5 Horror and Thriller Films to Look Out for at TIFF 2015

The Toronto International Film Festival isn’t generally known for its genre fare (it’s more recognized for its ability to predict Oscar winners), but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to check out if you’re something a little more exciting. Here are 5 intriguing films to keep an eye on if you’re a fan of horror or thrillers (or horrifying thrillers).

1. Maggie


Directed by Henry Hobson, written by John Scott 3

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a father during a zombie epidemic. When his daughter becomes infected, he must do everything in his power to protect her from the authorities.

2. Stung


Directed by Benni Diez, written by Adam Aresty

A fancy garden party goes awry when toxic plant fertilizer results in giant killer wasps. Yes, giant wasps. Amazing.

3. Backtrack

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Directed and written by Michael Petroni

This supernatural thriller follows a psychotherapist played by Adrien Brody, who could use a little therapy himself after a string of nightmares and visions. He uncovers a horrifying secret about all of his patients, which takes him on a journey back to his hometown to unravel a mystery 20 years in the making.

4. Emelie


Directed by Michael Thelin, written by Richard Raymond Harry Herbeck

It’s kids vs an evil babysitter in this twist on horror-thrillers. After their regular babysitter can’t make it, the Thompson family hires their friend Anna to watch the kids. At first the children love her, she lets them eat cookies and play with things that are are usually off-limits. Things take a dark turn though as her behavior gets increasingly twisted, and her true intentions are revealed.

5. Hyena


Directed and written by Gerard Johnson

A corrupt, drug addicted London cop finds some redemption trying to protect a young Albanian woman from the sex trade, going up against a ruthless underworld, and his own fellow police officers.

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