While the Toronto International Film Festival has mostly garnered a reputation as a place to often get the first look at movies that go on to critical acclaim and Academy Awards, the festival’s Midnight Madness section, which is reserved for genre films, has built a following of its own as well, getting a more prominent showcase as the years have passed. This has, in turn, led to films such as Adam Wingard’s You’re Next and Gareth Evans’ The Raid to make their world premieres at the festival under this banner, making the lineup every year an announcement that genre fans anticipate. For the 2015 incarnation of the festival, TIFF has now announced their first wave of screenings.
The section will be opening with a screening of Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room, which will be making its North American premiere, and closing with a screening of Todd Strauss-Schulson’s The Final Girls, which will be making its International Premiere. The full announced lineup, with each film’s official synopsis, is as follows.
- Baskin, directed by Can Evrenol, making its World Premiere
A squad of unsuspecting cops goes through a trapdoor to Hell when they stumble upon a Black Mass in an abandoned building.
- The Devil’s Candy, directed by Sean Byrne, making its World Premiere
A struggling artist (Ethan Embry) and his family buy the house of their dreams only to discover the property’s mysterious dark past and a former tenant who wants more than to simply come back home.
- The Final Girls, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, making its International Premiere
Max (American Horror Story’s Taissa Farmiga) is a high school senior whose mom (Malin Akerman) was a celebrated ’80s scream queen. At a screening, Max and her friends are mysteriously transported inside her mom’s most infamous movie, where they must fend off the camp counselors’ raging hormones, battle a deranged machete-wielding killer and find a way to escape the movie and get back home.
- The Girl in the Photographs, directed by Nick Simon, making its World Premiere
Colleen’s life in the sleepy town of Spearfish is disrupted when she starts receiving photographs of brutally murdered women. Things get even crazier for Colleen when L.A. based celeb-photographer Peter Hemmings (Kal Penn) returns to his hometown of Spearfish to investigate.
- Green Room, directed by Jeremy Saulnier, making its North American Premiere
Broke, tired and at each other’s throats after a cancelled gig, a young punk rock band accepts a sketchy matinee show to get themselves home. When they stumble upon something they weren’t supposed to witness, the quartet is trapped in a terrifying siege.
- Hardcore, directed by Ilya Naishuller, making its World Premiere
Resurrected with no recollection of his past, a cyborg named Henry (the audience’s POV) and his ally, Jimmy (Sharlto Copley, District 9) must fight through the streets of Moscow in pursuit of Henry’s kidnapped wife in the world’s first action-adventure film to be entirely shot from the first person perspective.
- The Mind’s Eye, directed by Joe Begos, making its World Premiere
Joe Begos returns with a psychokinetic thriller about Zack Connors (Graham Skipper), whose abilities have kept him off the grid for years until he’s recruited by the mysterious Dr. Slovak. The snowy New England landscape turns into a whirlwind of psychic rage, flying axes, and brutal revenge as Zack does everything in his power to stop Dr. Slovak’s deadly descent into synthetically engineered telekinetic madness.
- Southbound, directed by Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath, and Radio Silence, making its World Premiere
Five intertwining tales of terror unfold along an endless desert highway. On a desolate stretch of road, weary travellers — two men on the run from their past, a band on their way to the next gig, a man struggling to get home, a brother in search of his long-lost sister and a family on vacation — are forced to confront their worst fears and darkest secrets in these interwoven tales of terror and remorse on the open road.
- SPL 2—A Time for Consequences, directed by Soi Cheang, making its International Premiere
When an undercover cop (Wu Jing) has his cover blown and is thrown into a prison in Thailand run by a crime syndicate, he must team up with a prison guard (Tony Jaa) to bust out and get revenge on those who wronged him.
- Yakuza Apocalypse, directed by Takashi Miike, making its North American Premiere
Japanese cinematic extremist Takashi Miike returns to his gonzo roots with this mind-melter that finds room for vampires, gangsters, monsters, martial arts and even a yakuza knitting circle.
The 2015 Toronto International Film Festival will run from September 10th to the 20th.