Midnight Movies: IFC Films to Revive the Genre

April 16, 2009 — IFC Films will be releasing a number of horror, science fiction, erotic arthouse and action films films over the next few months. IFC Films is releasing more than 30 IFC Midnight titles in 2009 across its theatrical and on-demand platforms, giving exposure to films that have premiered at major festivals such as Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, AFI and SXSW.  


This Spring/Summer, IFC Films will be releasing two horror films via its IFC in Theaters platform which brings independent movies to on demand viewers in more than 50 million homes across the country the same week they premiere as an exclusive engagement in New York and/or Los Angeles. The films are:

PONTYPOOL (May 29th) — 2008 Toronto Film Festival favorite directed by Bruce McDonald and starring Stephen McHattie about a radio station that comes under the attack of zombies; the film also had its U.S. premiere last month at the SXSW Film Festival and the Museum of Modern Art's prestigious Canadian Front 2009

DEAD SNOW (June 12th) — a thrilling Norwegian horror-comedy about a group of medical students on a holiday who must make it through the night when they are attacked by Nazi-zombies; direct from its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.


Each month IFC Films offers two to four new genre titles via its IFC Festival Direct on-demand service.  These films are available nationwide for 90 days on most major cable systems representing more than 30 million households and can be found in a special “IFC In Theaters” “IFC Festival Direct” or “IFC Midnight” branded section within each cable company's on- demand platform. The dynamic April lineup includes two films direct from the 2008 Cannes Film Festival: THE CHASER and FRONTIER OF DAWN.

THE CHASER, directed by Na Hong-Jin, won seven 2008 Korean Film Awards including Best Picture, Director, Actor and Screenplay and was a massive box office hit in South Korea.  It premiered at Cannes in the Official Selection and was quickly snapped up for an American remake by the producers of THE DEPARTED and Warner Brothers.  An edge-of-your-seat crime thriller, the film follows a pimp who sets out to find out what's happened to his missing call girls.  The film takes the trappings of the serial killer movie and turns them upside down for one of the more unforgettable films of the genre.  

Also from Cannes is FRONTIER OF DAWN.  Directed by the acclaimed French auteur Phillipe Garrel (REGULAR LOVERS), the film stars Louis Garrel and Laura Smet in a tempestuous tale of amour fou.  FRONTIER OF DAWN comes to IFC Festival Direct following its limited theatrical run during the 2009 BAMcinematek's Focus on IFC Films series.

Rounding out the April lineup are A L'AVENTURE, a no-holds-barred sexy and erotic drama from one of Europe's most controversial filmmakers, Jean-Claude Brisseau, and HUSH, a horror-thriller directed by the emerging British filmmaker Mark Tonderai and starring sexy newcomers Will Ash and Christine Bottomley in the story of a deranged kidnapping truck-driver with terrifying plans for his human cargo. 


The May IFC Festival Direct Midnight lineup features Pablo Proenza's critically-acclaimed supernatural psychological thriller DARK MIRROR. The film stars Lisa Vidal in the story of a photographer who moves her family into a home filled with mirrors which seem to reflect a different reality.  Also in May is CADAVER, a portentous mix of claustrophobic menace and old-fashioned gore from South Korean filmmaker Derek Son. The film centers on a group of medical students who embark upon their first autopsy in an apparently cursed medical department.  CADAVER premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2008.


The June IFC Festival Direct Midnight lineup features the acclaimed psychological thriller FEAR ME NOT from the award-winning Danish director Kristian Levring.   In this intensely chilling film, a run-down middle-aged workaholic (Ulrich Thomsen) enrolls in a clinical trial for a new antidepressant without telling his family. When the trial is abandoned because of dangerous side effects, he continues to take the medication, triggering a hellish descent into madness. FEAR ME NOT premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival and will also be shown at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival.  Also in June is the Spanish arthouse film DIARY OF A NYMPHOMANIAC.  The film tells the erotically charged story of a middle-class French girl's unbridled trysts in hotels, parks, cemeteries, her fall into prostitution, the ins-and-outs of a brothel and her final redemption.

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