With fall festival fever revving up, the Toronto International Film Festival has unleashed the offerings that will make up its Midnight Madness section in September. Several alumni are back this year, including Ben Wheatley whose Free Fire will open the program in its world premiere. Exec produced by Martin Scorsese and starring Brie Larson and Cillian Murphy, it later turns up as the closing night gala of the London Film Festival.
Newcomers to the section include André Øvredal with the world premiere of The Autopsy Of Jane Doe; Colm McCarthy and The Girl With All The Gifts starring Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Glenn Close; Paul Schrader with his Cannes pic Dog Eat Dog; and Morgan Spurlock’s horror doc Rats.
Colin Geddes, International Programmer for the Festival calls Midnight Madness “the destination for those who love to sink their teeth into excessive, unrelenting, weird and wild films. And this year we have the perfect fix for adrenaline junkies and blood thirsty fiends.”
The section closes with “the ultimate showdown” between J-horror icons from The Ring and The Grudge in Sadako Vs. Kayako, directed by Kōji Shiraishi.
Here’s the full list of Midnight Madness titles:
The Autopsy Of Jane Doe, dir: André Øvredal
The Belko Experiment, dir: Greg McLean
Blair Witch, dir: Adam Wingard
Dog Eat Dog, dir: Paul Schrader
Free Fire, dir: Ben Wheatley
The Girl With All The Gifts, dir: Colm McCarthy
Headshot, dirs: Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto,
Rats, dir: Morgan Spurlock
Raw (Grave), dir: Julia Ducournau
Sadako Vs. Kayako, dir: Kōji Shiraishi