Ok, so we’re based in the UK and won’t be able to make this (boo!), but the full line-up has just been announced for the Toronto After Dark festival, which takes place between the 20th and 25th of October, and a pretty good line-up it is too.
After the initial announcement of seven titles - Behind The Mask, Shinobi, Mad Cowgirl, Re-Cycle, Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell (what a great title!), SL8N8 and Night of the Living Dorks - six more titles have now been added.
The new ones are Special (released by Revolver in the UK on November 17th), Retribution, Tokyo Zombie, Funky Forest, Frostbite and Vengeance.
As well as the above-mentioned feature films, there will also be plenty of short films, a film-making masterclass with Lloyd Kaufman, Gala parties and a Toronto Zombie Walk!
Friday Oct 20th – 7.00pm
The opening night film stars Michael Rapaport as a New York City meter maid who joins a clinical drug trial to combat his depression and becomes convinced that he is developing super powers. Special is at once an incredibly realistic take on the super hero genre, a character study of a man descending into madness, and a blacker than pitch dark comedy.
Saturday October 21st – 3.30pm
Swedish vampires happily dwelling north of the Arctic Circle where night lasts a loooong time in this award winning horror comedy. Stylish, bloody, smart and very funny.
Saturday October 21st – 6.30pm
Call it Romeo and Juliet with ninjas. But not just any ninjas. Oh, no. The titular shinobi are super-powered ninjas, nurturing a range of superhuman powers in their remote and hidden villages.
Saturday October 21st – 9.15pm
The Canadian premiere of the latest from acclaimed director Kiyoshi Kurosawa teams him with Ringu producer Taka Ichise and stars Koji Yakusho and Jo Odagiri for the story of a detective on the trail of a serial killer.
Saturday October 21st – 11.59pm
The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell (US)
In the year 2077 America was destroyed in an overwhelming nuclear holocaust. Those few souls that survived did so by hiding in underground bunkers, Political satire meets post apocalyptic b-movie madness with a dash of the ol' ultraviolence in the feature film debut from Kevin Wheatley.
Sunday October 22nd – 1.00pm
Make Your Own Damn Movie! Masterclass with Lloyd Kaufman
Sunday October 22nd – 3.00pm
Toronto Zombie Walk
Sunday October 23rd – 4.15pm
The international premiere of this Thai creature feature, never before seen on screens outside of Thailand. Giant snakes, poison lizards, flesh eating wasps, sexually carnivorous fruit, vampire-like creatures, a bit of time travel and a whole lot of gunplay. And it's really pretty, too.
Sunday October 23rd – 6.45pm
Night of the Living Dorks (Ger)
It's not easy being a misfit at Fredrich Nietzsche High School. You'd think life would only be harsher if one were dead and somehow still in school. As three "nerds" discover, in many ways, it's a hell of a better time!
Sunday October 23rd – 9.30pm
Angelica Lee, the award-winning star of The Eye, reunites with the Pang Brothers for Re-Cycle. The world they create here is vast, filled to the brim with apocalyptic images that flow in a sort of twisted dream logic.
Sunday October 23rd – 11.59pm
Mad Cowgirl (US)
Sarah Lassez stars as Therese, a meat inspector with a failed marriage, a sexually charged relationship with her brother, a fixation on an aging televangelist (Koenig), a brain tumor, quite possibly mad cow disease, and the growing conviction that she must kill the Ten Tigers From Kwangtung and become the Girl With The Thunderbolt Kick.
Monday October 24th – 6.45pm
Tokyo Zombie (Jap)
It's the zombie comedy starring cult icons Tadanobu Asano and Show Aikawa, directed by the script wrtier of Takashi Miike's Gozu and Ichi the Killer.
Monday October 24th – 9.30pm
Funky Forest: The First Contact (Jap)
It's Asano again, this time starring in one of the most surreal and absurdly funny films you will ever see, sprung from the mind of Kill Bill animator and Taste of Tea director Katsuhito Ishii. It utterly defies description.
Tuesday October 25th – 6.30pm
SL8N8 (Slaughter Night) (Holland)
Following the death of her father teenaged Kristel, accompanied by a car load of her friends, sets off on a trip to gather his things at the abandoned mine where he was conducting research for his latest book: the biography of an occult obsessed serial killer condemned to death by carrying a lit torch into the depths thereby exploding the methane gases lurking in the mine more than a century before
Tuesday October 25th – 9.30pm
Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (US)
Set in an alternate reality where Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, Mike Myers and all the great slasher icons of yore are real, actual people Scott Glosserman's debut feature Behind the Mask introduces a new icon to the mix: Leslie Vernon.