Peter Cilella) forces best friend Chris (Vinny Curran) to detox from his heavy drug addiction while staying in a cabin in the woods. While Chris goes through this transition, Michael begins to find a number of odd artefacts lying around the cabin. Creepy photographs and film footage seem to be waiting for him wherever he goes, trying to warn him about something.
[RM contributor Derek Emerildo Nieto offers his thoughts on [REC] 3 Génesis, which screened at this year’s Toronto After Dark Film Festival.]
Jumping out at you in boisterous colour, it’s the prequel [REC] 3!
Wait, what? Colour? Yes. This prequel to the so far, so awesome [REC] series, which exhibited good use of the first-person camera technique and set a fine example of how to use it to good effect in the ever-more-saturated zombie sub-genre, starts off well enough and with the best of intentions, but leaves much wanting in the way of not only a prequel but as a part of the [REC] universe itself. And yeah, baby, it’s all colour, all the time. But is that a good idea? In my opinion, no.
[RM contributor Aaron Von Lupton gives us the skinny on Inbred, which had its Toronto premiere at this year's Toronto After Dark Film Festival.]
From Alex Chandon (Cradle of Fear) comes this gory and offensive black comedy inspired by the likes of Deliverance and Calvaire, with dumb humour in place of human drama. Four young offenders are accompanied by two caretakers into the British countryside for a weekend retreat, only to encounter the titular inbreds who attack, torture and butcher them one by one.