Sunday at TADFF is always a tough day. Generally speaking, from a reporting perspective, it means that you’ve been out until all hours of the morning for the last three nights, probably imbibed a bit more than necessary, lost a lot of sleep, and then spent all of your free time writing reviews, editing interviews, etc. As such, it is almost always the one day that I get to the theater either late, or right before the first movie of the afternoon. Continue reading →
As is customary at TADFF, Saturday was Zombie Appreciation Night, which meant that the day’s programming consisted of two zombie-related films along with the International shorts program. Though I think zombies are by and large a bit played out, I still look forward to the night every year at the festival because they tend to choose interesting films that I might never have gotten to see in the theater otherwise. Continue reading →
Starring: Dan Palmer, Antonia Bernath, Tamaryn Payne
Writer: Dan Palmer
Director: Christian James
It’s Christmas eve and a soon to be shit-canned maintenance man is changing light bulbs and cleaning toilets, instead of drinking eggnog and making out with drunk receptionists at the annual office party.
Unfortunately for this forlorn floor-sweeper he chooses to use the ladies restroom the very second a zombie outbreak occurs! Will he bowl us over and flush away the undead or simply remain… Stalled?
Day two of the 2013 edition of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival has now come and gone. Dubbed “Insect Night,” the night’s programming consisted of a pair of movies where the (arguably) main star was a bug. The idea of “theme nights” is one that has become more prevalent at the festival over the years, and I think that it has worked in favor of TADFF. After all, for those of us who don’t cover the entire festival, it’s probably a lot easier to pick certain days to attend if the film’s are similar in theme; and I use the term, “similar,” loosely. Continue reading →
Giant insect movies have been around for the better part of the last century. There’s just something about those tiny things that creep so many of us out running amok and squashing us for a change that seems to speak to moviegoers. When you couple that notion with the recent public adoration of made-for-cable campfests like Sharknado, Piranhaconda, or Mega-Whatever-Animal-Meets-Some-Other-Mega-Thing, it’s not hard to figure out why a movie called Big Ass Spider! (orginally known as Megaspider) would be a real thing. Well, as far as movies featuring giant CGI bugs go, Big Ass Spider! is far from the worst of the lot, but it’s also nothing that you need to rush out and see as soon as possible either. Continue reading →
Two former baseball players, Ben and Mickey, cut an aimless path across a desolate New England. They stick to the backroads and forests to steer clear of the shambling corpses that patrol the once bustling cities and towns. In order to survive, they must overcome the stark differences in each other’s personalities – Ben embraces an increasingly feral, lawless, and nomadic lifestyle – while Mickey is unable to accept the harsh realities of the new world. Mickey refuses to engage in Ben’s violent games and longs for the creature comforts he once took for granted. A bed, a girl, and a safe place to stay.
When the men intercept a radio transmission from a seemingly thriving, protected community, Mickey will stop at nothing to find it, even though it is perfectly clear that he is not welcome. Continue reading →
It’s that time of year again… The leaves are changing color and falling to the ground, every single product has a pumpkin scented/flavored option, the stores are filled with monster masks and skeletal decorations, and horror fans all over are rejoicing and counting the days until our version of Christmas; Halloween. While I love all of these things just as much as all of you, there is one other reason that I look forward to October each year, and that is the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, which kicked off last night. Continue reading →
I understand completely, why there has been no marketing behind this film, but unfortunately it has done it a great disservice. A quick glance at the PR behind Bounty Killer, would lead you to believe that it is on the same level as many of the other straight-to-video action fare you see coming out of Anchor Bay, Universal, Lionsgate etc. Even the final poster/cover art is horrendous. After digging a little deeper, and learning that it was directed by Henry Saine, that previously directed The Last Lovecraft, a film I’m quite fond of, I decided to give it a shot. I’ll admit upfront, that it was helped by the fact that the film is now screening at this year’s Toronto After Dark Film Festival, and allows me to assist Jeff in his coverage, to somewhat lessen the load. Click here to find his recounting of the first day of the festival. And, while it’s unquestionable that this is an extremely over-the-top, goofy kind of movie, I was never bored, and to be honest, it was kind of awesome. Continue reading →
For those of you that keep up with us, you’ll probably know that Resolution is a film that we’ve been talking about for a while now. At least a year, anyway, since Jeff saw the film at last year’s Toronto After Dark, and not only that, but had the “Pubcast” edition of the podcast, recorded at Pub After Dark, directly after the festival, invaded by the inebriated cast and crew of the film. It certainly made for a fun listen, and I’m fairly sure it made for an epic experience for Jeff, getting to hang with those guys for such an extended period of time. In fact, You can listen to that here, as it will make for a great companion to the movie itself. After becoming aware of the movie, and hearing all of the things Jeff had to say about it, I knew this would be one that appeals to me. When the film finally hit Video On Demand, I didn’t waste any time renting it so that I could watch it for myself. Here we are, some months later, and Cinedigm have brought us the Blu-ray, for this exceptional movie from Tribeca Film. Continue reading →
It’s just about that time of year again. No, not Halloween, but that too. It’s almost time for Toronto After Dark 2013. TLD’s resident podcast specialist, Jeff Konopka, tries to attend the festival every year, and last year, he pulled off some major coverage of the festival, including two “Pub After Dark” episodes of the podcast, where he recorded an episode of the podcast, on location, and got plenty of amazing interviews as a result. Jeff is attending again this year, so you can look forward to more of that, but those of us unable to attend the festival wanted to pitch in a little bit, and do some TAD coverage ourselves, at least for the things that we can do/see stateside, without being in Toronto. Several of the films playing this year are currently on VOD in the states, so you may see a review or four from folks like myself and Eric King, who weren’t actually able to attend the film’s screening, but paid to rent it online so that we could help Jeff out, since he’s going to be absolutely swamped. I wanted to whip up a quick list, outlining the five films from this years festival that I’m most looking forward to. Continue reading →
