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  1. TADFF: Open Windows (2014)


    Our little Frodo is becoming quite the horror icon. Actor Elijah Wood might always be first associated with his role as the hobbit in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, but his dabbles in the horror genre should not be overlooked. After playing a serial killer in 2012’s Maniac remake, Wood has also lent his talents to the thriller Grand Piano, the indie horror Cooties and presently as lead in Nacho Vigalondo’s Open Windows.

    Spanish director Vigalondo is ...
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  2. TADFF: Zombeavers (2014)



    Zombies, zombies, zombies. They’re everywhere. The Walking Dead is the highest rated television program. My Netflix queue and DVD wait list is saturated with zombie genre features. And as far as I can tell from the parents to which I converse about this year’s Halloween, zombies seem to be a costume of choice for the zealous trick-or-treaters.

    Excuse the expression, but the genre has been done to death. Walking zombies, running zombies, brain eating zombies, ...
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  3. TADFF Review: Hellmouth (2014)



    A throwback to cheesy and great horror movies of yesteryear, Hellmouth comes to audiences courtesy of John Geddes and Tony Burgess. Director Geddes is coming off his well-received Exit Humanity (which appeared at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival circa 2011) while writer Burgess is responsible for bringing genre fans films such as Pontypool and Septic Man (also a TADFF alum).

    Together they have teamed for Hellmouth which stars Stephen McHattie (Pontypool, Watchmen) ...
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  4. TADFF Review: Suburban Gothic (2014)



    In 2012, I came across the hidden gem Excision. Directed by Richard Bates Jr., Excision was the type of film that horror fans love to find – a title that they knew nothing about starring a bunch of people that we never heard of that, upon screening, was much much better than the throwaway DVD we expected.

    Excision didn’t have us pacing the halls awaiting the next Richard Bates Jr. effort, but it did have us stand notice when his new project, Suburban Gothic was ...
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  5. TADFF Review: Housebound



    The 9th Annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival opened last evening with a sell-out crowd on hand for the screening of Housebound, a New Zealand horror film that takes on the tried-and-tested genre device of the haunted house.

    Morgana O’Reilly plays Kylie Bucknell, a troubled young woman who is sentenced by the local courts to home detention after a failed ATM robbery and is ordered to house arrest under the care of her mother Miriam (Rima Te Wiata). Miriam is a ...
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