TAD 2016 Reviews: ‘As the Gods Will,’ ‘Creepy,’ ‘Antibirth,’ ‘Blood Father,’ and Shorts After Dark

For our third stacked report from this year’s Toronto After Dark Film Festival we look at Takaski Miike’s As the Gods Will, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Creepy, Natasha Lyonne in Antibirth, and Mel Gibson in Blood Father. We also take a look back at some of the outstanding talent showcased in the Shorts After Dark programme this past weekend.

Jim Caveizel and Mel Gibson on set for The Passion of The Christ

Christ On The Screen

A strange thing happened during the mid-course of cinema history. It used to be that if you were to make a movie that featured Jesus Christ as a character the film was elevated to realm of classic just for that reason alone (The Robe, King of Kings, The Bible, The Ten Commandments) – but then, it seemed that, as in other genres like the western, those filmmakers with the guts and gumption to try tackling Christ have done so in a decidedly revisionist manner, and have had to weather fierce storms of controversy that were damn near indefensible. But what Mel Gibson has done with The Passion of The Christ could accurately be described as brilliant.