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TRAIN TO BUSAN by Yeon Sang-ho
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Toronto After Dark: Horror, Sci-Fi, Action and Cult Film Festival unveil its final wave of exciting film announcements for 2016, including 9 more feature films and a fantastic collection of shorts.

THE FINAL 9 FEATURE FILMS ANNOUNCED!

STAKE LAND 2 aka THE STAKELANDER (USA/Canada) Canadian Premiere
Post-apocalyptic vampire-slayers rejoice! The anticipated follow-up to fan favourite STAKE LAND is finally here. With much of the cast and crew returning, the thrilling sequel picks up the action just a few years after the original. When his home town New Eden is destroyed by a revitalized group of vamps, young Martin tracks down the original vamp-slaying legend Mister (Nick Damici) for help. With the vamp forces growing more powerful, it’s clear a brutal showdown between humans and blood suckers is just on the horizon! The film was just completed, so we don’t even have a official trailer or poster yet. But trust us: if you liked the original vamp-slaying hit, you’ll have a fangtastic time with this crowd-pleasing sequel!

BLOOD FATHER (USA/France) Toronto Premiere
Mel Gibson, the original MAD MAX, makes a fantastic comeback with the Cannes hit crime action thriller BLOOD FATHER! Gibson delivers one of his finest movie performances in years as John Link, a grizzled Tattoo parlour owner on a violent quest to recover his missing daughter Lydia from a local drug cartel. With the assistance of a trailer park buddy (a standout supporting William H Macy) they free Lydia, but in doing so initiate a war with the local gang’s kingpin, a fabulously deranged Diego Luna. Intense shoot-outs, car and motorcycle chases and explosions ensue, as father and daughter engage in a brutal, bloody fight for their survival!

THE MASTER CLEANSE (USA) Toronto Premiere
Mixing creepy cute critters with horror (think GREMLINS but much darker), THE MASTER CLEANSE was a hit with fans at this year’s SXSW. Feeling down in the dumps, Paul (BIG BANG THEORY’s Johnny Galecki) decides to take a break from the city by staying at a unique retreat where the eccentric owners (played by the marvellous Angelica Huston and Oliver Platt) promise a body cleanse unlike no other. There, Paul and a fellow retreater (PUSHING DAISIES’ Anna Friel) must confront their little demons both figuratively and literally if they are to survive! Unfortunately no trailer available, only a short clip that does’t do this film justice. Rest assured Bobby Miller’s debut feature is an outstanding dark and twisted horror comedy you won’t want to miss!

WAR ON EVERYONE (USA/UK) Canadian Premiere
A cop movie for Toronto After Dark fans, if LETHAL WEAPON got a Quentin Tarantino makeover you might end up with SXSW hit WAR ON EVERYONE about a pair of antiheroes who violently abuse the law as much as they enforce it. Wise-cracking bad boy detectives Terry (TRUE BLOOD’s Alexander Skarsgard) and Bob (ANT-MAN’s Michael Pena) have become a law unto themselves in New Mexico. In between extorting local criminals, ignoring orders from their Police Chief (Paul Reiser), they also drink excessively, take drugs and party too hard. But things are about to change for our despicable duo: there’s a new Godfather in town, a mysterious Brit, who has diabolical plans for the town, and no two bad cops are going to stand in his way. Then again, maybe they will, ultra-violently!

I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER (USA) Toronto Premiere
Based on Dan Well’s best selling horror-thriller I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER was a big hit at SXSW. In-between the stresses of attending a small town high school and helping his mom at her dayjob preparing dead bodies for the local funeral home, young John Cleaver finds himself becoming obsessed with idea of killing people. Daily conversations with an elderly neighbour (BACK TO THE FUTURE’S Christopher Lloyd) seem to keep the teen’s mental state in check. But when a series of gruesome murders shakes the town, John’s obsession with tracking the mysterious serial killer threatens to take the youngster to a dark and disturbing place from which he may never return.

LET HER OUT (Canada) Toronto Premiere
Cody Calahan’s (ANTISOCIAL) latest horror chiller will have you creeped out about hearing your inner voice! After getting injured in a road accident, bike courier Helen is informed by hospital staff about a strange growth the’ve discovered in her brain. Soon after being discharged, a sinister female voice begins to fill the young woman’s head, summoning forth an evil side to Helen’s personality that threatens the lives of everyone she loves!

FROM A HOUSE ON WILLOW STREET (South Africa) North American Premiere
A big hit at its recent Fright Fest London debut, FROM A HOUSE ON WILLOW STREET is a crowd-pleasing new supernatural horror thriller from South Africa. Starring fan favourite survivor girl Sharni Vinson (YOU’RE NEXT), three kidnappers get more than they bargained for when they abduct a wealthy businessman’s daughter for one night in order to extract a ransom. It’s not long before they realize that a demonic force has taken possession of her body and has sinister plans of its own for the kidnappers. Unfortunately no trailer yet available, but trust us, Willow Street is one chilling cinematic address you’ll want to visit!

TRAIN TO BUSAN (Korea) Special Presentation
Of course we have to screen the best zombie film of the year at Toronto After Dark’s Zombie Night! All aboard the TRAIN TO BUSAN as we embark on an incredible undead rollercoaster ride. Look forward to plenty of thrills, kills and dark humour on the journey as our band of passengers tries to survive an outbreak of the walking dead on a speeding train! Don’t miss this possibly final chance to see TRAIN TO BUSAN on the Big Screen, a zombie action film so brilliantly made, it received a standing ovation on its debut at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival!

BED OF THE DEAD (Canada) Toronto Premiere
Just when you thought it was safe to sleep, along comes acclaimed cinematographer Jeff Maher (ANTISOCIAL, BITE) to give you nightmares with his bloody directorial debut BED OF THE DEAD! With a nod to A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, a cursed wooden bed unleashes a wave of nighttime terror on four unsuspecting young adults staying in the same seedy hotel. One by one, the bed’s victims are forced to confront their darkest sins or face being punished in a myriad of inventive bloody ways! Dripping with dread, , with a chilling score expect to have sleepless nights after staying in BED OF THE DEAD!

29 SHORT FILMS ANNOUNCED!

Fans can also look forward to two fantastic showcases of cutting edge genre short films at this year’s festival!

CANADA AFTER DARK: 19 outstanding Canadian Short Films will screen at this year’s festival, one in front of each of our Feature Films. Listed alphabetically they are: APE SODOM, BOY TOYS, DENNIS IN THE BATHTUB, DIVORCED DAD: HOME IMPROVEMENTS, DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE?, EMTY DRIVE, IMITATIONS, INDIGO, INK, IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD, JACOB’S WRATH, KOOKIE, OLGA, PARANORMAL RADIO, PEEPHOLE, PYOTR495, SHUTTER, WIZARDLY WICKEDLY WEEPING, WW2 BLUATSAUGER: CRYPT OF DOOM

SHORTS AFTER DARK: 10 incredible International Short films will screen this year as part of our popular global short film showcase: CURVE (Trailer), DAWN OF THE DEAF, LIMBO, BARK, THE CALL, STILL, WHEN SUSURRUS STIRS (Trailer), VITAMINS FOR LIFE, GREENER GRASS, THE ITCHING

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