Daily Archives: October 18, 2015
One of the many cool things Toronto After Dark does is they’ve pitched a wide tent for themselves. The gory heart of the festival is and will probably always be grand guignol horror, with its gouts of blood and maniacal glee. But they like to stretch out in other directions, too. Friday was sci-fi night, and I caught an offbeat futuristic thriller of sorts, a weird little gem called Synchronicity (2015). Not really a horror film per se, director Jacob Gentry’s edgy sci-fi noir is a time-traveling paean to Ridley Scott’s 80s masterpiece Blade Runner (1982). But can a low-budget indie live up to one of the most influential movies of the past forty years? Is that the future we’re living in?
The early weekend estimates are out and, as expected, a family friendly horror movie managed to make it to the top of the box office. Meanwhile, the other big Halloween themed release for the weekend couldn’t find an audience. Here’s what went down:
Goosebumps, the adaptation of the long-running series of R.L. Stine tween horror books, had a solid opening weekend at the box office, hitting the top spot with an estimated $24.5 million. It was a little on the low side compared to our predictions, but it was still good enough to grab number one. The film could have some decent legs over the next two weekends with families who are looking for something with a Halloween flavour.