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: Centurion Review

Director: Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent, Doomsday) Writer: Neil Marshall Producers: Christian Colson, Robert Jones Starring: Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Olga Kurylenko, David Morrissey, Dimitri Leonidas, Noel Clarke MPAA Rating: R Running time: 97 min. Every Neil Marshall film seems to follow roughly the same formula: a small band of unlikelys,...

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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: I Spit on Your Grave Review

Director: Steven R. Monroe Writers: Meir Zarchi (1978 screenplay), Stuart Morse, , Jeffrey Reddick Producers: Lisa Hansen, Paul Hertzberg, Starring: Chad Lindberg, Daniel Franzese, Rodney Eastman, Jeff Branson, Andrew Howard MPAA Rating: Unrated Running time: 107 min. On a personal level based off of subject matter: For those who enjoy rape/revenge films: I am...

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Toronto After Dark: Black Death Review

Director: Christopher Smith (Creep, Severance, Triangle) Writers: Dario Poloni Producers: Douglas Rae, Robert Bernstein, Jens Meurer, Phil Robertson, Starring: Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne Carice van Houten Running time: 97 min. As a big fan of Severance I was quite happy to be able to check out his newest movie Black Death at Toronto After Dark this year. As luck...

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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: All About Evil Review

Director: Joshua Grannell Writer: Joshua Grannell Producers: Brian Benson, Debbie Brubaker, Joshua Grannell Starring: Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Dekker, Cassandra Peterson, Mink Stole, Jack Donner, Peaches Christ MPAA Rating: NR Running time: 98 min. While introducing a kids matinee performance of The Wizard of Oz (with Dad both the theatre-owner-producer and Mom...

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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: The Last Exorcism Review

Director: Daniel Stamm (A Necessary Death, Off Hollywood and Vine) Writers: Huck Botko, Andrew Gurland Producers: Marc Abraham, Thomas Bliss, Eli Roth, Eric Newman Starring: Patrick Fabian, Iris Bahr, Louis Herthum MPAA Rating: PG-13 Running time: 87 min. Last night prior to watching The Last Exorcism I was commenting on how I needed to move a bit away from the...

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