Archive for TADFF

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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TADFF REVIEWS: WAR OF THE DEAD

Posted in History, Movies, Reviews, Supernatural, Zombies with tags , , , , , , on October 24, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

WAR OF THE DEAD

Starring Andrew Tiernan, Samuel Vauramo and Mikko Leppilampi

Written by Barr B. Potter and Marko Markilaasko

Directed by Marko Markilaasko

Good things do not always come to those who wait. Finnish filmmaker Marko Markilaasko, for instance, filmed the WWII Nazi zombie movie War of the Dead back in 2007, but it only had its world premiere this past Saturday night at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Likewise, Toronto audience members who had been excitedly tracking the film since that time were greeted by a middling action movie with little horror content whose atrocious script left little meat for its cast to chew upon.

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TADFF REVIEWS: EXIT HUMANITY

Posted in Events, Gore, Movies, Reviews, Violence, Zombies with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

EXIT HUMANITY

Starring Mark Gibson, Dee Wallace and Bill Moseley

Written and directed by John Geddes

“Admirable” is not the same as “enjoyable” when it comes to independent filmmaking, but it’s enough to earn raves from the horror community, bloodied and bruised as we often are by the sheer incompetence of many of our filmmakers.

Take Exit Humanity. The Canadian-made Western with zombies was recently hailed by Fangoria as “a rare gem that transcends the genre.” That is true, more or less, but it doesn’t stop it from being an overlong, turgid slog marked by awkward performances and poor directing choices despite beautiful cinematography.

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TORONTO AFTER DARK PREVIEW: “I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE”

Posted in Events, Festivals, Gore, Movies, Rue Morgue, Violence with tags , , , , , , on August 19, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

It’s the penultimate night of Toronto After Dark tonight, and The DLB will unfortunately be missing the 7 pm screening of Christopher Smith’s Black Death in order to attend a special soiree I will report on tomorrow. It may or may not have something to do with the 9:45 screening this evening of I Spit On Your Grave, the remake of the 1978 shocker of the same name.

Like the original, the remake is about a young writer (Sarah Butler) raped and brutalized by a trio of thugs who exactly bloody vengeance. Director Steven R. Monroe will be in attendance to participate in a post-screening Q&A, and The DLB is hoping to snag him for a brief interview. Fingers and paws crossed.

TORONTO AFTER DARK: “THE LAST EXORCISM” PREVIEW & REVIEW

Posted in Devils, Festivals, Movies, News, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

The DLB had the chance to see The Last Exorcism last week and was duly impressed (see review below). The Eli Roth-produced horror show opens Aug. 27, and Toronto After Dark is showing the film tonight (Monday, Aug. 16) at 7 pm at The Bloor Cinema. In attendance will be Roth and cast members Ashley Bell and Patrick Fabian. I’ll be interviewing the trio Monday afternoon so look for those interviews the week of Aug. 27th, leading up to its national release.

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TORONTO AFTER DARK REVIEW: CARGO

Posted in Festivals, Movies, Reviews with tags , , , , on August 16, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

CARGO

Starring Anna-Katharina Schwabroh, Martin Rapold and Regula Grawiller

Directed by Ivan Engler and Ralph Etter

Written by Arnold H. Bucher, Ivan Engler, Patrik Steinman and Thilo Roscheisen

The Swiss are known for their watches and their neutrality, not for making sci-fi films, which makes the very existence of Cargo amusing.

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TORONTO AFTER DARK: SATURDAY PREVIEW

Posted in Festivals, Gore, Movies, News, Zombies with tags , , , , , , on August 14, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

The 2010 edition of Toronto After Dark kicked off last night to a packed house for the American horror comedy The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Chtulu, a rather odd choice given that it’s not very good.

Higher hopes are had for tonight’s slate begins at 7pm with Doghouse, a British zomcom directed by Jake West (Razor Blade Smile, Evil Aliens) where a bunch of guy friends on the outs with their women head to the small town of Moodley to drown their sorrows and mack on the local dames, only to find that they’re actually zombies.

The 9 pm slot is taken up by the Greek zombie film (!?) Evil in The Time of Heroes “starring” American actor Billy Zane which invokes Greek myths with an undead twist.

All screenings take place at The Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor St. W.).