Running October 18th through October 26th, The Toronto After Dark Film Festival provides genre fans with the best horror, science fiction and cult films that the world has to offer all thrown into one fantastic week at the restored Bloor Cinema in the heart of the city.
With 20 films and 29 shorts being showcased at the event – and for many, it’s their World or Canadian premiere – we are going to spotlight a film each day giving you a glimpse into some of the action, the macabre and the bloodletting that will soak our screens until the closing night gala.
Today’s spotlight: Doomsday Book
An anthology movie, Doomsday Book is split into three distinct and different chapters. The first Chapter, entitled Heaven's Creation, is about a robot who comes alive and follows what happens afterward. The second Chapter, entitled The New Generation, is a story from the point of view of a boy who is now a zombie. The third Chapter, entitled Happy Birthday, re-interprets "The Christmas Gift”
The film is directed by Jee-woon Kim and Pil-Sung Yim which should excite any genre fan that recognizes the names. Jee-woon Kim was the director of the serial killer film I Saw the Devil (2010) as well as the The Good, The Bad and The Weird (2008). Both those films were our top films of their respective release years. Jee-woon Kim directs the middle chapter (The New Generation) while Pil-Sung Yim calls the shots for Heaven’s Creation and The Christmas Gift.
Doomsday Book was not without its share of production issues. Funding for the film all but dried up and shut down the project during filming of the final chapter. But thanks to the relentless determination by its producers, Doomsday Book was completed and has been playing on the Festival circuit to relatively good buzz.
Celluloidheroes writes about Doomsday Book citing, “The effects are impressive and the aesthetic and design look lovely”.
And filmschoolrejects write, “Like the best science fiction, Jee-woon Kim’s segment offers smart commentary on mankind’s present.”
Doomsday Book is screening on October 21st at 1:00PM at the Bloor Cinema as part of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Tickets can be purchased through the box office at http://torontoafterdark.com/2012/buy-tickets/