DIRECTED BY: Kim Nguyen
FEATURING: Rachel Mwanza, Serge Kanyinda
PLOT: Rebels abduct a 12-year old girl from her African village and force her to become a soldier; when her military commanders decide she has magical powers, she is declared the army’s “war witch.”
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: The tiny dash . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: WAR WITCH (2012)
DIRECTED BY: Bryan Buckley (“Asad”), Shawn Christensen (“Curfew”), Yan England (“Henry”), Sam French (“Buzkashi Boys”), Tom Van Avermaet (“Death of a Shadow”)
FEATURING:Gérard Poirier, Shawn Christensen, Fatima Ptacek, Matthias Schoenaerts, Harun Mohammed, Fawad Mohammadi, Jawanmard Paiz
PLOT: Five short stories (each approximately 20 minutes long): a dead soldier works for a shadow collector in the afterlife, an . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS (LIVE ACTION) (2012)
DIRECTED BY: Allan Moyle
FEATURING: Scott Speedman, Wes Bentley, Greg Bryk, Maggie Castle, Taryn Manning, Jordan Prentice
PLOT: Two junkies, who are planning a heist to pay off a mobster, clash with Satanists when they interrupt a ritual while burying an overdosed friend.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: Despite sucking up to us . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: WEIRDSVILLE (2007)
DIRECTED BY: Panos Cosmatos
FEATURING: Michael Rogers, Eva Allan, Scott Hylands, Marilyn Nory
PLOT: Within the depths of a mysterious, retro-utopian health clinic, a troubled psychologist attempts to treat a silent young woman with telekinetic powers, but she keeps trying to escape.
WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW (2010)
DIRECTED BY: Evan Kelly
FEATURING: Stephen Chambers, David Patrick Flemming, James Gilbert, Glen Matthews, Matthew Amyotte
PLOT: A young man is released from a psychiatric hospital and invites his childhood buddies for
a weekend in a cabin in the woods to commemorate his mother’s passing. WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: The Corridor leads . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: THE CORRIDOR (2010)
“The pandemonium of everyone, everywhere suddenly declaring all at once ‘and I too was molested by my father, or my mother; I too have recovered memories which have basically obliterated my chances of any kind of comfortable adult sexuality’—it seemed at that moment almost unthinkable to slant a movie—even going back into the German romantic . . . → Read More: 113. CAREFUL (1992)
DIRECTED BY: Pat Tremblay
FEATURING: Navin Pratap, Jamie Abrams
PLOT: An amnesiac man awakens in the post-apocalyptic future encased in a protective suit
and patrols the desolate landscape searching for explanations. WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: With its microbudget aesthetic of abandoned barns and homemade black leather cyborg-suits, this sci-fi indie set on . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: HELLACIOUS ACRES: THE CASE OF JOHN GLASS (2011)
Cut-outs of magazine advertisements are used to make a statement on consumerism. Enthusiastic smiles become unsettling in the context of this short film. Content Warning: This short contains some subliminal nudity.
DIRECTED BY: Tony Watt FEATURING: Tony Watt, Vivita, Amabelle Singson, James Taggart, John Ervin, Angela Faulkner
PLOT: I’m not really sure… see below.
COMMENTS: I’m not at all being snarky in regards to being completely unable to wrangle out an explanation of the plot of Vixen Highway 2006: It Came from Uranus. As far as . . . → Read More: 366 UNDERGROUND: VIXEN HIGHWAY 2006: IT CAME FROM URANUS (2010)
This review first appeared in a slightly different form at Film Forager. Alex Kittle’s complete coverage of the Toronto After Dark festival can be found here.
DIRECTED BY: Astron-6
FEATURING: Adam Brooks, Conor Sweeney, Matt Kennedy, Mackenzie Murdock, Amy Groening, Lloyd Kaufman
PLOT: A crazed cannibalistic killer goes after fathers in his rape/murder spree. One-eyed
. . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: FATHER’S DAY (2011)