Toronto After Dark 2017: Our Selections From Canadian Shorts

Toronto After Dark 2017: Our Selections From Canadian Shorts

THE DROP IN
Directed by Naledi Jackson
On a night like any other, Joelle is closing up her hair salon when a mysterious visitor appears asking too many questions about her citizenship. Nothing is what it seems in this allegory on immigration and belonging.

The story is well thought out. The leads are great, and seriously kick ass. Kudos to Naledi Jackson and team for a film that works on all levels. Wish more diverse films like this one were widely screened.

Rating 3.5/5

MISSING TOES
We see a woman examining a person’s feet. This person is missing toes from both feet. Peculiar. We don’t know how or why the toes are missing. That is all we know.

Its grainy texture and a woman narrating how she completes the exam gives the film an instructional type film from the 70s or 80s feel. The story is oddly different. I am certainly not sure what I watched.

Rating 3.5/5

A DARK BEDTIME
Directed by Paul Aihoshi
It is late at night. A man is complaining about a recurrent nightmare he’s been having, where he becomes the angel of death. Frustrated by his ramblings, his wife leaves the room. When she comes back, she is shocked beyond words.

The story works, but it needs more time. The film feels too short in order to understand what is really going on. It is filmed in black and white, which works well enough.

A Dark Bedtime screens on Wednesday, Oct 18, 9:30pm before The Endless.

Rating 3/5

BLOOD & HONEY
Directed by Karl van Allen
A young girl alone at night, stranded on the streets. An older man offers to take her in, but his lecherous motives may be the death of him.

Not a new story but with a female character that will not be the victim. Good performance by both leads. The story holds up ,and does not disappoint. Good visuals and score.

Blood & Honey screens on Friday, Oct 20 7.00pm before Cold Hell.

Rating 3/5

FWD
Directed by Stephen Sawchuk
Casey & Shay are planning for pizza, wine, and a girls’ night in. Casey starts to talk about a former high school classmate’s murder and its link to the chain mail murders. Shay confesses she’s received a chain email as a forward, which she clearly ignored. Perhaps she should have forwarded after all.

A nod to some memorable 90s slasher films, the film truly delivers from beginning to end. Although it may be predictable, the ending saves up a worthy hero. Good production all around; quite like the score as well. Nailed it.

FWD screens on Friday, Oct 20 9:15pm before Tragedy Girls.

Rating 3.5/5

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