Toronto After Dark Film Festival, one of the world’s leading showcases of new horror, sci-fi, action and cult movies, officially unveiled its complete 2013 lineup featuring 20 incredible screenings over nine nights this Oct 17-25, 2013! Anton Yelchin, Liev Schreiber, Willem Dafoe, David Koechner, Sara Paxton, Stephen Sommers, Jim Mickle and Bobcat Goldthwait are just a few of the names you will find in this year’s crop of films.
THURS, OCT 17 (OPENING NIGHT)
7.00 PM: WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (USA) Toronto Premiere & Opening Gala Film!
A critically acclaimed new horror thriller from award-winning filmmaker Jim Mickle (STAKELAND) about a cannabalistic family trying to keep their blood-thirsty habits a secret from their fellow townspeople.
9.30 PM: BOUNTY KILLER (USA) Toronto Premiere!
MAD MAX meets THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY in this thrill-packed sci-fi actioner about duelling rival bounty hunters in a post-apocalyptic Earth wasteland. Co-stars REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA’s Alexa Vega and TERMINATOR 3’s Kristanna Loken.
FRI, OCT 18 – Bug Night!
7.00 PM: BIG ASS SPIDER! (USA) Toronto Premiere!
In this crowd-pleasing monster action comedy, when a giant spider threatens to destroy the city of Los Angeles, its up to a low-level bug exterminator (HEROES’ Greg Grunberg) to try and save the day. Co-stars Ray Wise (REAPER, TWIN PEAKS)
9.30 PM: EEGA (INDIA) Toronto Premiere!
An absolutely amazing, action-packed, dark fantasy movie from India, about a murdered man who gets reincarnated as a fly and sets out to have his revenge upon the evil crime lord that slayed him.
SAT, OCT 19
4.15 PM: SHORTS AFTER DARK – International Shorts!
A collection of 9 amazing new horror, sci-fi, action and cult short films from around the world. This year’s titles are: INVOCATION, DON’T MOVE, SEQUENCE, NORTH BAY, ROPE A DOPE, C, BABY I LOVE YOU, MY FATHER IS A BIRD, KICK-HEART
“Zombie Appreciation Night”
Discounted tickets for zombies in costume!
7.00 PM: STALLED (UK) Canadian Premiere!
SHAUN OF THE DEAD meets PHONE BOOTH in this inventive and fun new British Zombie Comedy. A down on his luck maintenance worker finds himself trapped in the washroom during the Zombie apocalypse, forcing him to get creative as he tries to defeat the undead!
9.30 PM: THE BATTERY (USA) Toronto Premiere!
In this award-winning, fresh take on a zombie movie, the personalities of two former baseball players clash as they traverse the rural back roads of a post-plague New England teeming with the undead. Boasts an awesome indie rock soundtrack including contributions from Toronto’s own Rock Plaza Central.
SUN, OCT 20
4.15 PM: SILENT RETREAT (CANADA) World Premiere!
Horror thriller meets creature feature in this frightening tale of a rebellious teenager who gets sent to a strict rehabilitation camp in the woods, where all attempts to escape lead to encounters with something terrifying that lurks beyond the trees!
“Gross Out Night!”
7.00 PM: SEPTIC MAN (CANADA) Canadian Premiere!
From the twisted mind of celebrated writer Tony Burgess (PONTYPOOL) comes this disturbing and disgusting tale about a sewage worker who gets trapped inside a septic tank during a water contamination crisis and undergoes a hideous transformation. Co-stars PACIFIC RIM’S Robert Maillet.
9.30 PM: MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH (USA) Canadian Premiere!
A dark, twisted and funny horror comedy about a depressed man who lets his home fall into a hideous state of decay until a grotesque giant, talking mould grows and starts giving advice (voiced by none other than RE-ANIMATOR’S Jeffrey Combs)!
MON, OCT 21
Double SCENE Points Night! Fans get twice can earn twice as many movie reward points on tickets tonight!
7.00 PM: ODD THOMAS (USA) Canadian Premiere!
Based on the best-selling novel by Dean Koontz. In a California desert town, a young cook (STAR TREK’s Anton Yelchin) with a unique ability to see supernatural forces at work, encounters a mysterious man with a link to a darkness that threatens to destroy the people around him. Directed by Stephen Sommers (THE MUMMY) and co-starring Willem Dafoe (SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE)
9.30 PM: SOLO (CANADA) Toronto Premiere!
In this suspenseful horror-thriller a teenage girl finds herself terrorized when she spends two nights alone, as part of her camp counsellor initiation, on the same remote island where a camper suspiciously disappeared decades before. Stars Annie Clark (DEGRASSI: TNG) and Daniel Kash (ALIENS)
TUES, OCT 22 – “Sci-Fi Night”
7.00 PM: LAST DAYS ON MARS (UK/ IRELAND) Canadian Premiere!
An intense sci-fi horror thriller about a deadly strain of bacteria discovered in the Martian soil that begins to infect a group of astronauts, turning them one by one into blood-thirsty zombie-like killers. Stars Liev Schreiber (SCREAM), Olivia Williams (THE SIXTH SENSE) and Elias Koteas (SHUTTER ISLAND)
9.30 PM: THE MACHINE (UK) Toronto Premiere!
A dark and stylish sci-fi thriller with clear nods to BLADE RUNNER about a conflicted scientific genius trying to make the perfect female android, while being funded by a secret government military program. Co-stars Caity Lotz (THE PACT) and Toby Stephens (SEVERANCE)
WED, OCT 23 – “Gory Night”
7.00 PM: FOUND (USA) Toronto Premiere!
A coming of age movie about a shy, bullied 10 year old who takes refuge in horror movies, only to see his life turn into a horror story for real when he discovers the older brother he shares the house with is a gruesome serial killer.
9.30 PM: EVIL FEED (CANADA) World Premiere!
Bloody, outrageous and wickedly entertaining, a one-of-a-kind horror-action-comedy about a sinister Chinese restaurant that kidnaps martial artists off the streets, forces them to fight to the death, and then serves the loser up for dinner to paying guests!
THU, OCT 24 – “Scary Night!”
7.00 PM: WILLOW CREEK (USA) Toronto Premiere Co-hosted with Rue Morgue Cinemacabre Movie NIghts!
A scary found footage film from acclaimed filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait (GOD BLESS AMERICA) about a young couple obsessed with tracking down Bigfoot and the exact location where the famous Patterson-Gimlin footage of the creature was shot.
9.30 PM: THE BANSHEE CHAPTER (USA/Germany) North American Premiere!
A scary horror thriller about a young reporter in search of her missing friend, last seen experimenting with the same mind-altering drugs used by the CIA in the 1950s’ infamous MK-Ultra program.
FRI, OCT 25 – Closing Night
7.00 PM: CHEAP THRILLS (USA) Toronto Premiere!
An outrageous, darkly funny, and shocking award-winning thriller about a desperate, unemployed dad, facing financial ruin who gets offered a way out of his money woes by a wealthy, thrill-seeking couple. To pay off his debts, he’ll need to perform an increasingly risky series of dares for them over one tortuous night. Co-stars Sara Paxton (THE INNKEEPERS) and David Koechner (ANCHORMAN).
9.30 PM: BIG BAD WOLVES (ISRAEL) Toronto Premiere and Closing Gala!
A brilliantly constructed, award-winning crime thriller that deftly blends elements of horror and dark comedy. Two police officers decide to kidnap a suspected brutal serial killer so they can carry out their own private interrogation in the woods. The twists and turns that follow will have you guessing whose side you should be on right until the end!
Ticket information can be found at the Toronto After Dark website.