UPDATE! TIFF 2010: Midnight Madness line-up announced; includes James Gunn’s SUPER

by: Chase Whale
August 17th, 2010

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UPDATE!  The following titles have just been announced: Danny Boyle's 127 HOURS, Clint Eastwood's HEREAFTER, Casey Affleck's I'M STILL HERE, EVERYTHING MUST GO (starring Will Ferrell), and Dustin Lance Black's directorial debut, WHAT'S WRONG WITH VIRGINIA?  Thanks to /Film for the heads up!

It's already a really awesome week if you're a movie geek attending either Tornto International or Fantastic Fest. If you look below, you'll see that LET ME IN was just announced to screen at TIFF and will open FF. Now we have our full line-up for TIFF's Midnight Madness screenings, and yes, it's pretty awesome (it's OK to use awesome twice in one paragraph, right?).

This list includes James Gunn's much talked-about averge-guy-turned-superhero flick, SUPER. Also in the Madness is BUNRAKU, starring Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, and Ron Perlman as the baddie (this ought to be good), John Carpenter's latest, THE WARD, and Hong Kong's THE BUTCHER, THE CHIEF AND THE SWORDSMAN. I didn't get to catch too many midnight shows this year at Sundance, and I'm still feeling the regret from that, so I'm going to make sure to hit every film as possible while I'm in Toronto.

Check out the full list of Midnight Madness after the break.

Bunraku Guy Moshe, USA 
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 assassins. This visually stunning film is filled with uniquely choreographed action sequences of a new style that melds east with west and old school with new. The film also stars Demi Moore.

The Butcher, The Chef and the Swordsman Wuershan, Hong Kong, China/USAWorld Premiere
A group of misfits become mixed up in the struggle to own a deadly kitchen cleaver made from the top five swords of the martial arts world in this wild and brash action comedy that is sure to have audiences running to Chinatown after the film for a late night snack. 

Fire of Conscience Dante Lam, Hong Kong, China North American Premiere
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 loudest action films from Hong Kong in recent memory, with an orchestra of exploding grenades and machine gun rounds.

Insidious James Wan, USA World Premiere
When proud parents take possession of an old house, 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 another realm in this new chiller by the director and writer of Saw and by the producers of Paranormal Activity. The film stars Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey and Patrick Wilson.

Red Nights Julien Carbon, Laurent Courtiaud, Hong Kong, China/FranceWorld Premiere
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, USAWorld Premiere
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 the Lord’s work.

SUPER James Gunn, USA  World Premiere
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 admirer, an overeager comic store clerk (Ellen Page) who wants to be his sidekick.

Vanishing on 7th Street Brad Anderson, USA World Premiere
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 darkness hones in on them. From director Brad Anderson (The Machinist, Transsiberian) comes an apocalyptic thriller with a terrifying vision of our world's end and a story that wrestles with the nature of existence itself.

The Ward John Carpenter, USA  World Premiere
Acclaimed director John Carpenter (HalloweenThe Thing) makes his long-awaited return to the screen with a thriller about a young woman (Amber Heard) in a 1960s mental institution who becomes terrorized by malevolent unseen forces

Source TIFF

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