Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (D: Tim Burton, Mike Johnson, 78 min)
Days after its Film Fest debut, Burton's animated feature - created with Mike Johnson - gets a release in select cities, including T.O. If the look of the film resembles the Burton-penned The Nightmare Before Christmas, that's no coincidence. Johnson worked as an animator on that classic film.
Victor (voiced by Burton muse Johnny Depp ) falls in love with Victoria ( Emily Watson ), but his romantic plans are foiled when he's dragged into the underworld by the titular corpse ( Helena Bonham Carter ), who's also looking to snag a husband.
The film promises to send up everything from romantic comedies -- talk about your Wedding Crashers -- to British period dramas.
And let's face it: an animated Depp can't look scarier than that bizarro thing he created for the recent Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
Cry_Wolf (D: Jeff Wadlow, 90 min)
Is it just me, or has 2005 produced more teen horror movies than usual? Director Jeff Wadlow hopes this one's different enough to scare up some good crowds. He's used to standing out. He beat hundreds of wannabe filmmakers to grab a cool mill in the inaugural Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival competition, which helped finance this, his feature debut.
The storyline involves an Internet rumour (hence the underscore sign in the title) that a serial killer called The Wolf has killed a young woman on campus and is set to keep killing more cute co-eds.
Real online reviewers claim the film features a couple of cool twists, but as this film attempts to show, how can you really trust anyone in cyberspace?
The cast includes teen heartthrobs Julian Morris , Lindy Booth and Jared Padalecki . But I'm most looking forward to seeing Jon Bon Jovi as the high school journalism teacher.
Both films open Friday (September 16).
Screened after press time - see reviews September 16 at www.nowtoronto.com/film.