Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2012 – Preview

October 2 2012 – Toronto After Dark Film Festival (TAD) is starting October 18th and will feature 20 films this year. This film festival is generally considered as Toronto’s best film festival amongst our editors. We love horror, we love action, we love dark comedies and they are all here! Forget the crap that your local mallplex is playing – I can tell you the ending to any given film – the good guy gets the girl and saves the world. Experience really cool movies with just a hint of geekiness at the Bloor Cinema and you can even have a beer at your seat while watching. T-Mak World STRONGLY recommends TAD.

The Toilet Entrance at TAD 2011

Last year was our first experience with TAD and we reviewed 6 films:

  • Deadheads (9/10) A funny road trip movie featuring two zombie buddies.
  • A Lonely Place to Die (8/10) Part The Descent, part The Bourne Identity.
  • Manborg (8/10) Hilarious Robot Chicken type of film featuring a half man/half cyborg.
  • The Innkeepers (7/10) Ghost story in a haunted hotel.
  • War Of The Dead (7/10) Zombies in World War 2 Nazi bunkers (Castle Wolfenstein anyone?)
  • VS (6/10) Four superheroes without powers have to save a town and themselves.

The T-Mak World verdict of TAD 2011 was:

Film makers put this one on your radar and bring your premieres here! Distributors please attend and show the rest of the world these gems. Movie fans – Be here next year. (Note to self – attend ALL the movies next year). Overall the festival experience at TAD is absolutely mind-blowingly awesome.

Our goal still stands to review all 20 movies this year and with 4 film critics planning to hit TAD this year we just may hit that goal! To kick things off we also interviewed Adam Lopez – the man behind TAD and you can read that here.

Our initial disappointment at a lack of World Premieres was quickly overcome when we started watching the trailers. The three movies that look the most promising for us are: CRAVE, CITADEL, and WRONG so read on to find out why. Without further ado here are all the 20 films of Toronto After Dark 2012 in order of screening.

GRABBERS (Ireland)  THURSDAY OCTOBER 18 2012 at 6:45pm

In this Sundance audience crowd-pleaser in the mould of TREMORS, when a small Irish town is invaded by bloodsucking tentacled aliens, the locals discover that getting drunk may be their only way to survive as it gives them some resistance to the creatures!

AMERICAN MARY (Canada) Canadian Premiere! THURSDAY OCTOBER 18 2012 at 9:45 PM

In this new festival circuit sensation from Jen and Sylva Soska aka The Twisted Twins, a disillusioned medical student (GINGER SNAPS star Katherine Isabelle in a standout performance) decides to ply her trade in the shady underworld of unregulated surgeries and body modification with horrifying consequences.

CRAVE (USA) FRIDAY OCTOBER 19, 2012 at 6:45pm
With echoes of TAXI DRIVER and FIGHT CLUB, this award-winning directorial debut film from BLADE RUNNER Special Edition producer Charles de Lauzirika sees a mentally unstable crime scene photographer spiraling into darkness, madness and violent vigilantism on the gritty streets of Detroit. Also features a fantastic supporting turn from Ron Perlman (HELLBOY) as a grizzled cop whose seen more than one murder too many.

INBRED (UK) FRIDAY OCTOBER 19, 2012 at 9:45pm
With nods to the TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and DELIVERANCE, this over-the-top gory British horror film finds a group of inner-city kids and their counsellors on a field trip fall prey to a rural village’s inbreds and their uniquely violent form of hospitality. Warning: not for the weak of stomach!

REC 3: GENESIS (Spain) Canadian Premiere!  SATURDAY OCTOBER 20, 2012 at 6:45pm

An official selection of the SXSW Film Festival, the latest instalment of the hit Spanish zombie movie series relocates the action to a lavish wedding where the guests – including the bride wielding a chainsaw – try to survive a terrifying outbreak of the undead!

COCKNEYS vs ZOMBIES (UK)  Canadian Premiere! SATURDAY OCTOBER 20, 2012 at 9:45pm

When a bunch of East End bank robbers find themselves caught in the middle an outbreak of the undead on the streets of London, it’s every gangster for himself.  One part SHAUN OF THE DEAD, one part SNATCH, and loaded with outrageous zombie kills, the latest hit zombie comedy from Britain is a shotgun blast of fun from start to finish!

DOOMSDAY BOOK (Korea)  SUNDAY OCTOBER 21, 2012 at 1:00pm

Winner of Fantasia Film Festival’s Best Film Award, this trio of apocalyptic tales features the rise of sentient robots, a zombie virus outbreak and an asteroid on a fatal collision course with earth. Co-directed by acclaimed Korean filmmaker Jee-woon Kim (I SAW THE DEVIL, THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE WEIRD,  A TALE OF TWO SISTERS)

LLOYD THE CONQUEROR (Canada) SUNDAY OCTOBER 21, 2012 at 3:45pm

A crowd-pleasing fantasy comedy about three male college students who are roped into battle with Derek the Unholy, a dark wizard who is determined to hold onto his title as champion of the Larpers. Co-stars Mike Smith (aka “Bubbles” from TRAILER PARK BOYS), Harland Williams (DUMB & DUMBER) and Brian Posehn (SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM).


