Toronto After Dark: Alien vs Ninja Review

      Among the major awards that the Toronto After Dark Film Festival recently announced are numerous smaller awards dedicated to special fan voted categories. Alien vs Ninja won (deservedly so) the “Best Fight” award for its rather epic 10-minute fight sequence near the end of the film. Using old school monster costumes and slime...

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Toronto After Dark: High School Review

      The stoner comedy High School wanders in a haze between well-executed smart comedy and stupid humour. Sometimes awkward, sometimes hilarious and sometimes just a little bit slow on the uptake, the movie itself acts as stoned as the entirety of the student body (and most of the teachers) during the one particular day on which most of the...

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Toronto After Dark: Heartless Review

“Beauty is the beginning of terror.” From that line of poetry/exposition, there is a bit of a promise (and a warning) of things to come in Philip Ridley‘s dark fairy tale, Heartless. Starting out as a grim London East Side drama about the inward shyness of a young man (Across The Universe’s Jim Sturgess) with heart-shaped purple splotch...

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Toronto After Dark: Rubber Review

      There was a certain bounce in everyone’s step walking into the first film of the one-two closing night punch of Toronto After Dark and it could be directly attributed to Quentin Dupieux’s widely hailed Rubber. More than Eli Roth’s appearance with The Last Exorcism, more than genre-fest hot picture of the year The Human...

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Toronto After Dark: Evil In The Time Of Heroes Review

      Expectations are a funny thing when it comes to movies…Unreasonably high ones (based on hype, a director’s history or a much-loved book as the source) can totally ruin your experience. It could still be a quality film, but if it doesn’t meet the lofty heights you had in mind it becomes a failure. The flip side to this is...

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Toronto After Dark: The Last Exorcism Review

      The Last Exorcism, the Eli Roth produced independent horror film which made its Toronto debut at the After Dark film festival last night, is a gem in the rocky ground of recent American studio genre pictures. It’s a slow-building, character-based story filled with atmosphere, spookiness and actual dread. Building on the concept of a...

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Toronto After Dark: Doghouse Review

      A fine premise. Moments of promise. Disappointment. More disappointment. Occasional good scene followed by missed opportunity after missed opportunity. Insulting ending. That’s Jake West’s recent entry into the zombie genre in a nutshell. As it kicked off the traditional “zombie” day at Toronto After Dark, I was...

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