TIFF15: Midnight Madness Highlights

The Midnight Madness programme is always a highlight of the Toronto International Film Festival and this year is no different.  Six out of ten of this year’s selection are world premieres, which includes a number of returning filmmakers.

Here are my highlights from this year’s Midnight Madness programme.

Green Room – Jeremy Saulnier, USA (North American Premiere) – Opening Film
Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin, which I have sadly yet to see, was a hit when it played in the Vanguard programme two years ago, which has now lead to his follow-up up Green Room to be the opening Midnight Madness film this year.  I’m interested in seeing this film just for the inclusion of Patrick Stewart.

The Final Girls – Todd Strauss-Schulson, USA (International Premiere) – Closing Film
A teenage girl and her friends are transported into a slasher film.  That’s all I need to know.

Baskin – Can Evrenol, Turkey (World Premiere)
A group of cops go through a portal to hell in the first ever Midnight Madness film from Tureky.

The Devil’s Candy – Sean Byrne, USA (World Premiere)
From the director of The Loved Ones comes this twist on the supernatural genre.

The Mind’s Eye – Joe Begos, USA (World Premiere)
Joe Begos (Almost Human) returns to Midnight Madness with this film that sounds like an update of David Cronenberg’s Scanners.

Southbound – Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath and Radio Silence, USA (World Premiere)
The thing that intrigues me the most about this highway-set anthology film is the participation of Radio Silence, who directed the best segment of the original V/H/S/.

SPL 2 – A Time For Consequences – Soi Cheang, Hong Kong (International Premiere)
I haven’t yet scene the first SPL, which helped introduce the world to Tony Jaa, but I’m always up for a good martial arts movie.

Yakuza Apocalypse – Takashi Miike, Japan (North American Premiere)
Takashi Miike Gone Wild!

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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).