Patrick Stewart in “GREEN ROOM,” new Miike and much more at this year’s Toronto Film Fest


The 40th Toronto International Film Festival team has announced its Midnight Madness lineup, and it’s the usual batch of exciting genre features from both veteran and up-and-coming filmmakers. A few movies of Fangorian interest are part of the Vanguard section as well.

This year’s TIFF runs September 10-20, and the fright-oriented flicks working the Midnight hours are:

• BASKIN (Turkey), directed by Can Evrenol: A squad of unsuspecting cops go through a trapdoor to hell when they stumble upon a Black Mass in an abandoned building (World Premiere)

• THE DEVIL’S CANDY (U.S.), directed by THE LOVED ONES’ Sean Byrne: A struggling painted is possessed by satanic forces after he and his young family move into their dream home in rural Texas (World Premiere)

• THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS (U.S.), directed by Nick Simon and executive-produced by Wes Craven: A pair of serial killers leave pictures of a young woman at the scene of their crimes (World Premiere; see story here)

• GREEN ROOM (U.S.; pictured above), directed by BLUE RUIN’s Jeremy Saulnier: A punk band on the road find themselves beseiged by neo-Nazi white supremacists in a backwoods Oregon club (North American Premiere), plus the short THE CHICKENING, a poultry-oriented spoof of THE SHINING by Nick DenBoer and Davy Force

• THE MIND’S EYE (U.S.), directed by Joe Begos: A drifter with psychic powers takes on an evil doctor and his crew of telekinetic assassins (World Premiere; see story here)

• SOUTHBOUND (U.S.), directed by Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath and Radio Silence: Five interlocking tales of terror follow the fates of a group of weary travelers who confront their worst nightmares—and darkest secrets—over one long night on a desolate stretch of desert highway (World Premiere)

• YAKUZA APOCALYPSE (Japan), directed by Takashi Miike: A vampire yakuza boss passes on his powers to an underling, who uses them to battle an international crime syndicate (North American Premiere; see story here)

Frightful fare in the Vanguard section includes:

• DEMON (Poland/Israel): A bridegroom is possessed by an unquiet spirit in the midst of his own wedding celebration, in this clever take on the Jewish legend of the dybbuk (World Premiere)

• DER NACHTMAR (Germany), directed by AKIZ: After a wild night out, a Berlin party girl finds herself haunted by a twisted, repellent little creature that no one else can see (North American Premiere)

• EVOLUTION (France), directed by Lucile Hadzihalilovi: A young boy living in a mysterious, isolated seaside clinic uncovers the sinister purposes of his keepers (World Premiere)

• FEBRUARY (U.S./Canada), directed by Osgood Perkins: Two young students at a prestigious prep school for girls are assailed by an evil, invisible power when they are stranded at the school over winter break (World Premiere)

Look for further coverage of TIFF’s fare at this site during and beyond the festival!

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Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor. He now serves as editor-in-chief of the magazine while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews, as well as a contributing editor/writer for this website.
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