Seattle International Film Festival’s Midnight Adrenaline Lineup

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The 2011 Seattle International Film Festival runs May 19–June 12 and is home to a great many genre films. Here’s a look at those which are included in the fest’s Midnight Adrenaline segment, jokingly said to be “under quarantine until further notice.”

Unauthorized individuals are forbidden to attend these screenings without proper training and/or protection. The contents of the films within have been found to be corrosive to the general cinema-going public. Those familiar with Midnight Adrenaline films will attest to their effects — fever, insomnia, nervous agitation, persecutory delusions, and borderline schizophrenia. Midnight Adrenaline has been shown to be highly contagious and, as of yet, there is no effective form of treatment following exposure.

SIFF recognizes that this decision will generate controversy among its patrons. However, it is important to recognize that certified non-Midnight Adrenaline films are available in ample numbers for your safety. SIFF cannot be held responsible for individuals willfully exposing themselves to known toxic agents.

Those found in violation of the quarantine will be detained for an unspecified duration until it can be determined the individual in question poses no threat of contaminating the general festival populace.

Immediately notify the proper SIFF authorities if quarantine is broken. Do not approach exposed individuals on your own. Failure to comply with the above protocols may expose you to noxious cinematic elements. This notice is posted in compliance with the cinematic code of public health and must not be removed without the permission of a certified festival officer.

2011 Seattle International Film Festival

  • Adder’s Bite – Canada, 2010, 10 min.
    In the depths of a dark cavern, an intruder interrupts a ceremony performed by grotesque creatures.

  • The Intruder – Thailand, 2010, 106 min.
    On a dark and stormy night, paramedic Sadayu responds to an emergency snakebite call at the apartment building owned by his ex-girlfriend. But in the midst of their short-lived, bitter reunion, thousands upon thousands of cobras invade the building, attacking the residents.

  • John Carpenter’s The Ward – USA, 2010, 88 min.
    After burning down a farmhouse, Kristen falls under the care of Dr. Stringer at North Bend Psychiatric Hospital. Confined to a special ward with four other girls, she soon starts to suspect that no one has ever left the sanitarium’s shadowy corridors alive, in this sinister, atmospheric return to form for John Carpenter.

  • Karate-Robo Zaborgar – Japan, 2011, 101 min.
    Police officer Yutaka Daimon and his motorcycle-transforming karate robot partner Zaborgar fight the evil super-crime organization Sigma. But when Daimon meets Miss Borg, a sexy cybernetic agent, their love affair threatens not only his partnership with Zaborgar, but the entire free world as well.

  • The Last Circus – Spain, 2010, 105 min.
    A circus, two clowns, one ballerina, a blood-and-bullets-riddled love triangle, and lots of dark humor—such is the politically incorrect formula of The Last Circus. Using ridiculous violence and wicked humor as prime satirical materials — it’s a parody of the Spanish Civil War, critical of its horrors from the audacious Alex de la Iglesia.

  • The Legend of Beaver Dam – Canada, 2010, 12 min.
    Campfire tales turn into a grand guignol, musical gore-fest.

  • Revenge: A Love Story – Hong Kong, 2010, 95 min.
    Romantic carnage abounds in the new film from the producers of last year’s Dream Home. After a series of brutal slayings involving policemen and their families, Hong Kong detectives search for the killer while attempting to uncover the truth behind his vengeful motives.

  • Troll Hunter – Norway, 2010, 103 min.
    When three Norwegian film students set out to make a documentary about illegal bear hunting, they soon discover their prime suspect isn’t a poacher—he’s a government sponsored troll hunter.

  • The Village of Shadows – France, 2010, 103 min.
    In this gothic chiller, two carloads of friends on a weekend getaway race down a dark, country road. But when the passengers of one car suddenly disappear en route, their friends search for them among the abandoned, shadowy streets of the village Ruiflec.

  • The Whisperer in Darkness – USA, 2011, 103 min.
    When folklore professor Albert Wilmarth investigates legends of strange creatures in the remote hills of Vermont, his inquiry reveals terrifying glimpses of the truth that lurks behind the legends in this adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s classic weird tale, shot in the style of 1930s horror films.

    For more visit the official Seattle International Film Festival website.

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