Toronto After Dark Summer Screenings Announced

Looking for a way to fill your quota of horror, sci-fi, action and cult films this summer?  Well, the Toronto After Dark Film Festival has announced a special series of four Summer Screenings that will be taking place at the Bloor Cinema.

These screenings, taking place on June 27 and July 11, will act as a precursor to the full festival, which is scheduled to take place this year from October 18-26.  Both Summer Screening nights will provide an authentic Toronto After Dark experience, which will include their trademark post-screening “Pub After Dark” at the Pauper’s Pub, located right across the street from the Bloor.

Tickets are now on sale for $13 each ($11 for Bloor Cinema members).  There’s also a limited number of Double Feature ($22) and 4-Pack Passes ($39), which will also grant you priority access to the screenings.

Now, here is a rundown of the films that have been announced for these two nights.

Juan of the Dead – June 27 – 7:00pm
This Cuban zombie film was an “also ran” at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  I believe I actually had it on my short list, but it conflicted with another film I wanted to see.  As such, Juan of the Dead is by default the film I’m most looking forward to watching during this summer series.

The Pact – June 27 – 9:45pm
There is nothing I like more than haunted house films.  This is evidenced by the fact that The Innkeepers was my favourite film at last year’s Toronto After Dark.  The supernatural quota in the summer series is filled by The Pact, which debuted at Sundance this year and definitely looks like it will be a tense film.

Detention – July 11 – 7:00pm
They can’t all be deadly serious horror films.  This film looks to be like a much more comedic version of Scream.  While Scream has already been spoofed in various forms, this film actually looks to mold the spoofing into an original plot.  This film will be interesting to say the least.

V/H/S – July 11 – 9:45pm
This film was a big hit at Sundance and is probably the screening I’m second most looking forward to (after Juan of the Dead).  The film is a found-footage horror anthology of sorts, which involves a group of thieves finding and watching 5 different videotapes, with each being more terrifying than the last.  The film is made by a who’s who of indie horror directors including Ti West (The Innkeepers), Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way to Die, You’re Next), Joe Swanberg (Silver Bullets), Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), and David Bruckner (The Signal).  This will definitely be one to check out.

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).