In honour of Toronto After Dark Film Festival… these are my TOP 5 MOST ANTICIPATED 2015 After Dark Films.
This of course refers to movies that are screening during the festival, taking place at the Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto from October 15-23rd. Each year the fest puts on a clinic in film from around the world dealing with all kinds of genre from Sci-fi to Horror… well mostly horror. If you have not a had a chance to check it out, you are missing out on one of the best festivals out there now celebrating it’s 10th stunning year. Festival runner Adam Lopez and his team pick some of the best and most interesting films going.
Over the last few years of covering the fest, we’ve seen a great selection of films including sci-fi hit The Machine, post apocalyptic actioner Bounty Killer, zombie hit (Festival Best Action Film) Wyrmwood and last year’s festival hit, the Australian scarefest The Babadook. I haven’t even hit on the body modification or gore-fest films they’ve played in the past. It literally has something for everyone’s tastes and to me, that’s the hallmark of a good festival. You might not always be into what’s there, which is fine, but there is bound to be something there for you if you love genre films.
TALES OF HALLOWEEN – THURSDAY, OCT 15, 7.00 PM
A new anthology centering around Halloween in one small town, where it always gets out of control. An interesting premise that looks to have some fun playing in the short horror story camp. Looking forward to checking this out at the opening night gala.
SYNCHRONICITY – FRIDAY, OCT 16, 7 PM
Okay, so we have time travel and Michael Ironside? Hells yeah, I’m in on this one. I love me some wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey movies. This is giving me the same awesome vibe as last year’s Predestination did. I just hope that my hype is well rewarded.
A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY – SATURDAY, OCT 17, 9.30 PM
The small sleepy town of Bailey Downs is back in this latest entry from the creators of cult favourite werewolf flick Ginger Snaps. This time it’s a war between Krampus (the anti-Santa) and the Real Santa Claus. A fight that is going to determine who is naughty or nice.
THE DEMOLISHER – SUNDAY, OCT 18, 9:30 PM
I have been hearing nothing but good things about this film for the last 5 months. It has been shown at previous film festivals, earning much praise. Now we get to see director Gabriel Carrer’s first entry into After Dark. This film looks intense and is reminiscent of late 70s revenge movies. This potentially could be the best film in the festival.
LOVE & PEACE – THURSDAY, OCT 22, 9:30 PM
Well, this is a first. For the first time in After Dark’s 10 years there are 2 films from the same director screening. On top of that, they are screening back to back on Sion Sono night. First up is his film Tag followed by this little gem about a lonely guy who loses his only friend, a turtle. His life transforms after that, as does the turtle after getting swept away into the sewers. Apparently the turtle has his own “BIG-time” dreams.
I also want to give honorable mention to a movie that almost made this list – Nina Forever about the ex-girlfriend who just won’t go away… or die. See, this year even my “thanks for coming out” pick looks to be super strong too.
In the end, this really was the hardest time I have ever had in picking my pre-fest picks. Hats off to all the programmers at Toronto After Dark Film Festival who worked so hard combing through all the entries for this year’s fest. This lineup is the best overall in the last 4 years that I have been attending.
If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!