TIFF 2013 Unleashes Midnight Madness Lineup, Docs, and Vanguard:
We are a little over a month away from opening night at one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, the Toronto International Film Festival. Last week was a treat as the first 75 films were announced, including galas and special presentations. Now, it’s fair to say that the films presented last week were are a little more serious and dramatic, those hoping to generate Oscar buzz and compete for the “people’s choice award.” The films announced last night however, are much more easygoing.
Around midnight (fitting), TIFF unveiled its lineup for what is quickly becoming the festivals most notable, fun, and bizarre sub-competition, Midnight Madness! Which hosts films ranging from horror, thriller, dark comedies, and oh so much more. This yearly tradition celebrates filmmaking that stretches the human psyche, tests the viewers tolerance level, and essentially weeds out the weak cinephiles from the tough. This will be the 25th anniversary of Midnight Madness and this year’s line-up is an outstanding gift to the public. Check out the all the Midnight Madness films here. Below you’ll find what I believe to be the highlights!
“The Green Inferno” (2013, Eli Roth).
Horror maestro Eli Roth (Hostel) returns to the director’s chair for this gruesome homage to the notorious Italian cannibal movies of the late seventies and early eighties.
“Rigor Mortis” (2013, Juno Mak).
A public-housing tenement is plunged into a dark storm of supernatural chaos, in this loving tribute to the cult classic Hong Kong horror-comedy series Mr. Vampire.
Next up, is Vanguard! Described as “Provocative, sexy… possibly dangerous. This is what’s next.” You can check out all the films announced for Vanguard here. Below you’ll once again find what I believe to be the highlights of this section.
“The Sacrament” (2013, Ti West).
Inspired by the infamous mass suicide of Peoples Temple cultists at Jonesetown, Guyana, the latest film from indie genre icon Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers) sends frequent collaborators AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg and Kentucker Audley on a harrowing journey into madness and messianic bloodshed.
“Horns” (2013, Alexander Aja).
Blamed for the brutal murder of his longtime girlfriend (Juno Temple), a small-town guy (Daniel Radcliffe) awakens one morning to find a pair of horns growing from his head, in this offbeat supernatural thriller from horror ace Alexandre Aja (Haute tension, Piranha 3D).
FInally, for those of you interested, you can find all the Documentaries premiering at TIFF here. It isn’t my cup of tea so I’m not really sure what the highlights are. If you happen to be a documentary enthusiast, be sure to let me know what you think of the selection in the comments section below.
Okay all, that’ll do it for this announcement. I didn’t think it was possible for me to become more enthusiastic and aching with anticipation after the first set of announcements, but I’ve been proven wrong. The horror crop looks terrific at TIFF this year and I’m really looking forward to checking them all out at the festival. Remember, The Cinema Monster is your number 1 source for TIFF news and reviews! Be sure to follow me on Twitter @cinema_monster or on Facebook here for up to the minute news. Please comment below on the selection for the festival already presented and let me know which films you are most excited to see. Have a great week!
Posted on July 30, 2013, in TIFF and tagged Aja, Mak, Radcliffe, Reviews: TIFF 2013, Roth, Temple, TIFF, West. Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.
I want to see Ti West’s The Sacrament. May have to get tickets for that.
Same here, will definitely be checking that one out. We should go together!
Be careful – Film Hipster likes to poke a hole in the bottom of his popcorn bag!!!
Oh dear god no…LOL
Are you a cheap date or do I need to buy you flowers after?
I need to be wined and dined at some point in the evening LOL.
I’ll grab a box of wine and some KFC. That should do yah.
I’m pumped for all of those you just pointed out. Bring it!!
I KNOW! So excited, can’t wait for TIFF to get here :).
So cool that you’re going. “Horns” seems very interesting!
Thanks! Horns looks like a sleeper hit, can’t wait to check it out.
That sounds great! I’d love to go to the TIFF.
I Know, I can’t wait. Hopefully one year you can get out to TIFF and we can check out a flick :).
Followed back! Really looking forward to the Sacrament!
Same here, should be a good one. I really love West’s first two features. Will you be attending TIFF this year?
Same! It really depends on my school/work schedule as I’ll be in production right around that time, but I would love to attend!
Sweet! I’ll be attending as much films as humanly possibly, so I’ll do my best to keep you updated if you happen not to make it. Feel free to stop by anytime, love communicating with fellow film lovers :).
OMG! Rigor Mortis is at TIFF! Is it easy to get tickets to go? haha! I would so drive down to see it :)
I KNOW! I can’t wait to see it! Single tickets go on sale usually the weekend before the festival starts. You simply go on the website, it’ll redirect you to the purchasing section, you pick the film and number of tickets, then buy them. Fairly simply. The earlier you can buy, the better. Maybe we can go together ;).
I could use the company Joseph! I’m down if you are ;) When does the festival start anyways? I always am so clueless about it…I mean I almost missed the Fantasia Fest here. LOL
The festival runs from September 5-15. I wish I could’ve made it to Fantasia, hopefully next year. I know what you mean, no one hardly ever goes to TIFF with me. At this rate, all the people I know that blog about film want to go, might as well get a group together for discounts and such LOL.
Next year, I want to go to more movies in Fantasia…plan ahead and get my vacation around that time.
Thats actually a good idea! You probably could round up enough people around that area ;)
Sept 5-15 is such a perfect time for TIFF :) Gotta stay alert on the schedule then!
Maybe next year I can catch a flick with you at Fantasia, dying to go. I definitely could round-up enough people to go, I’ll look into it. I know, the beginning of September is great here in T.O. Not too hot, just perfect.
Definitely sounds good :) I’ve been planning to go to TO early September anyways. Maybe I will match it up with the showing of Rigor Mortis :) So excited!!
Oh! and yes! Join me for Fantasia next year if you can :) Would be fun!
Sounds good. Looking forward to it :).