Toronto: Eli Roth, Hitoshi Matsumoto Films to Hit Midnight Madness

Emily Shur
Eli Roth

The festival's gorefest, now in its 25th year, will also give a North American bow to Hong Kong pop singer Juno Mak's debut feature.

TORONTO - Toronto's Midnight Madness sidebar is to present the latest films by Hitoshi Matsumoto, Eli Roth and Sion Sono, and Hong Kong pop singer Juno Mak's debut feature.

The 38th Toronto International Film Festival early Tuesday morning said it has booked a world premiere for Roth's The Green Inferno, a film about college students taking their humanitarian protest from New York to the Amazon jungle, and Matsumoto's R100, where an ordinary man with an ordinary life joins a mysterious club.

There's also North American bows for Rigor Mortis, Mak’s debut feature starring Chin Siu-Ho, Kara Hui, Anthony Chan, Lo Hoi Pang and Richard Ng, and Why Don't You Play in Hell?, Japanese director Sono's portrait of two men who hate each other.

And the Midnight Madness gorefest will open with a world bow for All Cheerleaders Die, Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson's film about tragedy rocking Blackfoot High as a rebellious outsider shocks the student body by joining the cheerleading squad.

Other world premieres: Afflicted, by Derek Lee and Clif Prowse; Joe Begos' Almost Human; Mike Flanagan's Oculus, starring Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites; and The Station, by Austrian director Marvin Kren.

Programmed by Colin Geddes, the Midnight Madness program was suitably unveiled just after midnight on Tuesday morning.

“Since its 1988 launch, the Midnight Madness programme emerged as a touchstone of cinematic shock, satiating the adventurous palate of bloodthirsty cinephiles from all over the world,” said Geddes, international programmer for TIFF.

“When the witching hour strikes and the human brain starts slipping into dream mode, the Ryerson Theatre will once again serve up a feast of phantasmagorical characters and jaw-dropping scenes, playing host to bizarre biological monstrosities, ruthless dominatrix gangs, paranormal mirrors, and the hijinks of supernatural cheerleaders," he said in a statement.

The Toronto International Film Festival is set to run from Sept. 5-15.