Every year at TIFF, my most anticipated programme line-ups are Midnight Madness and Vanguard. Offering up the newest in off-the-wall entertainment, the titles in these two groups are invariably what us genre geeks will be talking about - for better or worse - for months afterwards. Here are my top five picks for my most anticipated in both Midnight and Vanguard.
Action flicks have always had a stellar history at Midnight (Ong Bak, Chocolate, SPL and both Raid movies to name a few) and this newest effort called Headshot from Indonesian filmmakers Timo Tjahjanto & Kimo Stamboel starring Iko Uwais & Julie Estelle looks to be on point.
A name you can count on is Ben Wheatley and his newest Free Fire will be here this year. Including a cast such as Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer and Brie Larson, I'm sure this one will deliver, as well.
Does the mix of Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) and James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) sound awesome to you? It does to me. And that's what were getting in this year's survival horror comedy The Belko Experiment.
Filmmaking icon Paul Schrader returns with Nic Cage in this crime thriller, Dog Eat Dog.
I should also mention that I'm stoked for the new Blair Witch film and the adaptation of the Mike Carey novel, The Girl With The Gifts. But fortunately, the rest of you won't have to wait long for those as they release wide later in September.
Festival favourite Nacho Vigalondo teams up with Anne Hathaway to give us his take on the giant monster movie, Colossal.
I was impressed with Osgood Perkins' film February last year, so I'm interested to see his follow-up this time around called I Am the Pretty Things That Lives in the House starring Ruth Wilson.
Same goes for Ana Lily Amirpour. The young director of the hit A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is back with another female-centric tale called The Bad Batch.
I have seen three films from Belgian filmmaker Fabrice du Welz at TIFF, and this year will be the fourth, as his revenge thriller Message from the King will screen here.
Lastly, on the animation front comes Dash Shaw's My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea.
This isn't even counting the other titles outside of these programmes that I have my eye on. Yes, I think it's gonna be an interesting year.
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