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TIFF Unveils Midnight Madness Line-Up Which Includes World Premiere of Richard Stanley’s ‘Color Out Of Space’

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Midnight Madness

If you’ve followed Goomba Stomp over the past month you would know that we are huge fans of genre cinema. We recently wrapped up our coverage of the Fantasia Film Festival producing well over 60 articles and 50 reviews in total. Fantasia is by far the largest and longest-running genre film festival in the world and while TIFF doesn’t feature as many genre films as Fantasia, they do have the Midnight Madness program which in my opinion, is the next best thing.

TIFF is a fantastic festival and maybe the best in the world, and the best part of TIFF is attending these midnight screenings and watching World Premieres of ten carefully selected films that more often than not, find a huge cult following. Each year, the Midnight Madness program consists of a collection of the weird, surreal, shocking, and terrifying films and this the Midnight Madness program includes world premieres of Rose Glass’s psychological thriller Saint Maud, Joko Anwar’s Indonesian superhero adaptation Gundala, and Richard Stanley’s H.P. Lovecraft adaptation Color Out Of Space starring Nicolas Cage. Jeff Barnaby’s previously announced zombie outbreak thriller Blood Quantum from Canada and Isaac Nabwana’s Ugandan gonzo action film bookend the section.

“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. “I’m delighted to welcome midnight movie institutions like Takashi Miike and Richard Stanley back to the section, and even more ecstatic to have the privilege to introduce so many transgressive, innovative, and galvanizing new voices. The tide is high, and be it a Mi’gmaq reserve, a Hassidic neighborhood, or a Ugandan village, more communities are getting opportunities to share their myths and monsters. I know this year’s lineup will exhilarate Midnight audiences come September.”

Check out the selection below and be sure to check back with us in September as we will be covering the fest.

All images and descriptions courtesy of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Blood Quantum

Blood Quantum

Jeff Barnaby | Canada

World Premiere

Midnight Madness Opening Film​.

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 of Space

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.

Crazy World

Crazy World​

Isaac Nabwana | Uganda

World Premiere

Midnight Madness Closing Film​.

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.

First Love

First Love ​(H​atsukoi)​

Takashi Miike | ​Japan/United Kingdom

North American Premiere

Cast: Masataka Kubota, Nao Omori, Shota Sometani, Sakurako Konishi, Becky

A doomed boxer and a haunted drug addict find themselves inadvertently caught in the crosshairs of two warring gangs, in the latest from Midnight Madness provocateur Takashi Miike (I​chi the Killer, Audition​).

Gundala

Gundala​

Joko Anwar | Indonesia

International Premiere

Cast: Abimana Aryasatya, Bront Palarae, Muzakki Ramdhan, Tara Basro

Sancaka has been living in the streets since both parents left him. Going through a tough life, Sancaka grows up survives by minding his own business and shelter his own safe place. When the city comes to its worst state and injustice looms throughout the country, Sancaka finds himself at an intersection, to remain in his comfort zone or arise as a hero to defend the oppressed.

The Platform

The Platform (El Hoyo)

Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia|Spain

World Premiere

Cast: Iván Massagué, Antonia San Juan, Zorion Eguileor, Emilio Buale, Alexandra Masangkay

In a future dystopia, prisoners housed in vertically stacked cells watch hungrily as food descends from above; feeding the upper tiers but leaving those below ravenous and radicalized; in Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s profound parable about the socio-political potency of genre cinema.

Saint Maud

Saint Maud​

Rose Glass | United Kingdom

World Premiere

Cast: Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle

A mysterious young nurse develops a toxic, dangerous obsession with her patient as she becomes convinced that she can save her from damnation. Tony and BAFTA Award-winner Jennifer Ehle and rising star Morfydd Clark come together in this electrifying psychological horror from director and Screen Star of Tomorrow, Rose Glass.

Religiously devout nurse Maud (Morfydd Clark) arrives at the grand home of her new patient Amanda (Jennifer Ehle), who remains a pleasure-seeking diva with extravagant taste despite being frail from illness. Amanda is intrigued by this serious young woman, and enjoys talking to someone so deliciously innocent. Maud, however, is not all that she seems. She is tormented by a bloody secret from her past, and by visions which she believes come directly from God. As Amanda begins to taunt Maud more and more with her hedonistic and unpredictable behaviour, Maud becomes convinced that she is there to serve a divine purpose. In a frenzy of ecstasy, madness and passion, Maud’s religious zeal becomes deadly to anyone who stands in her way.

The Twentieth Century

The Twentieth Century

Matthew Rankin | Canada

World Premiere

Cast: Daniel Beirne, Sarianne Cormier, Mikhaïl Ahooja, Catherine St-Laurent, Sean Cullen

Winnipeg’s Matthew Rankin (​The Tesla World Light)​ doubles down on his signature mode of gonzo history films with this bizarro biopic of William Lyon Mackenzie King, which reimagines the former Canadian Prime Minister’s early life as a series of abject humiliations, both professional and sexual.

The Vast of Night

The Vast of Night

Andrew Patterson | USA

Canadian Premiere

Cast: Sierra McCormick, Jake Horowitz, Gail Cronauer, Bruce Davis

Written and directed by Andrew Patterson, who makes his feature debut with the film, and produced by Patterson, Melissa Kirkendall and Adam Dietrich. It stars newcomers Sierra McCormack and Jake Horowitz.

Set at the dawn of the space-race over the course of one night in 1950s New Mexico, a young switchboard operator and a radio DJ uncover a strange frequency that could change their lives, their small town and the future forever.

The Vigil

The Vigil

Keith Thomas​ ​| USA

World Premiere

Cast: Adam Margules, Dave Davis, Menashe Lustig, Malky Goldman, Lynn Cohen, Fred Melamed

Set over the course of a single evening in Brooklyn’s Hassidic “Boro” Park neighborhood, The Vigil follows Yakov, a former Hassid, as he accepts a position as a shomer, hired to “sit the vigil” and watch over the body of a deceased community member. Having lost his faith, Yakov isn’t eager to go back to the insular religious community he only recently fled. But when Reb Shulem, a rabbi and confidante, approaches Yakov after a support group meeting and offers to pay Yakov to be the shomer for a recently deceased Holocaust survivor, he reluctantly accepts the job. Shortly after arriving at the dilapidated house, Yakov realizes that something is very, very wrong. This will not be a quiet vigil.

Steeped in ancient Jewish lore, The Vigil is a visceral and terrifying supernatural horror film set in a world audiences have never before experienced.

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