Action legends Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme reunite in the latest bone-crunching chapter of the popular Universal Soldier sci-fi action movie series. Joining them is Scott Adkins (EXPENDABLES 2). This time to survive, the Unisols must battle anarchy amongst their order, weeding out the weak, and testing their strongest warriors in brutal, life-or-death combat!

AFTER (USA) Canadian Premiere! SUNDAY OCTOBER 21, 2012 at 9:45pm
In this fascinating dark fantasy with shades of SILENT HILL and THE MIST, two bus crash survivors awake to find themselves the only people left in a deserted small town. Even worse, they only have a limited number of days left to solve the mystery of their predicament, as a dark black cloud is advancing from all sides, and within its mist are some hostile creatures!

GRAVE ENCOUNTERS 2 (Canada/USA) Canadian Premiere! MONDAY OCTOBER 22, 2012 at 6:45pm
Chilling found footage of a TV crew being haunted to their apparent deaths by supernatural forces inside an abandoned mental institute made the original GRAVE ENCOUNTERS a youtube sensation. In this even scarier follow-up, a young documentary filmmaker obsessed with finding out what really took place at the institute persuades a group of his friends to help him break into the building at night and record whatever they find.

CITADEL (Ireland/UK) MONDAY OCTOBER 22, 2012 at 9:45pm
Following an unprovoked attack by a mysterious group of hooded thugs, a young father finds himself paralyzed by fear and unable to leave his home. To compound his nightmare, the local priest warns him that the hoodies will be back one day to claim the child.  A terrifying film, dripping in palpable fear, CITADEL was a deserved winner of the Midnighters Audience Award at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.


In this genuinely chilling and disturbing new documentary, almost 40 years after the most infamous alleged haunting in American history, Daniel Lutz who was just a young boy at the time, finally breaks his silence and tells his side of the story of the supernatural events that took place in his family’s Amityville home.


Any attempt to describe this film would in too much detail would be to spoil it: Creepy photographs, bizarre found films, mysterious caves, possibly supernatural forces at work, and too many twists and turns to mention. If you like watching unique films unlike any you’ve seen before, then look no further than RESOLUTION, a one-of-a-kind horror movie that took the Tribeca Film Festival this year by storm. Just come see it and be equally blown away!


A reunion dinner for a gang of vicious criminals reopens old wounds with deadly consequences. This stylish, ultraviolent crime film in the mould of Tarantino’s RESERVOIR DOGS features a genre cast to die for including Tony Todd (CANDYMAN),  Michael Biehn (TERMINATOR), Danny Trejo (MACHETE), Sonny Chiba (KILL BILL) and Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill! 

DEAD SUSHI (Japan) WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 24, 2012 at 9:45pm

A vacation resort faces an attack of killer sushi in this outrageous horror comedy from the same deliciously deranged Japanese filmmakers who brought you MACHINE GIRL and TOKYO GORE POLICE!

IN THEIR SKIN (Canada) THURSDAY OCTOBER 25, 2012 at 6:45pm
In this intense, dark home invasion thriller that drew glowing reviews from the Tribeca Film Festival, a young husband and wife (HELLBOY’S Selma Blair in a standout performance) and their son find themselves in a fight for their lives with another similar aged family who have taken them captive at their vacation home.

WRONG (USA) THURSDAY OCTOBER 25, 2012 at 9:45pm

A hit at Sundance, fans of David Lynch and the Coen Brothers will delight in this latest cinematic oddity from the deranged mind of Quentin Dupieux (RUBBER): an absurd crime thriller about a man and the very strange things that happen to him as he tries to track down his kidnapped dog.


A dark and quirky comedy about a very nervous writer played by fan favourite Simon Pegg (SHUAN OF THE DEAD, HOT FUZZ, STAR TREK, SPACED) struggling with a slew of mental demons while working on a new novel about Victorian serial killers.

GAME OF WEREWOLVES (Spain) FRIDAY OCTOBER 26, 2012 at 9:45pm
When a struggling young writer returns to his remote village home after years away in the city, he’s shocked to discover it’s become cursed by werewolves and also that he might just be the only one who can stop them.  Fantastic old school effects, great werewolf fight scenes and kills, and an endearing misfit hero makes multiple Audience Award winner GAME OF WEREWOLVES an absolute delight for fans at every festival it plays!

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