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That's a bit silly, don't you think? But it's still not half as silly as watching the film and then retreating from the theater somewhere around 2 a.m. Welcome to Midnight Madness, TIFF's incredibly successful track of films that lean toward the scary, fantastic and fantastically scary.
The conceit of the new Halloween is that Michael, the ultimate slasher who terrorized everyone in sight in the original film, especially Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis), is about to be transferred from a mental institution to a prison some 40 years after his original murders. Now, nothing could possibly go wrong, right? Well, it turns out that this time around Laurie becomes Michael's worst nightmare, the hunter, and he becomes the hunted.
Quite frankly, a film like this is critic-proof. It doesn't matter a lick what I think about Halloween. Audiences will go and have a grand old time. I jumped out of my skin a few times during the film, mostly because everyone sitting around me was screaming his or her lungs out. It's a fair bet that they were high. My hearing may have been damaged, but my nose could definitely detect something familiar.
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Yet the biggest buzz at The Predator's premiere swirled around what wasn't up on the big screen. Only hours before the premiere, it was reported that producers had cut an entire scene from the film because it included an actor who is a registered sex offender. The Hollywood Reporter said the actor had served six months behind bars after admitting to felony risk of injury to a child.
Munn later told The Hollywood Reporter that the rest of her co-stars "bailed" on her on the press tour leading up the film's debut, after she blew the whistle on the actor who was cut.
"I do feel like I've been treated by some people [like] I'm the one who went to jail or I'm the one that put this guy on set," Munn told THR. She added that she was "contractually obligated" to promote the film.
Now, that's scary.