Toronto After Dark Film Festival taking place October 17 to October 25, 2013, unveiled its complete lineup and schedule of new horror, sci-fi, action and cult movies. The festival will open with the Toronto Pemiere of WE ARE WHAT WE ARE. The film is described as a stunningly shot, incredibly well-acted, acclaimed new horror-thriller from award-winning filmmaker Jim Mickle (STAKELAND) that won rave reviews at both this year’s Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals. A recently widowed father and his two teenage daughters try to keep their time-honored family tradition of consuming human flesh a secret from their increasingly suspicious small town neighbors.
The festival will close on Friday, October 25, with the Toronto Premiere of the Israeli film BIG BAD WOLVES, described as a brilliantly constructed, award-winning, gripping crime thriller that deftly blends elements of horror and dark comedy. Two police officers 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 up until the very end!
THE COMPLETE 19 FEATURES ANNOUNCED & SCHEDULE!
THURS, OCT 17
WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (USA) Toronto Premiere & Opening Gala Film!
A stunningly shot, incredibly well-acted, acclaimed new horror-thriller from award-winning filmmaker Jim Mickle (STAKELAND) that won rave reviews at both this year’s Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals. A recently widowed father and his two teenage daughters try to keep their time-honored family tradition of consuming human flesh a secret from their increasingly suspicious small town neighbours.
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
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)
Screens with short film THE LAST VIDEO STORE
EEGA (INDIA) Toronto Premiere!
An amazing, action-packed, dark fantasy movie from India, about a murdered man who gets reincarnated as a housefly and sets out to have his revenge upon the evil crime lord that slayed him.
SAT, OCT 19
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!
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!
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
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!
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 Robert Maillet (PACIFIC RIM), Julian Richings (MAN OF STEEL) and Stephen McHattie (300).
MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH (USA) Canadian Premiere!
A dark, twisted and funny horror comedy about a depressed man who lets his home fall into such a hideous state of decay that a grotesque, giant, mould grows in the place. Then the mould starts talking (voiced by none other than RE-ANIMATOR’S Jeffrey Combs) and giving the man advice, that may or may not be for the best!
MON, OCT 21
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)
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
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 zombies! Stars Liev Schreiber (SCREAM), Olivia Williams (THE SIXTH SENSE) and Elias Koteas (SHUTTER ISLAND)
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
FOUND (USA) Toronto Premiere!
An award-winning 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.
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
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 finding the exact location where the famous 1967 footage of the creature walking in the woods was shot.
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. 9.30 PMBANSHEE CHAPTER (USA/Germany) North American Premiere!
FRI, OCT 25
CHEAP THRILLS (USA) Toronto Premiere!
in this award-winning, outrageous, darkly funny and shocking thriller in the mould of BREAKING BAD, a recently unemployed dad, trys to pay off his debts by performing an increasingly risky series of dares for a wealthy thrill-seeking couple. Co-stars David Koechner (ANCHORMAN) and Sara Paxton (THE INNKEEPERS).
A brilliantly constructed, award-winning, gripping crime thriller that deftly blends elements of horror and dark comedy. Two police officers 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 up until the very end! 9.30 PMBIG BAD WOLVES (ISRAEL) Toronto Premiere and Closing Gala!