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During TIFF, 11:59pm becomes every genre film fan’s favourite time of day. For 10 days straight, TIFF’s Midnight Madness programme screens a selection of new horror movies, action flicks, and random weirdness that’s impossible to classify (2015’s The Chickening will live on in our memories as the most messed up mash-up to ever grace the screen of the Ryerson Theatre).
This year’s lineup has just been released and guess what? It’s killer.
10 films to keep you up at night. Presenting our explosive #TIFF18 Midnight Madness lineup—premieres of the best in action, horror, shock and fantasy cinema: 🔪 David Gordon Green’s HALLOWEEN 🚀 Shane Black’s THE PREDATOR 🤳 Sam Levinson’s ASSASSINATION NATION 💃 Gaspar Noé’s CLIMAX ⚽️ Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt’s DIAMANTINO 👗 Peter Strickland’s IN FABRIC 💻 Kiah Roache-Turner’s NEKROTRONIC 👊🏾 Vasan Bala’s THE MAN WHO FEELS NO PAIN (MARD KO DARD NAHIN HOTA) 🏜 Emma Tammi’s THE WIND ⚔️ Henry Dunham’s THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK . . . . . #shaneblack #predator #oliviamunn #sterlingkbrown #jacobtremblay #samlevinson #gasparnoe #davidgordongreen #halloween #jamieleecurtis #peterstrickland #vasanbala #kiahroacheturner #henrydunham #emmatammi #gabrielabrantes #danielschmidt #midnight #horror #thriller #supernatural #western #filmnoir #bollywood #action #comedy #tiff18
“To complement some of the buzziest provocations on the festival circuit, I have sought to curate an eccentric array of World Premieres that demonstrate the dexterity of genre cinema as a canvas for both sublime satisfaction and stunning subversion,” says Midnight Madness programmer Peter Kuplowsky. “That includes the section’s two much-anticipated sequels, The Predator and Halloween, each of which boldly and brilliantly builds upon its mythic iconography to thrilling and surprising effect.”
Break out the Red Bull and tell mom and dad not to wait up, you’re going to be out late this September. Here are five highlights:
Opening the Festival with the World Premiere of Shane Black’s The Predator should get Midnight audiences more than a little riled up. The trailer already has over seven million views—highly anticipated much? Uh, yeah. Starring Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, and Olivia Munn this Predator movie takes the fight to small town America where a band of former soldiers and one biologist are humanity’s last/best hope for survival.
This mega-anticipated World Premiere directed by David Gordon Green takes us back to Haddonfield, Illinois and to Jamie Lee Curtis, who’s been waiting. Michael Myers has been locked up for years in an insane asylum for the insane (one look at the place and you’ll know what we mean) and guess who’s dying for him to get out? Laurie Strode. That might make Laurie herself sound pretty crazy, but she’s prepared.
Who spiked the punch? It doesn’t matter, because the characters in French director Gaspar Noé’s trippy new nightmare of a film are way too high to care. Based partly on a true story, Climax takes a benign setting (a dance troupe throwing a little celebratory soiree for themselves) and injects it with a dose of LSD-laced sangria. Not every trip is a happy one.
You call the Mueller probe into Russian election tampering a “witch hunt”? Assassination Nation will SHOW YOU a witch hunt—Salem style. The movie’s tagline warns that the film is safe for work… it’s just not safe for school, parents, or fragile male egos. If this is Midnight Madness’ contribution to the #MeToo movement then We. Are. Here. For. It. Bella Thorne, Hari Nef, Bill Skarsgård, and Joel McHale star.
Can soccer save the world? Definitely not, especially considering the corruption rotting FIFA, but in Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt’s Diamantino, a footie pro attempts to confront some of the big issues facing society today. Like the refugee crisis. And the fascism of the alt-right. Be sceptical all you like, but if the politicians can’t fix it, what’s the harm in letting a soccer star try? In case the premise failed to tip you off, expect avant-garde weirdness from this insane TIFF closing night film.
The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off September 6 until the 16th. See the full list of Midnight Madness titles here.