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TIFF 2013 Unveils Midnight Lineup; Includes World Premieres of Eli Roth's 'Green Inferno,' 'Oculus,' 'Almost Human' (TRAILER)

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 30, 2013 at 11:21AM

The 38th Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled its lineup for the Midnight Madness section, celebrating its 25th year. Opening the program is Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson's "All Cheerleaders Die"; the nine-film section also boasts the world premieres of Eli Roth's "The Green Inferno," Mike Flanagan's "Oculus," Joe Begos' "Almost Human" (trailer below) and Hitoshi Matsumoto's "R100."
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Eli Roth's "The Green Inferno"
Eli Roth's "The Green Inferno"

The 38th Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled its lineup for the Midnight Madness section, celebrating its 25th year. Opening the program is Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson's "All Cheerleaders Die"; the nine-film section also boasts the world premieres of Eli Roth's "The Green Inferno," Mike Flanagan's "Oculus," Joe Begos' "Almost Human" (trailer below) and Hitoshi Matsumoto's "R100." 

TIFF 2013 runs September 5-15. 

Afflicted Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, Canada/USA World Premiere

Best friends Derek and Clif set out on a trip of a lifetime. Their plan: travel to the ends of the earth, see the world, and live life to the fullest. But the trip soon takes a dark and bloody turn. Just days in, one of the men shows signs of a mysterious affliction which gradually takes over his entire body and being. Now, thousands of miles from home, in a foreign land, they must race to uncover the source of his illness before it consumes him completely. Footage of their travelsmeant to document pleasant memoriesmay now become evidence of one of the most shocking discoveries ever captured on film…and may be their only postcard home.

Midnight Madness Opening Night Film

All Cheerleaders Die Lucky McKee, Chris Sivertson, USA World Premiere

When tragedy rocks Blackfoot High, rebellious outsider Mäddy Killian shocks the student body by joining the cheerleading squad. This decision drives a rift between Mäddy and her ex-girlfriend Leena Miller — a loner who claims to practice the dark arts. After a confrontation with the football team, Mäddy and her new cheerleader friends are sent on a supernatural roller coaster ride which leaves a path of destruction none of them may be able to escape.

Almost Human Joe Begos, USA World Premiere

Mark Fisher disappeared from his home in a brilliant flash of blue light almost two years ago. His friend Seth Hampton was the last to see him alive. Now a string of grisly, violent murders leads Seth to believe that Mark is back, and something evil is living inside of him.

The Green Inferno Eli Roth, USA World Premiere

How far would you go for a cause you believe in? In horrormaster Eli Roth’s terrifying new film, a group of college students take their humanitarian protest from New York to the Amazon jungle, only to get kidnapped by the native tribe they came to save: a tribe that still practices the ancient rite of cannibalism, and has a healthy appetite for intruders.

Oculus Mike Flanagan, USA World Premiere

Oculus is a spine-chilling supernatural tale of two damaged siblings (Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites) who, as children, witnessed their parents' harrowing descent into madness and murder. At long last, brother and sister reunite as adults to expose and destroy the paranormal entity they believe is responsible: the Lasser Glass — a legendary mirror their family once owned.

R100 Hitoshi Matsumoto, Japan World Premiere

An ordinary man with an ordinary life joins a mysterious club. The membership lasts for one year only and there is one rule: no cancellation under any circumstance. The man enters into an entirely new and exciting world which he has never before experienced.

Rigor Mortis Juno Mak, Hong Kong North American Premiere

Juno Mak’s debut featureRigor Mortis is an eerie and chilling, contemporary action- and special effects-laden homage to the classic Chinese vampire movies of the 1980s. Starring Chin Siu-Ho, Kara Hui, Anthony Chan, Lo Hoi Pang and Richard Ng.

The Station (Blutgletscher) Marvin Kren, Austria World Premiere

At a climate research station in the Alps, the scientists are stunned as the nearby melting glacier is leaking a red liquid. It quickly turns to be very special juice — with unexpected genetic effects on the local wildlife.

Why Don't You Play in Hell? (Jigoku de Naze Warui) Sion Sono, Japan North American Premiere

Two men,Muto and Ikegami, hate each other.Muto desperately wants to help his daughter Mitsuko star in a movie. Meanwhile, Ikegami falls in love with Mitsuko, knowing that she's the daughter of his foe. Hirata, a filmmaker, and Koji, a young movie-lover, get dragged into this complicated situation that heads into an unexpected direction.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.