The 38th Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled its lineup for the Midnight Madness section, celebrating its 25th year. Opening the program is Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson’s “All Cheerleaders Die”; the nine-film section also boasts the world premieres of Eli Roth’s “The Green Inferno,” Mike Flanagan’s “Oculus,” Joe Begos’ “Almost Human” (trailer below) and Hitoshi Matsumoto’s “R100.”
TIFF 2013 runs September 5-15.
Afflicted Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, Canada/USA World
Best friends Derek and Clif set out on a trip of a lifetime.
Their plan: travel to the ends of the earth, see the world, and live life to
the fullest. But the trip soon takes a dark and bloody turn. Just days in, one
of the men shows signs of a mysterious affliction which gradually takes over
his entire body and being. Now, thousands of miles from home, in a foreign
land, they must race to uncover the source of his illness before it consumes
him completely. Footage of their travelsmeant to document pleasant memoriesmay
now become evidence of one of the most shocking discoveries ever captured on
film…and may be their only postcard home.
Midnight Madness Opening Night Film
All Cheerleaders Die Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson, USA World
When tragedy rocks Blackfoot High, rebellious outsider Mäddy
Killian shocks the student body by joining the cheerleading squad. This decision
drives a rift between Mäddy and her ex-girlfriend Leena Miller — a loner who
claims to practice the dark arts. After a confrontation with the football team,
Mäddy and her new cheerleader friends are sent on a supernatural roller coaster
ride which leaves a path of destruction none of them may be able to escape.
Almost Human Joe Begos, USA World Premiere
Mark Fisher disappeared from his home in a brilliant flash
of blue light almost two years ago. His friend Seth Hampton was the last to see
him alive. Now a string of grisly, violent murders leads Seth to believe that
Mark is back, and something evil is living inside of him.
The Green Inferno Eli Roth, USA World Premiere
How far would you go for a cause you believe in? In
horrormaster Eli Roth’s terrifying new film, a group of college students take
their humanitarian protest from New York to the Amazon jungle, only to get
kidnapped by the native tribe they came to save: a tribe that still practices
the ancient rite of cannibalism, and has a healthy appetite for intruders.
Oculus Mike Flanagan, USA World Premiere
Oculus is a spine-chilling supernatural tale of two damaged
siblings (Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites) who, as children, witnessed their
parents’ harrowing descent into madness and murder. At long last, brother and
sister reunite as adults to expose and destroy the paranormal entity they
believe is responsible: the Lasser Glass — a legendary mirror their family once
R100 Hitoshi Matsumoto, Japan World Premiere
An ordinary man with an ordinary life joins a mysterious
club. The membership lasts for one year only and there is one rule: no cancellation
under any circumstance. The man enters into an entirely new and exciting world which
he has never before experienced.
Rigor Mortis Juno Mak, Hong Kong North American Premiere
Juno Mak’s debut featureRigor Mortis is an eerie and
chilling, contemporary action- and special effects-laden homage to the classic Chinese
vampire movies of the 1980s. Starring Chin Siu-Ho, Kara Hui, Anthony Chan, Lo
Hoi Pang and Richard Ng.
The Station (Blutgletscher) Marvin Kren, Austria World
At a climate research station in the Alps, the scientists
are stunned as the nearby melting glacier is leaking a red liquid. It quickly
turns to be very special juice — with unexpected genetic effects on the local
Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (Jigoku de Naze Warui) Sion
Sono, Japan North American Premiere
Two men,Muto and Ikegami, hate each other.Muto desperately
wants to help his daughter Mitsuko star in a movie. Meanwhile, Ikegami falls in
love with Mitsuko, knowing that she’s the daughter of his foe. Hirata, a
filmmaker, and Koji, a young movie-lover, get dragged into this complicated
situation that heads into an unexpected direction.