The Toronto International Film Festival has just announced the 10 eclectic films that will make up this year’s Midnight Madness lineup when it returns from September 5–15, 2019.
Midnight Madness includes new genre filmmakers with remarkable debuts, including Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s dystopian sci-fi film The Platform; Rose Glass’s unnerving psychological thriller Saint Maud, starring Morfydd Clark (Love & Friendship) and Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty); Andrew Patterson’s paranormal period piece The Vast of Night, which won the audience award for Best Narrative Feature at Slamdance and features breakout performances by Jake Horowitz and Sierra McCormick; and Keith Thomas’s supernatural horror film The Vigil.
One of the highlights from this year’s selection is Richard Stanley’s hotly-anticipated H.P. Lovecraft adaptation Color Out of Space, which stars Nicolas Cage and signals the director’s return to the Midnight Madness lineup after 29 years.
Also screening is Joko Anwar’s Gundala, based on the Indonesian superhero comic books by Harya “Hasmi” Suraminata and Takashi Miike’s Japanese action-comedy First Love. The programme will close with the World Premiere of the international version of Isaac Nabwana’s gonzo action flick Crazy World, a celebration of the Ugandan film movement Wakaliwood. Previously announced Canadian titles in the programme include Jeff Barnaby’s Blood Quantumand Matthew Rankin’s The Twentieth Century.
“This year’s selections challenge the traditional parameters of genre and shock cinema, but — most excitingly — half of the lineup’s wicked provocations are courtesy of filmmakers making their feature-film debut,” said Peter Kuplowsky, Lead Programmer for Midnight Madness.
“Along from Blood Quantum, horror fans will no doubt gravitate to the Richard Stanley’s return to the section with Color Out of Space – and with good reason, as Nicholas Cage is joining him for this psychedelic cosmic horror freakout, but definitely take a chance on the new voices,” he tells Bloody Disgusting. The Platform begins like Cube, and which proceeds like Snowpiercertowards a gore-filled climax; Saint Maude is unnerving psychological horror, reminiscent of Raw in its slow-burn, major pay-off trajectory; The Vigil is THE movie to see if your seeking SCARES – kind of like The Autopsy of Jane Doe meets Viy and steeped in Jewish demonology. Also, Satan Slave‘s director JOKO ANWAR may have directed a superhero martial arts epic (Gundala), but he actually uniquely soaks it in a palpable horror atmosphere.”
Here’s a full breakdown of the Midnight Madness program.
*Midnight Madness Opening Film*
Blood Quantum | Jeff Barnaby | Canada | World Premiere
Cast: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Kawenna’Here Devery Jacobs, Michael Greyeyes, Brandon Oakes, William Belleau, Gary Farmer, Forrest Goodluck, Kiowa Gordon, Olivia Scriven, Stonehorse Lone Goeman.
“Jeff Barnaby’s astutely-titled second feature is equal parts horror and pointed cultural critique. Zombies are devouring the world, yet an isolated Mi’gmaq community is immune to the plague. Do they offer refuge to the denizens outside their reserve or not?”
Color Out of Space | Richard Stanley | USA | World Premiere
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur, Brendan Meyer, Julian Hilliard, Elliot Knight, Q’orianka Kilcher, Tommy Chong
“From the mind of H.P. Lovecraft, Color Out of Space is a cosmic nightmare about Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family, whose recent retreat to rural life is quickly disrupted by a meteorite that crashes in their front yard. The Gardners’ peaceful escape quickly becomes a hallucinatory prison, as an extraterrestrial organism contaminates the farmstead, infecting everything and everyone it can.”
*Midnight Madness Closing Film*
Crazy World | Isaac Nabwana | Uganda | World Premiere
“In the latest from Uganda’s gonzo action auteur Isaac Nabwana, a gang of child-snatching mobsters make a fatal mistake when they kidnap the Waka Stars, a team of pint-sized kung-fu masters who soon turn their cunning wits and deadly skills upon their captors.”
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