There will be Blood in the Snow in Toronto at the end of the month! November 29th to December 1st will see the all-Canadian horror festival start its second year of programming. This year, TIFF has joined ranks as a community partner for the festival, presenting in partnership the screening of body horror film Thanatomorphose on Friday November 29th at 9:30pm.
This year’s festival sees a total of 23 films – 22 of which are premieres – including 16 shorts, from filmmakers all across Canada. This year’s program boasts films that range from horror thrillers (Evangeline, Clean Break) to haunted houses (The Ghostkeepers), body horror (Thanatomorphose) to crime thrillers (Criminal), devil worshiping (Blood Riders: The Devil Rides With Us) and even a bit of disco (with the highly anticipated Discopath).
Advanced individual tickets are $10 ($12 at the door) and early bird festival passes are $60. You can also purchase your festival passes for $70 at the door. All tickets and passes are available both online and at Suspect Video.
Friday, November 29th
7:00pm – Evangeline
(dir. Karen Lam) North American Premiere
Evangeline is a revenge fantasy about a young woman who is brutally killed by a group of sociopathic college frat boys, and comes back from the dead to seek vengeance. Evangeline Pullman (Kat de Lieva) has just escaped from her sheltered upbringing to reinvent herself in college. As she begins to break out of her shell, she attracts the attention of a violent fraternity leader (Richard Harmon) and his two cohorts. Beaten and dumped in the woods to die, Evangeline finds herself trapped in a supernatural nightmare, where she must choose between vengeance and redemption.
Short: To Hell, With Love
(dir. Gavin Michael Booth)
Dr. Desai (Shawn Baichoo) is desperate to prove the existence of an afterlife. Unfortunately for one feisty prostitute, Cheri (Sarah Booth), his obsession will become her nightmare in a battle for survival.
9:30pm – Thanatomorphose
(dir. Éric Falardeau) Toronto Premiere
Thanatomorphose is a French word meaning the visible signs of an organism’s decomposition caused by death. One day, a young and beautiful girl a wakes up and finds her flesh rotting. An official selection in the 2013 Fantasia Film Festival,
(dir. Jared Bratt) Canadian Premiere
After establishing a bubbling connection with the girl of his dreams, a guy realizes that she is in fact already taken by someone else. Beginning to lament on his unfortunate misinterpretation of the entire scenario, the heartbroken tub-dweller soon de-evolves into a state of hysteria; engaged in a confining-battle between himself, reality, and his own crumbling psyche.
Saturday, November 30th
4:00pm – The Ghostkeepers
(dir. Anthony Mann) Toronto Premiere
The cast of a horror movie reunites to celebrate their success and get more than they bargained for in Marlowe House. Can they survive a horrifying night of ghosts, demonic possessions, murder and revenge?
Short: A Certain Kind of Monster
(dir. Mike Moring) Toronto Premiere
A young runaway named Beth is rescued from a violent storm by an unusual man named Ben. Soon, she finds herself agreeing to go home with this stranger to wait out the storm. But what begins as a pleasant evening in good company, quickly and unexpectedly becomes a night of unthinkable horror.
7:00pm – Blood In The Snow Short Film Showcase
(dir. Kalen Artinian) North American Premiere
A young man and woman hit it off at a bar and head back to her apartment. The man soon discovers this “one night stand” is more than he bargained for.
Tasha and Friends
(dir. Greg Kovacs) Toronto Premiere
Local children’s show host, Tasha, decides to shut the show down. Her puppet co-stars, however, want to shut her down…permanently.
(dir. Zachary Ramelan) World Premiere
A point-of-view style perspective of a zombie apocalypse.
(dir. Karen Lam) Toronto Premiere
In a weekly meet-up, four serial killers confess their sins, hoping for redemption. But all hell breaks loose when a newcomer decides to join in.
(dir. Paul Neary) Toronto Premiere
The bonds of friendship are tested between a vampire and his oldest human friend.
