Day Six of Toronto After Dark 2012 has officially wrapped. This was a great evening of films, with one good feature, one great feature, and what was probably my favorite pub night of the festival so far (more on that later).
Things kicked off with a Canadian short called Eviction, which features a priest’s video journal of what I would describe as his attempt at self-exorcism. Aside from The Exorcist, I’ve never been too huge a fan of possession-related films; probably due to the whole religious aspect. This one is worth a watch, though, as it is subtle and features an interesting performance from its lead (and only) actor, who essentially does the entire thing in one take.
That short was a perfect lead-in to the first feature of the night, My Amityville Horror, which is a documentary that focuses on Daniel Lutz, one of the now-reclusive children of George and Kathleen Lutz; the infamous owners of the house during the time of its supposed haunting. Daniel Lutz seems to have made a career of hating his step-father and avoiding all media, and this film is his first time going on public record about his experiences. Made up of interviews and taped meetings between Danny and various people, this movie ends up being less of a ghost story than it is a portrait of a man who had a traumatic upbringing within dysfunctional family. Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of talk about things going bump in the night, but the filmmaker, Eric Walter, seems more interested in delving into Danny’s psyche than just exploring whether the haunting were real or not. At the end of the day, this is a nice little doc that should satisfy Amityville devotees and people interested in the psychology behind these kind of experiences. If you want to know more about the movie, use the link above to check out its official TADFF page.
Next up was the short film Adjust Tracking, in which a disapproving parent gets more than he bargains for when he cuts his viewing of a shot-on-video horror movie short. To be quite honest, I loved this one. Partially because I have a soft spot for 80’s horror, which made this a nostalgic viewing experience, but also because it’s just damn funny and has some creative ideas and shots. Definitely seek this one out.
That film also transitioned perfectly to the night’s second feature, Resolution. I really don’t want to say too much about the plot because the film is very unique, and I think it is best viewed with as little information as possible. However, I can say that it is essentially a film about a couple of guys who wind up in a cabin and find themselves in the middle of some strange happenings. I know that sounds generic, but trust me, this little film is very unique and it goes into some very creative territory, constantly walking the line between just about every part of the genre. So far, this is easily one of my favorites from this year’s festival, so hats off to co-directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead and their cast for proving that films this complex can also be thoroughly fun. For more info on the film, be sure to use the link above to visit its official TADFF page; just don’t try to find out too much about the movie before you see it – trust me.
The guys behind Resolution were also on-hand for the screening with the two lead actors, and they did both a very lively introduction, and a lengthy Q&A session afterwards. I tried videotaping both, so we’ll see how that footage comes out, but I definitely got audio of the Q&A, so you can look forward to hearing that sometime in the future, if you’re interested.
After the last film ended, I headed over to the pub with the usual crowd of misfits. However, this night was a bit different, as I recorded what will hopefully be the first-ever podcast to take place live at a TADFF social event. I really hope the audio came out as good as I think it might have because during the taping, we had tons of special guests drop by. I don’t want to say any names just yet, as I want to make sure that the audio is usable, but if all goes well, you should be in for a treat. I will, of course, keep you all posted on that subject once I get a chance to review things.
Anyhow, I’d say that Day Six of TADFF was a rousing success, with some solid films and very fun experiences. The only sad thing about the night is that it means there are only three more days of the festival left. To be honest, I am getting a little tired of hotel living, and I would kill to have a home-cooked meal and sleep in my own bed, but I’d be lying if I said that I’m not going to really miss my “TAD Family” when I leave this weekend. Anyone who’s heard me gush about the festival on a podcast knows that part of the reason I love TADFF is because of the people – both the organizers and the audience members – and over the last 5 or 6 years, I’ve met a lot of great people, and every year that list gets bigger. But, enough of the mushy stuff… I will have enough of that in my closing post, I’m sure… For now, just go see Resolution, if you can, and keep your eyes here for more TADFF coverage!
Until tomorrow… See you all After Dark!