Wednesday, October 21, 2015

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEB & THE DEMOLISHER: TAD 2015 - Capsule Reviews

by Aaron Allen

The Toronto After Dark Film Festival draws to a close this week, so if you haven't yet got tickets to the final three nights of the fest, do so without delay. This year's fest has been a roaring good time full of fun, frightening, and fascinating films from around the world. Here's a run down of two outstanding genre movies that have already screened.


NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEB (USA)
Directed by Kyle Rankin

If the unbreakable Kimmy Smidt crawled out of her bunker into a small-town zombie apocalypse, that should give you an pretty good idea of the quirky and cracked-up style of humour in Night of the Living Deb. After a night of drinking, adorably awkward and feisty firecracker Deb (the show-stealing Maria Thayer) wakes up in the apartment of the man of her dreams (Michael Cassidy), but their one night stand walk of shame becomes a madcap and hilarious fight for survival when it becomes quickly apparent that their town is in the grips of a zombie infection. Night of the Living Deb is an opposites attract rom-com with giddily gruesome zombie elements and lot of heart. The dialogue zips and stings and there is rarely a dull moment. In fact, the characters are so funny and the writing so on-point that the zombie elements are the film's least interesting merits. Burned out on zombie comedies? Give Night of the Living Deb a try; it's a joyous breath of fresh air in an overcrowded and stale genre. 

THE DEMOLISHER (CANADA)
Directed by Gabriel Carrer

Want to talk about emotionally intense? Introducing The Demolisher: a throat-gripping revenge thriller about an unhinged cable repairman (Ry Barrett) who prowls the gritty streets of Toronto dealing out brutal vigilante justice on the cult-like street gang that left his police officer wife traumatized and disabled. The Demolisher is almost purely a visual and emotional journey into a heart twisted by rage, vengeance, and paranoia; there is virtually no dialogue and the film is very light on story. The narrative is a fragmented, somewhat nonlinear progression dominated by a kaleidoscope of hypnotic visuals and pulsating electronic music. Its lack of narrative definitely diminishes the dramatic arcs of the characters and produces some plot holes and far-too-convenient twists, but if you like your grindhouse with a lot more arthouse influences, you can't go wrong with The Demolisher.


Tonight, TAD hosts the dark horror-comedy NINA FOREVER followed by the sold-out premiere of THE HEXECUTIONERS. Get ready to rush or grab available tickets at http://www.torontoafterdark.com


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