Friday, 21 August 2009

Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2009 Day 7 - Thursday August 20, 2009


Hopefuls in the Rush Line for Trick 'r Treat

Well, where to begin with Day 7 of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival? It was a whirlwind from start to finish. We all knew it would be a crazy day with the sell out screening of Trick 'r Treat but I was amazed to see the huge rush line at 6:20pm for the 9:45pm screening - it went all the way from the theatre to the corner of Bathurst & Bloor. The evening started out with the 7pm screening of Danse Macabre and The Forbidden Door, but due to a tornado (!) the screening stalled during Danse Macabre. Now, things did get back up and running but unfortunately we didn't get to see the 35mm version The Forbidden Door which would have been such a treat - but we did get to see it albeit with an occasional watermark. The crowd was very patient and occasionally vocal but that made for a very memorable screening, and one that ended by exiting through the back doors and ending up behind the theatre. That was a first for me!

To hear and see about Day 7 check out my TADFF'09 Vlog for Day 7.

Passholder Line for The Forbidden Door


The Forbidden Door / Pintu terlarang
Dir: Joko Anwar (Dead Time: Kala)
Cast: Fachry Albar, Marsha Timothy, Ario Bayu, Tio Pakusodewo

This film was high on my anticipated list for the festival however it looked so freaking scary I was almost concerned about seeing it. The context and ideas can be pretty extreme at times but the film stays centred with Fachry Albar fantastic performance in the lead role of Gambir, an artist whom appears to have achieved all the things to desire in life yet always has an undertone of melancholy and despair. What lies behind the achievements, the successes and The Door? The Forbidden Door is a rare film where every odd moment that puts you off kilter ends up falling perfectly into place, yet not necessarily in the spot you expect.

See introduction to the screening of Danse Macabre and The Forbidden Door by Toronto After Dark Film Festival programmer Todd Brown here.

Dir: Brandon Blommaert
Canada, 1 minute

Bright & creative this really short animated short give a look at a bizarre life cycle.

Waiting to get into Trick 'r Treat, thank goodness the rain had ceased!


Trick 'r Treat
Writer/Dir: Michael Dougherty
Cast: Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker, Tahmoh Penikett

The sell out crowd ate up Trick 'r Treat like Halloween candy. An anthology film with numerous concurrent threads over the course of one Halloween we follow characters of all ages in their often sinister seasonal traditions. The spirit of the film did celebrate the holiday and focused primarily on the tricks than over the treats. Although it is exciting to see a film that really goes for the holiday spirit I found the combination of no character in particular to cheer for, several continuity issues and not a trickster at heart myself, this film didn't quite resonate with me.

See selections from the introduction and Q&A for Trick 'r Treat with writer/director Michael Dogherty here.

Trick 'r Treat will be released on DVD on October 6, 2009

Dave Alexander from Rue Morgue and Trick r Treat writer/director Michael Dougherty

Dave Alexander from Rue Morgue and Trick r Treat writer/director Michael Dougherty

People were sure in the spirit of the film, looking for candy and in costume to boot.

Costumed Trick 'R Treaters


The Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2009 runs from August 14-21, 2009 at the Bloor Cinema, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Suzie Ridler said...

I'm sorry to hear Trick or Treat did not quite resonate with you. I don't like tricksters either! Wow, a tornado eh? You're getting tornadoes and we're supposed to be getting a hurricane today...crazy weather!

Trista @ TFS said...

I know a lot of people felt the way you did Shannon. I didn't, but there were some issues with the movie. I'm definitely running out to buy it when it comes out and I'll probably watch it again on Halloween, since it'll be great for that.

Do you think it has something to do with the long wait time for the film and all the up front hype (even though no one ever seemed to be specific about what they loved it)? Or do you think you would have felt the same way about it if you'd gone to it with little hype like, say, Grace?

(PS: My Word Verification for this comment was "morkdog". Hee.)

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

It was crazy that there was a tornado! I missed the storm entirely as I was indoors for all of it but certainly saw the effect.

Really Trista? Almost everyone I talked to really liked Trick 'R Treat. For me it didn't have anything to do with the wait time, the first I heard of it was when it was announced as part of the Toronto After Dark line up, although (like Repo) it's strange to see a crowd so hyped including in costume for something that isn't out yet. I'm thrilled people enjoyed it but it isn't for me.

I did enjoy seeing Tahmoh Penikett (Helo from BSG) though, but one thing with anthologies is you don't get to see a lot of anyone in particular so that was too bad.

Trista @ TFS said...

I'm actually pretty excited that the people you talked to really liked it, since I've only heard positive things from one person so far. I'm glad, since I did like it a lot.

Also, I didn't know you were a BSG fan. I wouldn't necessarily recommend you watch Dollhouse, but he's in it and is one of the only reasons for me to watch it...

The Film Reel said...

I liked both films this night but can't figure out the hype for Trick r Treat. It's good and I could see throwing it on for a halloween party but you'd think it was the second coming they way people were hyped for it.

It's better then typical Hollywood fare but isn't the genre bender I thought it would be.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

The Trick 'r Treat fans are insane! Which can be a good thing. I just didn't see it - I am surprized it wasn't released in the theatres though looking at what we've had this year.

Oh Trista, I've heard that about Dollhouse. Ah, to spend like $40 on another show... sigh... maybe I'll just hope for reruns or dive in to S2.

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