10 MUST-SEE THRILLERS AND HORROR FILMS AT TIFF 2019

Sure, the Midnight Madness program is known around the world for bringing the wildest, scariest, messiest cinema to Toronto. But it’s not the only program that offers up auteur-driven nightmares

Malgorzata Szumowska’s The Other Lamb is set in an all-female society led by a domineering male spiritual leader.

A selection of auteur-driven nightmares playing in the Midnight Madness program and beyond

Sure, the Midnight Madness program is known around the world for bringing the wildest, scariest, messiest cinema to Toronto. But it’s not the only program that offers up auteur-driven nightmares; you can find genre works in pretty much every program except TIFF Docs.

Here are 10 genre or genre-adjacent pictures from all over the schedule that I’m especially excited to see. I’ll just note that since Jeff Barnaby’s Indigenous zombie thriller Blood Quantum appears on my Canadian list, it couldn’t be included here… so maybe think about it as the 11th entry.

The Antenna
An apartment complex slides into gruesome chaos after the installation of a new government-mandated satellite dish in Turkish writer/director Orçun Behram’s dystopian debut. Imagine Cronenberg’s Shivers without the sexual component – and with twice the chaos.

Sep 8, 9:30 pm, Scotiabank 4; Sep 10, 9:45 pm, Scotiabank 11; Sep 15, 6:30 pm, Scotiabank 10

Color Out Of Space
The promise of Nicolas Cage in an H.P. Lovecraft adaptation will be enough to most people in the door, but I’m especially excited for this one because it marks the return of writer/director Richard Stanley, who made Hardware and Dust Devil in the early 90s only to see his career derailed by the disaster that was The Island Of Dr. Moreau. I was in the Midnight Madness audience for Hardware all the way back in 1990. I’ll be there for this one, too.

Sep 7, 11:59 pm, Ryerson; Sep 9, 8:30 pm, Scotiabank 12; Sep 14, 5 pm, Scotiabank 12

 

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