TIFF12: Midnight Madness Highlights

Since I first started seeing Midnight Madness films at TIFF in 2006, I’ve been progressively increasing the number of films I see from that programme.  Last year, I saw four Midnight Madness films, two of which were actual midnight screening.  I’m aiming to increase that number and that shouldn’t be hard based on the quality of this year’s film selection.

Here are the highlights from this year’s Midnight Madness programme:
ABCs of Death – Kaare Andrews, Angela Bettis, Adrián García Bogliano, Bruno Forzani & Hélène Cattet, Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, Jason Eisener, Xavier Gens, Jorge Michel Grau, Lee Hardcastle, Noboru Iguchi, Thomas Cappelen Malling, Anders Morgenthaler, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Banjong Pisanthanakun, Simon Rumley, Marcel Sarmiento, Jon Schnepp, Srdjan Spasojevic, Timo Tjahjanto, Andrew Traucki, Nacho Vigalondo, Jake West, Ti West, Ben Wheatley, Adam Wingard, and Yûdai Yamaguchi

Woah! You read that right! This ultra-ambitious anthology film features 26 horror directors including Ben Wheatley (Kill List), Ti West (House of  the Devil), Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun), and Adam Wingard (You’re Next).
Aftershock – Nicolás López, USA/Chile
Eli Roth stars in this film about the after-effects of an earthquake in Chile
Dredd 3D – Pete Travis, USA/United Kingdom/India
Hyped as the first film to be shown at Midnight Madness in 3D, Dredd is a new adaptation of the Judge Dredd comics, staring Karl Urban as the titular character.
John Dies at the End – Don Coscarelli, USA
From the director of Bubba Ho-Tep comes this film about ancient evils, trans-dimensional bugs, meat monsters and Clancy Brown.
The Lords of Salem – Rob Zombie, USA/United Kingdom/Canada
Rob Zombie comes to Midnight Madness. ‘Nuff Said!
Seven Psychopaths – Martin McDonagh, USA/United Kingdom
This is probably one of the most buzzed about selections in this year’s Midnight Madness selection.  The film is star-studded crime comedy with Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, and Christopher Walken.
Those are my highlights from this year’s Midnight Madness selection.  Stay tuned for highlights of the Documentary and Vanguard selections.

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).