TADFF14: Award Winners

The awards have been announced for the 2014 Toronto After Dark Film Festival.  Mirroring the original film’s win in 2009, the Gold Audience Award went to Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead.  This marks the third year in a row that a zombie film has won the audience award, which seems to suggest a pattern.  […]

TADFF14: Wrap-Up

The 2014 edition of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival ended up being its most successful.  Breaking through in its ninth year, this year’s edition of Toronto After Dark had a record 13 sellouts, which helped prove how this year’s line-up was of a particularly high quality.  Even though there were a few films that […]

TADFF14: Shorts After Dark

In addition to the pre-feature Canadian shorts, Toronto After Dark also screens a showcase of nine short films from around the globe.  This year’s line-up include home invaders in pilgrim masks, a sci-fi film about selling doorknobs, and romance about a man who removes his skin.  Here is my rundown of the Shorts After Dark […]

TADFF14: Canada After Dark

Preceding every feature film screening, this year’s Canada After Dark short film line-up featured everything from stop motion thrillers to surreal romances to exploitation homages.  Here is is a rundown of all nineteen Canadian short films. Foxed!This stop motion short involves a girl forced into labour by a group of foxes.  Even though it has […]

TADFF14: The Babadook

Amelia (Essie Davis) is a single mother, who struggles to care for her six year old son Samuel (Noah Wiseman).  Suffering from apparent behavioural problems, Samuel is obsessed with finding and killing monsters, which includes developing weapons.  One night, when asked by Amelia to choose a bedtime story, Samuel picks a mysterious pop-up book off […]

TADFF14: Let Us Prey

Police Constable Rachel Heggie (Pollyanna McIntosh) is starting her first night at a police station in a small Scottish town.  On her way to the station, she picks up a delinquent named Caesar (Brian Vernel), who has apparently hit a stranger (Liam Cunningham) standing in the middle of the road.  At the station, Rachel becomes […]

TADFF14: Why Horror?

Why do people like horror? As one of the most misunderstood genres, horror fans often find themselves stigmatized by society, who assume that there must be something wrong with them.  As a very hardcore horror fan, Rue Morgue magazine journalist Tal Zimerman sets out to explore why horror is so appealing to people.  Featuring interviews […]

TADFF14: The Town That Dreaded Sundown

In 1946, the town of Texarkana was terrorized by a serial killer, known as the Phantom Killer, whose identity has never been confirmed.  Thirty years later, the killings were the basis for the 1976 slasher film The Town That Dreaded Sundown, which is screened every year on Halloween.  Following one of these screenings, high school […]

TADFF14: Wyrmwood

In a post-apocalyptic Australia, a virus has turned nearly the entire population into bloodthirsty zombies.  Barry (Jay Gallagher) is one of a handful of survivors, which also includes Benny (Leon Burchill) and Frank (Keith Agius), who are immune to the virus and struggle for survival.  In the meanwhile, Barry’s sister Brooke (Bianca Bradey) has been […]

TADFF14: Refuge

Following a bacterial outbreak, society has crumbled and the survivors have gone into hiding, in constant fear of marauders.  Jack (Carter Roy) is hiding out with his wife Nell (Amy Rutberg) and daughter Birdie (Eva Grace Kellner), along with fellow survivor Kyle (Chris Kies).  One day, while scavenging for food, Jack takes in a man […]