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TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!The 79th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) runs September 4-14, 2014, and its Midnight Madness programme brings thrills, chills, and all sorts of kills to Festival audiences once again including Tusk, [REC] 4: Apocalypse, The Guest, It Follows, and lots more!

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TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!The 79th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) runs September 4-14, 2014, and its Midnight Madness programme brings thrills, chills, and all sorts of kills to Festival audiences once again including Tusk, [REC] 4: Apocalypse, The Guest, It Follows, and lots more!

From the Press Release:
Get your passports stamped and experience an international cinematic rollercoaster which includes: a Yakuza street gang hip-hop musical epic; spine-chilling Spanish zombies with insatiable appetites; a Finnish boy hunter rescuing the President of the United States from terrorists; and Flemish cub scouts trapped in the woods with sinister companions.

“Midnight Madness has been entertaining connoisseurs of the exquisitely explicit for over 25 years and is now an essential destination for cinematic masters of outrageous expression,” says Colin Geddes, International Programmer for the Festival. “After the sun sets on the Festival days, fearless audiences will converge at the Ryerson Theatre to be served a visual feast of the bizarre, the horrifying, and the wonderfully wacky.”

Along with the triumphant return of last year’s People’s Choice Award-winner Sion Sono, Midnight Madness will also welcome back renowned alumni Adam Wingard, Mark Hartley, and Jaume Balagueró. The Festival is also set to proudly celebrate indie legend Kevin Smith’s homecoming after 20 years.

Midnight Madness Opening Night Film: Tokyo Tribe – Sion Sono, Japan – International Premiere
Set in an alternate Tokyo of the near future, director Sion Sono continues his run of sensational films with the explosive street gang tale Tokyo Tribe. Tokyo Tribe is the first live-action adaptation of the best-selling manga series Tokyo Tribe 2 by Santa Inoue, which has sold two million copies and has been published in Asia and the West to great popularity.

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

[REC] 4: Apocalypse – Jaume Balagueró, Spain – World Premiere
Angela Vidal wakes up in a high-security quarantine facility, sole survivor and witness to the horrific events inside the building. But does she remember what happened to her? Is she carrying a virus? Distrust spreads through the isolated facility while new, even more deadly forms of evil spread even faster

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

Big Game – Jalmari Heleander, Finland/United Kingdom/Germany – World Premiere
The fate of the most powerful man in the world lies in the hands of a 17-year-old boy. Plunged into a deadly game of cat and mouse, Oskari and the President must team up to survive the most extraordinary night of their lives.

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

Cub – Jonas Govaerts, Belgium – World Premiere
Young, imaginative 12-year-old Sam heads off to camp with his Cub Scouts pack. In the woods he stumbles upon a strange treehouse and a masked, feral child. When his leaders ignore his warnings about the mysterious boy, Sam starts to feel increasingly isolated from the pack and convinced a terrible fate awaits them all.

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films – Mark Hartley, Australia – International Premiere
Director Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood, Machete Maidens Unleashed!) continues his delightful documentary disinterment of down-market movie detritus with this chronicle of the rise and fall of 1980s action-exploitation juggernaut Cannon Films, whose contributions to the cinematic canon include American Ninja, The Delta Force, Death Wish II, and Masters of the Universe.

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

The Guest – Adam Wingard, USA – Canadian Premiere
The follow-up to Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett’s wildly popular You’re Next, The Guest tells the story of a mysterious and devastatingly charming visitor, David (Dan Stevens of “Downton Abbey”), who arrives on the doorstep of a bereaved family claiming to be the best friend of their dead son, a young soldier who died in action. The Petersons welcome David into their home and into their lives, but when people start mysteriously dying in town, their teenage daughter, Anna (Maika Monroe of It Follows), starts wondering if David is responsible.

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

It Follows – David Robert Mitchell, USA – North American Premiere
For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys, and weekends at the lake. Yet, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind. With a riveting central performance from Monroe and a strikingly ominous electronic score by Disasterpeace, It Follows is an artful psychosexual thriller from David Robert Mitchell, whose The Myth of the American Sleepover premiered at Critics’ Week in 2010. The film also stars Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi, and Lili Sepe.

