Category: cult

TAD Review: Festival climaxes with Deathgasm

When I was a teenager, I had a best friend named Manny. He was the first metalhead I ever knew. A bit of an outsider, like so many of us feel like we are when we’re young, no matter what our taste in music, Manny was a sweet, gentle, crazy kid with long dyed-black hair,

TAD Review: Sion Sono’s double douse of delirium

Tag, which played Toronto After Dark on Thursday night as the first salvo of a Sion Sono double bill, opens with a bus full of giggling schoolgirls in Sailor Moon uniforms having a pillow fight. One girl, Mitsuko (Reina Triendl), is writing poetry when her pen is knocked out of her hand. While she bends

TAD review: The Demolisher delivers a lo-fi Death Wish

The Demolisher. It’s the kind of title that would make Don Pendleton or Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir proud. Like their Executioner and Destroyer novels, it evokes testosterone-fuelled pulp excess: whoever the Demolisher is you can be sure he’ll whip the blindfold off ol’ Lady Justice and inflict maximum damage in th...

TAD review: shorts in Space and Myrna the Monster

When it comes to short films, I tend to favour comedy over other genres. It’s the perfect medium to tell a joke and deliver a punchline—short of stand-up comedy—and it often doesn’t require complicated or expensive special effects. Take Movies In Space, for example, which is my favourite in this year’s Toronto After Da...

TAD festival preview: Knights, zombies and A Christmas Horro...

El Bosque Negro. Black Forest. That’s reason one why I’ll be checking out this afternoon’s shorts program at Toronto After Dark. I have no idea what the story is about (the trailer, above, is in Spanish and doesn’t have subtitles), other than it has knights and wildling warriors (Harii perhaps) and th...

Michael Ironside and Rooster Teeth save the world at TAD Day...

I’m still recovering from opening night’s double feature of Tales of Halloween and The Hallow (especially latter), but that doesn’t mean I’ve got time to chill. We’ve only just begun. White lace and promises, and all that. Tonight we’ve got Michael Ironside (Scanners, Total Recall, S...

Roddy Piper plunges into the Portal to Hell!!!

I can’t say I was ever a big fan of wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Nothing against him; I was just never more than a very casual viewer of the WWF (although I do seem to recall him squaring off against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in a tagteam match at some point). But I am

Toronto After Dark best bets

It’s hard to believe that the Toronto After Dark Film Festival has been killing it for a decade, now. Doesn’t seem that long ago that TAD founding dynamo Adam Lopez bounded into my old office at NOW Magazine to talk about this Frankensteinian genre festival he was stitching together. A true passion project for Lopez,...

End of the Snark Age

The late film critic Roger Ebert used to host special screenings during which he would lead the audience in dissecting a film scene-by-scene, shot-by-shot. Dubbed “democracy in the dark,” there was only one rule: anybody could call out “Stop!” and discuss what they were looking at, or whatever thought had j...

“I think this guy’s a couple cans short of a six-pack”

So what are we doing here? I mean, I know what you’re probably thinking: Another movie site? Frankly, I’m asking myself the same thing. I stepped away from film journalism the last couple of years, partly by choice and partly due to the shrinking—and undervalued—freelance market. I didn’t even attend last year’s Toront...