Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2012

Toronto’s favour­ite genre film fest­ival kicks off its 7th great year tonight, back at its old home the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Presenting 20 fea­ture films and, just as excit­ing to me, 29 short films over its 9 day run, the Toronto After Dark Film Festival is def­in­itely a high point of the year for fans of sci-fi, hor­ror, action and “cult” movies. As always, I’ve got my eye on a few things.

  • Thursday October 18, 6:45pm Grabbers — an Irish hor­ror-com­edy about a vil­lage plagued by blood­suck­ing tentacled ali­ens. Turns out (of course!) that stay­ing drunk provides some pro­tec­tion. Most Irish films have a lot of fun with ste­reo­types (The Guard and Zonad being two recent examples), so Grabbers should be good fun for this Irish lad.
  • Saturday October 20, 3:45pm Shorts After Dark — a show­case of 9 sci-fi, hor­ror, action and “cult” short films from around the world, includ­ing Bobby Yeah, one I’ve been try­ing to see for a while.
  • Sunday October 21, 3:45pm Lloyd the Conqueror — a com­edy about LARPers (Live-Action Role Players)? I enjoyed that ele­ment of Role Models quite a bit so this could be funny. Plus, it fea­tures Mike Smith, bet­ter known as Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys.
  • Tuesday October 23, 6:45pm My Amityville Horror — when I was grow­ing up in the ‘70s, the allegedly true book (and then film) The Amityville Horror scared the crap out of me. Then I heard its story of a real haunted house was all a hoax. This film seems to refute that. Intrigued, to say the least.
  • Thursday October 25, 9:45pm Wrong — I thought dir­ector Quentin Dupieux’s last fea­ture Rubber (which I saw at After Dark!) was just about the cra­zi­est thing I’d seen that year. That’s enough to get me inter­ested in this.
  • Friday October 26, 6:45pm A Fantastic Fear of Everything — Simon Pegg as a children’s book author turned crime nov­el­ist who begins freak­ing him­self out. Yes.

The fun starts tonight, so what are you wait­ing for? See you AFTER DARK!

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