Thursday, 23 October 2008

Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2008 Day 4 - Monday October 20, 2008

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Day 4 of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival was all about the scares, be they from the revenge or ghosts. After a few marathon days at the festival I was very content to attend 2 screenings for a total of four to seven films depending on how you look at it as 4BIA is actually 4 short films put into one. Ironically on a day of chills I spend the afternoon watching Mamma Mia! with my sisters and my Mom. There were giggles and tears, but no zombies. Back on point, lets check out the films from Day 4!

To hear and see about Day 4 check out my TADFF'08 Vlog for Day 4.

Vengeance

Dir: Lanan Adcock
Canada, 2008
6 min

Rocking short film with a mischievous and mystical crab who grants vengeance instead of wishes.

Red
Dir: Trygve Diesen & Lucky McKee
Cast: Brian Cox, Noel Fisher, Kyle Gallner, Shiloh Fernandez, Amanda Plummer,Tom Sizemore, Robert Englund, Richard Riehle
USA

Revenge films are usually not my cup of tea, so I was a little hesitant going into Red but the film happily surprized me as it is much more than a revenge film. Red explores doing the right thing, justice and closure on top of your standard revenge themes. It can revel in the idea of revenge is sweet but also questions what would it take to close an emotionally traumatic wound. Avery Ludlow (Brian Cox) goes on this journey and takes us along for the ride. The film has some stand out performances, including Brian Cox as well as two of the younger cast Kyle Gallner and Noel Fisher.

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Festival Director & Founder Adam Lopez with Manny Kargov director of Lucky 10

Lucky 10
Dir: Manny Kargov
Canada, 2008
10 min

Playing with fate and luck, Lucky 10 pounds us with many incarnations of the number 10 from subtle to serious in this short study of when your luck can run out.

4bia / Phobia / See prang (4 sections):
Happiness writer/dir: Youngyooth Thongkonthun (Maid / Jaew)
Tit for Tat writer/dir: Paween Purikitpanya (Body #19)
In the Middle dir: Parkpoom Wongpoom, writer: Banjong Pisanthanakun (Alone / Faet, Shutter <2004>)
Last Fright writer/dir: Parkpoom Wongpoom (Alone / Faet, Shutter <2004>)

We have some scares in the house people! 4BIA is an omnibus film featuring four short films that are ready to make you jump out of your seat. All of the films had their strong points from tension building in Happiness and Last Fright to crazy effects in Tit for Tat. The joy of the night was without a doubt In the Middle, which is clearly made for horror movie fans and had the audience in stitches. It has a classic setting of a group of friends who take a rafting trip, and of course are staying in the woods at night. There are many opportunities for scares and they really go to town with them. It's a beautiful thing when a film can make seamless transitions from scares to laughs and back again. One of the best of the fest so far!

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It seems that zombies are still welcome in the nearby areas! Although I decided to pick a non-brain serving location to catch a bite and work on some reviews before the night began. Yay for free wi-fi at Insomnia.

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The Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2008 runs from October 17-24/08 at the Bloor Cinema, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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