TIFF 12 for '12 Preview: The Fantastic Side of Things

Festivals Editor; Los Angeles, California (@RylandAldrich)
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TIFF 12 for '12 Preview: The Fantastic Side of Things

It's day two of our week long Toronto International Film Festival preview series. Yesterday we took a look at some of the big launches. Today we turn our attention to the genre side of things with a number of movies playing in the Midnight and Vanguard sections of the fest. Here are 12 fantastic films to keep an eye out for at TIFF 2012.

Martin McDonagh won scores of fans a few years back with his hilarious action-comedy IN BRUGES. He reteams with Colin Farrell for this similarly toned follow-up, adding an impressive cast that includes Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, Sam Rockwell, Olga Kurylenko, Kevin Corrigan, and Tom Waits. CBS Films is bringing the film to theaters October 12th.
Trailer (Red Band) | Trailer

The "director" column from my TIFF grid for this 26-part horror anthology just says, "oh boy..." How about Jason Eisener (HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN), Ernesto Diaz Esponza (MANDRILL), Ti West (THE INNKEEPERS), Ben Wheatley (KILL LIST), Angela Bettis (THE WOMAN), Adam Wingard (YOU'RE NEXT), Srdjan Spasojevic (A SERBIAN FILM), and Nacho Viga-freakin-londo (EXTRATERRESTRIAL)... just to name a few??? I don't think I need to say much more to sell this one.

Ben Wheatley's follow up to his impressive sophomore feature KILL LIST is this Cannes premiering ill-fated tourist caravner horror comedy. The film is somewhat surprisingly playing in TIFF's Vanguard section as opposed to midnight, perhaps because it is a bit less genre than his last outing. IFC Films have nabbed the flick for US distribution, though no dates have yet been announced.
Clip | Trailer

Lionsgate's Karl Urban starring comic book reboot has taken a bit of flak for a plot that runs so similarly to Indonesian hit THE RAID: REDEMPTION. While any correlation is, of course, only a coincidence, the fact that DREDD is playing in THE RAID's TIFF Midnight opening night spot will only fuel the comparison. The good news is that early reports from the San Diego Comic Con sneak preview have been very positive. Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey co-star in the film that opens wide on September 21st.
Clip | Clip | Trailer | Review by Charles Webb

Rocker-turned-horror director Rob Zombie's latest is this tale of witches transported to the modern day Mass. town to haunt the descendants of their persecutors.

Ryuhei Kitamura (VERSUS) hopes to find more success than the box office disaster of his first English language feature MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN with this Luke Evans starring highway kidnapping thriller.

A whole cast of up-and-coming Hollywood stars including Saoirse Ronan, Caleb Landry Jones, Sam Riley, Tom Hollander, and Gemma Arterton try to match the uber-street cred of Johnny Lee Miller (he was frickin' Crash Override in HACKERS) in Neil Jordan's return to the vampire subgenre. For those who don't remember, Jordan directed INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE.

Nicholas Lopez's Chilean nightclub cave-in horror looks to please Toronto's late night fans with a cast that includes Eli Roth and teen pop star Selena Gomez.

Wacky genre fave Don Coscarelli's latest has played a slew of festivals this year including both Sundance (where we first reviewed) and SXSW. Word has come down that those screenings are to be considered "works-in-progress" as the film has been re-edited for this "official" final cut. Apparently, it is all to good effect, as Magnet has picked up the film with an eye to December VOD and a theatrical release to follow.
Trailer | Review by Alex Koehne | Don Coscarelli Interview by Alex Koehne

Luiso Berdejo, writer of REC, co-wrote this interwoven Spanish supernatural tale of two time periods, directed by first time feature director Juan Carlos Medina.

The Luis Prieto directed UK remake of Nicolas Refn's crime classic make's its North American debut in TIFF's Vanguard section. The Weinstein Company's Tom Quinn headed VOD imprint Radius-TWC has picked up the film with loose plans to release it later this year.

I'm not quite sure why the "i" is lower case and the "LL" capital in this Riz Ahmed (FOUR LIONS) starring London crime thriller (as in, "iLL Manors"). Perhaps only musician-turned-director Ben Drew, aka Plan B, knows the truth.

A few other titles worth keeping an eye on during the fest include Barry Levinson's (SLEEPERS) small town parasitic invasioner THE BAY, Norwegian director Eva Sorhaug's dark and violent follow-up to COLD LUNCH, 90 MINUTES, and JT Petty's (THE BURROWERS) R-Rated 3D exorcism comedy HELLBENDERS.

Tomorrow we'll turn our focus to some of the high profile Asian films making their North American debuts at TIFF.

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Joe YoungSeptember 1, 2012 4:54 PM

"The Luis Prieto directed UK remake of Nicolas Refn's crime classic"

I didnĀ“t know anyone was planning to do that, thanks for the list Mr Aldrich.

Tom StoneSeptember 1, 2012 11:44 PM

From the headline are we to assume all these movies will be playing Fantastic Fest?

Ryland AldrichSeptember 2, 2012 4:44 PM

No, just that they are the kind of movie that perhaps might.