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TIFF 09: Full ‘Midnight Madness’ Line-Up, Romero’s ‘Survival of the Dead’!

Out of all of the events that happen throughout the year, the one that I look forward to the most is the Toronto International Film Festival, which hosts the epic 10-day event “Midnight Madness.” Midnight Madness – the genre fest that has premiered High Tension, Inside, Martyrs and many more – continues to provide an eccentric mix of the weird and the wonderful, the gory and the gruesome. This year, late-night film-goers can expect to have their senses riveted by crazed animation, femme-tastic b-movie mayhem, monsters galore, a possessed cheerleader, exhilarating martial arts and more! The 34th TIFF runs September 10 to 19, 2009 and we’ve got the entire Midnight Madness line-up. Dig on it inside and prepared to get excited! Get your tickets now before they sell out.


The Midnight Madness Package is $156.51, and available to students and seniors for $100 (prices do not include GST, building fund fee and service charges). Other ticket packages for the Festival are also available for purchase by cash, debit or Visa†. Purchase online at, by phone at 416-968-FILM or 1-877-968-FILM (Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed weekends and holidays) or in person at the Festival Box Office at Nathan Phillips Square (Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week), located at 100 Queen Street West, in the white tent, west of the square. The 34th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 10 to 19, 2009.

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Jennifer’s Body (Opening Night)

Jennifer’s Body tells the story of small town high school student Jennifer (Megan Fox) who is possessed by a hungry demon and transitions from being “high school evil”—gorgeous (and doesn’t she know it), stuck up and ultra-attitudinal—to the real deal: evil/evil. The glittering beauty becomes a pale and sickly creature jonesing for a meaty snack, and guys who never stood a chance with the heartless babe, take on new luster in the light of her insatiable appetite. Meanwhile, Jennifer’s best friend, Needy (Amanda Seyfried), long relegated to living in Jennifer’s shadow, must step-up to protect the town’s young men, including her nerdy boyfriend Chip (Johnny Simmons). Written and executive produced by Oscar®-winning Diablo Cody (Juno). Karyn Kusama, USA World Premiere

A Town Called Panic

An outlandish animation style captures the absurd wit and surreal adventures of plastic toys Cowboy, Indian and Horse. Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar, Belgium/Luxembourg/France North American Premiere

Bitch Slap

In this campy action comedy from the creators of Xena and Hercules, three hot blooded women try to uncover some booty in the desert using feminine charms, fists, and machine guns. Rick Jacobson, USA World Premiere


Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill star in this sci-fi horror about a future populated by vampires where humans are the minority. Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig, Australia/USA World Premiere

George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead

Master director George A. Romero returns to his world of the undead, this time pitting two feuding clans in the middle of the fallout of a zombie epidemic. George A. Romero, Canada World Premiere

The Loved Ones

A troubled teen’s prom dreams are shattered by a series of painful events that take place under the mirrored disco ball, involving syringes, nails, power drills and a secret admirer in this wild mash-up of Pretty in Pink and Misery. Sean Byrne, Australia International Premiere

Ong Bak 2

Martial arts superstar Tony Jaa stars in and directs this epic tale of revenge set hundreds of years in the past. Featuring a huge cast and hordes of elephants, this prequel takes Jaa’s skills to the next level, showcasing him as a master of a wide range of martial arts styles – while proving him to be a promising director as well. Tony Jaa, Thailand Canadian Premiere

[REC] 2

In the follow-up to the acclaimed [REC], a SWAT team enters the old apartment to control an epidemic with terrifying results. Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza, Spain North American Premiere

Solomon Kane

From Robert E. Howard, the legendary creator of Conan, comes this tale of a savage mercenary in 16th Century England who owes the Devil his soul and seeks to redeem himself by fighting evil. Michael J. Bassett, United Kingdom World Premiere


Japanese comedy superstar Hitoshi Matsumoto (Dainipponjin) stars in and directs this absurd and outlandish comedy about a man trying to escape a unique dilemma. Hitoshi Matsumoto, Japan International Premiere



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