For fans of horror, sci-fi, action, and cult films, the Toronto After Dark Film Festival has become one of the best festivals in the country to find those hidden genre gems that you would normally never be able to see with an audience on the big screen.
Now in its sixth year, and moving venues from the Bloor Cinema to the Toronto Underground Cinema, the festival organizers have released the first batch of films that will be playing at TADFF 2011 and it appears they’re going all out to please their audience this year.
The Canadian comedy-horror Monster Brawl, which pits classic monsters against each other in a WWE-style match in the ring, will open the fest on October 20. Troma’s Father’s Day will have its world premiere, and zombie fans will enjoy the “zombie buddy comedy” Deadheads, and the more serious Exit Humanity, which is set during the American Civil War and stars Stephen McHattie, Dee Wallace, Brian Cox, and Bill Moseley.
Post-apocalyptic sci-fi films your bag? Then The Divide and Love should both satisfy your hunger. The Divide stars Michael Biehn and Milo Ventimiglia as two people trying to survive in the basement of a building the day the world ends, while Love tells the story of an astronaut stuck out in space after losing contact with Earth.
Rounding out the fest is the anthology horror film The Theatre Bizarre and the futuristic Japanese animated film Redline.
TADFF 2011 runs from October 20 – 27. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit torontoafterdark.com.
Top image: A scene from Exit Humanity. Courtesy TADFF.