I saw four films included in the Midnight Madness selection at this year's Toronto Film Festival -- Aftershock, The Bay, John Dies at the End and Seven Psychopaths -- and I wasn't necessarily all that impressed with any of them, with Aftershock being the worst of the 24 films I saw over the course of my nine days in Toronto. I guess if any of those four had to win the People's Choice Award, I'm happy to hear it was Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths.
To look at the ten films in the selection, from those I spoke with regarding Seven Psychopaths most came out like me, feeling a bit mezzo-mezzo, with Laremy being the only one I know that really liked it. I also heard plenty of good comments regarding Dredd 3D as much as that surprises me.
The story feels like its on life support and needs a jump start every five minutes or so. And with a film that runs 11 minutes shy of two hours, that's a lot of ups and downs.
In other Midnight Madness news, Anchor Bay Films has picked up rights to Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem, which had some reviewers calling it Zombie's best film yet. I'm not exactly sure if that is saying much, but it is certainly saying something.
Here's the trailer for Seven Psychopaths in case you aren't yet familiar.