Hey, Toronto! All your favorite slasher villains are coming to the big screen, projected on glorious 35mm, as part of the Twitch presented Birth Of A Villain series at the TIFF Bell Lightbox
. Kicking things off this week, it's Freddy Krueger in Wes Craven's A Nightmare On Elm Street
The one-two punch of Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and John Carpenter's megahit Halloween
in the 1970s put a new face to American horror movies. While previously
the genre had its share of tortured, sympathetic anti-heroes (the
Frankenstein Monster, the Wolf Man), this new breed of monster was a
hero because of his villainy -- and the more gleefully he set
about his gruesome work, the better. Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees,
Freddy Krueger, Leatherface, Chucky, Pinhead -- the names have become
legend. Birth of a Villain takes us back to the nightmarish beginnings of these modern horror icons.
With the exception of Friday The 13th
- which rolls out for a midnight screening December 29th - all shows run at 10pm every Saturday night from now through the end of the year. Visit the official TIFF site for full details and to order tickets!
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