First 8 films announced for Toronto's Midnight Madness
24th Jul 07
Good news for those of you lucky enough to attend this year's Toronto International Film Festival (including our own Soulmining who will be covering it all for us exclusively here at EMB) as the first 8 films have just been announced for the ultra-cool Midnight Madness section.
Now in it's 20th year, the section is run by our good friend Colin Gedddes and is set to be a heart-stopping, late-night blow out that features a range of audacious, bone-chilling and eerie genre flicks that thrust a thick blade into the banal.
From the World Premieres of George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead and Adam Mason's The Devil's Chair (now pulled from FrightFest unfortunately) through two great new French horrors, Japanese supercharacters and Hong Kong gangsters, all the way to Stuart Gordon's terrific Stuck (which I was lucky enough to see at this year's Cannes Film Festival) there promises to be something for everyone who likes their nightly dose of full-on fear films.
Friday September 07
FRONTIÈRES Xavier Gens, France
The debut feature of Xavier Gens (HITMAN) is a bloody head butt into the stiff face of French cinema.
Saturday September 08
GEORGE A. ROMERO'S DIARY OF THE DEAD George A. Romero, USA
In his first independently produced zombie film in over two decades, George A. Romero returns to ground zero in the history of the living dead.
Sunday September 09
VEXILLE Fumihiko Sori, Japan
Dive into the ground-breaking, animated futuristic odyssey of VEXILLE, surface in Tokyo Bay and discover a country sealed off from the rest of humanity.
Monday September 10
STUCK Stuart Gordon, Canada/USA
Brandi (Mena Suvari) hits Tom (Stephen Rea) with her car on her way home from a night of partying. With Tom still alive but lodged through her windshield, she promises to go a hospital but then decides to leave Tom to die in her garage as she realizes that her future is inextricably tied to her victim.
Tuesday September 11
THE DEVIL'S CHAIR Adam Mason, UK
Director Adam Mason's sharp supernatural rollercoaster follows Nick West (Andrew Howard), who has spent years in incarceration for the alleged brutal murder of his girlfriend.
Wednesday September 12
FLASH POINT Wilson Yip, Hong Kong/China
After the success of SPL in Midnight Madness in 2005, director Wilson Yip and actor and fight choreographer Donnie Yen (IRON MONKEY and HERO) hit back with another two-fisted cinematic powder keg.
Friday September 14
DAINIPPONJIN Hitoshi Matsumoto, Japan
Middle-aged slacker Daisato (played by director Hitoshi Matsumoto, one of Japan's famous comedians) seems an unlikely subject for a documentary crew following his banal daily routine; that is, until he transforms into a giant superhero with tight purple briefs, tattoos and a crazy hairdo to battle outlandish villains and revolting monsters.
Saturday September 15
À L'INTÉRIEUR (INSIDE) Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, France
Four months after the tragic accident that claimed her husband's life, a pregnant widow, Sarah (Alysson Paradis, sister of Vanessa Paradis), receives an unexpected knock on her door on Christmas Eve.
The two final films will be announced on July 31st, although we have heard a rumour (ssshh!) that one of the films still to be announced has been directed by a certain DA.
1st Nov 04 Above all though, it is the relationship between John and Laura Baxter which is the film’s central focus throughout, and the gradual disintegration of their relationship amidst a haze of grief.