TIFF 2013 :: Midnight Madness Serves Up Everything from Cannibalism to Supernatural Cheerleaders

by Shannonn Kelly
12:28PM, EST, July 31, 2013

The bloodsport of "All Cheerleaders Must Die", by co-directors Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson
The bloodsport of “All Cheerleaders Must Die”, by co-directors Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson

The 38th Annual Toronto Film Festival has finally announced its lineup for Midnight Madness program, which is the wild side of TIFF, screening genre films that include: Action, Horror, Shock and Fantasy film to a rabid nocturnal crowd. This year’s offerings so far include:

  1. Afflicted
  2. All Cheerleaders Must Die
  3. Almost Human
  4. The Green Inferno
  5. Oculus
  6. R100
  7. Rigor Mortis
  8. The Station
  9. Why Don’t You Play In Hell
  10. TBA

We have yet to find out what the 10h film might be. It’s very possible they are looking for another star studded feature such as 2012’s “Seven Psychopaths” which became such a media frenzy hype-fest, that the films screened 1 1/2 hours late and the Q&A went until well past 3AM.  (My review is Here.)

TIFF 2013 Midnight Madness opens with the latest offering from Lucky McKee (The Woods) and co-director / co-writer Chris Sivertson (The Lost). When tragedy rocks Blackfoot High, a rebellious outsider shocks the student body by joining the cheerleading squad so she can take down the captain of her high school football team, but a supernatural turn of events put the cheerleaders into a different battle.

Eli Roth who starred in last year’s “Aftershock” (one of my faves from 2012) by comes back to MM this season with “The Green Inferno” about Cannibalism in the Amazon.

R100” is a sex comedy from Japanese filmmaker and performer Hitoshi Matsumoto, while “Rigor Mortis” is a dark, Chinese vampire-themed directorial debut from Hong Kong pop singer Juno Mak.

According to MM Programmer Colin Geddes:

“Since its 1988 launch, the Midnight Madness program emerged as a touchstone of cinematic shock, satiating the adventurous palate of bloodthirsty cinephiles from all over the world,” said programmer Colin Geddes in a statement. “When the witching hour strikes and the human brain starts slipping into dream mode, the Ryerson Theatre will once again serve up a feast of phantasmagorical characters and jaw-dropping scenes, playing host to bizarre biological monstrosities, ruthless dominatrix gangs, paranormal mirrors, and the hijinks of supernatural cheerleaders.”

The first Austrian film to come to Midnight Madness is from director Marvin Kren. “The Station”(“Blutgletscher”) tells the story of a crew of a remote weather research station in the German Alps that find a melting glacier is somehow turning the local wildlife into ravenous creatures. I’ve seen interviews about this film on UK TV and it looks spectacular.

The festival previously announced that Midnight Madness would also include a free screening of Jonathan Levine’s “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane.”

The rest of the MM lineup includes  the Canada/USA co-production “Afflicted,” by Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, “Almost Human,” feature directorial debut from USA director Joe Begos,  “Oculus” from Mike Flanagan from the USA about a woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon. It stars James Lafferty (One Tree Hill). Also premiering is “Why Don’t You Play in Hell” (“Jigoku de Naze Warul”) from Japanese director Shion Sono (the excellent “Suicide Club“, 2001).

The 38th Annual Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5-15, 2013. Tickets and Information can be found online Here.

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