The Colony is another one of those movies that, despite having several major genre stars attached, little to no advertising or exhibition went into the production prior to its release. Part of that, I’m sure, is due to the fact that it went straight to home video, and in some ways, I think that was a mistake. Granted, some aspects of the film do feel a little more suited for a home video release, but I still think there would have been a market, especially during the month of October, for a post apocalyptic thriller with a few recognizable faces. But, what do I know, I’m not a market strategist, after all. Some people may not even enjoy this one nearly as much as I did, but, as long as its competently shot, I do have a fetish for films that take place after the world has ended. And if there’s one thing I can say about The Colony, it’s that it is competently shot and acted. Continue reading →
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Back in 2012, when I first saw The Cabin in the Woods in theaters, I could focus on nothing but the action in front of me. I was mesmerized by the film: its comedy, its violence, and Anna Hutchison’s tight butt dancing in front of my eyes stopped me from thinking critically about what Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon were offering me. Something about the way all of the genre cliches played out just had me sitting back in my seat, nodding my head as though I were some bobblehead in a Jeep along for a bouncy, dirty ride. Continue reading →
I didn’t know what to expect from Nothing Left To Fear. I knew it was under the new horror “studio” headed up by Slash, of Guns ‘N Roses fame, and that it was a “slow burn” horror movie, which I love, and that’s about it. I guess the only reason this film had any kind of “hype” behind it was because of Slash’s involvement. Who knows why, it’s not like he’s proven himself to be some kind of expert on the genre. I guess we’re just programmed to take note when a celebrity who gathered their fame from another craft tries his/her hand at the horror genre. In any case, I had absolutely no expectations going in. I was just hoping for it to be entertaining, at least. I think The House Of The Devil is one of the best contemporary horror films, so you know that I have patience for the slow build. What I don’t have patience for, are films like Nothing Left To Fear. Continue reading →
The past several years have been an amazing time for genre fans. On top of being bombarded with quality genre films, horror seems to have taken over the programming on television as well. Horror has always been a part of TV, with things like Twilight Zone, Tales From The Darkside and even The X-Files, but it seems to be more prominent now, with shows like Supernatural, The Walking Dead, and of course, American Horror Story. Where AHS differs, though, is that the format is that of an anthology. Rather than each season picking up where the last left off, each season is its own self-contained story. Granted, a lot of the same actors return for each new season, but the story is entirely different, and actors do not reprise their original roles. I’m sure another show has done this in the past, but I can’t honestly think of one off of the top of my head. And even if so, it’s not something that is attempted on TV very often, so regardless it feels fresh. The first season of American Horror Story followed a family as they moved into a haunted house, and when the show came back for round two, the setting had shifted into an insane asylum, where evil lurks in both human form, as well as the inexplicable. Continue reading →
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Synopsis: Michael (Peter Cilella) is committed to getting his best friend Chris (Vinny Curran) to sober up and get his life back on track. With the best of intentions, Michael implements a plan to convince Chris to go to rehab before his drug addiction leads to an early death. But what begins as an attempt to save his friend’s life quickly takes an unexpected turn as the two friends confront personal demons, the consequences of past actions, and forces beyond their control. Continue reading →
Starring: Martin Copping, Danny Trejo, Clare Niederpruem
Writers: K. King, Kurt Knight
Director: K. King
When a street drug turns junkies into an army of giant, mutant flesh-eaters, no hope is left – but one man remains. Hunter’s got nothing left but a beat-up Camaro, a trunk full of guns and booze, and a vendetta. He crashes into a small group of survivors, led by an ax-wielding priest named Jesus. They’re searching for the Promised Land – but does it even exist? They better pray for a miracle, because the zombies are hot on their heels. And the psychotic clown with a chainsaw? You don’t even wanna know … Continue reading →
You watch so many Peter Cushing movies that you forget that he wasn’t always Van Helsing. He wasn’t always Dr. Frankenstein. He’s been in some of my favorite Amicus and Hammer films, but he was in Star Wars too. Star Wars seems pretty far away when discussing 1967′s Corruption, a super sleaze, Cushing-Gone-Wild cut ‘em up fest that resembles a Herschell Gordon Lewis, gore pic more than a moderately high-brow adaptation of a classic piece of monster fiction. By all means, that doesn’t mean it’s bad. H.G. Lewis “put the blood on the boobies” movies are some of my favorite. It’s just strange to Cushing with the meat cutter in hand. That’s probably the best reason for you to watch this movie; because everyone deserves to see Peter Cushing going absolutely psychotic in an apartment with a prossie, painting her beautiful mammaries with Crayola red genius. Continue reading →
Who the hell are Blumhouse Productions? Seriously though, in case you have a low attention span, you might have noticed that Jason Blum has hijacked low budget theatrical horror, and has been giving it noogies in hopes of squeezing some quality genre fare out. For the most part, he’s been successful, at least financially. And, a good majority of what comes out of the studio is pretty good. I hated the first two Paranormal Activity films with a passion, and then Paranormal Activity 3 came along. Not only did I thoroughly enjoy the third film, but it made me revisit, and find a new appreciation for the first two films. Then, unfortunately, PA 4 came along and fucked it all up. The Purge teams Blumhouse up with Michael Bay’s genre production company, Platinum Dunes, as well as Universal Studios. The results are a little mixed, as compared to some previous Blumhouse Productions, but I still enjoyed myself for the most part. Continue reading →