Archive for the Festivals Category

TORONTO AFTER DARK BEGINS!

Posted in Aliens, Events, Festivals, Gore, Halloween, Movies, News, Sci-Fi, Violence with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2012 by darklordbunnykins

 

The Toronto After Dark Film Festival returns to the newly renovated Bloor Hot Docs Cinema this year, opening with two highly anticipated entries, the Irish horror comedy Grabbers, screening at 6:45, and The Soska Sisters’ blackly comic American Mary (as seen above).

As I’m about to head out the door to see Paranormal Activity 4 (review tomorrow), The DLB will have to cut and paste each summary:

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TORONTO AFTER DARK SUMMER SCREENINGS TONIGHT

Posted in Events, Festivals, Gore, Monsters, Movies, News, Supernatural, Violence with tags , , , , , , , on July 11, 2012 by darklordbunnykins

Toronto After Dark returns to The Bloor Cinema tonight for the final installment of its summer series. First up, at 7 pm, is music video director Joseph Kahn’s Detention. The Hunger Games‘ Josh Hutcherson stars in this horror comedy about a killer stalking the halls of Grizzly Lake, and reviews have been surprisingly positive.

The cast of Detention

Next up, at 9:45pm is V/H/S. A found footage anthology film that scared the shit out of Sundance audiences, it sees a group of thieves screening a series of disturbing videotapes during the search for a piece of rare footage. Directors on the film include David Bruckner, Glenn McQuaid, Ti West, Chad Villella, Justin Martinez, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Nicholas Tecosky, Simon Barrett and Tyler Gillett.

Visit Toronto After Dark’s website for more details.

DEVIANT DVD: “SAINT” (2010)

Posted in DVD, Festivals, Ghosts, Gore, History, Movies, Reviews, Violence with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

SAINT

Starring Egbert Jan Weeber, Bert Luppes and Huub Stapel

Written and directed by Dick Maas

eOne Entertainment

The recent angry Facebook status updates I have noticed from those looking to reclaim their right to wish people “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays” speaks to just how protective some people get about Christmas… sorry, the holiday season. Similarly, the Dutch take their equivalent, Sinterklaas, very seriously, to the point where poet and artist Quinsy Gario was pepper sprayed and arrested in Dordrecht, Holland, last month for wearing a  homemade T-shirt that read “Zwarte Piet is Racism.” (Zwarte Piet — or Black Pete — is Sinterklaas’s Sambo-like servant.)

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EXCLUSIVE! “TAKE SHELTER” DIRECTOR TALKS ABOUT FILM’S HORROR UNDERPINNINGS

Posted in Festivals, Interviews, Movies, Violence with tags , , , , , on October 12, 2011 by darklordbunnykins


Director Jeff Nichols’ great new film Take Shelter  is a psychological thriller that stars Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) as Curtis, a middle-class dad suddenly plagued by dreams  of strangers taking his daughters and visions of a coming apocalypse. Are they hallucinations? Has he inherited his mother’s schizophrenia? In either case, Take Shelter has its fair share of scary moments, something The DLB asked Nichols during a recent interview at TIFF.

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TORONTO AFTER DARK ANNOUNCES NEXT SLATE OF FILMS

Posted in Devils, Events, Fantasy, Festivals, Ghosts, Gore, Halloween, Monsters, Movies, News, Sci-Fi, Serial Killers, Supernatural, Thriller, Vampires, Violence, Zombies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

Toronto After Dark Film Festival founder Adam Lopez announced the next slate of macabre movies to show at his fast-growing genre film festival, which will take place at the Toronto Underground Cinema between Oct. 20 and 27, on last night’s edition of Inner Space. Among the new additions:

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TERRIFYING TIFF: ON “MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE”

Posted in Festivals, Movies, Thriller with tags , , , , , , on September 17, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

Martha Marcy May Marlene is not a horror film, but Rosemary’s Baby was a big influence on director Sean Durkin’s debut feature. Starring Elisabeth Olson as Martha, the film traces her character’s escape from a cult and subsequent attempt to integrate back into her family. But are the cult members coming after her? Durkin’s film, which recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, gradually builds tension, culminating in a taut ending which will frustrate some viewers but is absolutely perfect. Here is a quote from my recent conversation with Durkin.

