In honour of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival… these are my TOP 5 MOST ANTICIPATED 2016 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 13-21st. Each year, the fest puts on a clinic in genre films from around the world 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 11th 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 The Machine, post apocalyptic actioner Bounty Killer, zombie hit (Festival Best Action Film) Wyrmwood and last year’s festival darling, the Japanese monster movie Love and Peace. 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 great 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.
WAR ON EVERYONE – FRIDAY OCTOBER 14th, 7.00 PM
A great way to start off the list is the first film on the festival schedule that I have been eagerly waiting for. War on Everyone looks to be a crazy ride of a movie about two bad-as-fuck cops who don’t give a shit. Micheal Pena and Alexander Skarsgård look to be a great combo as we get a raucous, violent ride through the streets as they try to fuck everyone up. Ummm YES PLEASE!
TRAIN TO BUSAN – SATURDAY 15th, 9.15 PM
Okay TADFF wouldn’t be a festival without some good zombie action thrown in the mix. Here is the film that many critics around the world (starting back in Cannes) have been raving about. I absolutely can’t wait to check this one out. Zombies on a train sounds like the perfect mix for some great zombie carnage.
KILL COMMAND – SUNDAY 16th, 4.00 PM
Let’s see: isolated island – check, small military platoon with one civilian – check, sentient robots that are taking out the humans – check. SOLD! This movie looks to check off all the boxes.. It’s a great start to a Sunday that is already pretty stacked.
IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE – SUNDAY 16th, 6.45 PM
Ethan Hawk returns to the festival in this violent western. Last time I saw him, he was a time traveler trying to right a wrong. This time he looks to be a man who just wants to be left alone but those in a small town with a corrupt sheriff just won’t let that happen. After watching the trailer, I get the strong feeling that this might be another John Wick-type movie… and that’s never a bad thing. Plus westerns are becoming cool again, which works for me.
BLOOD FATHER – SUNDAY 16th, 9.30 PM
Okay I’ll admit that this film is a little troublesome for me because of the Mel Gibson life fiasco. On the other hand, I have always enjoyed his movies and this looks to be another one that I will be enjoying. It features one of my personal favourite movie tropes – man on a mission. Never mess with a man’s daughter.
I also want to give honorable mention to a movie that almost made this list – The VOID about a sheriff who gets mixed up with a blood soaked man which is not going to end well. See, this year even my “thanks for coming out” pick looks to be super strong too.
In the end, I had another difficult time 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 looking really strong and a great way to kick off the next decade of the festival.
If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!