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Mondo Yakuza

One of the hit films to premiere at Monster Fest 2016 was the brand new cult film Mondo Yakuza. Now it has been announced that the film will be released on DVD on January 11th, 2017. Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths caught up with the film’s director Addison Heath to have a little chat. Addison chats about how he goes about shooting films such as this in Melbourne and how he went about the casting Skye Medusa as the delightful Cassidy Arizona.

You can listen to or download our Addison Heath interview right here.

Monster Fest 2016

The Mad Monk (watch the trailer below) has declared that we are on the cusp of Monster Fest 2016. Now this year’s festival is packed full of so many goodies that the best thing to do is to go and grab yourself a full festival pass so you can walk around the entire festival with a special lanyard that gets you access to whatever you want whenever the hell you want. But, I hear the peasants cry, what if I can’t to part with the necessary jewels to gain myself a pass of such entitlement, so now I will take a look at the five things that are absolute must dos at Monster Fest 2016.

1. Go To Opening Or Closing Night –

While most serious film festival buffs will tell you that they like to explore every single session and pour over every film, but if you’re just a casual festival goer then you might just want to check out the Opening and Closing night films. For Monster Fest 2016 there are two gems opening and closing the festival this year.

Opening night sees the film that had the whole of Cannes talking during Critic’s week this year finally hit Australian shores. Director Julia Ducournau will be here in person to present Raw to the audience and a free drink is included with your ticket.

This year’s Closing Night film at Monster Fest will be another film that leaves people talking. The Greasy Strangler was one of the surprise hits at Sundance WTF this year and is a film that I can only describe as horrors answer to Napoleon Dynamite. It’s a weird film but one that will be loved by those who love their films a little left of centre. Closing Night will also give you a chance to run shoulders with two stars of the film Sky Elobar and Michael St. Michaels. There will also be Disco inspired drinks and a “Hootie Tootie Disco Cutie” contest (that will make a lot more sense after you watch the film).

 

2. Explore The Classics –

Often film festivals show classic movies as part of their program and if you a causal film goer (or part of the younger generation) it often gives you a chance to go and view classics that every film nerd talks about that perhaps you haven’t had a chance to see… Monster Fest 2016 is no different. Classics showing at this year’s Monster Fest include First Blood starring Sylvester Stallone in one of his most iconic roles – Rambo. Director Ted Kotcheff will also be at the screening. Kotcheff will also be presenting one of the world’s funniest comedies at this year’s festival – Weekend At Bernies. For those wanting to explore a local classic Monster Fest 2016 will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Aussie cult classic Romper Stomper starring the one and only Russell Crowe with not only a screening but with Festival Head Neil Foley conducting a special Q&A with Geoffrey Wright and Daniel Scharf.

 

3. Big Star Hunt –

If you’re worried about spending your hard earned cash on films that you may or may not enjoy why not take some of the risk out of it and take a chance on movies with bigger name stars attached to them. This year at Monster Fest you could do this by going and seeing Patrick Wilson in The Hollow Point or watching Pierce Brosnan’s son Sean make his directional debut with My Father Die. Then there is also Dog Eat Dog starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe as well as Safe Neighborhood starring Olivia DeJone, Levi Miller and Patrick Warburton (you know Mr. Big from Sex And The City).

 

4. Do The Fun Stuff –

One of the best things about Monster Fest every you is it always great , fun things to do and this year two of the best things to do will probably take you back to your childhood. The first is the Nightmare VHS Boardgame Party. Remember that scary board game from 1991, the one that had the freaky VHS with it that you remember your parents pulling you away from in Kmart? Well for seven teams to play Monster Fest will holding a special party.

If your childhood was a little more innocent this year Monster Fest will also be holding an All-You-Can-Eat-Cereal Cartoon Party that will be fun for ages. Cartoons will be classics ranging from the 1940s right through to the 1980s and there will be a chance for you to win a free pass to go Go-Karting as well.

