Toronto After Dark Film Festival has officially announced its final wave of exciting new horror, sci-fi and action films for 2018! Included in the lineup are 8 more eagerly anticipated Feature Films plus Three fantastic collections of Short Films for fans to enjoy.
Feature highlights include: Overlord, the new World War II horror-thriller produced by J.J. Abrams! You Might Be the Killer, a brilliant new slasher-comedy, starring Alyson Hannigan, and, The Dark, the Tribeca Fest hit tale about a ferocious undead girl in the woods.These final films join the list of 10 exciting features already announced. They will all screen at Toronto After Dark Film Festival as part of its spooktacular 13th Annual Edition this October 11-19, 2018 at the Scotiabank Theatre, in the heart of downtown Toronto.
After browsing the list of films below, be sure to check out the Complete Festival Schedule and Order Screening Tickets Now Available Here!
FINAL WAVE OF PROGRAMMING
OVERLORD (USA) Canadian Premiere Director – Julius Avery
With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that’s crucial to the invasion’s success. Tasked with destroying a radio transmitter atop a fortified church, the desperate soldiers join forces with a young French villager to penetrate the walls and take down the tower. But, in a mysterious Nazi lab beneath the church, the outnumbered G.I.s come face-to-face with enemies unlike any the world has ever seen. From producer J.J. Abrams, OVERLORD is a thrilling, pulse-pounding action adventure with a twist.
YOU MIGHT BE THE KILLER (USA) International Premiere Director – Brett Simmons
Toronto After Dark’s Closing Gala, YOU MIGHT BE THE KILLER is one of the smartest and funniest horror films you will see this year! In the middle of the night, a remote summer camp counselor Sam (CABIN IN THE WOODS’ Fran Kranz) calls up Chuck (BUFFY’s Alyson Hannigan), his best friend back home, in a blind panic! Sam’s surrounded by brutally killed fellow counselors and worried there’s an axe-wielding psycho on the loose! Luckily Chuck’s well-versed in slasher movie tropes and she leads Sam through all the necessary steps to survive the night. At the same time they try to identify the actual killer. With great banter between two delightful leads, a brutal killer in the woods, and lots of clever bloody twists, YOU MIGHT BE THE KILLER is a horror fan’s delight!
THE DARK (Austria/Canada) Toronto Premiere Director – Justin P. Lange
A horror thriller told from the perspective of two young outcasts, Justin P. Lange’s award-winning, and Tribeca Film Festival feature debut, THE DARK, evokes wonderful comparisons to previous Toronto After Dark favourite LET THE RIGHT ONE IN. In the forest where she hunts for fresh flesh, Mina, a strange zombie-like girl, encounters Alex, a lost blind boy. But instead of devouring him, she takes pity on Alex and lets him live. Both have been victims of abuse, and each finds connection in the other. But with some malicious adults on the hunt for the boy, the new friendship and Mina’s instincts for survival are soon put to a bloody and ferocious test. Stunningly shot, beautifully acted, THE DARK is a thrilling and atmospheric horror film not to be missed.
I’LL TAKE YOUR DEAD (Canada) Toronto Premiere Director – Chad Archibald
With his latest feature, Chad Archibald (THE HERETICS) delivers a terrific, supernatural crime-thriller with a touching father-daughter story at its heart. At his remote country farm, William has a very unique job: disposing of dead bodies for the local crime lord. Meanwhile his young daughter Gloria is convinced she can see the spirits of the dead, haunting their house. When he discovers a young woman still-alive in his latest delivery of bodies, William decides to save her. But that puts him in the cross-hairs of his boss. It’s not long before a gang of heavily-armed killers are on their way to the farm to finish the woman off, and anyone in their way, living or dead!
LIFECHANGER (Canada) Toronto Premiere Director – Justin McConnell
A big hit at Fantasia and Frightfest, Justin McConnell’s latest LIFECHANGER is a unique blend of body horror and serial killer thriller. Drew is a myserious “skin-walker”, a shapeshifter who periodically has to murder and steal the body of a new victim, in order to stay alive. Emotional attachment is something he does not crave, until at a local bar, he encounters Julia (POOR AGNES’s Lora Burke), with whom he seems to have a special connection with. As Drew tries to get closer to Julia, his physical condition deteriorates and he finds his secret slowly being exposed. Featuring fantastic performances, gruesome body-swapping effects, and a unique point-of-view that will have you sympathizing with both killer and victim, LIFECHANGER is a refreshing cinematic treat!
