In addition to the usual reviews and comments you would find on a horror movie blog, this is also a document of the wonderfully vast horror movie section of the video store I worked at in my youth.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

After Dark Update

After playing chase the ever-changing announcement deadline all day on the Toronto After Dark website, the remaining titles were finally unveiled earlier this evening. They have really taken it up a notch this year.

First and foremost of interest to me, is Donkey Punch, which won me over on title alone, when it premiered at Sundance in January. I can’t wait to see this UK import. Then, straight from Fantasia are two more titles, Home Movie (which I caught in July and liked very much) and 4bia. 4bia is a Thai anthology that I am really excited for because it has new material from Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom, who gave us last year’s Toronto After Dark winner – and one of my top horror films of ’08Alone. The star-studded Mutant Chronicles is also on the docket. Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman and Devon Aoki kicking ass on a future Earth should be worth the price of admission right there.

The Raimi/Jackson fuelled zombie gore fest Brain Dead looks like a fun blood soaked time and I would assume that I Sell The Dead is pretty good to be named the festival closer, as well. I'm a little weary of South Of Heaven though. After seeing the trailer, I have a sneaking suspicion it could be this year's Mad Cowgirl and I don't think I have the mental resources to sit through another one of those. Schedule wise, I think the only weak move is where they stuck the crowd pleasing hyper violent riot Tokyo Gore Police. Thursday night at 7pm? Before Home Movie?! Surely, TGP deserves to be at least the closest screening to midnight. A pretty soft decision on that one, but everything else looks solid.

Only a few weeks left before the Toronto’s dark minions come out to play on Bloor Street once again. See you there! For more info, full schedule and all the trailers, click here.

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