Film Festival Reviews - International, Independent, Cult

Toronto After Dark 2015 Review: PATCHWORK's Combo Of Laughs And Gore Will Leave You In Stitches

Jennifer, Ellie and Madeleine could not be more different from each other. Jennifer is a professional businesswoman ready to celebrate her birthday and closing a big deal at work. Ellie is a party girl looking for a good time. And... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Toronto After Dark 2015 Review: THE HEXECUTIONERS, Welcome To The Job From Hell

Sanctioned euthanasia is a full blown industry and Malison is just starting to get her feet wet at her new job. After a rough start she is paired up with seasoned veteran Olivia and together they head out to the... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Toronto After Dark 2015 Review: THE HOLLOW ONE Demonstrates More Depth Than Its Title Lets On

Rachel Wade left the family farm two years ago for the big city after a tragic accident took the life of her mother. Now living in downtown Seattle the disappearance of her father compels her to return and face her... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Toronto After Dark 2015 Review: THE DIABOLICAL Covers The Basics Of Haunted Houses With A Hint Of Sci-Fi

Let us jump right into The Diabolical, because that is what writer/director Alistair Legrand and writing partner Luke Harvis do. Right off the hop we meet Ali Later as Madison, a single mom who is trying to hold on to... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Toronto After Dark 2014 Review: THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN, A Solid Slasher Flick With Style To Spare

The Town That Dreaded Sundown begins with Texarkana resident Jami Lerner at the local drive-in with Corey. They are watching the original 1976 flick at an annual screening on Hallowe'en night. Jami is not having a good time so the... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Toronto After Dark 2014 Review: WHY HORROR? Speaks To Fans And Outsiders Alike

As a longtime and committed fan of the horror genre, Tal Zimmerman takes us on a journey to discover its roots, influences, players and place in different cultures. His travels will take him as far away as Japan, England and... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Toronto After Dark 2014 Review: WOLVES Takes A Bite Out Of Pretty YA Fare

Cayden Richards had it all. He was the quarterback of his high school football team. He had a smoking hot girlfriend on his arm. Yep. Senior year was looking pretty good. But there was trouble stirring. Cayden kept having nightmares. On... More »
By Andrew Mack   

Toronto After Dark 2014 Review: HELLMOUTH Is One Man's Existential Crisis

Ubiquitous character actor Stephen McHattie is always a pleasure to see up on the big screen. From supporting roles in Hollywood films like The Fountain, Watchmen and A History of Violence, to central performances in indie Canadian productions like the... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

TADFF 2013: MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH Defies And Surprises

And the winner for Best Q&A at Toronto After Dark 2013 is... envelope please... (rip tear rip)... DON THACKER from MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH!!! Ian Folivor, a depressed and reclusive 30-something, finds himself taking advice from a growth in his bathroom after a... More »
By Andrew Mack   

TADFF 2013: SOLO Left Me Feeling... Stranded.

[Solo screens tonight at 9:30pm at the Scotiabank Cinema as part of Toronto After Dark's lineup. Tonight is Double Scene Points Night so if you buy your ticket you earn... double... your Scene points. Odd Thomas also screens at 7:00pm.... More »
By Andrew Mack   

TADFF 2013 Review: STALLED Does Not Poop On The Zombie Comedy Genre!

(Stalled plays as part of Toronto After Dark's Zombie Appreciation Night. It screens this Saturday, October 19th at 7:00pm at the Scotiabank Theatre) You may think to yourself "can an entire film play out within the confines of a workplace bathroom and... More »
By Andrew Mack   


[With the film releasing tomorrow now's the time to revisit my review of The Last Exorcism.]Do not hold the marketing campaign for Daniel Stamm's The Last Exorcism against it. It is not Stamm's fault that marketers opted to sell the... More »
By Todd Brown   


"Beauty is the beginning of terror."  From that line of poetry/exposition, there is a bit of a promise (and a warning) of things to come in Philip Ridley's dark fairy tale, Heartless.  Starting out as a grim London East Side... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   


While introducing a kids matinee performance of The Wizard of Oz (with Dad both the theatre-owner-producer and Mom the Wicked Witch of the West), young Deborah catches a bit of performance anxiety resulting in an embarassing wetness on her Dorothy... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   


[The first film playing on a UK double-bill at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival tonite, I suppose it is time to revisit my review.  Note there are other takes on the film below in the links.]Michael Fassbender is Centurion... More »
By Andrew Mack   

TADFF 10: ALIEN vs. NINJA Review

You gotta love this tagline from The Sushi Typhoon website. IF IT BLEEDS...NINJAS CAN KILL IT!... More »
By Andrew Mack   

TADFF 2010: CARGO review

Eight years. 2 million dollars. Swiss.Make it your mantra when watching Cargo. Cause in the time that it took the filmmakers to put together this nifty offering to the Sci-Fi genre other higher profile films have been made, screened and lauded... More »
By Andrew Mack   

TADFF 10: PHOBIA 2 Review

[The first 4Bia anthology set was a surprise and a delight at Toronto After Dark several years ago, and they kindly bring the second (and even better) collection of Twilight Zone-y goodness to this years festival.  Be sure to attend,... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   


[Because Toronto's week of genre and cult mayhem, The Toronto After Dark Film Festival (TADFF) is kicking off today, we are re-running Todd's Slamdance review of The Last Lovecraft:  Call of Cthulu.  Where the Park City sub-festival was also the... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   


These last couple of years there's been a constant stream of British quality horror films. Just to name a few, think of The Children, Mum and Dad, Eden Lake and The Broken. The Reeds is the latest to join that... More »
By Niels Matthijs   
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