As you know, the TIFF (The Toronto International Film Festival) special movie selection called Midnight Madness screens new films from the action, horror, shock and fantasy genres. This year’s TIFF 2012 Midnight Madness movie selections have been announced. They are as follows:
Directed by Pete Travis
This is the new Hollywood take on Judge Dredd, the character from the British comic 2000 AD. In a dystopian future, lawman Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) takes on a drug empress (Lena Headey) who deals a dangerous drug in Mega City One called Slo-Mo. This is much darker and more violent than the Stallone vehicle and no, Rob Schneider isn’t in it.
John Dies at the End
Directed by Don Coscarelli
Don Coscarelli is well known to horror fans as the director of the four Phantasm movies and Bubba Ho-Tep. In John Dies at the End (based upon the David Wong novel), a new drug nicknamed “Soy Sauce” causes its users to drift into alternative realities. John (Rob Mayes) and Dave (Chase Williamson) are college dropouts who have to deal with an alien invasion, along with a huge carnivorous being that inhabits several dimensions as part flesh and part super computer. It’s a weird mind-bender that has been getting good reviews at festivals.
Lords of Salem
Directed by Rob Zombie
Rob Zombie returns with this rockin’ horror about a hard-rock radio DJ (Sherri Moon Zombie) who plays a metal record which causes a coven of witches from the 17th century to awaken. Does this sound a little bit like Trick or Treat to you? Has tons of stars in it, including Clint Howard, Sid Haig, Udo Kier, Dee Wallace, Maria Conchita Alonso, Lisa Marie, Meg Foster, Billy Drago, Michael Berryman, Camille Keaton, Ken Foree, Barbara Crampton, and even the late Richard Lynch.
Directed by Martin McDonagh
An alcoholic screenwriter (Colin Farrell) trying to write a movie about a serial killer soon gets plenty of real experiences to draw upon after his friends kidnap a gangster’s beloved Shih Tzu. This one also has an interesting cast – Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, and Tom Waits.
ABCs of Death
Anthology, multiple directors
This ambitious anthology piece has 26 short films from 26 different directors from around the globe. The task was to make a short film about death based on a word starting with a certain letter of the alphabet. Some of the directors you may recognize: Jason Eisener, Xavier Gens, Noboru Iguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Srdjan Spasojevic, and Ti West, to name a few. Review of ABCs of Death.
Directed by J.T. Petty
A horror comedy involving a team of elite demonologists in a Brooklyn parish that must battle a supernatural force.
Directed by Barry Levinson
From the acclaimed director Barry Levinson comes this found-footage thriller about an ecological disaster which unleashes a mutant breed of parasites which take over the people of Chesapeake Bay. Watch trailer below:
No One Lives
Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura
The man who brought you Versus and Midnight Meat Train directs this gory fright flick about a clan of backwoods road bandits who take a young couple hostage in an abandoned house, only to discover that one of their victims isn’t what he seems.
Directed by Nicolás López
Hostel director Eli Roth again returns to the other side of the camera, playing an American tourist who is plunged into a living hell when an earthquake strikes the town of Valparaiso, Chile.
Come Out And Play
Directed by Manikov
A young couple expecting their first child must escape from an island overrun by killer children. This is a remake of the late 70s Spanish horror Who Can Kill a Child?
For more, go to the TIFF Midnight Madness page.