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Midnight Madness at TIFF 2010, My Thoughts

21 August 2010 No Comment

Some of the funniest, most interesting, unique and cult-worthy films come out of the Midnight Madness pack. It’s almost like a film festival in and of itself within the proper full film festival, there are whole groups of people who just get MM packs and they form their own sort of movie fan club and really enjoy the group mentality of watching these sorts of films each night of the fest.

Here are the films on offer this year:


Guy Moshe

In a world with no guns, a mysterious drifter (Josh Hartnett), a young samurai and a bartender (Woody Harrelson) plot revenge against a ruthless leader (Ron Perlman) and his army of thugs, headed by nine diverse and deadly assass…

The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman


A tale of revenge, honour and greed follows a group of misfits that gets involved with a kitchen cleaver made from the top five swords of the martial arts world in this wild and brash action comedy.

Fire of Conscience

Dante Lam

Dante Lam proves himself to be a talent to look out for in this slam bang action film where robbers and gunrunners battle with cops on the busy urban streets of Hong Kong. Starring Leon Lai, Fire of Conscience is easily one of lo…

Fubar II

Michael Dowse

In the sequel to the 2002 cult comedy Fubar, hoser headbangers Terry and Dean are back and hit the road to find wealth, happiness and more beer in the oil fields of Alberta. Special appearance by Tron.


James Wan

When proud parents take possession of an old house to build a nest for their family, an accident results in one of their sons falling into a coma. The tragedy doesn’t stop there when they are beset by vengeful spirits from anothe…

John Carpenter’s The Ward

John Carpenter

Acclaimed director John Carpenter makes his long awaited return to the screen with a thriller about a young woman in a 1960s mental institution who becomes terrorized by malevolant unseen forces.

Red Nights

Julien Carbon & Laurent Courtiaud

This shocking debut by director duo Carbon and Courtiaud is a seductive cat-and-mouse thriller set in Hong Kong, about a woman’s obsessive desire to own a rare object that hides a deadly and perverse secret.

Stake Land

Jim Mickle

In the aftermath of a vampire epidemic, a teen is taken in by a grizzled vampire hunter on a road trip through a post-apocalyptic America, battling both the bloodsuckers and a fundamentalist militia that interprets the plague as …


James Gunn

After his wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), a frustrated husband (Rainn Wilson) decides he will win her back as Crimson Bolt, a costumed vigilante armed with a monkey wrench. His actions bring him an ad…

Vanishing on 7th Street

Brad Anderson

When a massive power blackout causes the population to inexplicably vanish, a small handful of survivors (Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo) band together inside a desolate tavern struggling to survive as the dar…

I’ve got to say that of these, only Stake Land really appeals to me to want to go and see during the ‘fest. Super looks alright too, but I know it’ll be in regular theaters soon. Same with Bunraku. Here is the teaser trailer for Stake Land:

I’m also a little disappointed in the international selections this year at MM. They’re so obviously geared to USA and Asian film, there’s no other European films – France, in particular. Or England, I was really hoping for another classic British Horror/Comedy, oh well. Maybe this is good news, maybe this means that I won’t be out to 3am each night of the ‘fest. I would be happy with that!