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

Tusk – Kevin Smith, USA – World Premiere
Wallace (Justin Long) is a podcaster on a mission who thinks he has found the story of a lifetime in Howard Howe (Michael Parks), an adventurer with amazing stories and a curious penchant for walruses. When Mr. Howe’s true desires unfold, things take a dark turn, and Wallace faces a terrifying transformation at the hands of his captor. As his friends Alison and Teddy (Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment) search the backwoods of Canada to rescue him, they discover a nightmare from which there is no escape. Conceived from one of indie legend Kevin Smith’s own Smodcast’s, Tusk is an unprecedented tale that is equal parts hilarious and horrifying.

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

What We Do in the Shadows – Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, New Zealand/USA – Canadian Premiere
Vladislav (Jemaine Clement), Viago (Taika Waititi), and Deacon (Jonathan Brugh) are three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life’s obstacles—like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood. Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection, modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

TIFF 2014 Midnight Madness Lineup Includes REC 4, Tusk, The Guest, It Follows, and Lots More!

Tickets to screenings for this programme will be available for individual purchase as well as through the Midnight Madness Pack, which includes all 10 screenings for $180, or $145 for students and seniors. Purchase Festival ticket packages online 24 hours a day at tiff.net, by phone from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET daily at 416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8477, or visit the Gupta Box Office in person from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET daily at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 750 King Street West, until August 20 while quantities last.

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Amityville Arcade Does What Nintendon’t – Kills You!

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Oh, Amityville, is there nothing you cannot possess with your horror? Not even retro video games are immune from your evil for soon we shall experience the haunted coin-op horror that is Amityville Arcade.

The other day I told you about Amityville Cop and a slew of other forthcoming Amityville movies in the works. This prompted the makers of yet another that I somehow missed out on at the time to pass along info on their foray into this haunted horror subgenre: Amityville Arcade. Pay to get in! Pray to survive!

A down-on-his-luck arcade owner purchases an arcade cabinet from the legendary Amityville murder house. The plan is to turn it into a tacky roadside attraction to round up business in time for Halloween but it does not take long for them to realize they got more than they bargained for when the owner’s daughter is sucked into a Lovecraftian digital hellscape. And the arcade’s three half-wit employees are, sadly for the rest of us, the only thing standing between our world and whatever lays inside the game.

Who knew the Lutz family even owned an arcade cabinet?

Makes you wonder what other possessed objects from that house of horrors are still lurking out there waiting to be taken in by some unfortunate souls?

Amityville Bird Feeder?

Amityville Pet Rock?

Amityville Waterbed?

Amityville 8-Track?

Amityville Lava Lamp?

Amityville Stretch Armstrong?

Amityville Cuckoo Clock?

Oh, wait. I believe Amityville 1992: It’s About Time already did the cursed clock.

Anyway, unlike some of these other upcoming Amityville productions in development that I’ve written about, the writer of Amityville Arcade, Newt Wallen, assures me that in addition to being a horrific love letter to retro gaming his film will also carry a satirical edge poking fun at the glut of Amityville cash-in movies and the very notion of a long-running series out of fresh ideas.

Libby Chapman directs this retro gaming horror comedy that begins filming this February at TNT Amusements in Philadelphia. Look for special appearances by horror movie host Mr. Lobo and scream queen Crystal Quin and practical f/x and prop fabrication by Ryan Hickey and Joe La Scolla.

They’re hoping to deliver some top notch special effects on a small budget. Something tells me whatever they come up with for Amityville Arcade will still prove better than Full Moon’s disastrous Arcade from back in the day. The horror… The horror…

If the finished film is half as good as the promotional artwork I’m ready to plunk down a few quarters for it.

Now if you’ll excuse me I really need to get back to work on my screenplay for Amityville Mr. Microphone. You see, the Mr. Microphone came from the Amityville murder house and now after being discovered in an abandoned storage locker it finds its way into the hands of luddite who collect retro gadgets. But, being that the mic is possessed by evil, whenever he uses it, the voice coming through the radio speakers is that of an demonic entity that makes whoever hears its voice obey its evil commands, which, in turn, begins turning the lonely loser using it into a power-mad maniac. Only polyester clad priest Father Ronco can help– Oh, geez! Someone reading this is probably going to steal my million dollar idea. I better write faster.

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DVD and Blu-ray Releases: January 16, 2018

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Welcome back, friends.  One would imagine that a release list containing only five entries wouldn’t contain any discrepancies, right? Nope. The Amicus Collection may have come out on December 5th, but it popped up again this week so if you missed it then, go get yours now.

The big hit of this week, and of 2017, Happy Death Day gets its release this week on both Blu-ray and DVD.  This was a great movie and recently surpassed $100 million dollars worldwide. I highly recommend it.