The other fun event at this year’s Monster Fest is the now traditional Kooks And Spooks Trivia which will see teams competing in a fun trivia event for a number of various prizes.

 

5. Do The Marathon –

If you want to do something that sees absolute value for your buck then attempt to make it through The Cult Of Monster All-Night Marathon. This year the marathon includes the Australian Premiere of Sympathy For The Devil, the 50th Anniversary screening of Eye Of The Devl (starring the legendary Sharon Tate), the Australian Premiere of Interchange, a special screening of Guyana: Cult Of The Damned and then Ted Kotcheff hits the stage to present Split Image with a special Q&A to follow.

 

Well there we have it, they are just some of the special things that you can do at this year’s Monster Fest. Of course you can also check out an array of other films any day during the festival, and don’t forget the short films either.

If you want to make sure that you don’t miss any of these events then book your tickets right now, this very second… right here.

2016 Monster Fest

In a fitting complement to this most sinister season, Australia’s premier genre festival Monster Fest has unveiled its final wave of films for the 2016 festival, which is set to take place November 24-27 at the Lido Cinemas in Melbourne.

The team of features programmers – which includes festival director Kier-La Janisse, Monster Pictures co-founder Neil Foley, Boston Underground Film Festival Director of Programming Nicole McControversy and writer/programmer/punk legend Chris D. – vetted over 600 features in selecting the 2016 Monster Fest lineup, which includes new crime films Dog Eat Dog and The Hollow Point from Paul Schrader and Gonzalo López-Gallego respectively, gory slasher throwback The Windmill Massacre, the hometown premiere of epic period western The Legend Of Ben Hall with cast in person and acclaimed TIFF selections Prevenge and Interchange alongside Fantastic Fest faves such as the Aussie-made yuletide thriller Safe Neighbourhood and the devastating – and polarizing – Playground. Brief descriptions of all films in the final wave follow below.

Select panels for the Swinburne University Media and Communication Monster Academy – Monster Fest’s two-day industry component running Nov 23 + 24 – have also been announced, including a panel with director Geoffrey Wright and producer Daniel Scharf about the making of Aussie cult sensation Romper Stomper, a panel on the Golden Age of Ozploitation featuring producer Antony I. Ginnane (Patrick, Turkey Shoot) and cinematographer Vincent Monton (Road Games, Long Weekend), a case study panel on ‘The Westbury Faery’ as an example of international multi-platform storytelling, panels on festival strategy, the opportunities and obstacles facing women working in the genre space, and more to be added. The full lineup for Monster Academy will be announced in the coming weeks.

See the Final Wave of Monster Fest 2016 Films listed below:

A DARK SONG 
Director: Liam Gavin | Ireland 2016 | 100 mins | Australian Premiere

Driven by an all-consuming desire to make contact with her murdered child, Sophia hires an occultist named Solomon (Steve Oram) to conduct a black magic ritual that would grant her wish. As they delve deeper into the tedious, trying ritual, Sophia and Solomon find their bond of trust and sense of sanity pushed to the very limit as a sinister presence makes itself known.

AUTOHEAD 
Director: Rohit Mittal | India 2016 | 97 mins | Australian Premiere

This Man Bites Dog take on a Mumbai Taxi Driver follows a documentary crew as they shadow an auto-rickshaw driver named Narayan. The slice of life angle soon skews into dodgy voyeuristic complicity as the film crew documents the unraveling of a man’s humanity, culminating in a chilling, bloody climax.

DOG EAT DOG
Paul Schrader | USA 2016 | 93 mins | Australian Premiere
Based on a 1995 novel by acclaimed crime writer and ex-con Edward Bunker, the latest from the writer of Taxi Driver and Rolling Thunder and director of Mishima, Hardcore, Cat People and so many other now-canonized films, is a pitch black, uncompromisingly brutal and at times highly theatrical crime thriller about three ex-cons (Nicholas CageWillem Dafoe and Christopher Matthew Cook) who team up for that fateful ‘one last job’ only to have everything go horribly – and hilariously – awry.

