Toronto’s Festival of Fear is is the largest of its kind in Canada and among the largest in world, filling the entire North building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre with over 60,000 attendees in 2010.
The annual multigenre fan convention that runs as part of Fan Expo Canada was founded as the Canadian National Horror Expo in 2004 by Rue Morgue Magazine and Hobby Star Marketing Inc.
Originally showcasing novels, fantasy and film/television and related popular arts, the convention has expanded over the years to include a larger range of pop culture elements, such as horror, anime, manga, animation, toys, collectible card games, video games and web entertainment.
One of the more exciting aspects of the event is the presentations by Anchor Bay. This year Anchor Bay’s featured guests include Michael Biehn of The Divide & Bereavement, Art Hindle & Robert Maillet of Monster Brawl, & Trish Stratus of Bounty Hunters.
Here is all the info from the press release
Fans can meet their favorite Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada filmmakers and stars, get sneak peeks and scoops from exciting genre releases landing on screens soon:
- THE DIVIDE: This award-winning post apocalyptic thriller starring MICHAEL BIEHN (The Terminator, Aliens) & JENNIFER BLANC from Xavier Gens (Frontier(s)) comes to screens in 2012
- MONSTER BRAWL: It’s The Fight of the Living Dead! This horror wrestling comedy starring ART HINDLE (Black Christmas, The Brood) and ROBERT MAILLET (300) is fresh off a world premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival and comes to you from the creators of Scarce.
- BEREAVEMENT: MICHAEL BIEHN stars in the sequel to STEVEN MENA’s chilling film Malevolence.
- MEDIUM RAW: NIGHT OF THE WOLF: This horror film from ANDREW CYMEK and also starring BRIGITTE KINGSLEY offers up a fresh and gory take on the tale of Little Red Riding Hood.
- BOUNTY HUNTERS: Exciting new action film starring seven-time WWE Women’s Champion, television personality, and fitness icon TRISH STRATUS.
- THE COLLAPSED: JUSTIN MCCONNELL’s great new post-apocalyptic feature recently hit screens in Canada.
- Meet and greets with photo opportunities for fans with all of Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada’s guests will take place at the booth throughout the weekend.
- Sneak peeks at other upcoming Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada releases such as SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA, A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE, THE WALKING DEAD: SEASON 2, THE HOWLING REBORN, ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP and more.
- The Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada booth will hold fun contests for attendees to win swag all weekend long!
FanExpo Canada/RueMorgue’s Festival of Fear
Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada Event Schedule
Thursday, August 25
5:00pm THE COLLAPSED Screening – Room 709
In the wake of the end of the world,a family of four desperately tries to survive. Their goal: escaping the city and traveling to the rural community they once called home. The constant threat of a violent death forcing them to stay as far away from civilization as possible, they take to the forest, soon to discover the danger posed by other survivors may be the least of their worries. Will they survive? A dark and unpredictable horror/thriller. Duration: 82 minutes
Friday, August 26
3:00pm MONSTER BRAWL Meet & Greet – Booth #1546.
Featuring stars ART HINDLE, ROBERT MAILLET, JASON BROWN, director JESSE T. COOK, producers MATT WIELE and JOHNGEDDES, THE GORE BROTHERS (JEFF AND JASON DERUSHIE) and PAIGE REYNOLDS and JUSTIN ERICKSON from Phantom City Creative.
6:00pm BEREAVEMENT Screening – Room 709
In 1989, six year-old Martin Bristolwas kidnapped from his backyard. Graham Sutter, a psychotic recluse, kept Martin imprisoned in his derelict slaughterhouse, forcing him to witness and participate in unspeakable horrors. For five years, Martin’s whereabouts have remained a mystery, until a young girl is sent to live with her uncle. Her curiosity about the deserted slaughterhouse disturbs a hornet’s nest of evil and despair that once torn open, can never be closed.
Introduction and Q & A with starMICHAEL BIEHN & Director STEVEN MENA (Malevolence)
Duration: 103 minutes
Saturday, August 27
1:00pm MEDIUM RAW: NIGHT OF THE WOLF Screening – Room 711.
Capturing the sadistic serial killer “The Wolf” was just the beginning for rookie cop Johnny Morgan (writer/director Andrew Cymek). As he escorts the monster to his new home in the dark underground halls of Parker’s Asylum, bedlam ensues and Johnny along with a handful of civilians, including his girlfriend Jamie (Brigitte Kingsley), become players in a night of survival against the world’s most terrifying inmates…the Night of the Wolf. Also stars John Rhys-Davies.
Introduction and Q & A with ANDREW CYMEK & BRIGITTE KINGSLEY
Duration: 101 minutes
4:00pm BEREAVEMENT Meet & Greet – Booth #1546
Stars MICHAEL BIEHN, DANIELLE HARRIS, JENNIFER BLANC, and DIRECTOR STEVEN MENA will be signing autographs.
7:00pm MONSTER BRAWL Panel – Room 709
Join the cast and crew of Anchor Bay’s upcoming MONSTER BRAWL with stars ART HINDLE, ROBERT MAILLET, JASON BROWN, director JESSE T. COOK, producers MATT WIELE and JOHN GEDDES, THE GORE BROTHERS (JEFF AND JASON DERUSHIE) and PAIGE REYNOLDS and JUSTIN ERICKSON from Phantom City Creative. All this and a very special surprise guest!
Moderator: Adam Lopez of Toronto After Dark Film Festival
Duration: 1 hour
Sunday, August 28
3:00pm TRISH STRATUS of BOUNTY HUNTERS Meet & Greet – Booth #1546
WWE star and TV personality TRISH STRATUS makes her feature film debut in BOUNTY HUNERS, an explosive new action film from Anchor Bay Canada and will be signing autographs.
5:30 pm ANCHOR BAY PRESENTS! Panel – Room 718
Anchor Bay presents a look at their upcoming genre releases with sneak peeks and Q&A opportunities. Panel discussion will include guests from BEREAVEMENT and THE DIVIDE featuring stars MICHAEL BIEHN and JENNIFER BLANC, BEREAVEMENT director STEVEN MENA. TRISH STRATUS of BOUNTY HUNTERS and CHANDLER RIGGS of THE WALKING DEAD
Duration: 1 Hour
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Chad Archibald’s Neverlost made its World Premiere to a sell out crowd at the 2010 Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, where it also picked up an audience award. After losing his Kate, his high school sweetheart, in a horrific house fire Josh Higgins’ life tumbles into a depressing mix of insomnia and poor choices. After taking seemingly harmless sleeping pill, Josh is thrust from his current banal existence to one that he had lost years earlier. As the walls of his own psychosis slowly start to close in around him, Josh must race to save himself, Kate and the parallel life that he vows can never again become…lost.