Review: Død snø

Director: Tommy Wirkola Writers: Stig Frode Henriksen, Tommy Wirkola Producers: Terje Stroemstad, Tomas Evjen Starring: Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Charlotte Frogner, Lasse Valdal, Evy Kasseth Røsten, Jeppe Laursen, Jenny Skavlan MPAA Rating: R Running time: 91 min.   The market is becoming overly saturated with zombie movies. As much as I love the...

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Toronto After Dark ’09: Festival Winners Announced

The 2009 edition of Toronto After Dark came to a close a week today, yet lingering thoughts of some of the best films still rattle around in my head. My personal favourites were Black (Row Three Review), Strigoi (Row Three Review), Grace (Row Three Review), Rough Cut (My Review at Twitch) and of course, Black Dynamite (Row Three Review), but there were very few...

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Toronto After Dark: GRACE

Let us put the cards down on the table, shall we? Most horror movies these days aim to titillate, not actually scare. When you are cheering for the victims (or the slasher) to be splattered or carved on screen, this is lynch-mob entertainment or vicarious wish-fulfilment. An honest to goodness horror movie, in the humble opinion of this writer, should burrow at...

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Toronto After Dark: THE CHILDREN

“You brought them into this world. Now … They will take you out” is the, frankly, pretty awesome marketing hook on the British juvenile-slasher film The Children. I choose my words carefully because the film is on the whole rather immature; being more giddy for set-piece kills over storytelling and characterization. I am quite amazed how it is earned a...

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Toronto After Dark: STRIGOI

With all the contortions and mutations that the vampire movie has taken in the past 75 (heck, the past 2) years, it is quite refreshing to see that there remains interesting potential in the genre. Take for instance, Fay Jackson‘s debut feature, Strigoi, which trumps Bram Stoker in going rigorously back to the roots of the mythology in Romanian folklore, pulls...

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Toronto After Dark: BLACK DYNAMITE

The challenge in spoofing Blaxploitation flicks is that really, most of the classic entries in the genre are well into self parody already (Dolemite anyone?). The solution brought to the table by writer-director Scott Sanders and writer-producer-star Michael Jai White is to make the film look as authentic as possible (re-purposing lots of 1970s b-roll footage...

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TAD09: The First Announcements

I‘m sure at some point the boys will post an official TAD entry somewhere to track all of the stuff playing in Toronto from August 14th to 21st but the organizers have posted the first announcements and even if they didn’t add any more screenings, this would be a trip worth making. Seriously. The screening of Michael Dougherty’ long hidden...

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