GUYANA: CULT OF THE DAMNED 
Director: René Cardona Jr. | Mexico 1979 | 90mins
When over 900 Americans were made to commit mass suicide by drinking cyanide-laced Kool Aid in the middle of the steamy Guyana jungle, exploitation filmmakers couldn’t wait to cash-in on the tragedy, and Mexican filmmaker René Cardona Jr (Tintorera: Tiger Shark) was the first on the scene. Hypnotically sleazy and enjoyably lurid as only Cardona Jr. could make them. Co-presented by the Morbido Film Festival.

THE HOLLOW POINT 
Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego | USA 2016 | 97 mins | Australian Premiere
Patrick Wilson stars as Wallace, the new sheriff of a small town in Gonzalo López-Gallego’s full blooded take on the western genre. Building on the best of B-movie westerns and not skimping out on the gore, Gallego crafts a tale of one man investigating the aftermath of a drug cartel deal gone wrong – cleverly filling all the roles with terrific actors including Ian McShaneJohn LeguziamoJim Belushi and more.

INTERCHANGE
Dain Said | Malaysia  2016 | 102 minutes | Australian Premiere
In this Malaysian ritual thriller and TIFF Midnight Madness selection, a forensics photographer is lured into a world of shamans and mystic creatures while helping his detective friend investigate a series of macabre murders.

THE LEGEND OF BEN HALL
Matthew Holmes | Australia 2016 | 134 mins | Victorian Premiere
In this epic period western based on the true story of one of Australia’s most famous outlaws, Ben Hall is drawn back into bushranging by the reappearance of his old friend John Gilbert. Reforming the gang, they soon become the most wanted men in Australian history.

MAXIE DIABLO AND THE FUNKY FUNKY SEX MURDERS: A LIVE RADIO PLAY BY MYSTERY RADIO THEATRE
From the makers of Man Bites God and the Theatre of the World podcast, Mystery Radio Theatre is a comedy/murder mystery performed in the style of old-timey radio theatre. There will be sound effects. There will be silly voices. There will be live ad-reads. There will be a special musical guest. And there will be blood.

MY FATHER DIE
Sean Brosnan |  USA 2016 | 102 minutes | Australian Premiere

The debut feature from Sean Brosnan (son of Pierce) about the vengeful path of a man left mute since childhood following a family tragedy straddles the border of nihilistic revenge tale and brutalist Southern Gothic redemption with a poetic, even romantic sensibility, recalling at times sleeper hits Winter’s Bone and Cold In July.

PLAYGROUND 
Bartosz M. Kowalski | Poland 2016 | 81 mins | Australian Premiere
Certain to be the most controversial film of the festival, acclaimed documentary director Bartosz Kowalski issues his first narrative feature, the stark tale of two pre-teen budding sociopaths and what they do on the last day of school. A devastating film in the vein of Nothing Bad Can Happen and The Tribe.

PREVENGE
Alice Lowe | UK 2016 | 88 mins. | Australian Premiere

This brilliant first feature from actress/director/writer Alice Lowe (SightseersGarth Marenghi’s Darkplace) channels Lowe’s comedy background to create a completely unique horror comedy about a woman who is seven months pregnant and full of homicidal fury.

PSYCHONAUTS, THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN 
Director: Alberto Vázquez, Pedro Rivero | Spain 2015 | 80 mins | Victorian Premiere

Based on the graphic novel of the same name, Psychonauts is a gorgeous, haunting animated allegory that follows rebellious teen Dinky and the silent, drug-addicted outcast Birdboy as they attempt to escape life as they know it from an island ravaged by an industrial accident.

SAFE NEIGHBOURHOOD 
Chris Peckover | Australia/USA 2016 | 85 mins | Australian Premiere
On a quiet suburban street tucked within a ‘safe neighborhood’, a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old boy from strangers breaking into the house, only to discover that this is far from a normal home invasion. A great new yuletide terror film from the director of Undocumented (2010).

