TIFF ’14: Astron-6 Giallo Comedy “THE EDITOR” in Midnight Madness; First Trailer, ImagesNews Samuel Zimmerman
When the 2014 Midnight Madness lineup was announced last week, one title was missing, held back to be announced later in a slate of Canadian features that would be unspooling at TIFF. Now revealed, we have our first look at the latest from rowdy film collective Astron-6 (FATHER’S DAY, MANBORG), a giallo comedy entitled THE EDITOR.
Starring Matthew Kennedy, Adam Brooks, Paz de la Huerta and Udo Kier, THE EDITOR follows a “one-time (and now one-handed) master film editor toiling in the cinematic sweatshops of 1970s Italy, who becomes the prime suspect in a series of brutal murders.” THE EDITOR is described as a “loving tribute to/parody of the gory giallo thrillers of Mario Bava and Dario Argento,” and Midnight Madness programmer Colin Geddes indicated as such to Fango when in an interview (coming soon) he referred to the film as a sort of AIRPLANE for giallo.
Meanwhile, also hailing from Canada and added to TIFF as part of their Contemporary World Cinema programme is comedy TEEN LUST, from filmmaker Blaine Thurier. In what sounds like a black magick inversion of the high school sex comedy, TEEN LUST focuses on “high schooler Neil (Jesse Carere, Skins), who has even more reason to pop his cherry when he discovers that his stuffy, Satan-worshiping parents are planning to use him as a virgin sacrifice.”