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WATCH: Will TIFF Midnight Madness Entry “The Day” Be Genre Genius?

WATCH: Will TIFF Midnight Madness Entry "The Day" Be Genre Genius?

Technically, “The Day” is the second feature from Douglas Aarniokoski; he made his directing debut in 2000 with Dimension Films’ “Highlander: Endgame” (the fourth in the series, for those keeping count). Since then, most of his feature work has been second unit and first A.D., much of it with Robert Rodriguez.

And now here he is with “The Day,” the feature-writing debut of Luke Passmore and a cast that includes Shannyn Sossamon, Dominic Monaghan and Shawn Ashmore. The cast and the plot (a gang of friends; 24 hours in their post-apocalyptic lives) suggest a genre movie that, if it’s so-so in execution, could wind up direct to VOD; done with style and grace, the Canadian production could be a pickup for the likes of Film District or Open Road.

The fact that it’s in TIFF’s Midnight Madness section suggests real hope for the latter outcome; so does the good taste to use Explosions in the Sky in this clip (although it’s not clear if they’ll actually be on the soundtrack; the video is also posted on the film’s Facebook page, which thanks the band for “permitting us to use their amazing song”).

So, here’s the teaser trailer (to be clear: It’s not new, but obviously has new relevance given yesterday’s lineup announcement). Which way do you think “The Day” will go?

[Hat tip: Film School Rejects]

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