The Toronto International Film Festival will celebrate 25 years of Midnight Madness with a “murderers’ row of wild cinematic thrills,” the festival appropriately announced at midnight today. Programmed by Colin Geddes, the international lineup offers everything from an extraterrestrial gore-thriller and sinister sex-comedy, to an Asian exotic horror film and a visually-stunning reinvention of the Italian cannibal genre.
“Since its 1988 launch, the Midnight Madness programme emerged as a touchstone of cinematic shock, satiating the adventurous palate of bloodthirsty cinephiles from all over the world,” said Geddes, International Programmer for the Festival. “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 program presents films from Midnight Madness alumni Hitoshi Matsumoto, Eli Roth and Sion Sono, as well as the debut feature of Hong Kong pop singer Juno Mak.
Full lineup below. The 38th Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 to 15, 2013.
Afflicted Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, Canada/USA World Premiere
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 travels meant to
document pleasant memories may now become evidence of one of the most
shocking discoveries ever captured on film…and may be their only
.Midnight Madness Opening Night Film.
All Cheerleaders Die Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson, USA World Premiere
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
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
far would you go for a cause you believe in? In horror master 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
Oculus Mike Flanagan, USA World Premiere
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 owned.
R100 Hitoshi Matsumoto, Japan World Premiere
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
Mak’s debut feature Rigor 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 Premiere
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
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.