Friday, August 13, 2010

2010 Toronto After Dark Film Festival, August 13-20

A scene from the TADFF opener The Last Lovecraft
Tonight marks the opening night for the 2010 Toronto After Dark Film Festival, Toronto's film festival for cult movies. How appropriate that It is also Friday the 13th. The opening night screening is the international premiere of the sci-fi comedy The Last Lovecraft. It is preceded by the Canadian short film The Necronomicon.

TADFF comes on the heels of Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival and in advance of TIFF's Midnight Madness selections. The selections draw from the genre categories such as horror, fantasy, Asian action, animation, and science-fiction and include highly anticipated films such as The Last Exorcism, Alien vs. Ninja, The Human Centipede, and the remake of I Spit On Your Grave. Each of the 16 feature films is preceded by a Canadian short film, and a screening of international short films takes place on Saturday, August 14.

Many of the screenings will be held with the filmmaker(s) and/or cast in attendance. They usually introduce the film and do a Q&A after the screening. Confirmed attendees include directors Henry Saine (The Last Lovecraft), Joshua Grannell (All About Evil) and Steven R. Monroe (I Spit On Your Grave) as well as producer Eli Roth (The Last Exorcism).

Toronto After Dark Announces 2010 Lineup: HUMAN CENTIPEDES, Killer RUBBER Tires, Deadly ROBOGEISHAS!

July 29 2010 -- Toronto After Dark Film Festival is thrilled to officially announce its complete lineup of new horror, sci-fi, action and cult films that will have their regional premieres at our 5th Annual edition this August 13-20, 2010 at the city’s legendary Bloor Cinema. The 16 amazing feature films at the core of the festival include a number that have created a storm of interest on the genre festival circuit as well some more recent finds that will be a treat for fans to to discover!

Highlights include cult horror sensation THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE and the killer tire movie RUBBER that captivated audiences at Cannes! Other fun items on the cinematic menu include Japanese cult mayhem (ROBOGEISHA), supernatural chills (Eli Roth’s THE LAST EXORCISM), brutal Roman action (Neil Marshall’s CENTURION), Billy Zane as a zombie slayer (EVIL IN THE TIME OF HEROES) and Adrien Brody as a psychotic drug dealer (Sundance midnight hit HIGH SCHOOL)

Below is the overview of the films screening, along with links to their festival site pages, where you can watch trailers and read more detailed synopses:

We open the festival on a hugely crowd-pleasing note with the International Premiere of the hilarious new monster comedy, THE LAST LOVECRAFT (Fri, Aug 13, 7pm), a story about a group of social misfits battling an assortment of sea monsters trying to take over the earth!

This year’s ever-popular Zombie Appreciation Night  where those dressed as the undead get a special deal on ticket prices, features a double helping of fun zombie carnage: DOGHOUSE (Sat, Aug 14, 7pm), the riotous zombie comedy that took Britain by storm last year is followed by the deranged zombie action flick EVIL IN THE TIME OF HEROES (Sat, Aug 14, 9.45pm) which features none other than Billy Zane as an immortal Greek zombie killer!

Fans of outrageous Japanese genre cinema will also be delighted with a double dose of cinematic mayhem this year, in the form of the splatterific sci-fi horror action mashup ROBOGEISHA (Sun, Aug 15, 7pm) and the equally mad and bloody fight sequences that make up much of ALIEN VS NINJA (Mon, Aug 16, 9.45pm) a film that completely delivers on its title!

Those looking for a good fright should check out the hotly anticipated Eli Roth produced new scarefest, THE LAST EXORCISM (Mon, Aug 16, 7pm), as well as the welcome return of our favourite posse of Thai horror filmmakers with five new tales of of fear set to make fans jump out of their seats in PHOBIA 2 (Tue, Aug 17, 7pm)! The creepy new sci-fi thriller CARGO (Sun, Aug 15, 4.15pm) also brings its share of chills, but this time the outbreak of fear takes place on a deep space voyage.

This year Toronto After Dark showcases three new flicks from some of Britain’s most talented genre filmmakers: whether it’s Neil Marshall’s brutal Roman action piece CENTURION (Wed, Aug 18, 7pm), Philip Ridley’s demonic thriller HEARTLESS (Wed, Aug 18, 9.45pm) or Christopher Smith’s medieval witchcraft tale BLACK DEATH (Thu, Aug 19, 7pm), there’s something to delight any fan who likes their Brit flicks on the dark side.

We feel I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (Thu, Aug 19, 9.45pm), Anchor Bay’s hugely anticipated and incredibly graphic remake of the already notoriously violent cult classic of the same name, deserves a category unto itself. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

A fantastic eclectic cast (Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Dekker, Noah Segan, Mink Stole, Peaches Christ, Elvira) chew all kinds of scenery in the velvet curtain movie theatre set cult horror flick ALL ABOUT EVIL (Tues, Aug 17, 9.45pm) that will seem be perfect viewing fare at our very own cult venue, the Bloor Cinema! While a stoner comedy may not seem like the most obvious fit for Toronto After Dark, when you see Adrien Brody’s crazed performance as drug dealer Psycho Ed, amongst too many WTF moments to mention in the Sundance hit HIGH SCHOOL (Sun, Aug 15, 9.45pm), you’ll see why we programmed this offbeat piece of cinematic madness!

Toronto After Dark celebrates the end of its 5th Year on a wonderfully bizzarre note:  to start with we treat fans with RUBBER (Fri, Aug 20, 7pm), the tale of a Killer Tire with feelings which was perhaps the most talked about horror film at the Cannes Film Festival this year! Then things get even freakier, with our Closing Gala, THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (Fri, Aug 20, 9.45pm) a twisted tale of one scientist’s quest to perfect a disgusting surgical procedure. The film has grossed out fans at festival screenings across the globe, ignited a frenzy on discussion boards and youtube (two milllion views of the trailer and counting), but no-one has dared to screen the film in Toronto… until now!

While the Feature Films at Toronto After Dark typically take centre stage, be sure to also check out SHORTS AFTER DARK (Sat, Aug 14, 4.15pm), a kick-ass collection of outstanding new genre short films from around the world, as well as CANADA AFTER DARK homegrown mini-gems that screen as the opening acts for all our features. We also expect a number of FILMMAKER GUESTS to be in attendance to introduce their films and host Q&As with fans and join us at our SOCIAL EVENTS including After Parties and nightly Pub Socials (details to be announced closer to the festival).

Fans can scan all the films screening at Toronto After Dark 2010 in date order at the FESTIVAL SCHEDULE and buy tickets and passes to the festival at the BOX OFFICE PAGE which is NOW LIVE! If you’re attending, don’t forget to also RSVP your attendance at the 2010 EVENT PAGE on Facebook and invite your friends to join you for all the fun!

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