EXTRACURRICULAR (Canada) World Premiere Director – Ray Xue
THE BREAKFAST CLUB gets a serial killing twist with Ray Xue’s delightfully bloody, high school tale, EXTRACURRICULAR. When the lives of four high school friends become a little too mundane and dreary, they adopt a secret pastime: planning and executing a series of murders. But when one of their plans goes shockingly awry, the relationship between the group is put to the test. Soon they must combine their devious skills to find their way out of a deadly situation. Featuring a talented young cast, EXTRACURRICULAR is a dark high school tale, full of bloody mayhem, twists and shocks that will delight horror thriller fans!
ROBBERY (Canada) World Premiere Director – Corey Stanton
Legendary Canadian icon, Art Hindle (BLACK CHRISTMAS, PORKY’S, THE BROOD), delivers a career best performance in, ROBBERY, Corey Stanton’s outstanding debut crime thriller. After a local crime lord threatens a young thief (Jeremy Ferdman) with clearing his debts, he enlists the fine criminal skills of his crotchety aging father (Hindle) in a series of reckless heists that should recoup him all the money he needs. But complicating matters, are heavily armed criminals in their way, and juggling the day-to-day challenges of his father’s dementia diagnosis. Full of twists and turns, ROBBERY is a brilliantly scripted, character-driven delight, with a fantastic cast that also includes CORNER GAS favourite, Tara Spencer- Nairn.
I AM A HERO (Japan) Special Presentation Director – Shinsuke Sato
For Toronto After Dark’s annual Zombie Night, fans can look forward to shotgun-blasting treat with this rare, big screen presentation of, I AM A HERO. It was a huge hit at SXSW where it won the Midnight Audience Choice Award. Based on the critically acclaimed manga, Suzuki Hideo is a shy, struggling comic book artist. But when Japan gets hit by the ravaging ZQN virus, it’s time for this zero to become a hero in an epic battle against the undead! Fans of the Toronto After Dark hit, TRAIN TO BUSAN, will be be delighted with this apocalyptic crowd-pleaser, packed with original, gory and thrilling zombie action!
34 SHORT FILMS ANNOUNCED!
Listed by program, title and the director’s name, this year’s amazing collection of 34 short films comprises of:
Canadian Pre-Feature Shorts: AFTER THE RAIN – B.J. Verot ALONE – Amanda Row BABY BLUE CANOE, THE – Ryan Couldrey BACK FROM IT – Eric Piccoli CLOWN KILLER – Althea Manasan DEATH VAN – Michael Enzbrunner DELIVERANCE – Philippe Bossier DON’T TURN AROUND – Cayley Hanson DOORS – Kris Hagen ECHOES IN THE ICE – B.J. Verot FOOL, THE – Francesco Gianini L’HOMME ET LA POISSON – Leon Lewis LOCOMOTIVE 8 – ENCORE – Sean Janisse MIMIC – Patrick Devlin MIRROR – Jordan McEwen & Corey Glover SPACE HUSTLER – Carlo Schefter TICKET, THE – James Villenueve WINDMILL MAN, THE – Quang Ngo-Trong
Canadian Shorts After Dark Showcase: BONE MOTHER – Sylvie Trouve & Dayle Hayward EDEN – Kristian Bakstad MILK – Santiago Menghini GEMINI – Milly Mumford GLITTER’S WILD WOMEN – Roney SPLIT DECISION – Scott Riopelle TICK – Ashlea Wessel
International Shorts After Dark Showcase: 9 STEPS – Marisa Crespo & Moises Romera BLUE DOOR, THE – Paul Taylor DEATH STORY CALLED GIRL, A – Bas-Tzion Beahan LOS GATOS – Alezandro Rio PRERI FOON – Jen Tamayo Jorfjord PVP – Sam KJ SHIFT – Johan Earl TRESPASS- Erik LeDrew WORLD OVER, THE – Heath Michaels
The complete Toronto After Dark 2018 lineup will include 20 screenings, including 18 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.
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, October 11th-19th, 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 80% sold out.