After Dark
Film Festival

THURS, OCT 11, 7:00 PM

Spanish with English Subtitles. With her latest feature film, director Issa Lopez perfectly balances 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!

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THURS, OCT 11, 9:30 PM

With his latest feature, Chad Archibald (HERETICS) delivers a terrific supernatural crime thriller unlike any other, with a twisted and touching father-daughter story at its heart. At his little 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 and that some of them are haunting their house. When one of the bodies in the latest delivery, a young woman, turns out to be definitely still alive, 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!

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FRI, OCT 12, 7:00 PM

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 THRONES's Pedro Pascal) who are out for their blood.

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FRI, OCT 12, 9:30 PM

In this sci-fi comedy hit from New Zealand, a small-town criminal tries to use an ancient time travel device to defeat a brutal local crime boss. It's soon clear that time travel has unintended consequences and can create as many problems as it solves! Don’t miss an absolute crowd-pleaser from some of the same people who previously worked on the festival hit, DEATHGASM!

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SAT, OCT 13, 3:30 PM

A showcase of featuring approximately 10 of the best new horror, sci-fi and action short films from around the world!

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SAT, OCT 13, 6:15 PM

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.

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SAT, OCT 13, 9.00 PM

Japanese with English Subtitles. Zombie movie fans are in for a shotgun blasting treat with this rare Big Screen Presentation of the Japanese sensation I AM A HERO, a huge hit at SXSW where it won the Midnight Audience Choice Award. Based on the critically acclaimed manga, Suzuki Hideo is a shy, unsuccessful comic book artist. But when Japan gets hit by the ravaging ZQN virus, it's time for the zero to become a hero, arming up with weapons and teaming up with other survivors in an epic battle against the undead horde. Fans of previous festival zombie hit TRAIN TO BUSAN will be delighted with this epic apocalyptic crowd-pleaser, featuring some of the most original, gory and thrilling zombie action scenes ever seen! Don't miss it.

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SUN, OCT 14, 4:00 PM

A showcase featuring approximately 10 of the best new Canadian horror, sci-fi and action short films (An additional Canadian short, screens in front of each of the feature films).

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SUN, OCT 14, 6:45 PM

Indonesian with English Subtitles. One of the scariest films of the year, Indonesian maestro Joko Anwar's (MODUS ANOMALI) latest horror sensation has become a massive box office hit in Asia! In this supernatural haunting tale, a family is terrorized by demonic forces including the spirit of their recently deceased mother.

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SUN, OCT 14, 9:30 PM

THE BREAKFAST CLUB gets a serial killing makeover with Ray Xue's delightfully bloody high school tale EXTRACURRICULAR. When four friends' high school lives get a little too dreary, they adopt a secret pastime: planning and executing a series of murders. But when one of their plans goes shockingly awry, the relationship between the group is put to the test. Soon they must combine their devious skills to find their way out of a deadly situation. Featuring a talented young cast, EXTRACURRICULAR is a dark high school tale, full of bloody mayhem, twists and shocks that will delight horror thriller fans!

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MON, OCT 15, 7:00 PM

Dutch with English Subtitles. "JAWS meets paws"" in this horror action crowd pleaser from Dick Maas (AMSTERDAMNED, SAINT). A zoo veterinarian in gets caught up in a grisly adventure when she finds herself leading a city-wide hunt for a ferocious lion that's on the loose and brutally killing people. Packed full of dark humour and dismembered body mayhem, PREY is a bloody audience delight!

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MON, OCT 15, 9:30 PM

Legendary Canadian icon Art Hindle (BLACK CHRISTMAS, PORKY'S FACE-OFF) delivers one of his career best performances in ROBBERY, Corey Stanton's breakout debut crime thriller. After a local crime lord threatens his safety, a young thief (Jeremy Ferdman) resorts to a desperate act to finally clear his debts. Enlisting the fine criminal skills of his crotchety aging father (Hindle), the thief plans a series of reckless heists that should recoup him all the money he needs to finally move on in life. Complicating matters is the heavily armed criminals in their way, and that dad is dealing with a fading memory. Full of twists and turns, ROBBERY is a brilliantly scripted and acted, character-driven delight. A fantastic cast includes CORNER GAS fan favourite Tara Spencer- Nairn.

