Romero’s Survival of the Dead Leads TIFF Midnight Selections


The Toronto Film Festival has announced its lineup for Midnight Madness. And among this year’s selection are some highly anticipated blood-baths from horror masters, Oscar winners and martial arts masters.

First and foremost is the newly titled Survival of the Dead, from director George Romero. Also among the list is Diablo Cody’s teen cheerleader flick Jennifer’s Body, in which a half-naked Megan Fox eats boys. There is the long-awaited actioner Bitch Slap, which we saw footage of at last year’s Comic-Con, which sends up the Grindhouse genre with a trio of hot ladies. And finally, if you’re in Toronto and you miss Ong Bak 2, there’s something wrong with you. Need proof? Read Rob Hunter’s glowing review of the film from SXSW.

Jennifer’s Body
(dir. Karyn Kusama, USA)
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 lustre 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®-winner Diablo Cody (Juno). Watch the trailer below:

A Town Called Panic
(dir. Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar, Belgium/Luxembourg/France)
An outlandish animation style captures the absurd wit and surreal adventures of plastic toys Cowboy, Indian and Horse.

Bitch Slap
(dir. Rick Jacobson, USA)
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. Watch the trailer below:

(dir. Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig, Australia/USA)
Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe and Sam Neill star in this sci-fi horror about a future populated by vampires where humans are the minority. Watch the trailer below:

George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead
(dir. George A. Romero, Canada)
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.

The Loved Ones
(dir. Sean Byrne, Australia)
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.

Ong Bak 2: The Beginning
(dir. Tony Jaa, Thailand)
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. Watch the trailer below:

[REC] 2
(dir. Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza, Spain)
In the follow-up to the acclaimed [REC], a SWAT team enters the old apartment to control an epidemic with terrifying results.

Solomon Kane
(dir. Michael J. Bassett, United Kingdom)
From Robert E. Howard, the legendary creator of Conan, comes this tale of a savage mercenary in sixteeth-century Century England who owes the devil his soul and seeks to redeem himself by fighting evil.

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

For more information about the Toronto Film Festival — which takes place from September 10-19th — head on over to the fest’s official website:

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