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Michael Myers vs. Predator: This is your Midnight Madness lineup at TIFF '18
10 films to keep you up at night
Screening to an audience of die-hard film fans every evening at 11:59pm, this year’s Midnight Madness lineup features 10 quintessential genre movies that are guaranteed to either terrorize or mesmerize.
“This year’s Midnight Madness slate promises another idiosyncratic confluence of established and emerging genre filmmakers,” said Peter Kuplowsky, Midnight Madness Programmer. “To complement some of the buzziest provocations on the festival circuit, I have sought to curate an eccentric array of World Premieres that demonstrate the dexterity of genre cinema as a canvas for both sublime satisfaction and stunning subversion. That includes the section’s two much-anticipated sequels, The Predator and Halloween, each of which boldly and brilliantly builds upon its mythic iconography to thrilling and surprising effect.”
Kuplowsky continues to put his fearless stamp on the programme, starting with the opening film: the World Premiere of Shane Black’s The Predator, the director’s reinvention of the iconic film series. The lineup will also feature the highly anticipated World Premiere of Halloween, directed by David Gordon Green and starring Jamie Lee Curtis. The programme closes with the North American Premiere of Diamantino, Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt’s bizarre, genre-bending film that fascinated audiences at Cannes earlier this year. Midnight Madness will also present the North American Premiere of the electrifying Gaspar Noé’s Climax.
The films in this year’s lineup will feature strong performances by actors such as legendary Italian star Monica Bellucci, who plays the queen of a demonic underworld in the World Premiere of Nekrotronic, directed by Kiah Roache-Turner.
The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16, 2018. Ticket packages are now on sale.
Films screening as part of the Midnight Madness programme include:
Assassination Nation | Sam Levinson, USA
Climax | Gaspar Noé, France
North American Premiere
Midnight Madness Closing Film
Diamantino | Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt, Portugal/France/Brazil
North American Premiere
Halloween | David Gordon Green, USA
In Fabric | Peter Strickland, UK
The Man Who Feels No Pain | Vasan Bala, India
Nekrotronic | Kiah Roache-Turner, Australia
Midnight Madness Opening Film
The Predator | Shane Black, USA
The Standoff at Sparrow Creek | Henry Dunham, USA
The Wind | Emma Tammi, USA