I got the chance to chat with Dave Alexander, editor-in-chief of the world's leading horror magazine, Rue Morgue, and naturally, had to ask him what Midnight Madness movies he's most looking forward to.
If Can Evrenol’s Baskin is as creepy as the short film of the same name that it’s based on, it’ll be the kind of hard horror hellride perfect for midnight audiences in need of a genuine creep out. I love movies in which the protagonists must investigate large buildings that reveal a multitude of horrors – think the original Dawn of the Dead, the remake of The Toolbox Murders or Silent Hill – and the chilling occult angle offered here drives things in a particularly harrowing direction. The official description of Baskin being inspired by Quest for Fire, Apocalypse Now and Hellraiser, but also the paintings of Caravaggio, Bosch, and Giger” seals the deal.
If you watch a lot of horror movies, like I do, films that cleverly deconstruct the genre tropes we’re so familiar with – and sometimes tired of – are cathartic. When they also deliver all the fun in those formulas, all the better. Todd Strauss-Schulson’s Final Girls promises the same amount of laughs and lacerations found in slasher-savvy titles such as Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon and Cabin in the Woods. That it was co-written by actor-turned-screenwriter Joshua John Miller – of Near Dark, River’s Edge and Halloween III fame – is a bonus for us genre geeks.
The Devil’s Candy
The Loved Ones (2009) is one of my all-time favourite Midnight Madness movies, and six years is too long of a wait for a follow up from Aussie writer/director Sean Byrne. The premise for The Devil’s Candy (a painter in Texas is possessed after moving his family into their dream home) is as simple as the set up for The Loved Ones (a high school boy is kidnapped and tortured by a deranged classmate on prom night) but you can bet Byrne has some nasty surprises in store, as well as some very strong visuals. All that aside, seeing as it comes from the same producers as popular Midnight Madness films The Guest and You’re Next, it’s a no-brainer.
Thank you for your time, Dave!
Fri, Sept 11, 11:59 PM RYERSON
Sun, Sept 13, 4:00 PM SCOTIABANK
Thurs, Sept 17, 6:00 PM SCOTIABANK
FINAL GIRLS screens:
Sat, Sept 19, 11:59 PM RYERSON
Sun, Sept 20, 5:00 PM SCOTIABANK
THE DEVIL'S CANDY screens:
Sun, Sept 13, 11:59 PM RYERSON
Tues, Sept 15, 6:45 PM SCOTIABANK
Sat, Sept 19, 1:15 PM SCOTIABANK