The 12th annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival begins on October 12 and runs through to the 20th. The festival is an amazing event for horror fans everywhere as it’s a showcase of horror, sci-fi, action and cult cinema held annually in Toronto, Canada. The festival usually premieres a diverse selection of feature-length and short films from around the world and this year they have programmed a host of delectable terror treats.
The opening night film is a movie we have covered somewhat before. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel about the infamous serial killer’s teen years, Toronto After Dark’s Opening Gala My Friend Dahmer is a riveting, dark, coming of age tale, and stars Anne Heche and in a break out leading role, former Disney Channel star Ross Lynch.
This will also be the only place in Canada to see Cult Of Chucky on the big screen. Even though the film is now widely available – even airing on AMC during their annual FearFest horror marathon broadcast – it’s a great chance to experience the latest entry in the Child’s Play franchise on a big screen, with big sound, surrounded by dedicated horror fans.
Victor Crowley will also have its Canadian premiere at Toronto After Dark. Adam Green returns with a crowd-pleasing update to his retro-slasher inspired Hatchet series, full of fresh blood and creative kills. After a small plane crashes one night in the Louisiana swamps, the corpse of infamous local serial killer Victor Crowley awakens from his deathly slumber! It’s not long before Victor sets off in search of fresh victims for his signature sharp slaying tools. Horror icon Kane Hodder’s (Friday The 13th franchise) menacing performance as the titular killer leads to both murder and mayhem on an unwitting group of crash survivors.
If you’re looking for action movies, Toronto After Dark is also offering two very anticipated films. Sixty Minutes To Midnight and The Villainess are making their world premiere and Toronto premiere, respectively. Sixty Minutes To Midnight blends fan favorites such as Die Hard, Assault On Precinct 13 and The Running Man when former soldier Jack Darcy (Robert Nolan) wakes to find himself entered into a murderous new game show. He has sixty minutes to kill or be killed by a group of strange armed men who’ve surrounded his house. But what his would-be assassins haven’t realized is that Jack has learned a trick or two from his military days, has a hidden cache of weapons and isn’t going down without a vicious fight! The Villainess is the anticipated South Korean actioner starring Sook-hee who plays a young woman who has been training since childhood to become the world’s most brutal assassin. When Sook-hee gets betrayed by a former lover turned crime-lord, she goes on a deadly rampage of revenge. But with an army of well-armed bodyguards in her way, it won’t be easy to get to her target. This is a stunningly shot and choreographed ultraviolent piece of movie carnage.
There is also a host of short films from around the world, showcasing some of the best up-and-coming talents in genre filmmaking, as well as the North American premiere of the Skyline sequel Beyond Skyline, starring The Purge‘s Frank Grillo and The Raid‘s Iko Uwais, and Toronto premiere of Jason Flemying’s crowd-pleasing horror comedy Eat Locals, starring Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Nick Moran (Harry Potter), Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), Eve Myles (Torchwood), Tony Curran (Underworld: Evolution) and Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean).
You can also check out the sizzle reel for this year’s Toronto After Dark Film Festival below:
For a full schedule and ticket purchases check out the Toronto After Dark website, and remember, the festival runs from October 12-20.
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