Brad Anderson is one of those filmmakers like Michael Winterbottom who seems to have escaped the normal trap of getting stuck working in only one genre. Anderson has a definite flair for horror, with films like “The Mechanist” and “Session 9” on his resume, as well as episodes of both “Fear Itself” and “Masters Of Horror.” But he’s also made films like “Transsiberian” and “Happy Accidents” and “Next Stop Wonderland,” and he’s directed a bunch of episodes of the trippy sci-fi show “Fringe” lately.
If you’ve seen his horror films, then you know that mood is incredibly important to him, much more than overt scares. His movie “Session 9” is one of the great slow-burn horror films of the 2000s, and it looks like his new film, “Vanishing On 7th Street,” is going to be more of the same. Very good news indeed.
I can’t believe we’re just over two weeks away from the Toronto Film Festival. In a way, it’s already begun, since today I saw my first Toronto screening, and I’ve got more this week and next week both. I intentionally did not watch the trailer for Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” because I know I’m seeing it first thing first day, and I don’t want to ruin any of it for myself. As with last year, I’m going to make sure to cover all of the Midnight Madness offerings for you, starting with “Fubar 2” on opening night, and then including titles like “Super,” “Bunraku,” James Wan’s “Insidious,” a new film from John Carpenter, and of course, Anderson’s “Vanishing.”
The film is the Sunday night Midnight Madness offering, on September 12, and it stars Hayden Christensen, John Leguizamo, and Thandie Newton as people who meet in a New York that has suddenly turned up empty, and where there is less and less sunlight and more and more darkness every day. That’s a creepy set-up, and I have every confidence Anderson will figure out exactly what to do with the material.
Between Toronto and Fantastic Fest, it’s going to be a great September, and I’ll have reviews for all of it right here on Motion/Captured for you, starting on September 9.
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