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I know that TIFF is about to descend upon us, but let’s take a moment to find out what else in cinema is going on in the city. One of my favourites, the annual horror, cult, action and sci-fi festival, Toronto After Dark, has just announced the first ten films in its 2012 line up – and that calls for plenty of celebration, as far as I’m concerned.

The line up (so far) includes the Canadian premiere of Spanish zombie film REC 3: Genesis ; the Sundance hit, Excision ; the Irish film, Grabbers , which has taken its lead from the most excellent Tremors ; the dark comedy A Fantastic Fear of Everything , starring Simon Pegg as a nervous writer of serial killer novels; a Japanese horror comedy, Dead Sushi ; a comedy Lloyd The Conqueror , about college students playing out their geeky game fantasies; Doomsday Book , the Korean film that recently won the Fantasia Film Festival’s Best Film Award; Sushi Girl , a violent crime film boasting an awesome cast – Michael Biehn, Danny Trejo, Sonny Chiba and Mark Hammill; another Sundance hit, Wrong , from Quentin Dupieux ( Rubber ); and the Canadian premiere of Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning .

Keep your eyes out for their next TAD 2012 line up announcement, due out at the end of September.

What: Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2012

When: October 18 to 26, 2012

Where: Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

More Info: For additional details, visit their website.

Toronto After Dark 2012 Trailer