Category: horror

TAD review: The Hallow be thy name

The Hallow came into Toronto After Dark with a lot of hype following its Sundance premiere. “Best horror movie since The Babadook” and “scariest movie of the year” was the buzz in the queue to get in at last night’s TAD screening at the Scotiabank Theatre. By the time the end credits rolled I can

TAD review: Tales of Barry Bostwick’s Halloween

Why doesn’t Barry Bostwick have his own TV show? That’s the question I was left with after last night’s Toronto After Dark screening of the anthology Tales of Halloween. In the segment called “The Night Billy Raised Hell,” directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Repo! The Genetic Opera), Bostwick plays a demonic old man who 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

Carpenter’s Halloween theme still unnerves

I’ve always found John Carpenter’s synth score for Halloween to be the scariest, the most unnerving, the most chilling. Yes, even moreso than John Williams’ Jaws score (partly because I tend more often to think of Williams’ score during the shark-hunting-adventure part of the film than the someo...

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...