TADFF13: Award Winners

The award winners were announced today for the 2013 Toronto After Dark Film Festival.  For the second year in a row, it was a zombie film that took top honours, with The Battery winning the festival’s Gold Audience Choice Award, as well as three of the specialty awards, including Best Screenplay, Best Music, and Best […]

TADFF13: Wrap-Up

Well, the eighth annual edition of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival has come to an end.  It has been now been five years since I first attended Toronto After Dark back in 2009 and this was my second year doing full coverage.  To reference the title of one of the films that played this […]

TADFF13: Video Content Part Two

With the festival now complete, I shall now link to the rest of my video content.  In addition to a total of nine daily video blogs, I ended posting a total of eight Q&A highlights and other events (including the Q&A for The Dirties from the Spotlight Screenings in September).  It was definitely a challenge […]

TADFF13: Short Film Thoughts

I can’t forget the little guys.  As always, each feature of Toronto After Dark was preceded by one of 19 Canadian short films.  In addition, there were 9 international shorts shown as part of the Shorts After Dark showcase.  Now is the time that I will go back and give my brief thoughts on all […]

TADFF13: My Thoughts on Big Bad Wolves

Desperate to find a missing girl, Israeli police officer Miki (Lior Ashkenazi) opts to beat information out of Dror (Rotem Keinan), a school teacher, who is the primary suspect in a series of gruesome child murders.  Miki is forced by his boss to let Dror go and the girl subsequently turns up dead.  In the […]

TADFF13: My Thoughts on Cheap Thrills

This very dark comedy focuses on Craig (Pat Healy), an aspiring writer with a wife and 15 month old son, who suddenly finds himself in major financial trouble when he receives an eviction notice the same day he is laid off from his day job as a mechanic.  While drinking his sorrows away in a […]

TADFF13: My Thoughts on Banshee Chapter

From the 1950s, right up until the 1970s, the CIA performed a number of mind control experiments, which was known as Project MKUltra.  In the film Banshee Chapter, a young man named James Hirsch (True Blood’s Michael McMillian) goes missing after filming himself taking a drug, known as Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) 19, which was used in […]

TADFF13: My Thoughts on Willow Creek

From director Bobcat Goldthwait (God Bless America), comes this found-footage horror film about a couple, who are searching for proof of Bigfoot in the woods, where the famous Patterson-Gimlin film was shot.  To celebrate his birthday, Jim (Bryce Johnson) travels to Willow Creek, California, the Bigfoot capital of the world, to film a documentary of […]

TADFF13: My Thoughts on Evil Feed

The big world premiere at the 2013 Toronto After Dark Film Festival was the crazy and gory action/horror/comedy Evil Feed.  The film focuses on an underground Chinese restaurant, known as the Long Pig, which is run by the sadistic Steven (Terry Chen) and his sex-crazed assistant and girlfriend Yuki (Alyson Bath).  The restaurant kidnaps marital […]

TADFF13: My Thoughts on Found

Based on the novel by Todd Rigney, Found is told from the point-of-view of a 12 year old boy named Marty (Gavin Brown).  Marty has a huge love for horror films and drawing macabre comics, but finds himself a bit of social outcast, since he is often bullied and beat up at school.  Marty also […]