(dir. Steven Cerritos) Toronto Premiere
The Mr. Serial Killer series is a examination of the many facets of the titular psychopath. Mr. Spontaneous is the second of three (so far) in the series.
(dir. Mike Pereira) World Premiere
Three local ‘ghostbusters’ investigate the sudden disappearance of a young girl in their neighbourhood.
Dead All Night
(dir. Christopher Giroux) Toronto Premiere
In a post apocalyptic future, some parts of the Country are lawless wastelands, free of government rule. An anarchist lord of the wasteland, known as The Veteran (Kyle William), and his vicious gang of neo-punkgoons have built a doomsday device to end our world forever. The government must reach out to the best and last line of defense… an ex special forces agent, now death-row inmate, Gavin Green (Ryan Barrett), who has to break into the free zone and destroy the device or risk the destruction of the free world.
9:30pm – Clean Break
(dir. Tricia Lee) Canadian Premiere
A psycho girlfriend, Tracy, moves in with her boyfriend Scott and his two roommates, Cam and Dan, only to start targeting them when they get in the way of her plans for the perfect relationship.
Short: One More for the Road
(dir. Navin Ramaswaran) Canadian Premiere
Lindsay Smith (In the House of Flies) and Jeff Sinasac (Clutch – the series) as a married couple going on a road trip to rekindle their marriage leading to disastrous results.
12:00am – Blood Riders: The Devil Rides with Us
(dir. Lari Teräs) World Premiere
Blood Riders: The Devil Rides with Us is a blood soaked adventure comedy about 4 high school grads who decide to find excitement in their lives by stealing a car. When dumping the stolen car in the woods, they find a body of a dead girl in the trunk. Reluctant to call the cops, the friends ask help from Eric who claims to see dead bodies almost on a daily basis. Following a heated argument, Eric gets killed and now the friends have a second body to dispose of.
(dir. David Dollard) World Premiere
After establishing a bubbling connection with the girl of his dreams, a guy realizes that she is in fact already taken by someone else. Beginning to lament on his unfortunate misinterpretation of the entire scenario, the heartbroken tub-dweller soon devolves into a state of hysteria; engaged in a confining battle between himself, reality, and his own crumbling psyche.
Sunday, December 1st
2:00pm – Blood In The Snow Short Film Showcase
Encore Presentation By Popular Demand!
(dir. Kalen Artinian)
Tasha and Friends –
(dir. Greg Kovacs)
(dir. Zachary Ramelan)
(dir. Karen Lam)
(dir. Paul Neary)
(dir. Steven Cerritos)
(dir. Mike Pereira)
Dead All Night
(dir. Christopher Giroux)
4:00pm – Criminal
(dir. Elliot Dawson-Clark) World Premiere
After his wife is murdered, Innis decides to take the law into his own hands. But as he comes closer to catching the man that killed his wife, Innis discovers the dark side of justice and finds the will to never look back.
(dir. Karl Janisse) World Premiere
A young man struggles with the rape of his close friend by kidnapping the rapist and creating a web video where he calls into question the social qualities and beliefs on justice.
Short: The Girl in the Road
(dir. Brian W. Lockyer) Toronto Premiere
A man finds a badly injured young girl in the middle of a country road at 2 in the morning. Before he and his wife can help her the situation gets much worse and all their lives are soon in danger.
7:00pm – Discopath
(dir. Renaud Gauthier) Toronto Premiere
The mid-70’s: a timid, young New Yorker leads an uneventful life until he is fatefully exposed to the pulsating rhythms of a brand new genre of music: disco. Unable to control his murderous impulses that stem from a traumatic childhood experience, Duane Lewis transforms into a dangerous serial killer exiled to Montreal.
(dir. Jay Clarke) World Premiere
While looking after a precocious young boy, Amy (Ali Chappell) learns that a vicious serial killer named Daniel Lively (Ry Barrett) has escaped from a nearby prison in this “babysitter in peril” tale from writer/director Jay Clarke.