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TIFF 2017: Midnight Madness Lineup Brings Horror in All Forms to Toronto



The full lineup for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival has been released along with their Midnight Madness program, which will feature several genre offerings that are sure to make you scream, laugh, scratch your head, and, to put it simply, have a damn good time!

TIFF’s Midnight Madness will feature eight world premieres, including Ryuhei Kitamura’s Downrange and Brian Taylor’s Mom and Dad, and two North American premieres, including Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s Let the Corpses Tan. You can see the full list below.

TIFF runs September 7th through the 17th this year. Ticket packages are available here.

Directed by Joseph Kahn
A satirical exploration of the world’s most artistically brutal sport — battle rapping — from music video director Joseph Kahn, based on a script by Toronto rapper Alex Larsen (Kid Twist) and produced by Eminem.

Brawl in Cell Block 99
Directed by S. Craig Zahler
Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter, and Don Johnson star in this bloody thriller from Bone Tomahawk writer-director S. Craig Zahler, in which a former boxer turned drug runner lands in a prison battleground after a deal gets deadly.

Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura
Stranded at the side of the road after a tire blowout, a group of friends become targets for an enigmatic sniper in this wickedly entertaining bloodbath from Midnight Madness regular Ryuhei Kitamura (Versus).

Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres)
Directed by Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani
Absconding with a truckload of stolen gold, a gang of thieves engage in a desperate, day-long firefight with pursuing cops through the ruins of a remote Mediterranean hamlet in this deliriously stylish thriller from Vanguard veterans Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani (The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears).

Mom and Dad
Directed by Brian Taylor
Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair star in this pitch-black horror-comedy about a worldwide mass hysteria where, for 24 brutal hours, parents turn violently against their own children.

Directed by Coralie Fargeat
Never take your mistress on an annual guys’ getaway, especially one devoted to hunting — a violent lesson for three wealthy married men in writer-director Coralie Fargeat’s feature debut.

The Crescent
Directed by Seth A. Smith
The trio behind 2012’s fever dream-like Lowlife return with a hallucinatory story focused on a woman and her child enveloped by an eerie atmosphere and creeping dread upon retreating to a remote coastal estate.

The Disaster Artist
Directed by James Franco
James Franco directs this giddy tribute to eccentric filmmaker Tommy Wiseau and his best friend, actor Greg Sestero, whose notoriously awful film The Room has become one of the most beloved cult classics of all time.

The Ritual
Directed by David Bruckner
Venturing into the wilderness of the Swedish highlands to perform a remembrance for a dearly departed friend, four men are subjected to a night of terror when they unwisely take refuge in a derelict house.

Vampire Clay (Kyuketsu Nendo)
Directed by Soîchi Umezawa
Japanese director and master makeup artist Soichi Umezawa gives life to a plasticine demon that subsequently devours the denizens of a rural art school.




First Look: Sheri Moon Zombie in Rob Zombie’s 3 FROM HELL



It was just the other day that we shared with you guys your first look at Bill Moseley from Rob Zombie’s upcoming sequel to House of 100 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects called 3 From Hell. And today we have your first look at Sheri Moon Zombie as Baby!

Like the Otis post from yesterday, this first look image comes to us via Zombie’s Instagram page and you can check it out below. Looks like Baby and her brother are locked up Manson style and going through a trial of the century type deal as Zombie writes: “A Three From Hell exclusive! A somber Baby is escorted from court and back to prison. Justice! Free The Three!”

Again you can check out the post and the pic below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

3 From Hell is written and directed by Rob Zombie and stars Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie, Sid Haig, Austin Stoker, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Daniel Roebuck, Emilio Rivera, Clint Howard, Bill Oberst Jr., David Ury, Tom Papa, Danny Trejo, Dot-Marie Jones, Richard Riehle, Richard Edson, Pancho Moler, Sean Whalen, Kevin Jackson, and Dee Wallace.

Related: What the Hell Happens in 3 From Hell? Let’s Speculate!


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Oy! HANNUKAH THE MOVIE Aims to Get Made After Nearly a Decade



This menorah has nothing to do with the story but, c'mon! It's a freaking T-rex menorah!

As a Jew, seeing holiday-themed horror movies is both a wonderful and bittersweet occasion. I love seeing my friends celebrate the holidays that are near and dear to their hearts but elevated with the viscera, gore, and terror that I so dearly love. But while Christians have films like Black Christmas, Santa’s Slay, Gremlins, Red Christmas, Krampus, etc…, the amount of horror films centered around Jewish holidays is slim to none. Don’t get me wrong here, okay? I’m well aware of population dynamics and, therefore, interest in a given subject/life experience. It’d just be nice to see something like that now and again.

Oh, but what’s this? Looks like writer/director Eben McGarr is ready to move forward on his near decade long project Hanukkah The Movie, a “TORAH-fying new tale of HORAH!” I get it. Sensible chuckle awarded.

Obediah Lazarus is the son of Judah Lazarus, the original Hanukkiller. In 1983 Judah terrorized NY for seven nights and was preparing to sacrifice his eight-year-old son, Obediah, on the eighth night. Judah was convinced it was God’s will, like Abraham and Isaac, to sacrifice his only son to God. Luckily for Obediah, police tracked Judah down and stopped the sacrifice, but Judah was gunned down in the process. Warped by hatred with no guidance, Obediah Lazarus becomes a religious extremist, intolerant of non-Jews, “bad Jews”, and those he perceives to be enemies of the Jewish faith. He is about to unleash eight nights of horror.

A group of Jewish teens are getting ready to party for the holidays but are in for a Festival of Frights. With the help of a wise rabbi, they deduce that the murder victims have violated Judaic law and that their only chance at survival is to embrace their faith.

The film has supposedly taken care of the majority of pre-production, so they’re now on Indiegogo with the goal to raise $100,000. Not a small amount but certainly not an unachievable goal. If a potato salad Kickstarter that wanted $10 ended up with nearly $56,000, I think this has a chance.


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Trailer: Man-Made Ghosts Invade OUR HOUSE This July



IFC Midnight will be unleashing director Anthony Scott Burns’ feature debut Our House come July 27, 2018. The film stars Thomas Mann and Nicola Peltz and today we have the flick’s spooky trailer for your viewing pleasure.

You can check out the poster to the right and the trailer below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Our House is directed by Anthony Scott Burns from a script written by Nathan Parker and stars Thomas Mann and Nicola Peltz. It’s produced by Lee Kim, Martin Katz, Ulf Israel and Karen Wookey. Executive producers are John Davis, Nick Spicer, Kyle Franke, Derek Dauchy, Noah Segal, Adrian Love, David Kehrl and Reik Moller.

The film hits via IFC Midnight this July 27, 2018.


The story of a young genius who accidentally invents a device that amplifies the paranormal activity within his family’s house, possibly bringing back the spirits of loved ones — and unleashing things that are far worse.


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