Sean, you’ve described this film being somewhat inspired by Rosemary’s Baby and Robert Altman’s Three Women. To what extent do you look at this as a horror film? Three Women is very creepy.

Three Women very much in the sense that it’s an experience. It’s not horror but it’s so unsettled and you just go on the journey of these women talking to each other and no one is listening to each other, and the feel of that film really settled on me.

“But I love horror films and I hate when horror films get gory. I love the build-up so I think that very much like that, very much in the desire to portray that, very much settled in my subconscious at some point of my life and just ends up making its way into all the films I make.”

 

Martha Marcy May Marlene opens in limited release Oct. 21.

MACABRE MUSIC: GHOULTOWN LIVE AT THE FESTIVAL OF FEAR

Posted in Concerts, Festivals, Music, Rue Morgue with tags , , , on August 31, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

Texan horrorpunk band Ghoultown rode into Toronto last weekend for Rue Morgue Magazine’s Festival of Fear and delivered a rockin’ and robust performance during Friday night’s Shocktail party at The Courthouse venue.

PUTRID PREVIEWS: FANTASIA 2011: HOLLOW

Posted in Events, Festivals, Ghosts, Movies, Reviews with tags , , , , , on July 30, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

HOLLOW

Starring Sam Stockman, Emily Plumtree, Matt Stokoe and Jessica Ellerby

Directed by Michael Axelgaard

Written by Matthew Holt

 

Description: The Blair Witch Project meets Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

 

Plot: Four old school friends drive into the remote British countryside and discover an ancient tree where there have been several strange suicides involving young couples. They soon discover the area’s weird history, including the legend of the evil ghost of a monk said to drive its victims mad. At the same time, old jealousies and emotions threaten to drive the friends apart and maybe end their lives.

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EXCLUSIVE! “THE WICKER TREE” TO PREMIERE AT FANTASIA 2011

Posted in Events, Festivals, Movies, News with tags , , , , , , , on June 27, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

 

The first wave of announcements for this year’s edition of FanTasia, one of the finest genre festivals on the planet, just hit and The DLB will do a rundown shortly. First announcement (and my favourite) taken straight from the press release:

WORLD PREMIERE OF ROBIN HARDY’S THE WICKER TREE + BOOK LAUNCH
38 years after directing THE WICKER MAN, a film widely hailed as the CITIZEN KANE of genre cinema, Robin Hardy has reteamed with producer Peter Snell and British Lion to make THE WICKER TREE. This hugely eccentric “spiritual sequel”, based on Hardy’s novel COWBOYS FOR CHRIST and featuring performances by Graham McTavish and Christopher Lee, is one of the most hotly anticipated genre films of the decade. Fantasia will be unveiling the world premiere of this Pagan phantasmagoria, in the presence of Hardy and Snell.
The screening night will be a double birthing as it will also feature a book launch for Hardy’s THE WICKER TREE novel, being published in North America for the first time this July!
Furthermore, Fantasia will host a special event that will feature Robin Hardy in conversation with fellow UK filmmaker Richard Stanley (HARDWARE, DUST DEVIL, THE THEATRE BIZARRE – the latter also having its world premiere at the festival), in discussion on the occult, mysticism and moviemaking.

PUTRID PREVIEW: WORLDWIDE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL’S “FREAKY” PROGRAMME

Posted in Festivals, Ghosts, Gore, Monsters, Movies, Reviews, Rue Morgue, Violence with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

The Worldwide Short Film Festival is currently underway in Toronto, and horror fans will want to hit The Bloor Cinema tonight just before midnight for the “Creepy” portion of the festival’s two-night Midnight Mania programme. (The “Freaky” section, which is bizarre but not really horror, plays tomorrow night at the Royal Ontario Museum.)

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