Thursday, 25 October 2007

TADFF 07 Day 6 - October 24/07

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Day 6 rounds out with a equal portion of hack and slash and spooky scares, it was another night of all around goodness at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.

Mime Massacre
Dir: Colin Decker

Impressions: Brilliant in concept and exectution (literally), this bloody short is a must see for anyone scared of mimes, and I'd stretch that to clowns too.

Simon Says
Writer/Dir: William Dear
Cast: Crispin Glover, Margo Harshamn, Greg Cipes

Impressions: Teens camping out, crazy twin brothers and pickaxes. Slasher, or impaler? film Simon Says is full of blood, horror and creepiness galore. Crispin Glover plays both twins to a tee and delivers some pretty funny one liners to boot. Great considering the genre, ok overall.

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(director of Key Lime Pie Trev Jimenez and Todd from Twitch)

Key Lime Pie
Dir: Trev Jimenez
Animated short

Impressions: On man's obsession with Key Lime Pie and the actions he will take, advice he will ignore to get.. that.. pie. Impressive animated short with grim yet humourous outlook.

Nightmare Detective / Akumu Tantei
Writer/Dir: Shinya Tsukamoto
Cast: Ryuhei Matsuda, Hitomi, Masanobu Ando, Shinya Tsukamoto
Language: Japanese

Impressions: I didn't think I would see something scarier than Alone this year, but Nightmare Detective gives it a good run for its money. Intriguing premise of a man who can enter into the dreams of others, and a detective investigating something that needs that. Although the idea did remind me of the 1984 film Dreamscape, the story is completely different. There is also a bit of a gender flip with the tried and true facts detective is a woman, and the emotional psychic is a man. Unique visual style punctuate the scary moments and a plot that keeps you hanging make Nightmare Detective a sure fire entertainment delight.

The Toronto After Dark Film Festival runs October 19-25/07 at the Bloor Cinema , Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Sacred Suzie said...

I think I'll skip the scary Mime, me and clowns aren't super friends.

Key lime pie sounds right up my baking alley! What an interesting mind to come up with that idea.

Nightmare Detective sounds like a not-so-evil Freddy Kruggar.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Oh, correction there - that should be scared of mimes, as it's revenge-y.

Nightmare Detective was amazing, and the psychic was more like the main character in Nightmare on Elm Street, as opposed to Freddy. But, there was definately scares!

Sacred Suzie said...

Oh, I see! Thanks for the clarification Shannon.

I really love the sound of Nightmare Detective!

I also love that I can now subscribe to your comment, woohoo.

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