Something to be thankful for this year (and every year) is Toronto After Dark, the city's premiere genre film festival. A fan-based film fest, TAD offers nine nights of outstanding horror, action, and scifi cinematic entertainment.
This year I'm tasked with having to pick a top five prior to seeing all the films. Will my list hold up or will an underdog outshine them all? Last year's bright star was Found, an as-low-budget-and-indie-as-it-gets horror movie from first-time director Scott Schirmer. What delightful gem will we find this year?
My picks, in no particular order:
Horror nerd and general dork-at-large that I am, I make a hobby of reading academic horror lit. I also dig a good documentary so I'm looking forward to this Canadian-made doc about horror's appeal.
This is on my list for no other reason than the fact that I really like Elijah Wood. Honestly.
I also really like Matthew Grey Gubler. And ridiculous horror comedies about ghost hunting that also feature Jeffery Coombs (I have a signed The Frighteners DVD, thankyouverymuch).
I've been waiting over a year to see this movie. I first heard about it at a Fan Expo panel and have been looking forward to it ever since. (Find me at the festival to hear a funny story about Tony Burgess.)
It's supposed to be scary and I haven't had a good scare in a while, so... Yeah. I just hope all the hype hasn't raised expectations too high.