Fans of the weird and horrifying rejoice – Toronto After Dark has announced two days of special summer screenings to take place on June 27th and July 11th in Toronto at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. For festival junkies in Toronto the summer can seem interminable, but this injection of horror should do a lot to alleviate those annoying pleasant dreams some of us have been having.
Each night will consist of two films, but we would really recommend checking all four films out as many of them have been tearing up the festival circuit and should be sure to impress casual and dedicated horror fans alike. Below are some brief details about each individual summer screening.
JUAN OF THE DEAD (Wed, June 27 @ 7pm)
This over-the-top Cuban zombie flick was on my radar for TIFF, and despite the fact that I was one of the first to get through the online ticket ordering hell, I was unable to secure a spot. Since its screening at TIFF, everyone who loves zombies has been talking about Juan of the Dead. It’s smart, it’s silly, and of course it’s bloody as hell.
Much more of a fun film than a scary one, it’s a great way to start off the night before The Pact. If you are even a casual fan of zombies, you owe it to yourself to get out for Juan of the Dead.
THE PACT (Wed, June 27 @ 9:45pm)
The Pact is a creepy haunted house film that really isn’t your typical creepy haunted house film. A great lead performance by Caity Lotz and some impressive photography from Bridger Nielson are reason enough to check it out, but some of the twists and turns throughout the narrative should cement this one as a memorable night at the movies.
By the way, that is in fact Casper Van Dien with the flashlight in the picture above – stirring up fond memories of Starship Troopers. Would you like to know more?
DETENTION (Wed, July 11 @ 7pm)
Detention is the film that I probably know the least about in the TAD Summer Screening line-up. Detention looks to be a horror/comedy starring Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) about a serial killer and a bunch of teenagers. This is essentially modern horror’s backbone recipe, so it should be entertaining for genre fans. However, you’ll have to check out the screening for yourself to see if Detention turns out to be something special.
V/H/S (Wed, July 11 @ 9:45pm)
V/H/S is the screening that I’m most excited about. Never before have I seen such a remarkable group of collaborating directors and writers: David Bruckner, Ti West, Adam Wingard, Joe Swanberg, and Simon Barrett, amongst many others. Wingard and Barrett most recently wowed Midnight Madness audiences at TIFF with the scares and laughs found in You’re Next. The fact that they are just a PART of the V/H/S team with other intriguing names makes this one a MUST SEE.
Just ask audiences from Sundance, if they were conscious after the scares that is.
Get your tickets for any of the above screenings at Toronto After Dark, or buy a pass if you want to see them all! Entertainment Maven will be there, will you?