TAD2008: Donkey Punch

Seven gold collar young adults get on a boat off one of the shores of one of Spain’s coastal party towns for British party goers. The alcohol flows and recreational drugs enter the mix. Soon the lustful longings take over,... More »

TAD2008: Kevin Tenney's Brain Dead

Early in the festival promos were run for the first zombie feature playing on Sunday. In the Kevin Tenney's Brain Dead trailer it seemed that they were giving away decent kill shots. A lot of them. Then you get that... More »

Toronto After Dark: DONKEY PUNCH (Short) Review

Three girls, four guys, lots of drugs and a big expensive boat in the Mediterranean Sea. A recipe for holiday disaster? You bet. Perhaps the ultimate warning on unconventional sex-acts, the titular Donkey Punch sets the stage for a battle... More »

Toronto After Dark: IDIOTS AND ANGELS Review

Does the phrase 'delightful cynicism' make sense? It is nevertheless appropriate for master animator Bill Plympton's latest feature film. An independent filmmaker in the truest sense of the word with the claim to fame that he personally draws his feature... More »

TAD2008: Let the Right One In

It's almost redundant to write a review of Let the Right One In at this point. You should all know by now that we are unanimously in love with this film. Tonight's screening at Toronto After Dark marked the... More »

Toronto After Dark 2007: Murder Party review

[Ah, my final submission from Toronto After Dark. Having had to work full time all week, take in two films per night and somehow miraculously pulled off a scheduling coup and gotten Saturday off to catch up on sleep and... More »

Toronto After Dark 2007: Simon Says review

Five college friends choose to spend their vacation debauching at the riverside in gold prospecting country. They hear about the local folklore, of the crazy killer who kills one victim for every year he is alive, and how there is... More »

Toronto After Dark 2007: Alone review

Pim, a young Thai woman, returns to home from Korea after her mother is hospitalized. Soon after her arrival she is plagued by visions of her sister Ploy, a conjoined twin who didn’t survive the surgery to separate the pair,... More »

Toronto After Dark 2007: Wolfhound review

[I've had to catch up today with a lot of TAD follow up. You'll forgive me if I steal Todd's movie description from the TAD site] The sole survivor of the Gray Dog clan, the warrior Wolfhound lives for revenge.... More »


Japanese cult filmmaker Shinya Tsukamoto has both a reputation and a resume well past the point of having to prove anything to anyone of his bona fide auteur status. His latest film, Nightmare Detective seems to have attached to it... More »


"And that is a story that no one can beat, When I say that I saw it on Mulberry Street." I have no idea whether writer Nick Damici and director Jim Mickle are fans of Theodore Geisel. Besides sharing the... More »

Toronto After Dark 2007: Poultrygeist Night of the Chicken Dead

Fast food carnage ensues when tainted chicken turns patrons of the American Chicken Bunker into blood-thirsty chicken zombies. More »

Toronto After Dark 2007: Automaton Transfusion review

Three friends begin the relentless journey home when they discover zombie hordes are decimating the population. More »

Toronto After Dark 2007: Blood Car review

In the near future, gas prices are at an astronomical high. One man is determined to find an alternate fuel source. That alternate fuel source turns out to be blood. Human Blood! More »

Toronto After Dark 2007: In the Name of the King review

Germany's most notorious film director is at it again with his envisioning of the popular Dungeon Siege video game franchise. More »


[Audience of One screens Sunday, October 21st as part of the Toronto After Dark festival.] Is San Francisco pastor Richard Gazowsky delusional, a compulsive liar or merely staggeringly naive? Frankly, the chances of anyone being able to answer that... More »
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RETRIBUTION (Sakebi 叫) Review

Perhaps in this day and age of blog and forum discussion, the word Auteur is thrown around a little too lightly. Nevertheless, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s work of the 1990s and early 2000s has lifted the prolific filmmaker into auteur territory... More »

Funky Forest: The First Contact Review

Setting out to review Funky Forest: The First Contact (AKA Nice No Mori, AKA Naisu No Mori) in any sort of detail is setting yourself an impossible task. How to describe the indescribable? How to summarize and categorize a... More »
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Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon – Review

One of the chief pleasures of watching genre films is to encounter the entry into a particular genre which upholds the rules and yet still manages to find transcendence. The success of folks like Quentin Tarantino, John Frankenheimer, Joss... More »

Mad Cowgirl Review

Thinking about trying to write a synopsis of Mad Cowgirl makes your head hurt just a bit. It is a messy fusion of revenge thriller, exploitation gore-fest, kung-fu nostalgia love-in and a document to the anxiety born out of... More »
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