The schedule is posted, the line-up is complete, and the countdown has truly begun. Toronto After Dark Film Festival is just days away and promising to be as, if not more, exciting as last year.
After intriguing fans with a taste of things to come, TAF organizers have at last revealed their complete programme for the second annual showcase of horror and fantasy film. The additional seven Canadian and Toronto premieres include:
Nightmare Detective, cult and underground director Shinya Tsukamoto’s (Tetsuo: The Iron Man) ode to the supernatural mysteries of his childhood; new Thai horror film Alone, about a former conjoined twin plagued by visions of her sister; The Rebel, a martial arts picture that is also the most expensive film ever produced in Vietnam; and In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, notorious German filmmaker Uwe Boll’s ambitious sword and sorcery epic adapted from the Dungeon Siege video games, starring Jason Statham, John Rhys-Davies, Ron Perlman, Ray Liotta, Kristanna Loken, Leelee Sobieski, Matthew Lillard and Burt Reynolds.
Finally, “three bloody good fun horror films” round out the announcement. Simon Says stars cult icon Crispin Glover as a pair of psychotic killing twins and is directed by William Dear, best known for family-friendly flicks such as Harry and the Hendersons. Alex Orr updates the Roger Corman classic Little Shop of Horrors with Blood Car, which replaces the carnivorous plant with a bloodthirsty car. And this year’s closing gala is the plasma-soaked black comedy Murder Party; however, Jeremy Saulnier’s slaughter soiree has big shoes to fill after last year’s acclaimed closer, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon.
The Toronto After Dark Film Festival runs from October 19 to 25.