All posts for the day October 24th, 2012

TADFF,see you next year!

Published October 24, 2012 by vfdpixie

I am so sad!  Due to, well, quite frankly, my life, I have not been able to attend the Toronto After Dark Film Festival this year.

I became a fan in 2010, seeing a few films here and there.  My faves were Heartless and The Last Exorcism.  And of course that was the year the unforgettable Human Centipede premiered.  Scarred me for life, and I would still like the hour and a half back please…

Determined not to miss the boat, I purchased an all access pass last year.  It was a good value and you got first dibs on seats.  Along with my only horror-loving gal pal, we decided to tough out the pass holder’s line and see as many films as we could.  We did pretty well, even though my friend had a terrible cold and the temporary location was less than desirable.  The 2011 TADFF was screened at the now defunct Toronto Underground Cinema.  The size of the theatre was great, but for people 5’3 and under, it sucked. The seating didn’t have much of a slope, and it seems that a lot of male horror fans have large noggins.  Like, really big.  And they all sat in front of me.  I got a little tired of craning my neck around massive craniums to see the action on screen.  Despite that minor inconvenience, I had a blast!  My faves were Midnight Son, The Divide, The Woman, Monster Brawl and Father’s Day.

Now back at the freshly renovated Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, I can only imagine the great view from my favorite seat in the balcony, gazing lovingly at scenes of terror with a beer in hand.  Because I hear you can do that at the Bloor now without hiding a sixer in your purse.  Just sayin’…

Anyway, the 2012 line up looks great!  My watch list includes: Grabbers, Inbred, Grave Encounters 2, Doomsday Book, Resolution and My Amityville Horror, just to name a few.  I guess I will have to wait until the films are released in regular theatres or on dvd.  Sigh!

As a horror fan who has attended a couple of the TADFF’s, I am very impressed and inspired by the team that runs the show.  Adam Lopez is their tireless leader, and his enthusiasm for the genre is a marvel and a testament to horror fans in the G.T.A.  The volunteers always seem to have heart and excitement at the events, and their hard work is evident in the long line-ups and packed house every year. Nex year, if all goes well, I plan to be the first in the pass holder’s line!

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