[TIFF ’13] New works from Lucky McKee, Sion Sono and Eli Roth lead Midnight Madness!Movies/TV,News Samuel Zimmerman
Few festivals’ midnight program has a reputation like the Toronto Interntational Film Festival’s Midnight Madness. Influential, exciting and like any good slate, always globe-spanning, this year is no different as it features highly anticipated premieres (Eli Roth’s first directorial feature in eight years) and smaller works from brand new talent.
So, what’s exciting? When it comes to filmmakers we love, a lot. Eli Roth is debuting his Amazon tribe tale THE GREEN INFERNO. Sion Sono (COLD FISH, SUICIDE CLUB) brings something surely one-of-a-kind with WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL? Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson remake their 2001 cheapie ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE. Mike Flangan, who creeped us with ABSENTIA, premieres OCULUS.
Also of interest is the first film from singer/writer/actor Juno Mak, a beautiful looking Chinese vampire homage titled RIGOR MORTIS; THE STATION, which boasts Midnight Madness’ first film from Austria; and indie extraterrestrial slasher ALMOST HUMAN. Additionally, a tenth film will be announced in the coming weeks. You can find the full slate below. For more on TIFF, visit its official site and keep an eye on Fango!
• AFFLICTED Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, Canada/USA World Premiere
Best 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 postcard home.
• ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson, USA World Premiere
When 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
Mark 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
How 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 for intruders.
• OCULUS Mike Flanagan, USA World Premiere
Oculus 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
An 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
Juno 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
At 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 wildlife.
• WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL? (Jigoku de Naze Warui) Sion Sono, Japan North American Premiere
Two 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.