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Seventh incarnation of Toronto After Dark Film Festival promises blood and laughs

While the Toronto International Film Festival holds a well-deserved spot as one of the premier movie events in the city, fans of pulpier fare and cult classics never found a place for themselves the the event. In 2006, however, these fans were given an oasis in the desert in the form of The Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Taking place very October, the seventh annual event will take place this year from October 18th to October 26th, effectively leading in to Halloween with 9 days of movies geared towards the cult audience, ranging from horror to science fiction to action to comedy, and everything in between.

The festival screens all of its movies at the historic Bloor Cinema, and this year will be no different. Having already screened four films this summer, those four being the horror comedy Juan of the Dead, the horror anthology V/H/S along with The Pact and Detention, festival organisers are hoping for an extra strong dose of underseen films this year, giving long-suffering Canadian cult film fans their first look at many movies that have been garnering acclaim on the US festival circuit. In addition, this year sees the debut of the film festival’s Darkcade section, which offers a spotlight to video games that fall under the indie and cult banner that the films regularly screened categorise themselves as.

With under two months to go until the 7th annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival kicks off, the first batch of movies have now been made public, and some films will already whet the appetite of genre fans. The highlight of the 10 films announced is the screening of the Spanish horror film Rec 3: Genesis. The third film in the demon virus Rec series will be making its Canadian premiere at the festival, and will be joined by the likes of the Simon Pegg-starring dark comedy A Fantastic Fear of Everything, the Japanese horror comedy Dead Sushi, and the Quentin Dupieux movie Wrong. The remaining six films are as follows;

  • Doomsday Book, a Korean apocalyptic anthology featuring robots, zombies, and asteroids, and co-directed by Jee-woon Kim.
  • Grabbers, an Irish movie about a town that discovers getting drunk is the most effective way to ward off the aliens that have invaded their town.
  • Lloyd the Conqueror, a Canadian fantasy comedy that co-stars Brian Posehn, Harland Williams, and Mike Smith, best known for playing Bubbles on Trailer Park Boys.
  • Excision, a dark drama that made a splash at Sundance, and co-stars Traci Lords, John Waters, and Malcolm McDowell, with AnnaLynne McCord in the lead role.
  • Sushi Girl, a crime thriller about a reunion dinner, with a cast that includes Mark Hamill, Michael Biehn, Sonny Chiba, and Danny Trejo.
  • Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, which will be making its Canadian premiere, and reunites The Expendables 2 co-stars Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, and Scott Adkins.

This isn’t the end, however; the festival will screen 20 feature length films, as well as numerous short films in addition to Darkcade. The complete schedule will be announced at the end of September, at which time individual tickets will go on sale. For those who want to ensure priority at the gate, however, the all-access pass is already available from the festival’s website, and can be found here. General information on the festival can be found here, and for those who remain on the fence, here’s a sizzle trailer for the 10 films announced so far.

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