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The Toronto International Film Festival is gearing up for its 43rd annual celebration of cinema in September. The festival is known for premiering some of the boldest in genre cinema (past years have included films like Raw, Baskin, Mom and Dad, and The Devil’s Candy), and they’ve got a killer lineup for 2018.

TIFF will host the world premiere for Shane Black’s The Predator and David Gordon Green’s highly anticipated Halloween, the latter of which won’t hit theaters until October 19, 2018. If you simply cannot wait for that festive October release, now’s your chance to get in to see it early (but be warned – tickets typically move fast).

If you’re unable to make the trek to Canada, iHorror has you covered. We’ll be attending the festival this year and will be sure to share the gory details of all the films we see.

Check out the full programming list for TIFF’s genre-focused Midnight Madness program below.

Assassination Nation

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“In this Salem-set thriller from Sam Levinson (Another Happy Day), four young women are accused of hacking and publishing their community’s private information, launching a proverbial witch hunt with very real consequences.”
International Premiere.  Click here to view the trailer.

Climax

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“Set in 1996 and inspired by real-life events, the latest from art-house agitator Gaspar Noé (Love, Enter the Void) depicts the malevolent madness that envelops a dance troupe’s post-rehearsal party after a punchbowl of sangria is spiked with LSD.”
North American Premiere.

Diamantino

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“When the world’s leading soccer star loses his touch and ends his career in disgrace, he goes on a delirious journey where he confronts neo-fascism, the refugee crisis, and genetic modification, in this bonkers first feature from avant-garde iconoclasts Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt.”
North American Premiere. Click here to view the trailer.

Halloween

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“Scarred by the events that took place 40 years ago, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her family once again face off with escaped serial killer Michael Myers, in David Gordon Green’s (Stronger) electrifying follow-up to the 1978 classic.”
World Premiere. Click here to view the trailer.

In Fabric

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“This haunting phantasmagoria from Peter Strickland (The Duke of Burgundy) follows the surge of misfortunes afflicting customers who come into contact with a bewitched dress at an eerie department store.”
World Premiere.

Nekrotronic

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“A group of hunters known as Nekromancers do battle with evil forces that use social media apps to demonically possess the masses, in this riotous supernatural romp from Kiah Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood).”
World Premiere.

The Man Who Feels No Pain

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“In this Bollywood-infused action film from Vasan Bala (Peddlers), a young man quite literally born with the ability to feel no pain strikes out on a quest to vanquish 100 foes.”
World Premiere.

The Predator

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“In Shane Black’s (Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys) latest installment of the much-loved Predator series, the destructive extraterrestrials wreak havoc on a small town, forcing an ex-soldier (Narcos’ Boyd Holbrook) and a biologist (Olivia Munn) to take action.”
World Premiere. Click here to view the trailer.

The Standoff at Sparrow Creek

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“In this intricate debut thriller from Henry Dunham, a neighbourhood militia is shocked to discover that a recent mass shooting was apparently carried out by one of its own members.”
World Premiere.

The Wind

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“When a woman moves to the American frontier to settle it with her husband, an evil presence soon makes itself known and infects her with paranoia, in Emma Tammi’s sinister western horror.”
World Premiere.

TIFF will also host the International premiere of the newest film from director Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body, The Invitation), titled Destroyer.
“When a new case uncovers traumas from a past undercover operation, an LAPD detective (Nicole Kidman) is forced to face her personal and professional demons, in this genre-defining work from Karyn Kusama.”
Destroyer stars Nicole Kidman (The Killing of a Sacred Deer), Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Toby Kebbell (Kong: Skull Island), Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), and Bradley Whitford (Get Out)

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We’re also very curious about the World premiere of Freaks, a film listed under TIFF’s “Discovery” program directed by Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein:
“In this genre-bending psychological sci-fi thriller, a bold girl discovers a bizarre, threatening, and mysterious new world beyond her front door after she escapes her father’s protective and paranoid control.”
Freaks stars Emile Hirsch (The Autopsy of Jane Doe) and Lexy Kolker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D).

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The Toronto International Film Festival runs September 6-16, 2018. You can keep an eye on their website for upcoming ticket sales.

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