Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2014: First Slate Unmasked


TIFF 2014 has barely begun and I’m already looking ahead to the next incomparable Toronto-based film festival, Toronto After Dark! A few days ago, the first set of films screening at this years festivities were unveiled and needless to say, TAD definitely picked up the slack left by this year’s Midnight Madness programme. You can see the full, 10-film list below with trailers and synopses. I’ll be posting the remainder of films yet to be announced when they’re unleashed at the end of september.



From the twisted mind of writer Tony Burgess (PONTYPOOL) comes a stunning, spectacular ode to classic horror and fantasy.

The Babadook

In the scary new horror hit from Australia, single mother Amelia must battle with her son Samuel’s fear of a monster lurking in their house.


Based on a story by acclaimed sci-fi author Robert A. Heinlein (STARSHIP TROOPERS), the Spierig Brothers (DAYBREAKERS, UNDEAD) direct Ethan Hawke (GATTACA, TRAINING DAY) in this riveting sci-fi thriller in the mold of LOOPER and MINORITY REPORT about a Temporal Agent, tasked with traveling through time to stop crimes before they’re committed.

Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead

The gruesome army of awakened Nazi Zombies from fan favourite DEAD SNOW once again return to terrorize the Norwegian countryside!


In this coming of age werewolf action movie from David Hayter (writer of X-MEN, X-MEN 2), Lucas Till (XMEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST) plays Cayden Richards, a high school senior who awakens one day to find his parents brutally murdered and his body transforming into a wild, savage wolf.

Open Windows

In the vein of Alfred Hitchcock’s REAR WINDOW comes this gripping cyber-thriller from acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo (TIMECRIMES) that exposes a terrifying dark side to internet voyeurism.


From the producers of CABIN FEVER, THE HANGOVER, and AMERICAN PIE comes ZOMBEAVERS, a crowd-pleasing zombie comedy co-starring Cortney Palm (SUSHI GIRL) that delivers exactly what you’d want from its title and more!

Suburban Gothic

Richard Bates Jr. follows up his acclaimed horror film EXCISION with a supernatural comedy about an unemployed graduate (CRIMINAL MINDS’ Matthew Gray Gubler) who returns to his small-town family home, only to encounter a vengeful ghost and a mystery that must be solved before everyone’s lives are lost.

Time Lapse

In this award-winning new sci-fi thriller, three friends, including Danielle Panabaker (THE FLASH) discover a mysterious machine in an abandoned apartment that seems to print photos taken 24 hours into their future.

ABCs of Death 2

Get ready to gasp, laugh, shriek and cheer at this latest anthology of 26 short tales, each punctuated by a different shocking, wickedly entertaining death.


Which film at TAD are you most looking forward to seeing? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comment section below! A big thank you to TADFF for supplying a majority of the information in this post!



About Joseph@thecinemamonster

Aspiring writer who absolutely adores film and television.

Posted on September 6, 2014, in TADFF and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. Not a bad start for the fest! Dead Snow 2 looks like a ton of fun and it’s supposed to be pretty awesome. The Babadook is supposedly amazing, haven’t heard anything bad about it yet. Suburban Gothic is one I’m really looking forward to, should be a good time. The rest all look great too. Really can’t go wrong here, honestly!

  2. Dead Snow looks ridiculously fun, Open Windows and Predestination look promising.

  3. Man, wish I was there! Saw the trailer for Zombeavers; looks great!

  4. Zombeavers trailer cracked me up haha and The Babadook looks promising.

  5. Gah, I wish I were in Toronto for TAD every year, but this lineup makes me want to be there EVEN MORE.

  6. I’m officially super jealous of anyone who gets to go to this! There’s some great looking horror films here, looking forward to hearing what you think of them

  7. These look like my kind of films! Very envious they will be wasted on you 🙂

  8. UGH. I have to stop looking at these posts. The jealousy consumes me. Kim mentioned a few of these over at Tranquil Dreams, and I want to see them so badly! Particularly Suburban Gothic and Time Lapse. But Hellmouth and The Babadook both look really cool, too! Enjoy all this, amigo, so I can enjoy vicariously…sigh…

  9. I already saw a few of these for Fantasia Festival but Predestination was one I knocked off my list which I kind of regret. And I had to give up Suburban Gothic which still rips me apart a little when I think about it. I was intrigued by how Zombeavers got a lot of hype. However, the horror movie I’m looking forward to is Babadook. That looks pretty awesome!

    BTW, go see Time Lapse! Its absolutely awesome and amazing! 😉

    • Too bad you didn’t get to see a few…eventually! I can’t believe there’s actually a film called ‘Zombeavers!’ The Babadook is my most anticipated horror of the year, can’t wait :). I’ll definitely check out Time Lapse!

  10. FYI, they are accepting press accreditation applications for TAD up until Oct 3rd. You should consider applying. If you have any questions about the process just shoot me an email.

    I am still on the fence about whether or not I will be able to cover the festival proper this year. Need to see if I can move some stuff around. Looking forward to Time Lapse though…

  11. I am so looking forward to Suburban Gothic. It looks like it could tick all my boxes.

    Did you eventually see The Babadook??

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