Toronto's 2009 Midnight Madness Line-Up Announced
The Toronto International Film Festival announces its complete 22nd Midnight Madness programme, a Festival favourite drawing legions of devoted fans for manic midnight screenings of wild and wicked films for the witching hour. Midnight Madness continues to offer films that you might not expect in a festival context, an eccentric mix of the weird and the wonderful, and this year's features include crazed animation, chick fights, zombies, vampires, a possessed cheerleader, exhilarating martial arts and more! Another new batch of titles for Toronto were announced a few weeks ago and there are a few more sections still left to go.
(dir. Karyn Kusama, USA)
Jennifer's Body tells the story of small-town high-school student Jennifer (Megan Fox) who is possessed by a hungry demon and transitions from being "high school evil"-gorgeous (and doesn't she know it), stuck up and ultra-attitudinal-to the real deal: evil/evil. The glittering beauty becomes a pale and sickly creature jonesing for a meaty snack, and guys who never stood a chance with the heartless babe take on new lustre in the light of her insatiable appetite. Meanwhile, Jennifer's best friend, Needy (Amanda Seyfried), long relegated to living in Jennifer's shadow, must step-up to protect the town's young men, including her nerdy boyfriend Chip (Johnny Simmons). Written and executive produced by Oscar®-winner Diablo Cody (Juno).
A Town Called Panic
(dir. Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar, Belgium/Luxembourg/France)
An outlandish animation style captures the absurd wit and surreal adventures of plastic toys Cowboy, Indian and Horse.
(dir. Rick Jacobson, USA)
In this campy action comedy from the creators of Xena and Hercules, three hot-blooded women try to uncover some booty in the desert using feminine charms, fists and machine guns.
(dir. Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig, Australia/USA)
Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill star in this sci-fi horror about a future populated by vampires where humans are the minority.
George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead
(dir. George A. Romero, Canada)
Master director George A. Romero returns to his world of the undead, this time pitting two feuding clans in the middle of the fallout of a zombie epidemic.
The Loved Ones
(dir. Sean Byrne, Australia)
A troubled teen's prom dreams are shattered by a series of painful events that take place under the mirrored disco ball, involving syringes, nails, power drills and a secret admirer in this wild mash-up of Pretty in Pink and Misery.
Ong Bak 2: The Beginning
(dir. Tony Jaa, Thailand)
Martial-arts superstar Tony Jaa stars in and directs this epic tale of revenge set hundreds of years in the past. Featuring a huge cast and hordes of elephants, this prequel takes Jaa's skills to the next level, showcasing him as a master of a wide range of martial-arts styles - while proving him to be a promising director as well.
(dir. Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza, Spain)
In the follow-up to the acclaimed [REC], a SWAT team enters the old apartment to control an epidemic with terrifying results.
(dir. Michael J. Bassett, United Kingdom)
From Robert E. Howard, the legendary creator of Conan, comes this tale of a savage mercenary in sixteeth-century Century England who owes the devil his soul and seeks to redeem himself by fighting evil.
(dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto, Japan)
Japanese comedy superstar Hitoshi Matsumoto (DAINIPPONJIN) stars in and directs this absurd and outlandish comedy about a man trying to escape a unique dilemma.
Now this is what I'm talking about! The line-up for this portion of the Toronto Film Festival looks fantastic. I've actually saw A Town Called Panic in Cannes and it is awesome. It's a stop-motion feature made from figurines and its just wild and crazy (those Belgians really know how to do it). There are also some great premieres in here and I plan on checking out a lot of these midnight films during the fest. The Toronto Film Festival runs September 10th to 19th. You can get more information, but tickets, and much more on their official website: tiff.net. Hope to see a few midnight madness fans this year in Toronto in September!