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Seattle, WA – Midnight Adrenaline returns to SIFF this year with an overdose of highly addictive, unpredictable, and suspense-inducing features for the cult film junkie. Better than ever, SIFF showcases an onslaught of classic genre film and other underground fixations including a zombie apocalypse, slasher backwoods hillbillies, medieval fantasy games, and unusually enhanced geishas.
This year SIFF brings cult-classic grindhouse film to a whole new level with Israel Lunaʼs controversial transploitation film, Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives. Zombie mayhem ensues with a live ZomBcon event at Boom Noodle before the screening of George A. Romeroʼs Survival of the Dead, the sixth zombie film by the godfather of undead cinema. From Hong Kong, director Pang Ho-Cheung unleashes a gory tale of lifestyle fetishization and a desperate, bloody path towards obtaining oneʼs own Dream Home. In the kitschy RoboGeisha, Japan presents a twisted take on sibling rivalry as two cybernetic-enhanced geishas combat to win the local steel baronʼs heart.
2010 Midnight Adrenaline
Amer, directed by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani (Belgium, 2009) A dreamy pastiche tour-de-force of 1970s Italian giallo horror movies that plays out a delirious, enigmatic death-dance of fear and desire. The filmʼs three parts, each in a different style, correspond to the childhood, adolescence, and adulthood of its female protagonist—and thatʼs all you need to know.
Centurion, directed by Neil Marshall (United Kingdom, 2010) When their legion is ambushed in Northern Britain, a small platoon of surviving Roman soldiers must evade a revenge-hungry band of barbarian warriors through harsh terrain in an attempt to rescue their general and return to the safety of the Roman frontier.
Dream Home, directed by Pang Ho-Cheung (Hong Kong, 2010) You have no idea how terrifying the housing crisis can get—upwardly-mobile Cheng Lai-Sheung will do anything to move into a new apartment with a magnificent sea view, even if it means going around her mortgage broker and taking matters into her own gory hands. Warning: features disturbingly imaginative violence and lifestyle fetishization.
George A. Romeroʼs Survival of the Dead, directed by George A. Romero (Canada, 2009) The godfather of undead cinema returns with his sixth zombie film as two rival families feud on a remote island—one wants to destroy any and all walking dead, while the other holds back in hopes of finding a cure to return their undead relatives to life.
RoboGeisha, directed by Noboru Iguchi (Japan, 2009) Poor Yoshie lives in the shadow of older sister Kikue, a fast rising star at the local geisha house. But when the local steel baron abducts the pair, transforming them into cybernetic-enhanced geisha assassins, the sisters gleefully elevate their sibling rivalry into a technological arms race to win his heart.
Splice, directed by Natali Vincenzo (Canada, 2009) In this 21st century creature feature, two young scientists willfully ignore society's ethical boundaries, and achieve fame by splicing the DNA of different animals into the human genome to create a new species. However, their creation rapidly develops into a beautiful, yet deadly, winged chimera.
Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives, directed by Israel Luna (USA, 2010) After being violently beaten and left for dead, a group of violated vixens turn into deadly divas and, with newfound confidence and courage, slash their way to vengeance in this controversial slice of grindhouse transploitation.
Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil, directed by Eli Craig (USA, 2010) Hillbillies Tucker and Dale have found their perfect “fixer-upper” cabin, but remodeling is never easy, particularly when a group of college co-eds on spring break start killing themselves all over your property.
The Wild Hunt, directed by Alexandre Franchi (Canada, 2009) When Erikʼs girlfriend leaves him to attend a weekend medieval re-enactment game, he follows in hopes of winning her back. But as Erik, with the help of his Viking chieftain brother Bjorn, treads deeper into the game in search of his love, he inadvertently disrupts the fantasylandʼs delicate balance of make-believe.
The 36th Seattle International Film Festival is made possible in part by support from Comcast, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Brotherton Cadillac Buick GMC, Alaska Airlines, Don Q Rums, The Wallace Foundation, Wong Doody, American Airlines, Modern Digital, POP, and City Arts Magazine. Additional support for Midnight Adrenaline comes from Scarecrow Video and The Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival.