TIFF's Midnight Madness is more than a festival within a festival — it’s a raging cult of degenerate cinephiles that cheer when a face explodes and laugh when a father beats his son to death.
So we’re pleased to tell you that TIFF has announced its Midnight Madness lineup! This year features lots of big names, so expect the requisite amount of terror, mutilation, sex, and schlock. Below we profile three films we’re really excited about.
John Dies at the End
Directed by nutbar-genius Don Coscarelli (Bubba Ho-Tep), this film tells the tale of a college dropout named John who must save the world when a new drug called Soy Sauce starts turning its users into alien monsters. The trailer is terrifying and hilarious, like Go Karting on acid, or getting tickled by Nick Nolte. Does the title give away too much? Maybe that’s the point.
The Lords of Salem
When Rob Zombie started directing films we shook our heads so hard that our noses started to bleed. But then he made some horror movies that were actually pretty good. Now Zombie comes to TIFF with The Lords of Salem, a movie about a record that when played, induces flashbacks of the Salem witch trials. Not sold? We’ve got one word for you: Dragula!
This movie has Christopher Walken in it. Need we say more? Fine. Directed by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges), this film is about a screenwriter played by Colin Farrell who gets in trouble with the mob when his two friends accidently steal a gangster’s Shih Tzu. The film also stars Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, and Tom Waits. As long as Walken has a monologue and someone dies, we’ll be happy.
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