THE WINDMILL MASSACRE
Nick Jongerius | Netherlands 2016 | 85 mins | Australian Premiere
Windmills, they’re those things you see in storybooks surrounded by daffodils right? Think again! The Windmill Massacre is a freakishly ferocious slasher reboot about unsuspecting tourists who awaken a mysterious evil in the Dutch countryside after their tour bus breaks down, stranding them at an abandoned barn beside a sinister windmill where a miller used to grind the bones of locals.

For a full list of films screening at the festival just go to www.monsterfest.com.au/2016

 

All-access Passes, Day Passes and tickets to Monster Fest 2016 are on sale now here: https://www.lidocinemas.com.au/Promotion/Monster-Fest-2016-At-Lido

All-access passes for Monster Academy are now on sale here: https://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=241013

Monster Fest 2016

Returning this year from November 24-27, Australia’s premier genre film festival, Monster Fest is thrilled to announce the Australian premiere of controversial new French horror film, RAW as its Official Opening Night Film.

RAW made its World Premiere at Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, where it was awarded the coveted FIPRESCI Award and was lauded by critics and fans alike as the genre sensation of the festival.

RAW is the debut feature of French director Julia Ducournau, and tells the story of a young vegetarian who discovers her dark side when she is forced to participate in a carnivorous hazing ritual on her first day at Veterinary school. It’s a coming-of-age tale with a cannibal theme that’ll appeal to genre buffs and cinephiles alike, provided they have strong stomachs!

Earlier this week RAW held its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and created headlines around the globe when paramedics were called to the cinema to treat three audience members who fainted during its ‘Midnight Madness’ screening.

Monster Pictures is the Australian license holder of RAW and has its release set for March 2017.

Neil Foley, Monster Pictures’ Head of Acquisitions and Executive Producer of Monster Fest, says of RAW “This is absolutely one of the greatest genre films I’ve seen in my time at Monster, it references many of the masters, from Argento to Carpenter to Cronenberg, but remains a completely unique and fresh take on the genre. It’s simultaneously harrowing and beautiful, and is probably our most exciting acquisition to date.”

The critical response to the film thus far has been full of praise, and includes the following:

“…the assured storytelling and direction, including some of the goriest makeup effects this side of Rob Zombie, turn Raw into the kind of crossover film that takes the horror genre into another domain” – Hollywood Reporter

““Raw” is a deliciously fevered stew of nightmare fuel that hangs together with a breezily confident sense of superior craft.” – Variety

“Genre buffs and fests will gobble it up, and this prime cut should be the plat du jour on cult theatrical menus worldwide… All in all, a classily savorous fright tartare.” – Screen Daily

RAW will Open Monster Fest on November 24 and will be followed by the Opening Night Gala. Tickets will go on sale over the coming weeks and will be announced via the Monster Fest website and associated social media.
Monster Fest is also pleased to announce its second themed sidebar, ‘Frequencies’, which is focused on genre narratives made for or about the small screen. The Frequencies section will be headlined by the World Premiere launch of the new Headpress book, ARE YOU IN THE HOUSE ALONE? A TV MOVIE COMPENDIUM 1964-1999, edited by American television scholar Amanda Reyes who will appear at the festival on a clip-and-tell panel about the history of television movies, with the book’s contributors Lee Gambin, John Harrison and stuntwoman Marneen Fields, followed by a screening of Buzz Kulik’s 1974 telefright, BAD RONALD and co-presented by Melbourne film society Cinemaniacs.

The section will also include the Australian Premiere of Jackson Stewart’s BEYOND THE GATES starring Graham Skipper (THE MIND’S EYE) and Chase Williamson (JOHN DIES AT THE END) as two brothers who find that their father’s disappearance may be connected to a sinister VHS board game. The premiere is presented by Umbrella Entertainment and will be accompanied by a NIGHTMARE VHS Board Game Party in association with Toronto’s Black Museum.

