Midnight strikes for Toronto titles

Quentin Tarantino, Gene Simmons have films in sidebar

TORONTO -- Quentin Tarantino, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Gene Simmons each feature in the Toronto International Film Festival's gore-and-guts Midnight Madness sidebar, which was unveiled Wednesday.

Toronto has booked French director Mabrouk El Mechri's action comedy "JCVD," which features Van Damme playing himself in the midst of a post office heist.

Also receiving an international premiere here is Japanese director Toshio Lee's "Detroit Metal City," which features KISS' Gene Simmons as the rock icon Jack Il Dark.

And Tarantino, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dennis Hopper and Stacy Keach will contribute to the Mark Hartley documentary "Not Quite Hollywood," which recalls 1970s and '80s Australian exploitation films.

Other titles announced Wednesday include world premieres for J.T. Petty's "The Burrowers," "Deadgirl" by Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel, and Spanish pic "Sexykiller" by Miguel Marti.