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MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW rolls into Event Cinemas Myer Centre from Friday May 25th to Sunday May 27th and now with a little less than a month to go, it gives us great pleasure to reveal our second wave programming!

Making its Queensland Premiere is Ari Aster’s HEREDITARY, quite easily the most-anticipated horror film of 2018, described by The Hollywood Reporter as “a seemingly endless series of unexpected directions over two breathless hours of escalating terror that never slackens for a minute”. Currently sitting at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, HEREDITARY will play to our MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW audience in Brisbane weeks ahead of its international theatrical release.

MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW is proud to host the Australian Premiere of Argentinian horror, WHAT THE WATERS LEFT BEHIND, helmed by Luciano & Nicolás Onetti, the duo responsible for the 2015 love letter to giallo, FRANCESCA. Their latest feature plays more as an ode to the gritty road trip horrors of the seventies, deriving influence from such classics as THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE and THE HILLS HAVE EYES.

QLD PREMIERE | SATURDAY MAY 26TH 6:45PM
Ari Aster | United State 2018 | 126 Minutes | StudioCanal | QLD Premiere
When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.
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AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE | SATURDAY MAY 26TH 2:15PM
Luciano & Nicolás Onetti | Argentina 2017 | 98 Minutes | Mandala Films
Epecuén was one of the most important touristic villages of Argentina. Thousands of people concurred attracted by the healing properties of its thermal waters. On November 10th 1985, a huge volume of water broke the protecting embankment and the village was submerged under ten meters of salt water. Epecuén disappeared. Thirty years later, the waters receded and the ruins of Epecuén emerged exposing a bleak an deserted landscape. The residents never returned. A group of young people takes a trip to the ruins in order to  lm a documentary about Epecuén. Ignoring warnings, and after a brief tour, they get stranded in the abandoned village. Contrary to what they thought, they begin to realise that they are really not alone.
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What: Monster Fest Travelling Sideshow (Brisbane)
Facebook Event- https://www.facebook.com/events/821344471383282/
Website Event – http://www.monsterfest.com.au/events/mfts-brisbane2018/

Where: Event Cinemas Myer Centre
Myer Centre, Elizabeth St, Brisbane City QLD
(07) 3027 9999

When: 25th to 27th of May 2018

Tickets: https://www.eventcinemas.com.au

Single Session Tickets
Adult $21
Concession $17.50

5 Film Multi-Pass
Adult $82.50
Concession $71.50

10 Film VIP Pass
Adult $132
Concession $110

 

MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW will return to Brisbane from Friday May 25th to Sunday May 27th at Event Cinemas Myer Centre with a host of international, Australian and Queensland premieres!

Opening the festival on Friday May 25th is the highly anticipated science-fiction epic,OCCUPATION. Shot on the Gold Coast and helmed by RED BILLABONG writer/director Luke Sparke, this high-concept blockbuster stars a who’s who of  Australian film and television including Dan Ewing (HOME & AWAY), Temuera Morrison (ONCE WERE WARRIORS), Stephany Jacobsen (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA), Rhiannon Fish (THE 100), Jacqueline McKenzie (ROMPER STOMPER) and Bruce Spence (MAD MAX 2).

Our MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW screening will be followed by Q&A with Cast & Crew and will give audiences the opportunity to be among the first in the world to see OCCUPATION ahead of its Australian theatrical release by Pinnacle Films.

What: Monster Fest Travelling Sideshow (Sydney)
Facebook Event- https://www.facebook.com/events/821344471383282/
Website Event – http://www.monsterfest.com.au/events/mfts-brisbane2018/

Where: Event Cinemas Myer Centre
Myer Centre, Elizabeth St, Brisbane City QLD
(07) 3027 9999

When: 25th to 27th of May 2018

Tickets: https://www.eventcinemas.com.au

Single Session Tickets
Adult $21
Concession $17.50

5 Film Multi-Pass
Adult $82.50
Concession $71.50

10 Film VIP Pass
Adult $132
Concession $110

MONSTER FEST in association with Event Cinemas present Special Advance Screenings of DEATH WISH nationwide on Monday March 5th.

Directed by Eli Roth (HOSTEL, CABIN FEVER) and penned by Joe Carnahan (SMOKING ACES, THE GREY), DEATH WISH with Bruce Willis is a reimagining of the 1974 classic.

Dr Paul Kersey (Willis) is a surgeon who only sees the aftermath of his city’s violence as it’s rushed into his ER – until his wife (Elisabeth Shue) and college-age daughter (Camila Morrone) are viciously attacked in their suburban home. With the police overloaded with crimes, Paul, burning for revenge, hunts for his family’s assailants to deliver justice. As the anonymous slayings of criminals grabs the media’s attention, the city wonders if this deadly avenger is a guardian angel…or a grim reaper.

Fury, fate and a tidal wave of violence collide in this intense action-thriller that can only be experienced on the big screen where you’ll feel every blow and revel in the onslaught of carnage!

These Special Advance Screenings will give fans an opportunity to see DEATH WISHahead of its March 8th theatrical release by Rialto Distribution.

