Toronto After Dark Film Festival has officially unveiled its first wave of exciting film announcements for 2018! Included in the lineup are some of the most critically acclaimed and eagerly anticipated new horror, sci-fi and action films from this year’s international film festival circuit. These 10 new movies will all screen at Toronto After Dark Film Festival as part of its spooktacular 13th Annual Edition this October 11th-19th, 2018 at the Scotiabank Theatre, in the heart of downtown Toronto. Scroll down this page for more info on the films, trailer and poster links, and key info on the festival in general.
ANNA & THE APOCALYPSE (UK) Toronto Premiere Director – John McPhail SHAUN OF THE DEAD meets FOOTLOOSE in this crowd-pleasing British high school zombie slaying musical! In the sleepy town of Little Haven, just before Christmas, Anna and her high school friends awake to find themselves facing a zombie apocalypse! In a desperate race to save their loved ones, they’ll have to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead horde.
TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID (Mexico) Toronto Premiere Opening Gala Film Director – Issa Lopez With her latest feature film, director Issa Lopez perfectly balances the the harsh reality and fantastic nightmares of the street children of Mexico. Part PAN’S LABYRINTH, part CITY OF GOD, this creepy Guillermo del Toro-esque fairytale is about a young girl whose supernatural intuition leads her to form an alliance with a gang of orphaned boys. A critically acclaimed winner of over 20 film festival awards makes for an unmissable Opening Gala of this year’s Toronto After Dark!
SATAN’S SLAVES (Indonesia) Special Presentation Director – Joko Anwar One of the scariest films of the year, Indonesian maestro Joko Anwar’s (MODUS ANOMALI) latest horror sensation has become a massive box office hit in Asia! In this supernatural haunting tale, a family is terrorized by demonic forces including the spirit of their recently deceased mother.
PROSPECT (USA) Toronto Premiere Director – Chris Caldwell & Zeek Earl In this award-winning SXSW hit sci-fi western thriller, a teenage girl (newcomer Sophie Thatcher) and her father (Jay Duplass) embark on a hazardous space mission to a remote moon in search of valuable gemstones. To get to the extraterrestrial plunder they will have to survive a hostile alien environment and the local outlaws (including GAME OF THRONES’s Pedro Pascal) who are out for their blood.
THE INHABITANT (Mexico / Chile) North American Premiere Director – Guillermo Amoedo In this terrifying Latin American riff on THE EXORCIST, an ordinary home robbery turns into a supernatural nightmare. Three desperate sisters break into a rich family house to plunder it for cash. Everything seems to be going to plan until they discover a disturbed young girl, tied up by her parents in the basement. It’s not long before the forces of hell are unleashed!
THE RANGER (USA) Toronto Premiere Director – Jenn Wexler Jenn Wexler’s SXSW film fest hit is a good old fashioned crowd-pleasing throwback to 80s slasher movies, with the added bonus of a kick-ass punk soundtrack! A bunch of teen punks head off for some mayhem in the woods. It’s not long before they come up against the local authority – an unhinged park ranger with a serious axe to grind – and they’re in a bloody fight for their lives!
MEGA TIME SQUAD (New Zealand) Toronto Premiere Director – Tim van Dammen In this sci-fi comedy hit from New Zealand, a small-town criminal tries to use an ancient time travel device to defeat a brutal local crime boss. It’s soon clear that time travel has unintended consequences and can create as many problems as its solves! Don’t miss an absolute crowd-pleaser from some of the same people who previously worked on the festival hit, DEATHGASM!
NIGHTMARE CINEMA (USA) Toronto Premiere Director – Alejandro Brugues, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Ryuhei Kitamura & David Slade From the acclaimed directors behind fan favourites, GREMLINS, JUAN OF THE DEAD, VERSUS, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, the MASTERS OF HORROR series and more, comes this terrifying anthology film. Five strangers converge at a haunted movie theater owned by a mysterious projectionist (Mickey Rourke). Once inside, the audience members witness a series of screenings that shows them their deepest fears and darkest secrets over five chilling tales!
LUZ (Germany) Special Presentation Director – Tilman Singer When a young cab driver drags herself into the brightly-lit entrance of a run-down police station, she’s unaware that a demonic entity has followed her in. One of the most buzzed horror films of the year since its debut at the Berlin Film Fest, LUZ is a slice of hypnotic retro-horror, that defies easy categorization. Full of dark disturbing dream-like scenes, LUZ is an unmissable, one-of-a-kind, hallucinogenic-horror experience that will melt your mind!
PREY (Holland) Toronto Premiere Director – Dick Maas “JAWS meets paws” in this horror action crowdpleaser from Dick Maas (AMSTERDAMNED, SAINT). A zoo veterinarian in gets caught up in a grisly adventure when she finds herself leading a city-wide hunt for a ferocious lion that’s on the loose and brutally killing people. Packed full of dark humour and dismembered body mayhem, PREY is a bloody audience delight!
CHECK BACK AT END OF SEPT FOR COMPLETE FESTIVAL LINEUP, SCHEDULE & SINGLE SCREENING TICKETS!
At the end of September, all remaining film titles, the festival schedule and single tickets for sale will be available here at the festival website. The complete Toronto After Dark 2018 lineup will include 20 screenings, including 8 More Feature Films and 2 Short Film Showcases. In total, over 50 films – shorts and features – from around the world will screen at the event. Fans can expect as with previous years, the vast majority of screenings to start at the convenient prime times of 7pm and 9.30pm over the festival’s nine nights, October 11th-19th, at the Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond Street, Toronto.
Single Tickets regularly priced at $13.50, will be available to all screenings at the Festival Website, Cineplex Website, Cineplex App and in person at the venue. To get notified of our final schedule and tickets on sale, sign up for the E-Newsletter.
ALREADY ON ADVANCE SALE AND OVER 60% SOLD OUT: FESTIVAL ALL-ACCESS PASSES!
Fans interested in seeing a bunch of films at Toronto After Dark 2018 are encouraged to snap up one of the festival’s best-selling ALL-ACCESS Passes, already on advance sale, before they’re all gone! They give priority entry via the Passholders line to all 20 screenings over the festival’s nine nights, Oct 11-19, as well as save over 40% – over $110 in regular ticket purchases! The passes, retailing at $159, equivalent to just $7.95a screening, make great gifts to treat friends and family and sell out early every year, and are already over 60% sold out. Find out more about Toronto After Dark’s All-Access Pass, and snap up yours now at the link.