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Hot Toronto Trailer: ‘Almost Human’

By | Wednesday July 31, 2013 @ 1:38am PDT

Joe Begos’ horror pic Almost Human was just slotted for a spot in the Toronto International Film Festival‘s Midnight Madness sidebar, where films like Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno and opening-night film All Cheerleaders Die will also be making their world premieres. This one doesn’t skimp on the gore. It’s the story of a guy who disappears from from his home in a brilliant flash of blue light almost two years earlier, and a string of grisly murders leads his buddy to believe he has returned with something evil living inside of him. Check it out:

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Toronto: 25th Midnight Madness Section Includes Eli Roth’s ‘The Green Inferno’

The Toronto International Film Festival says it’s lined up “a murderers’ row of wild cinematic thrills” for its 25th Midnight Madness sidebar. The section will open with Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson’s All Cheerleaders Die in its world premiere while Eli Roth‘s The Green Inferno will also debut. Programmer Colin Geddes said, “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. 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.” Toronto runs from September 5-15. Here’s the Midnight Madness lineup:

Afflicted Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, Canada/USA, World Premiere
Best friends Derek and Clif set out on a trip of a lifetime. Their plan: travel to the ends of the earth, see the world, and live life to the fullest. But the trip soon takes a dark and bloody turn. Just days in, one of the men shows signs of a mysterious affliction which gradually takes over his entire body and being. Now, thousands of miles from home, in a foreign land, they must race to uncover the source of his illness before it consumes him completely. Footage of their travels meant to document pleasant memories may now become evidence of one of the most shocking discoveries ever captured on film…and may be their only postcard home. Read More »

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Toronto: Magnolia Lands Bobcat Goldthwait Comedy ‘God Bless America’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Magnolia Pictures is closing a world rights deal for God Bless America, the Bobcat Goldthwait-directed killing spree comedy. The film premiered over the weekend in the Midnight Madness program. I’ve heard it’s a high six figure deal and that Magnolia will release through Magnet, and the film will be an Ultra VOD title in 2012. That means it will start as a premium VOD title, then play theatrically in at least 25 cities.

Satire is about a guy who has nothing going right and could be terminally ill. He takes a gun and decides to kill the stupidest, cruelest and most repugnant members of society, assisted by a 16-year-old accomplice. Joel Murray plays the shooter, and Tara Lynn Barr plays the sidekick. Sean McKittrick and Jeff Culotta are the producers. Cassian Elwes and Preferred Content’s Kevin Iwashina and Christine D’Souza brokered the deal.

It is the second deal in the last 24 hours for the Mark Cuban- and Todd Wagner-owned company, which acquired the hockey comedy Goon last night.

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Toronto Update: IFC Midnight Buying Midnight Madness Title ‘The Incident’

By | Tuesday September 13, 2011 @ 10:54am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that IFC Midnight is finalizing a U.S. distribution rights deal for The Incident, the horror title that created a stir when a couple of audience members responded to the hardcore scenes by fainting. IFC Midnight negotiated the deal with Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group. SND is selling foreign.

EARLIER, 10:25 AM: The Incident, the Alexandre Courtes-directed drama that screened this morning in the Midnight Madness category, is clearly not for the squeamish. I’m told that two moviegoers fainted and an ambulance was called. The movie is about three struggling musicians who moonlight as cooks in a high security insane asylum.  When a storm shuts down the security system, the cells are unlocked and dangerous inmates run wild. Apparently, one person fainted when one of the cooks was tied to a stove top and burned alive. That will get you every time. Paradigm is trying to sell domestic.

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Toronto: Midnight Madness Title ‘The Raid’ Gets New Soundtrack

By | Friday September 9, 2011 @ 12:25pm PDT
Mike Fleming

The Raid, which had its Midnight Madness screening last night, is getting a soundtrack overhaul. Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda has been hired to create a new musical score for a film that was acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group based on partial footage shown during the Cannes Film Festival. SWAG’s plan was to find a hip musician to improve the film, and it’s the first film job for Shinoda. The martial arts movie played strongly at its first showing, and agents are courting director Gareth Evans and his leads, Iko Uwais and Joe Taslim.

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Toronto Fest Fills Out Slate With Genre And Documentary Films

By | Wednesday August 3, 2011 @ 8:15am PDT
Mike Fleming

The 2011 Toronto Film Festival has filled out its fest slate with the genre fare of its Midnight Madness program, and foreign, kidfare and documentary offerings. Among the highlights: the Masters program will unveil the Wim Wenders-directed Pina; the Jafar Panahi- and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb-directed This is Not a Film, about the plight of Panahi as he appealed his six-year prison sentence and 20-year filmmaking ban by the Islamic Republic Court in Tehran; the Werner Herzog-directed murder mystery documentary Into the Abyss; the Morgan Spurlock-directed geek doc Comic-Con: Episodes IV: A Fan’s Hope; Nick Broomfield’s controversial docu Sarah Palin–You Betcha!; and Alex Gibney’s hockey-brawling saga The Last Gladiators.

The Midnight Madness slate taxes the stamina but has become a destination of acquisition executives looking for genre  discoveries. This year, the slate includes the Douglas Aarniokoski-directed apocalyptic thriller The Day; the Bobcat Goldthwait-directed God Bless America, about a possibly terminally ill and disillusioned man who decides to bump off repugnant members of society; the Eduardo Sanches-directed Love Molly, a thriller by the Blair Witch director about a newlywed who can’t shed memories of her nightmarish childhood; the Adam Wingard-directed You’re Next, about a family fighting against invaders during a reunion getaway; the Katsuhito Ishii-directed Smuggler, about a smuggler who runs afoul of a psychotic gangster;  the Julien Maury- and Alexandre Bustillo-directed Livid, about friends who break into a decrepit mansion looking for loot, but finding horror; and the Alexandre Courtes-directed The Incident, in … Read More »

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