Not too long ago we saw a rather impressive list of films announced for the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival 2013. With titles like Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and The Fifth Estate all set to appear, I simply cannot wait for September to arrive. With all the Oscar contenders flying around though, it’s easy to forget about some of the other films at the festival.
With that in mind, the Midnight Madness lineup has been announced today, showcasing some quality horror/thriller films that will serve as a break from the serious, weighty dramas that popular the majority of the festival lineup.
Amongst the highlights are the world premiere of Ei Roth’s The Green Inferno as well as the next film from Lucky McKee, All Cheerleaders Die.
Additionally, TIFF also revealed their documentary lineup today, which can be seen below along with the Midnight Madness films.
The Toronto International Film Festival 2013 runs from September 5 to 15, 2013. Check out the newly announced films below and let us know what you think.
Afflicted Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, Canada/USA World Premiere
Best friends Derek and Clif set out on a trip of a lifetime. Their plan: travel to the ends of the earth, see the world, and live life to the fullest. But the trip soon takes a dark and bloody turn. Just days in, one of the men shows signs of a mysterious affliction which gradually takes over his entire body and being. Now, thousands of miles from home, in a foreign land, they must race to uncover the source of his illness before it consumes him completely. Footage of their travels meant to document pleasant memories may now become evidence of one of the most shocking discoveries ever captured on film…and may be their only postcard home.
All Cheerleaders Die Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson, USA World Premiere
When tragedy rocks Blackfoot High, rebellious outsider Mäddy Killian shocks the student body by joining the cheerleading squad. This decision drives a rift between Mäddy and her ex-girlfriend Leena Miller — a loner who claims to practice the dark arts. After a confrontation with the football team, Mäddy and her new cheerleader friends are sent on a supernatural roller coaster ride which leaves a path of destruction none of them may be able to escape.
Almost Human Joe Begos, USA World Premiere
Mark Fisher disappeared from his home in a brilliant flash of blue light almost two years ago. His friend Seth Hampton was the last to see him alive. Now a string of grisly, violent murders leads Seth to believe that Mark is back, and something evil is living inside of him.
The Green Inferno Eli Roth, USA World Premiere
How far would you go for a cause you believe in? In horror master Eli Roth’s terrifying new film, a group of college students take their humanitarian protest from New York to the Amazon jungle, only to get kidnapped by the native tribe they came to save: a tribe that still practices the ancient rite of cannibalism, and has a healthy appetite for intruders.
Oculus Mike Flanagan, USA World Premiere
Oculus is a spine-chilling supernatural tale of two damaged siblings (Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites) who, as children, witnessed their parents’ harrowing descent into madness and murder. At long last, brother and sister reunite as adults to expose and destroy the paranormal entity they believe is responsible: the Lasser Glass — a legendary mirror their family once owned.
R100 Hitoshi Matsumoto, Japan World Premiere
An ordinary man with an ordinary life joins a mysterious club. The membership lasts for one year only and there is one rule: no cancellation under any circumstance. The man enters into an entirely new and exciting world which he has never before experienced.
Rigor Mortis Juno Mak, Hong Kong North American Premiere
Juno Mak’s debut feature Rigor Mortis is an eerie and chilling, contemporary action- and special effects-laden homage to the classic Chinese vampire movies of the 1980s. Starring Chin Siu-Ho, Kara Hui, Anthony Chan, Lo Hoi Pang and Richard Ng.
The Station (Blutgletscher) Marvin Kren, Austria World Premiere
At a climate research station in the Alps, the scientists are stunned as the nearby melting glacier is leaking a red liquid. It quickly turns to be very special juice — with unexpected genetic effects on the local wildlife.
Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (Jigoku de Naze Warui) Sion Sono, Japan North American Premiere
Two men, Muto and Ikegami, hate each other. Muto desperately wants to help his daughter Mitsuko star in a movie. Meanwhile, Ikegami falls in love with Mitsuko, knowing that she’s the daughter of his foe. Hirata, a filmmaker, and Koji, a young movie-lover, get dragged into this complicated situation that heads into an unexpected direction.
A Story of Children and Film Mark Cousins, United Kingdom North American Premiere
Ain’t Misbehavin’ Marcel Ophuls, France North American Premiere
At Berkeley Frederick Wiseman, USA North American Premiere
Beyond the Edge Leanne Pooley, New Zealand World Premiere
Burt’s Buzz Jody Shapiro, Canada World Premiere
The Dark Matter of Love Sarah McCarthy, UK North American Premiere
The Dog Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, USA World Premiere
Faith Connections Pan Nalin, France/India World Premiere
Filthy Gorgeous: The Extraordinary World of Bob Guccione Barry Avrich, Canada World Premiere
Finding Vivian Maier Charlie Siskel and John Maloof, USA World Premiere
Hi-Ho Mistahey! Alanis Obomsawin, Canada World Premiere
Ignasi M. Ventura Pons, Spain World Premiere
Jodorowsky’s Dune Frank Pavich, USA North American Premiere
The Last of the Unjust Claude Lanzmann, France/Austria North American Premiere
The Mayor Emiliano Altuna Fistolera, Mexico Canadian Premiere
Midway Chris Jordan, USA World Premiere
Mission Congo David Turner and Lara Zizic World Premiere
The Square (Al Midan) Jehane Noujaim, Egypt/USA World Premiere
Tim’s Vermeer Teller, USA World Premiere
The Unknown Known Errol Morris, USA North American Premiere
Unstable Elements Madeleine Sackler, USA World Premiere
When Jews Were Funny Allan Zweig, Canada World Premiere