With more scream scenes than we can count on our white-knuckled fingers, we asked After Dark Film Festival director and founder Adam Lopez to name three flicks that have the most scream-potential at this year’s fest.
Grave Encounters 2 What would fright films do without plots involving abandoned insane asylums? This sequel involves found footage and clever camera setups, says Lopez. “It’s a double dose of terror.” (Oct. 22, 6:45 p.m.)
Citadel An Irish thriller involving hooded thugs and a terrified father makes its Toronto premiere. Says Lopez: “It cinematically brings to life the constant fear of being attacked by a gang of strangers.” (Oct. 22, 9:45 p.m.)
My Amityville Horror A documentary follows Daniel Lutz’s visit to his childhood home, that old haunt at 112 Ocean Ave. which inspired the horror-flick franchise and the widespread irrational fear toward James Brolin. “It’s chilling, when Lutz stares into the camera,” says Lopez. “Hair really will go up on the back of your neck.” (Oct. 23, 6:45 p.m.)
The seventh-annual After Dark Film Festival runs to Oct. 26, 2012. Tickets from $14 ($24 double feature) available in advance at torontoafterdark.com or day-of (one hour before screening) at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W., 416-637-3123.