TIFF First Looks: Wan’s ‘Insidious,’ Moshe’s ‘Bunraku,’ Anderson’s ‘Vanishing’ and ‘Henry’s Crime’

Photo from James Wan’s Insidious

Today’s batch of previews from the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival begins with Insidious from the writer and director duo that created Saw, Leigh Whannell and James Wan respectively. The film boasts the fact it is produced by Paranormal Activity helmer Oren Peli and stars a solid cast including Patrick Wilson, Rose Bryne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkin and Barbara Hershey.

I’ve included the synopsis directly below along with a link to the full gallery of images.

When proud parents take possession of an old house to build a nest for their family, an accident results in one of their sons falling into a coma. The tragedy doesn’t stop there when they are beset by vengeful spirits from another realm in this new chiller by the director and writer of Saw and by the producers of Paranormal Activity.

You can get a full-sized look at the image above as well as two others from the film right here.

Ron Perlman and Demi Moore in Bunraku

Next we have director Guy Moshe’s dramatic fantasy Bunraku starring Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, Kevin McKidd, Ron Perlman and Demi Moore. Along with Insidious this will be playing in TIFF’s Midnight Madness category and centers on a samurai bartender played by Woody Harrelson. Check out the complete synopsis below and then click the link to browse the full gallery of images.

In a world with no guns, a mysterious drifter (Josh Hartnett), a young samurai and a bartender (Woody Harrelson) plot revenge against a ruthless leader (Ron Perlman) and his army of thugs, headed by nine diverse and deadly assassins. This visually stunning film is filled with uniquely choreographed action sequences of a new style that melds east with west and old school with new.

You can get a full-sized look at the image above as well as five others from the film right here.

Henry’s Crime
Keanu Reeves in Henry’s Crime

Next is 44 Inch Chest director, Malcolm Venville’s Henry’s Crime, a crime comedy starring Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga, James Caan, Danny Hoch and Fisher Stevens. The film will play in the Special Presentations category.

After serving three years in prison for a bank robbery he did not commit, an amiable but aimless man decides to rob the bank for real. His plan involves infiltrating a local theatre company, but his scheme gets complicated when he falls for the company’s lead actress.

You can get a full-sized look at the image above as well as three other from the film right here.

Vanishing on 7th Street
A scene from Brad Anderson’s Vanishing on 7th Street

Finally, we have another film playing in Midnight Madness is Brad Anderson’s Vanishing on 7th Street, something of an apocalyptic thriller starring Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo. Along with today’s new pics, Shock Til You Drop also brings us the trailer, which I’ve included directly below.

Upon waking to find the city they live in devoid of human life, a group of survivors seek refuge in an old bar to protect themselves from a dark threat.

You can get a full-sized look at the image above as well as four others from the film right here and watch the trailer directly below.

For a complete list of the currently announced films at the festival click here.