Each year, Toronto fans of horror, sci-fi, action and cult films wait breathlessly for the start of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Now in its 6th year, the festival showcases genre features and short films from all around the world, often screening films that don’t ever get a theatrical release, and in some cases don’t even find a home on DVD.
Last year, After Dark not only hosted over 9,000 film fans at the Bloor Cinema but was also named runner-up for Best Film Festival in the city voted on by Toronto residents — that’s pretty impressive in a city that sees a new film festival opening just about every week of the year.
Last month, Festival Director and Founder Adam Lopez revealed 8 of the titles that will make up the 17 film schedule. Tonight, on a special episode of the SPACE Channel’s InnerSPACE, he offered up the scoop on the final wave of films to be announced and as usual, the line-up is impressive. But what else is to be expected from a festival that has a “zombie coordinator” on staff?
This year’s stellar line-up will include:
Vs – Four Super Heroes find themselves abducted by their Arch Nemesis and are forced to compete in a series of challenges in order to save an abandoned town full of kidnapped innocent civilians.
War of the Dead – A platoon of American and Finnish soldiers is driven deep into a Russian forest where its Captain discovers a terrifying secret.
The Woman – Lucky Mckee’s latest caused a sensation at this year’s Sundance Film Fest. When a successful country lawyer captures and attempts to “civilize” the last remaining member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast coast for decades, he puts the lives of his family in jeopardy.
Manborg – A soldier, brought back to life as a cyborg, fights alongside a band of adventurers against demon hordes in a dystopian future.
Absentia – A woman and her sister begin to link a mysterious tunnel to a series of disappearances, including that of her own husband.
The Corridor – Friends on a weekend excursion take a path into a forest that leads to death and destruction.
A Lonely Place To Die – A group of five mountaineers are hiking and climbing in the Scottish Highlands when they discover a young Serbian girl buried in a small chamber in the wilderness.
Midnight Son – A man with a rare skin disorder that prevents him from being exposed to the son and forces him to drink blood for sustenance falls in love with a bartender who must deal with his increasingly violent tendancies.
Some Guy Who Kills People – A lonely man fresh out of the loony bin sets out to kill those he deems responsible for his miserable life.
The Innkeepers – Closing Gala – Ti West’s (The House of the Devil) latest is a horror-thriller centered on the last two employees at a haunted hotel that’s going out of business.
Toronto After Dark Film Festival runs October 20-27 at its new location, Toronto Underground Cinema. Check out the website for more details.