The Toronto After Dark Film Festival is a seven-night premier showcase of international thrilling cinema. The second annual festival takes place shortly before Halloween, October 19-25, 2007, in Toronto, Canada at the historic Bloor Cinema. The program features a diverse selection of feature-length and short films on the cutting edge, including acclaimed new Sci-fi, Horror, Fantasy, Animated, Action and Cult movies from Asia, Europe, and North America. All of the feature films are guaranteed to be Toronto premieres and in several cases, North American and Canadian premieres.
MoviePatron's coverage this year will include reviews for all 14 feature length films (last year there were 13) and several of the crazy amount (36) of short films. We'll also be expanding and we're planning on some on location Cine-casts and interviews with film makers and guest hosts. Stop back periodically for more details and Cinemania!
Dir: Jim Mickle Star: Vonia Arslanian, Laurel Astri, Kim Blair, Ron Brice, Bo Corre
Friday, Oct. 19
A deadly infection breaks out in Manhattan, causing humans to devolve into blood-thirsty rat creatures. Six recently evicted tenants must survive the night and protect their downtown apartment building as the city quickly spirals out of control.
USA, 2006, 85 min.
Dir: Jo Beom-jin Star: Yeong Hyeon, Gyu-hwa Lee, Gyu-hyeong Lee
Saturday, Oct. 20 - 4:45pm
In a future where energy is made from fecal matter, the government rewards defecation with "juicybars". Small-time hustlers try to get rich while fending off the mutated Diaper Gang.
S. Korea, 2006, 90 min.
Dir: Uwe Boll Star: Jason Statham, John Rhys-Davies, Ray Liotta, Matthew Lillard, Leelee Sobieski, Burt Reynolds, Ron Perlman
Saturday, Oct. 20 - 7:30pm
Jason Statham leads an all-star cast as Farmer, a simple man who wants nothing more than a quiet life with his family. At least not until rampaging hordes of evil creatures kill his young son and take his beautiful wife captive. And so he is drawn into an epic story that has him fighting side by side with his surrogate father (Perlman), the king himself (Reynolds) and the king’s powerful mage (Rhys-Davies) against the evil hordes led by Gallian (an outrageously over-the-top Liotta). Boll puts the mountains of British Columbia to great use while enlisting the services of legendary fight choreographer Tony Ching (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) to handle the action.
Germany/Canada/USA, 2007, 150 min.
Dir: Alex Orr Star: Mike Brune, Anna Chlumsky, Katie Rowlett, Matt Hutchinson
Saturday, Oct. 20 - 11:30pm
In the near future, gas prices have risen so high, that no one can afford to drive anymore. So mild-mannered school teacher Archie Andrews (Mike Brune) takes it upon himself to spend his spare hours creating an alternative fuel powered automobile. Nothing seems to work until one day, he accidentally cuts himself and adds his own blood to the mix. The car engine springs to life, and with it, so too does our unlikely hero’s love life. A trail of darkly comic mayhem ensues as vegan Archie, in order to hold on to his new sex-kitten girlfriend, must secretly supply his ravenous vehicle with an endless supply of human flesh!.
USA, 2007, 76 min.
Sunday, Oct. 21 - 4:00pm
Documentary. Using donations from his congregation, a pentecostal minister slowly transformed his church into a fully functioning movie studio. After experimenting on a number of small projects, Pastor Richard Gazowsky announced that he was going to make a film entitled, GRAVITY: THE SHADOW OF JOSEPH, a biblical science fiction movie that would redefine the Hollywood epic. AUDIENCE OF ONE is a documentary that chronicles the making of GRAVITY. Full of humor and pathos, what transpires is a story of obsession, faith and delusion.
USA, 2007, 88 min.
Dir: Steven C. Miller Star: Garrett Jones, Juliet Reeves, William Howard Bowman
Sunday, Oct. 21 - 6:45pm
Three teens find themselves in a town over run with zombies. Deciding to fight back, they go on a punch you in the throat, action packed, non stop ride through the city, woods, and schools.
USA, 2008, 80 min.
Dir: Lloyd Kauffman Star: Jason Yachanin, Kate Graham, Allyson Sereboff, Robin Watkins
Sunday, Oct. 21 - 9:30pm
When the American Chicken Bunker, a military-themed fried-chicken chain, builds a restaurant on the site of an ancient Indian burial ground, local protesters aren't the only ones crying fowl! The previous tenants, fueled by a supernatural force, take "possession" of the food and those who eat it, and the survivors discover that they must band together before they themselves become the other white meat! The world's first horror-comedy film to feature zombie chickens, American Indians and a bit of singing and dancing!
USA, 2006, 103 min.
