TIFF's Midnight Madness programming definitely gets a lot of buzz for its genre programming every September, but Toronto After Dark is an event horror fans won't want to miss in Toronto next month. The festival recently announced an impressive first wave of films, featuring a number of genre festival hits you won't want to miss, including Anna and the Apocalypse, Luz, The Ranger, Nightmare Cinema, and more:

From the Press Release: Toronto After Dark Film Festival is thrilled to officially unveil its first wave of exciting film announcements for 2018! Included in the lineup are some of the most critically acclaimed and eagerly anticipated new horror, sci-fi and action films from this year’s international film festival circuit.  These 10 new movies will all screen at Toronto After Dark Film Festival as part of its spooktacular 13th Annual Edition this October 11-19, 2018 at the Scotiabank Theatre, in the heart of downtown Toronto.  Scroll down this page for more info on the films, trailer and poster links, and key info on the festival in general.

ANNA & THE APOCALYPSE (UK) Toronto Premiere
Director - John McPhail
SHAUN OF THE DEAD meets FOOTLOOSE in this crowd-pleasing British high school zombie slaying musical! In the sleepy town of Little Haven, just before Christmas, Anna and her high school friends awake to find themselves facing a zombie apocalypse! In a desperate race to save their loved ones, they’ll have to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead horde.

TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID (Mexico) Toronto Premiere
Opening Gala Film

Director - Issa Lopez
With her latest feature film, director Issa Lopez perfectly balances the the harsh reality and fantastic nightmares of the street children of Mexico. Part PAN’S LABYRINTH, part CITY OF GOD, this creepy Guillermo del Toro-esque fairytale is about a young girl whose supernatural intuition leads her to form an alliance with a gang of orphaned boys. A critically acclaimed winner of over 20 film festival awards makes for an unmissable Opening Gala of this year’s Toronto After Dark!

SATAN’S SLAVES (Indonesia) Special Presentation
Director - Joko Anwar
One of the scariest films of the year, Indonesian maestro Joko Anwar’s (MODUS ANOMALI) latest horror sensation has become a massive box office hit in Asia! In this supernatural haunting tale, a family is terrorized by demonic forces including the spirit of their recently deceased mother.

PROSPECT (USA) Toronto Premiere
Director - Chris Caldwell & Zeek Earl
In this award-winning SXSW hit sci-fi western thriller, a teenage girl (newcomer Sophie Thatcher) and her father (Jay Duplass) embark on a hazardous space mission to a remote moon in search of valuable gemstones. To get to the extraterrestrial plunder they will have to survive a hostile alien environment and the local outlaws (including GAME OF THRONES’s Pedro Pascal) who are out for their blood.
Teaser Trailer

THE INHABITANT (Mexico / Chile) North American Premiere
Director - Guillermo Amoedo
In this terrifying Latin American riff on THE EXORCIST, an ordinary home robbery turns into a supernatural nightmare. Three desperate sisters break into a rich family house to plunder it for cash. Everything seems to be going to plan until they discover a disturbed young girl, tied up by her parents in the basement. It’s not long before the forces of hell are unleashed!

THE RANGER (USA) Toronto Premiere
Director - Jenn Wexler
Jenn Wexler’s SXSW film fest hit is a good old fashioned crowd-pleasing throwback to 80s slasher movies, with the added bonus of a kick-ass punk soundtrack! A bunch of teen punks head off for some mayhem in the woods. It’s not long before they come up against the local authority - an unhinged park ranger with a serious axe to grind - and they’re in a bloody fight for their lives!
Teaser Trailer

MEGA TIME SQUAD (New Zealand) Toronto Premiere
Director - Tim van Dammen
In this sci-fi comedy hit from New Zealand, a small-town criminal tries to use an ancient time travel device to defeat a brutal local crime boss. It’s soon clear that time travel has unintended consequences and can create as many problems as its solves! Don’t miss an absolute crowd-pleaser from some of the same people who previously worked on the festival hit, DEATHGASM!

Director - Alejandro Brugues, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Ryuhei Kitamura & David Slade
From the acclaimed directors behind fan favourites, GREMLINS, JUAN OF THE DEAD, VERSUS, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, the MASTERS OF HORROR series and more, comes this terrifying anthology film. Five strangers converge at a haunted movie theater owned by a mysterious projectionist (Mickey Rourke). Once inside, the audience members witness a series of screenings that shows them their deepest fears and darkest secrets over five chilling tales!
Teaser Trailer

LUZ (Germany) Special Presentation
Director - Tilman Singer
When a young cab driver drags herself into the brightly-lit entrance of a run-down police station, she’s unaware that a demonic entity has followed her in. One of the most buzzed horror films of the year since its debut at the Berlin Film Fest, LUZ is a slice of hypnotic retro-horror, that defies easy categorization. Full of dark disturbing dream-like scenes, LUZ is an unmissable, one-of-a-kind, hallucinogenic-horror experience that will melt your mind!
Teaser Trailer

PREY (Holland) Toronto Premiere
Director - Dick Maas
“JAWS meets paws” in this horror action crowdpleaser from Dick Maas (AMSTERDAMNED, SAINT).  A zoo veterinarian in gets caught up in a grisly adventure when she finds herself leading a city-wide hunt for a ferocious lion that’s on the loose and brutally killing people. Packed full of dark humour and dismembered body mayhem, PREY is a bloody audience delight!


At the end of September, all remaining film titles, the festival schedule and single tickets for sale will be available here at the festival website. The complete Toronto After Dark 2018 lineup will include 20 screenings, including 8 More Feature Films and 2 Short Film Showcases. In total, over 50 films - shorts and features - from around the world will screen at the event. Fans can expect as with previous years, the vast majority of screenings to start at the convenient prime times of 7pm and 9.30pm over the festival’s nine nights, Oct 11-19, at the Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond Street, Toronto.

Single Tickets regularly priced at $13.50, will be available to all screenings at the Festival Website, Cineplex Website, Cineplex App and in person at the venue. To get notified of our final schedule and tickets on sale, sign up for our E-Newsletter


Fans interested in seeing a bunch of films at Toronto After Dark 2018 are encouraged to snap up one of the festival’s best-selling ALL-ACCESS Passes, already on advance sale, before they’re all gone! They give priority entry via the Passholders line to all 20 screenings over the festival’s nine nights, Oct 11-19, as well as save over 40% - over $110 in regular ticket purchases!  The passes, retailing at $159, equivalent to just $7.95a screening, make great gifts to treat friends and family and sell out early every year, and are already over 60% sold out. Find out more about Toronto After Dark’s All-Access Pass, and snap up yours now at the link.


Now in its 13th Year, Toronto After Dark Film Festival is one of the world’s leading showcases of new Horror, Sci-Fi and Action cinema. Each October, in the run-up to Halloween, the critically acclaimed event, screens over 50 new feature films and shorts from around the world over nine thrilling nights in front of over 10,000 attendees, including over 150 members of Press and Industry in Canada’s largest city.


POSTERS & STILLS: Browse a selection of images from the festival and this year’s films in our 2018 Posters & Stills Gallery

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