August 13-20, 2010 - 8 Nights Of New Horror, Sci-Fi, Action & Cult Movies!

Festival Updates

Visit the 2011 Festival Website for Complete Details on our next event, which runs Oct 20-27,2011!

For complete details on the 6th Annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival, including our Call For Entries please visit the new 2011 festival website now live here.

Toronto After Dark Returns to Halloween Season for 2011!

Toronto After Dark Film Festival is excited to announce the dates of our 6th Annual Edition. For 2011, in response to overwhelming fan demand, the city’s premier festival of new horror, sci-fi, action and cult cinema returns to Halloween Season for the first time in three years. Next year’s Toronto After Dark takes over the legendary Bloor Cinema for 8 thrilling nights of cinematic mayhem OCTOBER 20-27, 2011.  Fans attending previous years’  festivals have been the first to see such awesome new genre films as THE LAST EXORCISM, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, DEAD SNOW, REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA, BLACK DYNAMITE and ROBOGEISHA to name a few! Who knows what we’ll be premiering first for fans in the city in 2011?  Be sure to block our OCT 20-27 in your schedules as you won’t want to miss it! 

If you’re planning on attending, feel free to RSVP at the just-created Official Facebook Event page for Toronto After Dark 2011, and invite your friends here:

And if you haven’t already, be sure to also sign up for our e-newsletter to get notifications about the 2011 festival here:

2010 Fest Wraps Up with Record Crowds, Rave Reviews, and a Big Win for Eli Roth’s THE LAST EXORCISM!

AUGUST 26: Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2010 wrapped up eight thrilling nights of new horror, sci-fi, action and cult movies last week blazing new cinematic trails and setting new records! A new high of over 9,300 enthusiastic fans attended the festival which ran Aug 13-20 at the city’s legendary Bloor Cinema, over double the size of our event of just four years ago!


Highlights of the 5th Annual Edition included our first-ever red carpet premiere, for THE LAST EXORCISM with acclaimed horror filmmaker ELI ROTH in attendance, a freaky Closing Gala experience in the form of THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE, and a shocking but well-received remake of the notorious I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, which won Gold, Silver and Bronze respectively in our Audience Choice Awards.  The festival also premiered in Toronto HEARTLESS, a stylish and riveting demonic thriller from cult British filmmaker Philip Ridley which was awarded Gold by the fest in the Best Independent Feature Film category. Silver and Bronze honours went to crowd-pleasing creature feature THE LAST LOVECRAFT and the dark horror comedy ALL ABOUT EVIL respectively. Visit our Festival Awards Page for the complete lowdown on all the awards given out by fans and the festival this year including winners in our Short Film categories and new this year, the Fans’ Choice Awards featuring such fun categories as Best Kill and Best Fight!


Toronto After Dark received record rave reviews from fans and critics alike for the films we selected this year, but it wasn’t just about the movies! Over 15 attending short and feature filmmakers came on stage to introduce their works or host lively Q&As with fans, including Eli Roth. Festivalgoers were also treated to a ‘Gore Couture’ Costume Contest, a bizarre interview with a Killer Tire, a Human Centipede reenactment on stage, and a series of warped “Festival Bumpers” playing in front of the features, all depicting the number 5 in unusual ways to celebrate the fest’s 5th edition! Toronto After Dark also played host to a number of packed nightly social events, and of course treated the city’s undead to a cheap night out with our ever-popular Zombie Appreciation Night! We have put together a single page at our site with links to all the event pictures and video clips from our 2010 festival here.


Our 2011 festival dates will be posted online in the Fall, and once they’re official, we hope you’ll plan to join us for eight more thrilling nights of cinematic mayhem next year! If you haven’t already, please subscribe to our festival newsletter here so you can get the notification of our new dates.


We would like to say a big thank you to all the filmmakers, fans, volunteers, supporters and sponsors of Toronto After Dark 2010, especially Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada, SPACE, Rue Morgue and our main venue The Bloor Cinema, for helping make our 5th year such a successful and record-breaking event!

Until next year, from all of us at the festival,
See You After Dark!

Festival Wrapped for 2010!

Toronto After Dark Film Festival has now wrapped for 2010! A Huge Thanks to everyone who came out and made our 5th Annual fest such a big success! Stay tuned for our closing festival update next week where we announce the winners of our Audience and Festival Awards. In the meantime be sure to visit our Facebook Fan Page where we’ve uploaded pictures and videos from this year’s festival! 

