James Gunn’s SUPER to Make World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival; Full Midnight Madness Line-Up Announced – UPDATED

     August 17, 2010


James Gunn’s Super will make its world premiere as part of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival “Midnight Madness” line-up.  Super centers on Frank (played by Rainn Wilson), a regular guy who decides to become a superhero when his wife (played by Liv Tyler) becomes a drug addict.  I dug the film’s panel at Comic-Con and if you like James Gunn’s style of humor, then Super looks like it won’t disappoint.  The cast also includes Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon, Michael Rooker, and Nathan Fillion.

Hit the jump to check out a new image from Super as well as a list of all the films playing at Midnight Madness.  This year’s Toronto International Film Festival will run from September 9 – 19th. [Updated with new films and a synopsis for each film]

Here’s the new image of Wilson dressed as his character’s alter-ego, “The Crimson Bolt”:


Also, Midnight Madness has announced via their Twitter feed their full line-up. Here are some of the other films playing at Midnight Madness are (all photos via MM’s Twitter):


(dir. Guy Moshe, USA)

In a world with no guns, a mysterious drifter (Josh Hartnett), a young samurai and a bartender (Woody Harrelson) plot revenge against a ruthless leader (Ron Perlman) and his army of thugs, headed by nine diverse and deadly assassins. This visually stunning film is filled with uniquely choreographed action sequences of a new style that melds east with west and old school with new. The film also stars Demi Moore.

The Butcher, The Chef and the Swordsman

(dir. Wuershan, Hong Kong, China/USA)

A group of misfits become mixed up in the struggle to own a deadly kitchen cleaver made from the top five swords of the martial arts world in this wild and brash action comedy that is sure to have audiences running to Chinatown after the film for a late night snack.

Fire of Conscience

(dir. Dante Lam, Hong Kong, China)

Dante Lam proves himself to be a talent to look out for in this slam bang action film where robbers and gunrunners battle with cops on the busy urban streets of Hong Kong. Starring Leon Lai, Fire of Conscience is easily one of loudest action films from Hong Kong in recent memory, with an orchestra of exploding grenades and machine gun rounds.


Red Nights

(dir. Julien Carbon, Laurent Courtiaud, Hong Kong, China/France)

This shocking debut by director duo Carbon and Courtiaud is a seductive cat-and-mouse thriller set in Hong Kong, about a woman’s obsessive desire to own a rare object that hides a deadly and perverse secret.



Stake Land

(dir. Jim Mickle, USA)

In the aftermath of a vampire epidemic, a teen is taken in by a grizzled vampire hunter on a road trip through a post-apocalyptic America, battling both the bloodsuckers and a fundamentalist militia that interprets the plague as the Lord’s work.




(dir. James Wan, USA)

When proud parents take possession of an old house, an accident results in one of their sons falling into a coma. The tragedy doesn’t stop there when they are beset by vengeful spirits from another realm in this new chiller by the director and writer of Saw and by the producers of Paranormal Activity. The film stars Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey and Patrick Wilson.


Vanishing on 7th Street

(dir. Brad Anderson, USA)

When a massive power blackout causes the population to inexplicably vanish, a small handful of survivors (Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo) band together inside a desolate tavern, struggling to survive as the darkness hones in on them. From director Brad Anderson (The Machinist, Transsiberian) comes an apocalyptic thriller with a terrifying vision of our world’s end and a story that wrestles with the nature of existence itself.

The Ward

(dir. John Carpenter, USA)

Acclaimed director John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) makes his long-awaited return to the screen with a thriller about a young woman (Amber Heard) in a 1960s mental institution who becomes terrorized by malevolent unseen forces.

Fubar II

(dir. Michael Dowse, Canada)

In the sequel to the 2002 cult comedy Fubar, hoser headbangers Terry and Dean are back and hit the road to find wealth, happiness and more beer in the oil fields of Alberta. Special appearance by Tron.

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