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Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2018 Set to Launch with Diverse Genre Schedule


Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2018 Set to Launch with Diverse Genre Schedule

TADFF 2018 Poster

The poster for the 2018 edition of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.

Downtown Toronto is preparing to be frightened this Halloween season, as the Toronto After Dark Film Festival is set to kick off its 13h annual edition. Beginning on Thursday night, and running until next Friday, October 19, 20 critically acclaimed and anticipated new horror, sci-fi, action and cult movies from this year’s international film festival circuit will screen at the Scotiabank Theatre (259 Richmond Street West) in the Canadian city.

Shockya is happy to be promoting this great genre festival again this year, after attending and covering Toronto After Dark since 2015! With the festival commencing later this week, we’re offering an insight into some of the most anticipated movies that will be playing at Toronto After Dark.

Thursday, October 11 – Opening Night

7:00pm: ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’ (Mexico) Opening Gala Film & Toronto Premiere – Expected to Sell Out Soon!

Writer-Director: Issa Lopez

With her latest feature film, director Issa Lopez perfectly balances the the harsh reality and fantastic nightmares of the street children of Mexico. Part ‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ part ‘City of God,’ this creepy Guillermo del Toro-esque fairytale is about a young girl whose supernatural intuition leads her to form an alliance with a gang of orphaned boys. A critically acclaimed winner of over 20 film festival awards makes for an unmissable Opening Gala of this year’s Toronto After Dark!

Buy tickets here.

TADFF Tigers Are Not Afraid Poster

The poster for writer-director Issa López’s fantasy horror movie, ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid.’

9:30pm: ‘I’ll Take Your Dead’ (Canada) Toronto Premiere

Director: Chad Archibald

**Director and select cast and Crew in attendance for intro & Q&A!**

With his latest feature, Chad Archibald (‘The Heretics’) delivers a terrific, supernatural crime-thriller with a touching father-daughter story at its heart. At his remote country farm, William has a very unique job: disposing of dead bodies for the local crime lord. Meanwhile, his young daughter Gloria is convinced she can see the spirits of the dead that are haunting their house. When he discovers a young woman still-alive in his latest delivery of bodies, William decides to save her. But that puts him in the cross-hairs of his boss. It’s not long before a gang of heavily-armed killers are on their way to the farm to finish the woman off, and anyone in their way, living or dead!

Buy tickets here.

Friday, October 12 – Sci-Fi Night!

7:00pm: ‘Prospect’ (USA/ Canada) Toronto Premiere

Writer-Directors: Chris Caldwell and Zeek Earl

In this award-winning SXSW hit sci-fi western thriller, a teenage girl (newcomer Sophie Thatcher) and her father (Jay Duplass) embark on a hazardous space mission to a remote moon in search of valuable gemstones. To get to the extraterrestrial plunder, they will have to survive a hostile alien environment and the local outlaws (including ‘Game of Throne’s Pedro Pascal), who are out for their blood.

Buy tickets here.

TADFF Prospect

The poster for writer-directors Christopher Caldwell and Zeek Earl’s sci-fi movie, ‘Prospect.’

Saturday, October 13 – Zombie Night!

6:15pm: ‘Anna and the Apocalypse’ (UK) Toronto Premiere – Expected to Sell Out Soon!

Note: This Film is Rated 14A (all other festival films are Restricted, 18+)

Director: John McPhail

**Select cast and crew in attendance for Intro and Q&A!**

‘Shaun of the Dead’ meets ‘Footloose’ in this crowd-pleasing British high school zombie slaying musical! In the sleepy town of Little Haven, just before Christmas, Anna and her high school friends awake to find themselves facing a zombie apocalypse! In a desperate race to save their loved ones, they’ll have to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead horde.

Buy tickets here.

TADFF Anna and the Apocalypse

Ella Hunt stars as the title character in director John McPhail’s horror comedy, ‘Anna and the Apocalypse.’

Wednesday, October 17

7:00pm: ‘The Ranger‘ (USA) Toronto Premiere

Director: Jenn Wexler

**Director in attendance for intro & Q&A!**

Jenn Wexler’s SXSW film fest hit is a good old fashioned crowd-pleasing throwback to 80s slasher movies, with the added bonus of a kick-ass punk soundtrack! A bunch of teen punks head off for some mayhem in the woods. It’s not long before they come up against the local authority – an unhinged park ranger with a serious axe to grind – and they’re in a bloody fight for their lives!

Buy tickets here.

TADFF The Ranger

The poster for co-writer-director’s Jenn Wexler’s horror movie, ‘The Ranger.’

Friday, October 19 – Closing Night!

7:00pm: ‘Overlord’ (USA) Canadian Premiere – Expected to Sell Out Soon!

Director: Julius Avery

With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that’s crucial to the invasion’s success. Tasked with destroying a radio transmitter atop a fortified church, the desperate soldiers join forces with a young French villager to penetrate the walls and take down the tower. But, in a mysterious Nazi lab beneath the church, the outnumbered G.I.s come face-to-face with enemies unlike any the world has ever seen. From producer J.J. Abrams, ‘Overlord’ is a thrilling, pulse-pounding action adventure with a twist.

Buy tickets here.

For more information on Toronto After Dark, visit the festival’s official website, as well as its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Toronto After Dark Film Film
Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond St W,Toronto,Canada-ON M5V 3M6
Starting on
October 11, 2018
Ending on
October 19, 2018
The 2018 Toronto After Dark Film Festival has released its official screening schedule.
Offer Price
CAD All Access Pass: $159; Single ticket: $13.50

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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