Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Let the madness begin!

The Toronto International Film Festival announced the full line-up of the infamous Midnight Madness program today. The program injects ruckus rockumentaries, wild animation, knuckle-breaking martial arts, and blood drenched horror into the festival experience, and never fails to introduce the world to the next big genre sensation (i.e. Eli Roth’s CABIN FEVER, Mabrouk El Mechri’s JCVD, Pierre Morel DISTRICT 13, Alexandre Aja’s HAUTE TENSION just to name a few). Certainly, this year will be no exception. New this year, the Cadillac People’s Choice Award will recognize the most popular film in the Midnight Madness and Documentary programs, as chosen by the audience.

Below are the titles and their trailer (if available):


[REC] 2
Follow-up to [REC], this time from the perspective of a SWAT team.





BITCH SLAP
Campy action comedy from the creators of Xena and Hercules.





DAYBREAKERS
Spierig Brothers big budget followup to the Undead (MM’01) starring Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill in this sci-fi vampire pic set in the future.





GEORGE A. ROMERO'S SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD
More social commentary about two feuding clans in the middle of the fallout from a zombie epidemic.





JENNIFER’S BODY
Written by Diablo Cody, Megan Fox stars as a high-school student possessed by a demon with an appetite for young men.





THE LOVED ONES
TIFF calls this a “wild mash-up of Pretty in Pink and Misery”



ONG BAK 2: THE BEGINNING
Tony Jaa returns in this prequel, sure to feature more insane martial-arts and gravity defying elephant action.





SOLOMON KANE
Tale of a savage mercenary in sixteeth-century England from the creator of CONAN.

Not a trailer, but some background on the film from director Michael J. Bassett:





SYMBOL
Director/star Hitoshi Matsumoto of DIANIPPONJIN stars and directs this comedy/drama/mystery that intertwines two seemingly unrelated narratives.





A TOWN CALLED PANIC
Animated pic about the surreal adventures of plastic toys Cowboy, Indian and Horse.

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