Author: William Brownridge

Toronto After Dark 2016 Review: Antibirth

If there was one film to sum up the kind of experience you should be looking for at a genre film festival, Antibirth would be it. This is one movie you don’t want to miss out on. The film follows Lou (Natasha Lyonne), a drunken stoner who spends most of her time hanging out with her friend Sadie (Chloë Sevigny). After a drunken party that Lou can’t even remember, she realizes that she may be pregnant, but can’t figure out how. As Lou tries to figure out what happened during her blackout, she starts to become incredibly sick. Soon she’s...

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Remixing the elements: interview with Antibirth director Danny Perez

It’s typically best to know as little about a film as possible before going to watch it. With that in mind, my conversation with director Danny Perez, whose film Antibirth screens at the 2016 Toronto After Dark Film Festival on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, contains a few spoilers for the film. This mind bending, genre mashing, psychedelic treat tells the story of Lou (Natasha Lyonne), a drunken stoner who finds herself seemingly pregnant after a blackout drunk evening with her friend Sadie (Chloë Sevigny). Lou can’t figure out how she could be pregnant, as she knows she hasn’t slept with anybody...

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Luck and fame: interview with Helene Udy, star of My Bloody Valentine

While Helene Udy’s career has spanned many genres through the years, horror fans will probably remember her best for her role as Sylvia in the 1981 slasher hit My Bloody Valentine. Her iconic death being impaled at the hands of Harry Warden is an image that is hard to forget. It’s certainly not a role that Udy, who is in Toronto for the Horror-Rama convention taking place on October 15 and 16, 2016, will ever forget. “It was my second movie,” Udy says over the phone as she was driving into Toronto, “and I was lucky enough that it...

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Escaping an image: interview with Danielle Ouimet, star of Daughters of Darkness

What someone remembers about the roles that Danielle Ouimet, appearing at the Horror-Rama convention in Toronto October 15, and 16, 2016, may not be exactly what she’s hoping they would be. Her movie career began in Quebec with the films Valérie and Initiation, two movies that may be remembered more for their nudity than anything else, before she gained a role in the cult classic Daughters of Darkness. Though always grateful for the work she’s been a part of, as Ouimet explains over the phone from her hotel room in Toronto, it was a challenge to break out of the...

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Toronto After Dark 2016 Review: Train to Busan

Zombie movies are a dime a dozen. They’re usually easy to produce, have a rather decent sized and rabid fanbase, and have captured a slice of pop culture once again in recent years. They’re also frequently awful. Horror films suffer a lot in this way. Take some blood, throw in a few scares and some mindless characters that only exist to cease existing at some point, and you’ve got your horror movie. Personally, I’ve been waiting years for another great zombie film and it has finally arrived with Train to Busan. The film follows Seok-woo (Gong Yoo), a divorced father...

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Toronto After Dark 2016 Review: The Rezort

After a zombie outbreak kills a large portion of the worlds population, humans are finally back in control. The remaining undead have been shipped to an island called The Rezort. It’s a place where the rich can come and hunt zombies in the wild, although the island is heavily monitored and guarded. There’s very little chance that the undead could ever escape, which is exactly what happens when Melanie (Jessica De Gouw) arrives at the island. It seems someone has tampered with the computer systems, and now there’s only a few hours until the island will be carpet bombed....

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Creative control: interview with William Lustig, director of Maniac and Maniac Cop

Horror fans will rarely forget the first time they ever sat down to watch William Lustig’s (who will be appearing at the Horror-Rama convention on October 15 and October 16, 2016 in Toronto) gritty and grimy 1980 feature Maniac. Starring Joe Spinell as Frank Zito, the psychotic murderer who scalps his victims, Maniac still manages to be a gory and disturbing watch over 30 years later, even if the gore wasn’t something Lustig had completely intended. “I never really thought of pushing the gore. It wasn’t something that was on my mind [for Maniac]. When I was making it,...

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