Toronto After Dark Film Fest Now On! Join us for 8 Nights of Thrills and Chills!

The wait is over. It’s finally here! The 5th Annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival is here, and runs Aug 13-20, 2010 for 8 thrilling nights at the city’s Bloor Cinema! If you’re new to the festival, read our How to Festival Page here, check out the Festival Schedule here, and Buy Tickets here,

To get you in the mood for the festival, be sure to check out our kick-ass (if we may say so ourselves!) one-minute festival preview trailer featuring some awesome shots from most of the films playing:

We’ll See You After Dark!

Filmmaker Guests Announced! Include ELI ROTH and lead actors of THE LAST EXORCISM!

Toronto After Dark Film Festival is thrilled to announce the names of a group of outstanding feature filmmakers, including acclaimed horror filmmaker ELI ROTH, who will be attending our 2010 edition. These groundbreaking visionaries of genre cinema will introduce their films on stage, host a lively Q&A with fans straight after their screenings, and in most cases, also join festival-goers for a drink or two at our nightly post-film social events! For details of the filmmakers and the films they’ll be attending click here.

Toronto After Dark Announces 2010 Lineup: HUMAN CENTIPEDES, Killer RUBBER Tires, Deadly ROBOGEISHAS!

Toronto After Dark Film Festival is thrilled to officially announce its complete lineup of new horror, sci-fi, action and cult films that will have their regional premieres at our 5th Annual edition this August 13-20, 2010 at the city’s legendary Bloor Cinema. The 16 amazing feature films at the core of the festival include a number that have created a storm of interest on the genre festival circuit as well some more recent finds that will be a treat for fans to to discover! 

Highlights include cult horror sensation THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE and the killer tire movie RUBBER that captivated audiences at Cannes! Other fun items on the cinematic menu include Japanese cult mayhem (ROBOGEISHA), supernatural chills (Eli Roth’s THE LAST EXORCISM), brutal Roman action (Neil Marshall’s CENTURION), Billy Zane as a zombie slayer (EVIL IN THE TIME OF HEROES) and Adrien Brody as a psychotic drug dealer (Sundance midnight hit HIGH SCHOOL)

Below is the overview of the films screening, along with links to their festival site pages, where you can watch trailers and read more detailed synopses:

We open the festival on a hugely crowd-pleasing note with the International Premiere of the hilarious new monster comedy, THE LAST LOVECRAFT (Fri, Aug 13, 7pm), a story about a group of social misfits battling an assortment of sea monsters trying to take over the earth!

This year’s ever-popular Zombie Appreciation Night  where those dressed as the undead get a special deal on ticket prices, features a double helping of fun zombie carnage: DOGHOUSE (Sat, Aug 14, 7pm), the riotous zombie comedy that took Britain by storm last year is followed by the deranged zombie action flick EVIL IN THE TIME OF HEROES (Sat, Aug 14, 9.45pm) which features none other than Billy Zane as an immortal Greek zombie killer!

Fans of outrageous Japanese genre cinema will also be delighted with a double dose of cinematic mayhem this year, in the form of the splatterific sci-fi horror action mashup ROBOGEISHA (Sun, Aug 15, 7pm) and the equally mad and bloody fight sequences that make up much of ALIEN VS NINJA (Mon, Aug 16, 9.45pm) a film that completely delivers on its title!

Those looking for a good fright should check out the hotly anticipated Eli Roth produced new scarefest, THE LAST EXORCISM (Mon, Aug 16, 7pm), as well as the welcome return of our favourite posse of Thai horror filmmakers with five new tales of of fear set to make fans jump out of their seats in PHOBIA 2 (Tue, Aug 17, 7pm)! The creepy new sci-fi thriller CARGO (Sun, Aug 15, 4.15pm) also brings its share of chills, but this time the outbreak of fear takes place on a deep space voyage.

This year Toronto After Dark showcases three new flicks from some of Britain’s most talented genre filmmakers: whether it’s Neil Marshall’s brutal Roman action piece CENTURION (Wed, Aug 18, 7pm), Philip Ridley’s demonic thriller HEARTLESS (Wed, Aug 18, 9.45pm) or Christopher Smith’s medieval witchcraft tale BLACK DEATH (Thu, Aug 19, 7pm), there’s something to delight any fan who likes their Brit flicks on the dark side.

