TIFF 2012: ‘Seven Psychopaths’ appropriately gets a red band trailer

Will Perkins
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Twisted, violent, and foulmouthed, 'Seven Psychopaths" is exactly the kind of follow-up "In Bruges" fans were expecting from English director Martin McDonagh. Starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, and Woody Harrelson, the black comedy is expected to be one of the highlights from an already highlight-filled Midnight Madness programme at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

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"Seven Psychopaths" is the hilarious and disturbed tale of Marty, an alcoholic screenwriter (Farrell) struggling to finish his latest script - a movie about serial murderers. Marty's best friend Billy is an out of work actor and small time crook who is involved in a very unfortunate hustle that involves stealing dogs from their owners and then selling the animals back to them. In need of inspiration, Marty foolishly decides to accompany Billy and his partner-in-crime, Hans (Walken), on a dog-napping, but the entire plan backfires on them after they kidnap the pup of an insane gangster (Woody Harrelson). The film also stars Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko, and Tom Waits (Yes, that Tom Waits).

If you think the movie sounds wacky on paper, wait until you see it in action. Yahoo! Movies has posted a curse-filled red band trailer for "Seven Psychopaths." Watch it below:

Between the ridiculously oddball cast and strange premise, "Seven Psychopaths" looks extremely promising. The film is definitely following in the footsteps of McDonagh's previous film, the acclaimed "In Bruges" (also starring Farrell). The tale of two hit men and a job gone wrong, "In Bruges" was a crazed mixture of absurdist comedy and extremely unsettling violence. If McDonagh's sophomore film is anything like his first, then audiences are either in for a pleasant surprise, the shock of a lifetime, or both.

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"Seven Psychopaths" opens at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 7 at midnight, and will be released in North America on Oct. 12.