TIFF13: My Thoughts on Witching & Bitching

The 25th anniversary of Midnight Madness concluded with a bang with the crazy horror/comedy Witching & Bitching by Spanish director Álex de la Iglesia (The Last Circus). Jose (Hugo Silva) is a down-on-his-luck divorced man, who is forced to bring his son Sergio with him on a robbery of a cash-for-gold store.  During the getaway, […]

TIFF13: My Thoughts on Rigor Mortis

Hong Kong pop star, turned director, Juno Mak directs that a film that is meant as a homage to the 1985 vampire comedy Mr. Vampire, even casting that film’s star Chin Siu-Ho in the lead role. In Rigor Mortis, Chin plays an aging actor, who is mourning the loss of his wife and son and […]

TIFF13: My Thoughts on Almost Human

On Friday October 13, 1987, Mark Fisher (Josh Ethier) was one of two men to disappear on during a series of strange events that occurred that night in a town in Maine.  His friend Seth (Graham Skipper) insisted that strange lights in the sky were the cause of Mark’s disappearance.  Two years later, Mark suddenly […]

TIFF13: My Thoughts on Oculus

An antique mirror influences malevolent supernatural events in the horror film Oculus, by director Mike Flanagan (Absentia). Tim Russell (Brenton Thwaites) is released from a mental hospital a decade after he shot his father (Rory Cochrane), who had killed his mother (Katee Sackhoff). He is picked up by his older sister Kaylie (Karen Gillan), who […]

TIFF13: My Thoughts on The Station

The Austrian sci-fi/horror film The Station focuses on a team of scientists on a Climate Research Base in the German Alps. Lead by Janek (Gerhard Liebmann), the team discovers a blood-like red liquid coming out of a nearby glacier. It turns out that this liquid contains a single-celled organism, which infects local wildlife, developing into […]

TIFF13: My Thoughts on All Cheerleaders Die

The 25th anniversary of Midnight Madness kicks off with this new horror-comedy by directors Lucky McKee (May, The Woods) and Chris Sivertson (I Know Who Killed Me). The film focuses on Maddy (Caitlin Stasey), who joins her high school’s cheerleading squad, in an effort to bring it down from within.  She also holds a personal […]

TIFF13: Ranking Midnight Madness

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the ever-popular Midnight Madness programme will be celebrating its 25th anniversary.  The programme, which focuses on horror, sci-fi, action, and other genre films, was launched in 1988 and initially programmed by, current artistic director of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Noah Cowan.  Current programmer Collin Geddes became involved with […]