This year’s Monster Symposium series of multimedia lectures also expands on this broadcasting theme with presentations including Jodi McAlister’s DIERDRE HALL IS THE DEVIL about occultism on daytime soaps, Andrew Nette on the long-unavailable Australian horror anthology show THE EVIL TOUCH, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas on Stephen Volk’s influential and hysteria-inducing pseudo-doc GHOSTWATCH, Kier-La Janisse on Nigel Kneale’s prescient 1968 teleplay THE YEAR OF THE SEX OLYMPICS and Andrew Nette and Dean Brandum on the beloved Crawford crime show HOMICIDE, preceding a special screening of the 1964 episode “Witch Hunt”.

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All-access Passes to Monster Fest 2016 are on sale now here:https://www.lidocinemas.com.au/Promotion/Monster-Fest-2016-At-Lido
Tickets for the recently announced Ted Kotcheff masterclass at the Swinburne University Media and Communication Monster Academy are available here:http://www.monsterfest.com.au/events/ted-kotcheff-masterclass/
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Founded in 2011, Monster Fest is a mix of Premieres, international festival favourites, challenging new discoveries and curated repertory sidebars alongside industry-focused events such as panels and masterclasses with renowned international guests, and a special emphasis on supporting emerging Australian genre film talent through the festival and beyond. Monster Fest is mounted with the support of Screen Australia and Film Victoria.

Monster Fest 2016

Monster Fest, Australia’s premier genre festival, returns to the Lido Cinema in Melbourne from Nov 24-27, 2016, for four days of premieres, special guests, repertory sidebars, short films, presentations and more.

In conjunction with the festival, Monster also announces the return of the Monster Academy –  now dubbed The Swinburne University Media and Communication Monster Academy – a two-day industry conference that takes place Nov 23 and 24th, running up to the festival itself.

We are pleased to announce that veteran director Ted Kotcheff will appear in person to present the film that many critics regard as the greatest Australian film ever made, his 1971 outback classic WAKE IN FRIGHT, as well as screenings of FIRST BLOOD (1982), WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S (1989) and SPLIT IMAGE (1982), the latter as part of our previously announced all-night Cult of Monster marathon.

Kotcheff will also be the keynote speaker at the Swinburne University Media and Communication Monster Academy with a three-hour masterclass on Thursday Nov 24thA limited number of tickets are now on sale for the masterclass HERE: >> https://www.trybooking.com/227339

We’re also excited to announce that Sundance WTF sensation THE GREASY STRANGLER will be our Closing Film followed by a GREASY GALA with the two stars of the film, special guests Sky Elobar (Big Brayden) and Michael St. Michaels (Big Ronnie – the Greasy Strangler himself) in person! The premiere of the film The Guardian called “a playful oasis of filth and depravity” andEmpire called “one of the best movies of 2016” will be accompanied by a nationwide tour with the stars in attendance for special event screenings, “Greasy Disco”, themed drinks, “Hootie Tootie Disco Cutie” contests and various oily hijinx.  Grease is the word!

Weekend passes to Monster Fest are on sale now for $199 AUD. This includes access to all screenings and events at Lido Cinemas from Nov 24-27, including the Opening and Closing Parties and the all-night Cult of Monster Marathon. Individual Day Passes are also available for $65 AUD. Passes are available now on the Lido website HERE:https://www.lidocinemas.com.au/Promotion/Monster-Fest-2016-At-Lido

2016 Monster Fest

With so much happening at Monster Pictures over the past few months we decided to do a little catch up with Kier-La Janisse the Festival Director of Monster Fest. Kier-La chats to us about the recent acquisitions that Monster Pictures were able to make at Cannes. She also chats to us a little about what direction Monster Fest will take this year and of course about the release of the brand new docco ‘Eurocrime’ that she is a producer of.

For more information on where you can purchase the special VHS copy of ‘Eurocrime’ just check out www.celluloidapocalypse.com

You can listen to or download our Kier-La Janisse interview right here.