Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Extra! Extra! The Toronto After Dark Film Festival

by Jason Shayer

The 5th Annual Toronto After Dark film festival kicks off tonight at 7pm with the gala premiere of The Last Lovecraft. The festival boasts a lively program of Indy, International, and Canadian short films. It continues to be a world-class event showcasing horror, sci-fi, action, and cult films. Directors Steven R. Monroe (I Spit On Your Grave), Joshua Grannell (All About Evil), and Eli Roth (The Last Exorcism) will be in attendance during their movie screenings. Also, some of the cast and crew of the Last Lovecraft will be on-hand tonight for a meet-and-greet.

The Festival runs through the weekend and the week for 8 unforgettable nights of horror, dark comedy, and splatter/torture fun. Where else can you find an collection of films featuring seas monsters, greek zombies, medieval witchcraft, killer Geisha androids, human centipedes, vengeful tires, and ninjas defending the planet from alien invaders.

Saturday’s screenings also feature a Zombie Appreciation Night co-presented by the Toronto Zombie Walk. All zombies received a special discount to the zombie double-header that night!

It all starts this weekend, so if you’re anywhere near Toronto, you know where you should be.

Here’s the line-up in alphabetical order:

ALIEN VS NINJA (Seiji Chiba, 2010, Japan)
ALL ABOUT EVIL (Joshua Grannell, 2010, USA)
BLACK DEATH (Christopher Smith, 2010, UK)
CARGO (Ivan Engler, 2009, Switzerland)
CENTURION (Neil Marshall, 2010, UK)
DOGHOUSE (Jake West, 2009, UK)
EVIL IN THE TIME OF HEROES (Yorgos Noussias, 2009, Greece)
HEARTLESS (Philip Ridley, 2009, UK)
HIGH SCHOOL (John Stalberg, 2010, USA)
I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (Steven R. Monroe, 2010, USA)
PHOBIA 2 (Poolvoralaks, Pisanthanakun, Purikitpanya, Sugmakanan & Wongpoom, 2009, Thailand)
ROBOGEISHA (Noboru Iguchi, 2009, Japan)
RUBBER (Quentin Dupieux, 2010)
THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (Tom Six, 2009, Holland)
THE LAST EXORCISM (Daniel Stamm, 2010, USA)

--Jason Shayer