TIFF13: My Thoughts on Almost Human

On Friday October 13, 1987, Mark Fisher (Josh Ethier) was one of two men to disappear on during a series of strange events that occurred that night in a town in Maine.  His friend Seth (Graham Skipper) insisted that strange lights in the sky were the cause of Mark’s disappearance.  Two years later, Mark suddenly […]

TIFF13: My Thoughts on Oculus

An antique mirror influences malevolent supernatural events in the horror film Oculus, by director Mike Flanagan (Absentia). Tim Russell (Brenton Thwaites) is released from a mental hospital a decade after he shot his father (Rory Cochrane), who had killed his mother (Katee Sackhoff). He is picked up by his older sister Kaylie (Karen Gillan), who […]

TIFF13: My Thoughts on The Station

The Austrian sci-fi/horror film The Station focuses on a team of scientists on a Climate Research Base in the German Alps. Lead by Janek (Gerhard Liebmann), the team discovers a blood-like red liquid coming out of a nearby glacier. It turns out that this liquid contains a single-celled organism, which infects local wildlife, developing into […]

TIFF13: My Thoughts on All Cheerleaders Die

The 25th anniversary of Midnight Madness kicks off with this new horror-comedy by directors Lucky McKee (May, The Woods) and Chris Sivertson (I Know Who Killed Me). The film focuses on Maddy (Caitlin Stasey), who joins her high school’s cheerleading squad, in an effort to bring it down from within.  She also holds a personal […]

TIFF13: Ranking Midnight Madness

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the ever-popular Midnight Madness programme will be celebrating its 25th anniversary.  The programme, which focuses on horror, sci-fi, action, and other genre films, was launched in 1988 and initially programmed by, current artistic director of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Noah Cowan.  Current programmer Collin Geddes became involved with […]

TIFF13: Midnight Madness Highlights

The second round of film announcements were made yesterday for TIFF13 and I will start off by running down highlights from the ever-popular Midnight Madness programme.  This will be a big year for Midnight Madness, since the programme will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.  As such, it is becoming quite likely that I […]

TIFF12: My Thoughts on Midnight Madness

Before I move into my summary of film thoughts from TIFF, I thought that I would create a post dedicated entirely to the films I saw in the Midnight Madness programme.  I’ve been steadily increasing the number of Midnight Madness films I see every year and this year I saw six of the ten films […]

TIFF12: My Thoughts on John Dies at the End

To say that John Dies at the End is a weird film would be a bit of an understatement.  The film focuses on a man named David Wong (Chase Williamson), who sits in a restaurant and tells his story to a journalist named Arnie (Paul Giamatti).  It’s a hard movie to describe, but in essence, Dave and […]

TIFF12: My Thoughts on Dredd 3D

Back in 1995, there was an adaptation of the Judge Dredd comics that starred Sylvester Stallone and audiences generally frowned upon Stallone’s interpretation of the character, namely in the way he quickly got rid of Dredd’s trademark helmet.  Well, it’s 17 years later and a new reboot has surfaced, which was reportedly supposed to be closer to […]