Up next is The Snowman.  You can check out the Dread Central review of this wintertime serial killer thriller here.

If you’re feeling more of a science-fiction kind of vibe, check out Beyond Skyline.

Basically there’s a little something for everyone this week.  What are you going to watch?

Pleasant viewing, friends.



MOVIES

Beyond Skyline (2017)

Starring:

Frank Grillo, Bojana Novakovic, Iko Uwais, Jonny Weston

Synopsis:

When the population of Los Angeles is vacuumed off the face of the Earth, Detective Mark Corley storms his way onto an alien ship to rescue his estranged son. But after crashing the ship in Southeast Asia, he must forge an alliance with a band of survivors to discover the key to saving his son and taking back the planet once and for all.

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Eye of the Cat (1969)

Starring:

Michael Sarrazin, Eleanor Parker

Synopsis:

A man and his girlfriend plan to rob the mansion of the man’s eccentric but wealthy aunt. However, the aunt keeps dozens of cats in her home, and the man is deathly afraid of cats.

BUY IT NOW!


Happy Death Day (2017)

Starring:

Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Rachel Matthews, Charles Aitken

Synopsis:

Blumhouse (Split, Get Out, The Purge) produces an original and inventive rewinding thriller in Happy Death Day, in which a college student relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity. The thrills continue with an Alternate Ending never-before-seen in theaters.

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Snowman, The (2017)

Starring:

Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, Chloe Sevigny

Synopsis:

From executive producer Martin Scorsese, The Snowman is based on Jo Nesbø’s New York Times bestselling thriller series. When an elite crime squad’s lead detective (Michael Fassbender) investigates the disappearance of a victim on the first snow of winter, he fears an elusive serial killer may be active again. With the help of a brilliant recruit (Rebecca Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall.

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COLLECTIONS

The Amicus Collection

Starring:

Peter Cushing, Britt Ekland, Herbert Lom, Patrick Magee, Stephanie Beacham

Synopsis:

Known as The Studio That Dripped Blood, British film company Amicus Productions (founded by American writer/producers Max J. Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky) built a legacy of horror anthologies and twisted thrillers that remains among the very best genre movies of the 70s. In this trio of Amicus classics featuring stars that include Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Britt Ekland, Patrick Magee, Stephanie Beacham, Calvin Lockhart, Michael Gambon, and Charlotte Rampling, you’ll discover the studio’s legendary portmanteau Asylum, their insane Gothic shocker And Now The Screaming Starts, and exclusive to this set the infamous werewolf whodunit The Beast Must Die, as well as a Bonus Disc of Amicus trailers, TV commercials, rare interviews, and more – all in this 4-disc box set.

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Pride and Prometheus Fuses the Horror of Mary Shelley with the Romance of Jane Austen

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This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein so you can expect to see several articles tied in with that momentous occasion over the next several months. Today we have your first word on Pride and Prometheus from John Kessel, which fuses Shelley’s Gothic horror with the Regency romance of Jane Austen in an exciting novel that combines two age-old stories in a fresh and startling way.

Born in Buffalo, New York, Kessel holds a B.A. in Physics and English and a Ph.D. in American Literature. He helped found and served as the first director of the MFA program in creative writing at North Carolina State University, where he has taught since 1982. He is the author of the novels Good News from Outer Space, Corrupting Dr. Nice, and, in collaboration with James Patrick Kelly, Freedom Beach. His short story collections are Meeting in Infinity (a New York Times Notable Book), The Pure Product, and The Baum Plan for Financial Independence. Also with Jim Kelly, he has edited five anthologies of stories re-visioning contemporary short sci-fi, most recently Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology.

Pride and Prometheus arrives February 13th from Sega Press. Look for a guest blog from John Kessel in the coming weeks!

Synopsis:
Pride and Prejudice meets Frankenstein as Mary Bennet falls for the enigmatic Victor Frankenstein and befriends his monstrous Creature in this clever fusion of two popular classics.

Threatened with destruction unless he fashions a wife for his Creature, Victor Frankenstein travels to England, where he meets Mary and Kitty Bennet, the remaining unmarried sisters of the Bennet family from Pride and Prejudice. As Mary and Victor become increasingly attracted to each other, the Creature looks on impatiently, waiting for his bride. But where will Victor find a female body from which to create the monster’s mate?

Meanwhile, the awkward Mary hopes that Victor will save her from approaching spinsterhood while wondering what dark secret he is keeping from her.

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