Saturday, 14 August 2010

Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2010 Day 1 - Friday August 13, 2010

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The Toronto After Dark Film Festival opened last night to an enthusiastic crowd of film fans and all set to tuck into a week of genre films from horror to scifi to zombies to the evenings creature feature: The Last Lovecraft! With 6 cast & crew members of the film in attendance it made for a very warm welcome for the festival back to the Bloor Cinema.

Also check out my Day 1 Vlog!

The Necronomicon
Dir: Joseph Nanni
Canada, 2 min

Great dead pan humour and clever concept take this short to new levels of literary laughter.

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Festival director & founder Adam Lopez, The Last Lovecraft writer/actor/producer Devin McGinn, director Henry Saine & executive producer Mike McGinn

The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu ** Opening Gala Film **
Dir: Henry Saine
Cast: Kyle Davis, Devin McGinn, Gregg Lawrence, Edmund Lupinski, Martin Starr
USA

A horror comedy inspired by the works of HP Lovecraft, The Last Lovecraft pulls together many elements of a great adventure film - a reluctant hero, a knowledgeable sidekick and of course a quest! I was a little worried going into the film with my lack of knowledge on HP Lovecraft, but the film played very well to a newb like me by centring the lore and it's relevance to the plot and quest of our ... not fearless, but spirited although reluctant hero Jeff (Kyle Davis) and his knowledgeable long-time friend Charlie (Devin McGinn). The two have great chemistry giving a fantastic sense of camaraderie which brings a buddy comedy quality to the film that plays extremely well into adventurous spirit of our inadvertent quest goers. The story is rich in lore which I'm sure a more trained eye could pick out, but I had a lot watching this film with it's infectious humour, deserted sea captains, sea creatures and a fair amount of blood and guts to boot.

See selections from the intro and Q&A with director Henry Saine, writer/producer/lead actor Devin McGinn, co-lead actor Kyle Davis, executive producer Mike McGinn and actors Martin Starr & Edmund Lupinski here.

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Festival director & founder Adam Lopez, The Last Lovecraft writer/actor/producer Devin McGinn, director Henry Saine, executive producer Mike McGinn and actors Edmund Lupinski, Kyle Davis & Martin Starr

The Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2010 runs from August 13 - 20, 2010 at the Bloor Cinema, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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