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Christopher Webster [Film Festival 08.23.11] news

The Edmonton International Film Festival have announced ten killer genre films as part of their "Edge of Night," "World Cinema", "Doc Central," and "Oh, Canada!" series. Featuring award winners and festival favorites from Austin, Montreal, Phoenix and Sundance, this year’s lineup is looking to be one of the strongest yet.

Edge of Night
EIFF’s ‘Edge of Night’ series is quickly gaining popularity, becoming people's favourite part of the fest similar to TIFF's popular Midnight Madness event. The series kicks off Friday, September 23rd with the Canadian Premiere of The Dead Inside, Travis Betz's inventive musical / comedy / horror hybrid which subverts expectations toys with genre conventions every step of the way.

Next up we have the LONG-awaited Edmonton premiere of Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, the hilarious made-in-Alberta festival favorite that does for the ‘killer redneck’ genre what Shaun of the Dead did for zombies. Tucker and Dale was recently picked up for distro through Magnet.

Then we have the western Canadian premier of Absentia, the creepy, slow-burning vision of terror from director Mike Flanagan. This one won "Best Feature" at this year’s Phoenix International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival.

Making its International Premiere is Bradley Scott Sullivan’s I Didn't Come here to Die, the story of six young volunteers working on a humanitarian project in the remote wilderness who all come to the same disturbing conclusion...volunteer work can be a killer!

More announced titles below.

Oh Canada!
Evan Kelly’s The Corridor comes to EIFF’s ‘Oh, Canada!’ series riding a tide of critical praise from Montreal's Fantasia Film Fest.

Also screening as part of EIFF’s ‘Oh, Canada!’ series is the Canadian Premiere of zombies in the Civil War yarn Exit Humanity (from the team behind Monster Brawl). Fans of The Walking Dead will love director John Geddes’ impeccably-filmed period drama, which features Mark Gibson, Dee Wallace, Stephen McHattie, and Bill Moseley, and is narrated by the great Brian Cox.

World Cinema
Coming to EIFF’s 2011 ‘World Cinema’ series are a number of 2011’s most highly acclaimed thrillers.

From Sweden, we have the flick Marriane, the great looking supernatural dramas that seems to channel The Shining.

A flick I'm really stoked to check out is Pedro Almodovar's creepy looking The Skin I Live In with Antonio Banderas. Almodovar has crafted an utterly freaky tale of revenge that wowed audiences at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and reminds me of Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face.

And finally, we have Adverse Effects, a slow-burning thriller from Mexico, with echoes to Taxi Driver, Memento, and just a dash of Fight Club thrown in for good measure.

Stay tuned for more announcements and coverage form the festival in September!

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