Dig into this slew of unique, terrifying monsters – each one hand-picked for your deplorably horrific delight. Vampires, genetically engineered animal-people, giant spiders, ghouls – and more than a handful of the absolutely worst monsters of all: the human variety – are brought to you by some of the biggest and best horror names in

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In 2017, the United States Air Force carried out an airstrike in the Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. Deploying the largest non-nuclear bomb in their arsenal (the MOAB), they aimed to destroy a tunnel complex originally built by the CIA in the 1980s. The tunnels were now being used by the Islamic State. Neil Marshall’s latest creature

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The international shorts on offer at this year’s Toronto After Dark Film Festival are among the strongest of the entire lineup. From bizarre Norwegian folk horror to a one-night stand gone wrong, these films comprise a dark, bizarre, and undeniably memorable experience. Here are our thoughts on the International Shorts Showcase. The Blood of the

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Toronto After Dark Film Festival describes Isaac Ezban’s latest as “possibly the scariest film in [their] lineup this year,” and it is not difficult to see why. Balancing storybook wonder with Gothic horror, Evil Eye (or Mal de ojo) is a mesmerizing film about witchcraft, abuse, and femininity. Bolstered by some incredible performances and gruesome

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In addition to those that played ahead of the main features, the Toronto After Dark Film Festival screened eight more Canadian shorts in a dedicated showcase. From stop-motion animation to Lovecraftian horror, these films cover a variety of genres, subgenres, and tones. Some are pure horror; others offer no scares at all. Here are our

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Alongside their dedicated Shorts Showcase (both Canadian and International), the Toronto After Dark Film Festival offers bitesize extras for those attending. Each of the main features is preceded by a short film, resulting in a bevy of horror and comedy in equal measure. Here are our thoughts on those ten extra shorts. Anything, Anything When

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“It seems the very maddest, queerest thing that ever happened to me.” –The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Since their inaugural case, A Study in Scarlet (1887), Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson have held many in their thrall. Despite coming to hate the public’s clamouring for Holmes and Watson’s latest exploits

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“It’s not my fault that I’m Japanese… yet it’s my greatest sin that I am.” -The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959) During the Second World War, Unit 731 of the Imperial Japanese Army was stationed in Manchuria. Officially known as the Epidemic Prevention and Water Purification Department of the Kwantung Army, the unit

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In 1934, vaudevillian Will Hammer (real name William Hinds) diversified into the film industry. Hammer Productions Limited joined forces with Spanish entrepreneur Enrique Carreras to create Exclusive Films Limited, before returning to the Hammer name two decades later. 1955 saw the release of The Quatermass Xperiment, an adaptation of the wildly successful BBC series. Quatermass

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The anthology film is almost as old as the industry itself. Perhaps the earliest example is D.W. Griffith’s Intolerance (1916), the director’s petulant response to wholly justified accusations of racism. Horror followed quickly, with Eerie Tales (1919) from Austrian director Richard Oswald, who is now best remembered for directing the ground-breaking gay film Different from

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