Sunday, December 22, 2013

5 Ways to Have a Horror Holiday in Toronto


by Aaron Allen

Looking to put a little horror into your holidays this year? Horror in the Hammer recommends you spend a festive holiday weekend in Toronto! 

This holiday season, a number of horror-themed events, attractions, and film screenings are taking place in the fine city of Toronto through Christmas and into the start of the New Year. Whether you're a hardcore or casual horror fan, Horror in the Hammer strongly recommends you check out these awesome genre events.

1.) EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL



No on stage through to January 5th, Evil Dead: The Musical has returned to Toronto better than ever! Sam Raimi's film series about young people at a cabin in the woods who unleash demonic forces from the dreaded Necronomicon gets a hilarious and sexy song-and-dance treatment in the naughty but nice stage production from director Christopher Bond (Night of the Living Dead Live). While full-on camp, horror fans are going to love the on-stage decapitations and gallons of blood that's sprayed into the crowed. Acclaimed by Evil Dead fans the world over, Evil Dead: The Musical is a must-see for any horror enthusiasts. Read my full review at The Zed Word, and get your tickets now! Evil Dead: The Musical ends its eight-show-a-week Toronto engagement on January 5th.


2.) TORONTO ZOMBIE WALK FIEND-RAISER (Dec 27)


WHEN: Friday, December 27, 2013
WHERE: 3030 Dundas West, Toronto, Ontario
WHEN: 9:00pm

The world-famous Toronto Zombie Walk celebrated its 10th year this past October, but mother nature was not kind to our fellow zombie loves. Organizers were left with crippling back-costs and fees after wind storms, chilly temperatures, and a torrential downpour coincided with the 10th annual event, wreaking havoc on its vendors, volunteers, and overall turnout. Now, the good folks at FANGORIA, GOREZONE, and The Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival are helping throw a fund raiser to get the The Toronto Zombie Walk back on its feet.


Tickets are only $15.00 or $10.00 if you come dressed as a zombie! All the proceeds will go to the Zombie Walk. There will be celebrity guests, silent auctions (including work by one of our favorite artists: Steve McGinnis), 50/50 draws, prizes, and crazy beats provided by John Revelation playing in-time with all your favorite zombie flicks.


3.) DAVID CRONENBERG: EVOLUTION Exhibition


The work of David Cronenberg, Canada's undisputed king of body horror, has become the subject of TIFF's first major original exhibition. David Cronenberg: Evolution chronicles the work of Cronenberg in an immersive presentation featuring over 300 original artifacts and props from the visionary director's groundbreaking horror films such as Shivers, RabidThe Brood, The Dead Zone, The Fly, Naked Lunch, and more! See the original telepod from The Fly. Marvel at original props from Videodrome! Structured around Cronenbergian themes of identity, sexuality, and the intersection of the body with technology, Evolution is a Canadian horror fan-boy's wet dream come true. Adult tickets are a mere $15.00. The exhibit is on until January 19th. Oh, and don't forget to get your picture with that smarmy Mugwump!



4.) ROCKY HORROR @ BLOOR CINEMA (Dec 27 & Jan 31)


Calling all sweet Transvestites! Join the Toronto Shadow Cast of The Rocky Horror Picture Show for its monthly screening of Richard O'Brien's musical cult classic at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Dress up or dress down; it's time to do the Time Warp again. 11:30pm. Tickets: $11 (Regular), $8 (Bloor members).


5.) HORROR MOVIE SCREENINGS

From creepy Christmas movies to Cronenberg body horror, there are plenty of great horror movies to see in the lead up to Christmas and right into January.

Sunday, December 22nd


Monday, December 23rd



Monday, December 30th



Friday, January 1st


Thursday, January 2nd




Thursday, January 16th


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