In an act of exceptional universal synergy, after premiering the first trailer for his new horror movie Tusk at Comic Con this past weekend, Kevin Smith has lucked out with a slot at the Toronto International Film Festival for the world premiere of the film. TIFF announced it’s Midnight Madness line-up today, the annual portion of the festival dedicated to genre fair that screens every night at midnight at the Ryerson theater. Notable alums of the program in recent years include Dredd, All Cheerleaders Die, Green Inferno, The Raid, John Dies at the End, Lords of Salem, Occulus and Seven Psychopaths. So aside from Tusk, what films have made this year’s cut?
Along with Tusk, TIFF fans will get their chance to see the latest chapter of Spain’s chilling horror franchise [REC], the new film from the director of You’re Next, a documentary about the studio that gave us such masterpieces as Delta Force and Masters of the Universe, a mockumentary from the director of Eagle Vs Shark and one of the Conchords about vampires in suburban New Zealand, and Samuel L. Jackson takes his rightful place as POTUS.
Here’s the full list courtesy of the TIFF website:
[REC] 4: Apocalypse
Jaume Balagueró | Spain
Confined to a high-security quarantine facility in the bowels of an ocean liner, a ragtag group of survivors fights for their lives against infected zombie hordes, in the long-awaited climax to the spectacularly popular Spanish horror franchise.
Jalmari Helander | Finland/Germany/United Kingdom
Trapped in the wilderness after Air Force One is forced down by a terrorist attached, the President of the United States (Samuel L. Jackson) must rely on the survival skills of a 13-year-old woodsman, in this thriller co-starring Ray Stevenson, Jim Broadbent and Felicity Huffman.
Jonas Govaerts | Belgium
A troupe of young Cub Scouts find themselves stalked by a psychopathic huntsman who has riddled the forest with ingenious and deadly traps.
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
Mark Hartley | Australia
Director Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood, Machete Maidens Unleashed!) continues his delightful documentary disinterment of down-market movie detritus with this chronicle of the rise and fall of 1980s action-exploitation juggernaut Cannon Films, whose contributions to the cinematic canon include American Ninja, The Delta Force, Death Wish II and Masters of the Universe.
Adam Wingard | USA
Writer-director duo Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way to Die, You’re Next) serve up a slick, eighties-style action thriller with this story of a mysterious and devastatingly charming visitor (Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens) who arrives at the home of a bereaved family claiming to be the best friend of their dead son.
David Robert Mitchell | USA
Stuck with a sexually transmitted serial haunting after a romantic night out, a beautiful nineteen-year-old girl finds herself pursued by a legion of malevolent, lumbering phantoms that will pursue her forever — unless she passes the curse on to someone else.
Sion Sono | Japan
Midnight Madness favourite Sion Sono (Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, winner of the 2013 People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award) ventures even further into uncharted cinematic territory with this yakuza-street gang-hip hop-musical epic.
Kevin Smith | USA
Kevin Smith brings his comedic chops to a disturbing new milieu in this Canuck-baiting chiller about a popular podcast host who descends into straight-up madness when he heads north of the 49th parallel.
What We Do In The Shadows
Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement | New Zealand/USA
Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle vs Shark) and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) co-direct and star in this hilarious mockumentary about a trio of vampires living in a New Zealand suburb who struggle to adapt to life in the 21st century.
TIFF runs from September 4 to 14 at locations across downtown Toronto.