Our favourite programme of the festival, the Midnight Madness, has been announced by the Toronto International Film Festival Group surprisingly early, but, we suppose, that’s to stop the voracious barnacles of genre movie fans smashing the hull of the good ship Midnight Madness by trying find as many leaks as possible. We really enjoyed Pirates of the Caribbean 2, can you tell?
But this year with the early launch only a couple of dribbles slipped out, and not, necessarily, from our most hotly anticipated titles. As always, the 10 films of the programme run from the thought provoking through horrifying to absurd, but hopefully never anything but entertaining. Our top picks this year have to go to Anders Morgenthaler’s Princess, a Lone Wolf and Cub take on that old chestnut, the murderous revenge trip through the pornography industry; S&Man (pronounced “Sandman”) JT Petty’s perhaps ironically programmed documentary which explores the voyeuristic aspects of the horror genre and the disturbing extremes some independent filmmakers can go to; and of course, The Host, Bong Joon-ho absurdly anticipated (by Korean audiences, at least) giant monster flick, in which a huge, slimy, scaly creature terrorizes Seoul’s Han River.
The whole press release is available at TIFFG’s website, and it’s worth noting that if you’re a student, the Midnight Madness Pass is probably the best value of the entire festival, with all 10 showings only $100.