Ryûhei Kitamura‘s No One Lives is trying so hard to be cool, it hurts. It is a complete and utter wreck of a screenplay that sounds like it was written by an idiotic 16-year-old boy. The acting is abysmal, and only made worse by the fact that there are real actors put side-by-side with amateur ones. Kitamura’s earlier film, Versus, wasn’t a great, but it at least showed some kinetic energy. However, that kind of slick movement, or any personality beyond a generic slasher, is completely absent from his new movie. All it has to offer is gruesome kills, and not even particularly inventive ones at that. But hey, the protagonist is a violent psychopath in a black trench coat, so I guess that means this movie has a personality. It’s just a personality no one wants to be around.
Last week, the Toronto International Film Festival announced the movies playing in its Special Presentations and Galas programs. Today, they’ve provided the line-up for their other programs including Midnight Madness. This is where the more genre-oriented films come out to play, and can break out in a big way. Last year’s TIFF Midnight Madness included the world premiere of The Raid, and the buzz never died down. Judging by the line-up, this year’s Midnight Madness will have the same frenzy. The line-up includes the horror short-film anthology The ABCs of Death, Seven Psychopaths (Martin McDonagh‘s follow up to In Bruges), Rob Zombie‘s The Lords of Salem, Don Coscarelli‘s John Dies at the End, and Pete Travis‘ Dredd.
Hit the jump for the full line-up and brief synopses. The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 -16th.