Toronto After Dark 2012: Game Of Werewolves Review

. As entertaining as it was to listen to director Juan Martinez Moreno discuss his inspirations for his old school werewolf movie, he didn’t really need to mention that classic Universal monster movies and John Landis’ An American Werewolf In London were big touchstones for him. Game Of Werewolves says it all quite clearly itself. With big loving,...

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Toronto After Dark 2012: In Their Skin Review

. Director Jeremy Power Regimbal’s feature film debut In Their Skin is a pure genre exercise in tension and suspense. It’s sole purpose in life is to slowly but surely make you feel uneasy, make you wince and make you twist in your seat. Even though it owes many debts to its home invasion movie brethren, it does eventually create its own feeling and...

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Toronto After Dark 2012: My Amityville Horror Review

. I was initially very skeptical when I heard that the documentary My Amityville Horror was to look back at the real life events that inspired the blockbuster 1979 film The Amityville Horror. How do you document word of mouth happenings and alleged paranormal events from 35 years ago? Would there be a litany of “experts” in these fields giving their...

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Toronto After Dark 2012: Citadel Review

. The easy read of Citadel is of the black and white revenge variety – “bullies will never change, so ‘man up’ and blow the bastards away”. But it’s never that easy is it? A single person’s view of the world from their perspective just can’t quickly be generalized – even if it looks slightly...

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Toronto After Dark 2012: Wrong Review

  If Quentin Dupieux’s genre deconstruction effort, Rubber, from a couple years ago, left some folks scratching their head, or even critical of its ‘extended comedy sketch’ nature, then Wrong is perhaps not the film for them. With a bigger thematic reach, and a far more episodic structure, Wrong is likely as close as we will ever get to...

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Toronto After Dark 2012: Crave

Crave is one of those cinematic character studies that maintains a constant up-close proximity to its main subject, reflecting his yearning, frustration, and self-acknowledged inadequacies with stinging clarity. Portrayed with great skill by Josh Lawson, Aiden is a solitary freelance photographer who most often finds work shooting grisly crime scenes. As he...

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Toronto After Dark 2012: Resolution Review

. David Mamet once wrote that the end of a great film should be both surprising and inevitable. Resolution is a horror movie of ideas; a twisted semiotic pretzel which is an ode to our collective addiction to scary movies and how we glean meaning from the experience. The titles dual meaning, both in the finality of an ending and as a means of seeing things...

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Toronto After Dark 2012: Crave Review

. “A broken toy brain” is how director Charles de Lauzirika describes the main character in his feature film debut (after years of documentary experience including many DVD supplementals for major films – many of Ridley Scott’s for example). It’s a fitting description for Aiden as he starts flitting between fantasy and reality more...

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Toronto After Dark 2012: Doomsday Book Review

. What better subject to use for an anthology film in 2012 than the concept of “doomsday” for the Earth? Korea’s Doomsday Book (which won the jury prize for best feature film at Fantasia) tackles 3 different end of the world stories – each with a different root cause – and does so with style, humour and a sharp eye for satire. What...

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Toronto After Dark 2012: [REC]3 Review

[On a personal note, I've seen each of the films in this series at different film festivals and, incidentally, each entry was a reflection of the venue I managed to view it. [REC] is bleeding-edge bit of genre mayhem with brilliant sound design, fitting for the vocal crowd and kick-ass acoustics in The Hall Cinema at Montreal’s FantAsia Festival. [REC]2...

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