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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sean Kelly

TIFF13: Midnight Madness Highlights

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The second round of film announcements were made yesterday for TIFF13 and I will start off by running down highlights from the ever-popular Midnight Madness programme.  This will be a big year for Midnight Madness, since the programme will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.  As such, it is becoming quite likely that I will take this into consideration when putting together my schedule this year and see more midnight screenings than I have seen in the past (I’m lamenting the lack of sleep already).  Only nine of the ten films were included in the announcement, so it will be fun to guess over the next few weeks what that tenth film will be.

Anyways, he are some highlights from this year’s Midnight Madness line-up.

All Cheerleaders Die - Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson, USA (Opening Night Film)
Over the last few years, the opening Midnight Madness film has always been a fun crowd-pleasing affair and this horror-comedy looks to be in that same vien.

Almost Human - Joe Begos, USA
This films looks to be a mix of an alien abduction film with a slasher. 

The Green Inferno - Eli Roth, USA
After a bit of hiatus from directing, Eli Roth returns with a gruesome homage to the Italian cannibal films of the 1970s.

Oculus Mike Flanagan, USA
Killer mirror. ‘Nuff said.

Rigor Mortis - Juno Mak, Hong Kong
This vampire film looks to be one of the gorier films of this year’s line-up.

Why Don't You Play in Hell? (Jigoku de Naze Warui) - Sion Sono, Japan
This Japanese action films looks to be one of the highlights of this year’s Midnight Madness line-up.

And those are my Midnight Madness highlights.  Stay turned for highlights from the Vanguard and TIFF Docs programmes.

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).