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TUES, OCT 16, 7:00 PM

Spanish with English Subtitles. In this terrifying Latin American riff on THE EXORCIST, an ordinary home robbery turns into a supernatural nightmare. Three desperate sisters break into a rich family house to plunder it for cash. Everything seems to be going to plan until they discover a disturbed young girl, tied up by her parents in the basement. It's not long before the forces of hell are unleashed!

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TUE, OCT 16, 9:30 PM

A big hit at Fantasia and Frightfest, Justin McConnell's latest feature LIFECHANGER is a unique blend of body horror and serial killer thriller. Drew is a mysterious “skin-walker” who periodically has to murder and steal the form of a new victim in order to stay alive. Emotional attachment is something he does not need or crave, until he discovers Julia (POOR AGNES's Lora Burke), a girl at the bar he seems to have a special connection with. As Drew tries to get ever closer to Julia, his physical condition starts to worsen, and he finds his secret getting close to being uncovered. Featuring fantastic performances, gruesome body-swopping effects, and a unique point of view that will have you sympathizing with both killer and victim, LIFECHANGER is a refreshing, original treat for horror fans.

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WED, OCT 17, 7:00 PM

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!

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WED, OCT 17, 9:30 PM

A horror thriller told from the perspective of children, Justin P. Lange's award-winning feature debut THE DARK, evokes wonderful comparisons to previous festival favourite LET THE RIGHT ONE IN. In the forest where she lives alone and hunts for fresh flesh, Mina, a strange zombie-like undead girl, encounters Alex, a lost blind boy. Instead of devouring him, she decides to let him live. Both have been victims of abuse, and each finds connection in the other. But with some malicious adults on the hunt for the boy, the new friendship and Mina's instincts for survival are soon put to a bloody and ferocious test. Stunningly shot, beautifully acted, THE DARK is a thrilling and atmospheric horror film that won over audiences at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival. Don't miss it!

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THU, OCT 18, 7:00 PM

German with English Subtitles. When a young cab driver drags herself into the brightly-lit entrance of a run-down police station, she's unaware that a demonic entity has followed her in. One of the most buzzed horror films of the year since its debut at the Berlin Film Fest, LUZ is a slice of hypnotic retro-horror, that defies easy categorization. Full of dark disturbing dream-like scenes, LUZ is an unmissable, one-of-a-kind, hallucinogenic-horror experience that will melt your mind!

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THU, OCT 18, 9:15 PM

From the acclaimed directors behind fan favourites, GREMLINS, JUAN OF THE DEAD, VERSUS, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, the MASTERS OF HORROR series and more, comes this terrifying anthology film. Five strangers converge at a haunted movie theater owned by a mysterious projectionist (Mickey Rourke). Once inside, the audience members witness a series of screenings that shows them their deepest fears and darkest secrets over five chilling tales!

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FRI, OCT 19, 7:00 PM

OVERLORD: In this much-anticipated WWII horror-thriller co-produced by J.J. Abrams, a group of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France on the eve of D-Day. As they struggle to carry out their seemingly impossible mission, they discover a secret Nazi lab carrying out terrifying and bizarre supernatural experiments. Soon the outnumbered G.I.s are up against enemies unlike any the world has ever seen!

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FRI, OCT 19, 9:45 PM

FRI. OCT 19, 11:59 PM

Join us as we wrap up Toronto After Dark 2018 with our Closing Gala, YOU MIGHT BE THE KILLER, one of the smartest and funniest horror films you will see this year! In the middle of the night, a remote summer camp counselor Sam (CABIN IN THE WOODS' Fran Kranz) calls up Chuck (Alyson Hannigan of BUFFY and AMERICAN PIE fame), his best friend back home, in a blind panic! He's surrounded by brutally killed fellow counselors and worried there's an axe-wielding psychopath on the loose, now fears for his life! Luckily Chuck's well-versed in slasher movie tropes and she leads Sam through all the necessary steps to survive the night, at the same time as they try to identify the actual killer. With great banter between two delightful leads, a brutal killer in the woods, and lots of clever twists, YOU MIGHT BE THE KILLER is a horror fan's delight not to be missed!

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