Wednesday, 23 July 2008

TIFF 08 Midnight Madness Films Announced!

The day and time has finally come, the 2008 line up for the Midnight Madness programme at the Toronto International Film Festival has arrived! It is an action-packed, scarefest full of gloom, doom and horror beyond our wildest imaginations! The programme opens with a bang with JCVD a action/comedy where Jean-Claude Van Damme plays the central role mixing reality with fiction. The documentary this year is Not Quite Hollywood which explores 70's and 80's Australian genre films. Looking for Sci-Fi? Eden Log should be up your alley with has a beautiful monochromatic visual style. The closing night film will be martial arts mayhem with Chocolate, directed by Prachya Pinkaew (Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior, The Protector / Tom yum goong) and starring Jija Yanin as Zen, a woman who is ready to kick butt and take names. It looks like it is going to be one hell of a great year! Here is a line up of the 10 films this year:

Dir: Mabrouk El Mechri
Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, François Damiens, Zinedine Soualem, Karim Belkhadra
Opening Night Midnight Madness Screening: Thursday September 4, 2008 at 11:59PM

Detroit Metal City
Toshio Lee
Cast: Kenichi Matsuyama, Rosa Kato, Yasuko Matsuyuki, Gene Simmons
Midnight Madness Screening: Friday September 5, 2008 at 11:59PM

Dir: Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel
Cast: Shiloh Fernandez, Noah Segan, Michael Bowen, Candice Accola
Midnight Madness Screening: Saturday September 6, 2008 at 11:59PM

Not Quite Hollywood
Dir: Mark Hartley
Documentary with Jamie Lee Curtis, Dennis Hopper, Stacy Keach, Quentin Tarantino, Brian Trenchard-Smith
Midnight Madness Screening: Sunday September 7, 2008 at 11:59PM

Dir: Jon Hewitt
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Michael Dorman, Sebastian Gregory, Hanna Mangan-Lawrence, Joshua Payne
Midnight Madness Screening: Monday September 8, 2008 at 11:59PM

The Burrowers
Dir: J.T. Petty
Cast: William Mapother, Karl Geary, Doug Hutchison, Sean Patrick Thomas, Laura Leighton
Midnight Madness Screening: Tuesday September 9, 2008 at 11:59PM

Dir: Pascal Laugier
Cast: Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Begin, Robert Toupin
Midnight Madness Screening: Wednesday September 10, 2008 at 11:59PM

Eden Log
Dir: Franck Vestiel
Cast: Clovis Cornillac, Vimala Pons
Midnight Madness Screening: Thursday September 11, 2008 at 11:59PM

Dir: Miguel Martí
Cast: Macarena Gomez, César Camino, Alejo Sauras, Angel de Andrés, Fernando Ramallo
Midnight Madness Screening: Friday September 12, 2008 at 11:59PM

Dir: Prachya Pinkaew
Cast: Jija Yanin, Hiroshi Abe, Pongpat Wachirabanjong, Ammara Siripong
Closing Night Midnight Madness Screening: Saturday September 13, 2008 at 11:59PM

Additional screenings of the Midnight Madness Films will be released August 26, 2008.

The Toronto International Film Festival 2008 runs from September 4-13/08 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Kurt Halfyard said...

Hey Shannon. Did you apply for accreditation at TIFF this year? You do a heckuvalot of festival coverage in the area...

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

I have applied and awaiting to hear the decision. I love covering festivals and really hope the answer will be yes!

Colin said...

like how I loaded the start and end with kicks???

keep up the good blogwork!

Anonymous said...

Hey Colin, all I have to say is thank you for JVCD. I don't want to take anything away from the other movies as they look pretty damn cool but I've been dieing to see that JVCD since I first heard about it.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

The line up looks rockin' Colin! I can't wait for the JCVD and Chocolate screenings, they are going to be wild.

Anonymous said...

Great! I was really hoping Bruno would open at Midnight Madness, but you can't win 'em all, eh? I'm definitely seen Martyrs (frontiere[s] was wild last year) and Chocolate, because it looks like it'll be a lot of fun!

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