We feel I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (Thu, Aug 19, 9.45pm), Anchor Bay’s hugely anticipated and incredibly graphic remake of the already notoriously violent cult classic of the same name, deserves a category unto itself. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

A fantastic eclectic cast (Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Dekker, Noah Segan, Mink Stole, Peaches Christ, Elvira) chew all kinds of scenery in the velvet curtain movie theatre set cult horror flick ALL ABOUT EVIL (Tues, Aug 17, 9.45pm) that will seem be perfect viewing fare at our very own cult venue, the Bloor Cinema! While a stoner comedy may not seem like the most obvious fit for Toronto After Dark, when you see Adrien Brody’s crazed performance as drug dealer Psycho Ed, amongst too many WTF moments to mention in the Sundance hit HIGH SCHOOL (Sun, Aug 15, 9.45pm), you’ll see why we programmed this offbeat piece of cinematic madness!

Toronto After Dark celebrates the end of its 5th Year on a wonderfully bizzarre note:  to start with we treat fans with RUBBER (Fri, Aug 20, 7pm), the tale of a Killer Tire with feelings which was perhaps the most talked about horror film at the Cannes Film Festival this year! Then things get even freakier, with our Closing Gala, THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (Fri, Aug 20, 9.45pm) a twisted tale of one scientist’s quest to perfect a disgusting surgical procedure. The film has grossed out fans at festival screenings across the globe, ignited a frenzy on discussion boards and youtube (two milllion views of the trailer and counting), but no-one has dared to screen the film in Toronto… until now!

While the Feature Films at Toronto After Dark typically take centre stage, be sure to also check out SHORTS AFTER DARK (Sat, Aug 14, 4.15pm), a kick-ass collection of outstanding new genre short films from around the world, as well as CANADA AFTER DARK homegrown mini-gems that screen as the opening acts for all our features. We also expect a number of FILMMAKER GUESTS to be in attendance to introduce their films and host Q&As with fans and join us at our SOCIAL EVENTS including After Parties and nightly Pub Socials (details to be announced closer to the festival).

Fans can scan all the films screening at Toronto After Dark 2010 in date order at the FESTIVAL SCHEDULE and buy tickets and passes to the festival at the BOX OFFICE PAGE which is NOW LIVE! If you’re attending, don’t forget to also RSVP your attendance at the 2010 EVENT PAGE on Facebook and invite your friends to join you for all the fun!

See You After Dark!

Toronto After Dark’s 2010 Call for Submissions Ends with Hundreds of Film Entries!

Our 2010 call for entries has now ended and we would like to thank the hundreds of filmmakers from around the world who chose to submit their works for programming consideration by our festival. If you are waiting to see your status update change on the withoutabox submission system, please be patient as due to the large volume, it is taking additional time to update all records. Rest assured our little worker droids in the programming department will be spending the next few weeks reviewing every single one of our entries before we make our final selection for screening at this year’s 5th Annual Toronto After Dark Film Festival. All filmmakers will be notified of our selection decision by end of day, UPDATED DATE: July 27.  If you missed our 2010 deadline or are interested in entering our next festival, please add your name to our Filmmaker Contact List here, so that we can email you when our next Call for Entries goes live.

Join the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE for the 2010 Festival!

If you’re planning on attending Toronto After Dark this year, be sure to RSVP at our new Facebook Event Page here for the 2010 Festival. And when you get there, don’t forget to also click in the right column on the page to invite all your friends!

Thrilling You Soon! Toronto After Dark returns with its 5th Edition this Aug 13-20, 2010!

If you want to be the first to see some amazing new horror, sci-fi, action and cult movies from around the world, we invite you to join us for 8 nights of cinematic mayhem as we celebrate the 5th year of Toronto After Dark Film Festival!  KEY 2010 DATES: Our popular FESTIVAL ALL-ACCESS PASSES which sell out every year are now on sale here.  Our COMPLETE FILM LINEUP, schedule and single screening tickets will be available to fans here on (UPDATED DATE): JULY 28. Be sure to put these and of course our festival dates, AUG 13-20, in your schedule, as this year’s event promises to be our most mind-blowing ever!  For more info, including venue location and ticket prices visit our 2010 Key Dates & Info Page here.

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