Dir: Truc 'Charlie' Nguyen Star: Johnny Nguyen, Thanh Van Ngo, Dustin Nguyen, Stephane Gauger
Monday, Oct. 22 - 7:00pm
Le Van Cuong is a secret policeman working in cooperation with the French forces occupying Vietnam in the 1920s. Le’s job is to root out opposition forces and quell the brewing rebellion by any means necessary. He does his job with cold efficiency until one day, spattered with blood from a would-be assassin slain by his own hand, and confronted with the brutal torture of the captured daughter of the rebel leader by his fellow agents, Le begins to question whether he’s on the right side of this battle. With fights that are plentiful and impressive; and with quality characterization and terrific cinematography, The Rebel is head and shoulders above your average martial arts picture.
USA, 2007, 88 min.
Dir: David Arquette Star: David Arquette, Jason Mewes, Lucas Haas, Paul Reubens, Balthazar Getty
Monday, Oct. 22 - 9:45pm
A Ronald Reagan-obsessed serial killer targets a bunch of hippies who are heading to a weekend-long concert. The sheriff (Thomas Jane) tries to control the madness but a corrupt mayor and a greedy promoter (Paul Reubens) insist the free-love festival must go on no matter how high the body count.
USA, 2006, 93 min.
Dir: Nikolai Lebedev Star: Aleksandr Bukharov, Oksana Akinshina, Aleksandr Domogarov
Tuesday, Oct. 23 - 7:00pm
He was doomed to die, but managed to survive, and now his mission is to revenge for the annihilation of his tribe. He is the great warrior who calls himself Volkodav, and is the last man from the tribe of Serie Psi (Grey Hounds). After escaping certain death, Volkodaw (accompanied by Neletuchaya Mysh) is on a mission to kill Ludoed who is responsible to what happened to Serie Psi.
Russia, 2006, 136 min.
Tuesday, Oct. 23 - 10:15pm
Is there a closer bond than the one between sisters? Perhaps if those sisters are conjoined twins… But the closest relationships are also the ones that can turn on us the worst. This fact is painfully obvious to Pim, a young Thai woman plagued by visions of her sister Ploy, a conjoined twin who didn’t survive the attempt to separate the pair, a procedure Pim insisted on. If Alone casts early doubts as to whether Pim’s visions are supernatural or purely the product of her own guilty conscience, those suspicions are soon erased as Ploy becomes more forceful in her appearances, and more violent. It seems the dead sister is bent on blood.
Thailand, 2007, 92 min.
Dir: William Dear Star: Crispin Glover, Margo Harshman, Greg Cipes, Carrie Finklea, Kelly Vitz
Wednesday, Oct. 24 - 7:00pm
Simon says get set for a bloody good time! Writer-director William Dear is probably best known to fans for his family-friendly fare such as Harry and the Hendersons. But he’s always wanted to do a horror film. Starring cult icon Crispin Glover as a pair of psychotic twins, Dear may have a whole new career ahead of him. Simon Says delivers a classic slasher-horror set-up: a group of college students looking for an idyllic campsite in the woods for their weekend break, end up stumbling upon an isolated town. They anger a creepy local store-owner Stanley and his mentally challenged twin Simon; and it’s not long before one by one the youths find themselves being hunted down by the deranged twins and killed in increasingly gory ways. Glover’s scene-stealing double act as a twisted pair of killers will delight fans of the eccentric actor.
USA, 2006, 83 min.
Wednesday, Oct. 24 - 9:30pm
Kyoichi Kagenum is cursed by a gift: able to enter and manipulate other people’s dreams, Kagenum has become a sort of urban legend, a man with a talent sought out by those in distress. Those plagued by their own hidden torments regard him as a sort-of savior, someone who can enter in the minds and break the hold of their subconscious. The process of doing so has left him numb and antisocial, but when a young detective suspects that a series of mysterious deaths are homicides somehow carried out through the victims’ own subconscious minds, Kagenum is forced into service to find the killer. Filled with shocking imagery and obsessed with the darker side of the human soul, this is one nightmare that will burrow deep.
Japan, 2006, 106 min.
Dir: Jeremy Saulnier Star: Chris Sharp, Paul Goldblatt, William Lacey, Skei Saulnier
Thursday, Oct. 25 - 7:00pm
Lonely nerd, Chris, makes the mistake of his life when he decides to live a little on Halloween night and ends up the unwitting guest of honour at a slaughter soiree. Clad in a ridiculous homemade knight’s costume, he’s tied up and tortured by a group of pretentious drug-addled NYC art students intent on turning his death into an art project. As the wannabe Warhols get more wasted and the power tools come out, though, they suffer a series of accidents and start turning on each other, culminating in a bloodbath that quite literally skewers and shreds the pretentious New York art scene. Imagine torture porn meets Waiting for Guffman with a mad dash of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and you’ve got Murder Party.
USA, 2007, 79 min.