A film festival wouldn’t be complete without a late night section for packed audiences to laugh and jump at and MIFF is no different. Featuring some of the most provoking and hilarious moments on screen this year, we give our picks for the Night Shift section that you need to see!
Kill List | dir. Ben Wheatley | UK
One of the more well-received films at the Sydney Film Festival, Ben Wheatley’s follow-up to Down Terrace is a marked step up, with an organic narrative, a provoking and gripping atmosphere, great photography and good performances. A combination of comedy, thriller, action, drama and horror, Kill List is a worthy Night Shift selection.
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The Innkeepers | dir. Ti West | USA
Ti West may only be 30 years old but he is already making a statement in the horror genre. His 2009 film The House of the Devil employed a Hitchcockian level of suspense, with a slowly building narrative – much like earlier horror films. His latest feature, The Innkeepers, has already garnered positive audience reaction. With a distinct visual style, Ti West is taking the horror genre into his own hands.
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Super | dir. James Gunn | USA
James Gunn is back with another subversive feature after 2006’s Slither – a blend of B-movie and zombie film – with a darker take on a super hero with no powers. Super is a manic comedy that turns violent and dramatic at unexpected moments. It is up to the viewer to figure out what the ideology behind this movie is but there are laugh out loud moments that can’t be forgotten.
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Hobo with a Shotgun | dir. Jason Eisener | CAN/USA
A Canadian exploitation film, Hobo with a Shotgun follows in the footsteps of Machete as being based on a popular fake trailer from Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse. A gleeful and gory homage to low-budget exploitation movies, Hobo with a Shotgun delivers everything the title delivers. It’s not going to be subtle but why would we want that?
Hopefully this list helps decide your picks in the section. If you have already bought tickets to Night Shift films, we would love to know your choices and your most anticipated of the category!