Aug. 29. Scotiabank Theatre.
So cruelly deprived of primo freakiness all summer long, genre fans will soon get a new abundance, thanks to the imminent arrival of Midnight Madness at TIFF and then the Toronto After Dark Film Festival in October. To launch the latter’s new home at Scotiabank Theatre, the TADFF presents local premieres of two recent genre titles on Aug. 29. Screening at 7 p.m., Bad Milo depicts both the positive and negative aspects of discovering there’s an evil creature living in your intestines. Much messiness ensues, but with its endearingly low-tech effects and Party Down’s Ken Marino in the lead, Jacob Vaughan’s horror comedy makes the grade as a gross-out-comedy cousin to Basket Case and The Brood. Then, at 9:30 p.m., V/H/S 2 repeats the mission of its 2012 predecessor, which is to assemble a group of fanboy-fave filmmakers and let ’em go to town on the lamest clichés of the found-footage thriller. The results are mixed, as you’d expect, but contributions by Hobo With a Shotgun’s Jason Eisener and The Raid: Redemption’s Gareth Evans reach exhilarating levels of mock-doc mayhem.