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NEW SOUTH WALES
George St
Liverpool
Tuggerah
Macquarie

QUEENSLAND
Myer Centre
Garden City
Chermside
Pacific Fair
Loganholme

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Marion
Adealide City (GU Film House)

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Innaloo

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Manuka
Blacktown (Skyline Drive In)

NORTHERN TERRITORY
Darwin City

What: Death Wish – Special Advance Screenings
Facebook Event
https://www.facebook.com/events/184218305674409/
Website Event
http://www.monsterfest.com.au/events/deathwish-specialadvancescreenings/

Where: Event Cinemas (Nationwide)

When: Monday 5th March 7pm

Tickets: https://www.eventcinemas.com.au

Single Session Tickets:
Adult – $21
Concession – $17.50

 

You’ve been patient and we’ve remained tightlipped but now we can reveal our first wave programming line-up for MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW at Event Cinemas George St Sydney and if the suspense hasn’t killed you yet, we can assure you these films will!

Opening the festival is the Australian Premiere of THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT, the long-awaited sequel to the terrifying 2008 smash hit THE STRANGERS and the perfect nerve-rattler to set the mood for the festival! Continuing the former film’s stripped-bare thrills, THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT sees a family of three arrive at their holiday destination only to discover it is completely abandoned – and quickly find themselves terrorised by a group of three remorseless masked killers. If the family is going to survive this inexplicable onslaught, they’ll have to push themselves to their absolute limit.

From international chills to homegrown horror, we’re proud to present the World Premiere of  LIVING SPACE. From first-time feature filmmaker Steven Spiel comes this supernatural chiller about a young couple who are forced to take shelter in an isolated, seemingly-abandoned farmhouse – then battle malevolent forces under the command of an undead Nazi general for their very survival! Including familiar faces like Georgia Chara (WENTWORTH), Leigh Scully (HOME & AWAY) and Andy McPhee (SONS OF ANARCHY), LIVING SPACE is one of the most exciting Australian genre films of 2018.

Next up is MONSTER FEST 2017 ‘Golden Monster’ award-winner,  COLD HELL, helmed by Oscar-winning director Stefan Ruzowitzky. This giallo-infused action/thriller sees a young woman team up with a police officer to stop a serial killer after witnessing her neighbour’s brutal murder. Another fine slice of international horror is served with HOUSEWIFE, winner of MONSTER FEST 2017 ‘Best Director’ and the sophomore effort of Turkish director Can Evrenol, the man behind 2015’s outrageously demented BASKIN. Like Evrenol’s previous effort, HOUSEWIFE is absolutely brimming with fantastic gore and practical special effects, meaning this is definitely not for the faint hearted!

Following the 2017 Sitges Film Festival official selection, SHEBORG MASSACRE, prolific Australian genre filmmaker Daniel Armstrong returns with TARNATION. Winner of ‘Best Australian Film’ at MONSTER FEST 2017, TARNATION is a manic cabin-in-the-woods styled comedy/horror loaded with possessed cultists, penis bugs, a demonic unicorn and a zombie kangaroo! Making its Sydney debut is Adam McDonald’s unsettling PYEWACKET, a slow-burn occult thriller that follows a frustrated, angst-ridden teenage girl who awakens something in the woods after naively performing an occult ritual to evoke a witch to kill her mother.

Rounding off this stellar first wave announcement, MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW is proud to present a 21st Anniversary Screening of Fred Dekker’s cult classic,THE MONSTER SQUAD. Dekker’s loving celebration of Universal Monsters and everything eighties pits a bunch of kids known as THE MONSTER SQUAD head-to-head with a legion of ghouls who are in search of a powerful amulet with which to rule their world.

What: Monster Fest Travelling Sideshow (Sydney)
Facebook Event- https://www.facebook.com/events/1954076424806302/
Website Event – http://www.monsterfest.com.au/events/mfts-sydney2018/

Where: Event Cinemas George St
505-525 George St, Sydney NSW
Ph: (02) 9273 7300

When: 9th to 11th of March 2018

Tickets: https://www.eventcinemas.com.au

Single Session Tickets:
Adult – $21
Concession – $17.50

MONSTER FEST, Australia’s premier showcase of cult and genre cinema, is proud to announce a return to its spiritual home, Melbourne’s iconic and much loved Cinema Nova.

MONSTER FEST was born at Cinema Nova in 2011 and in the years since has grown to become one of the most unique, exciting and well recognised film festivals in the country, building an enviable reputation among film practitioners and movie lovers alike for its heady mix of world and local premiere screenings, special guests, special events, movie marathons and more. Championing the finest cutting-edge cinema on the planet, MONSTER FEST has spawned a legion of dedicated fans across the land.

Cinema Nova’s General Manager Kristian Connelly remarked, “we could not be happier to have MONSTER FEST returning to Cinema Nova. It was within these walls that this magnificent beast was born, and now our baby is coming home. We’re proud, thrilled and even a little scared!

Cinema Nova is Australia’s most popular independent exhibitor and is proud to fly the flag for cutting-edge genre content. Offering audiences the widest and most eclectic cinematic smorgasbord in Melbourne, Monster Fest and Cinema Nova are a match made in heaven – or hell – depending on how you look at it” remarked Neil Foley on behalf of the festival.

Today also marks the opening of submissions for MONSTER FEST’s 2018 Melbourne festival, as well as the announcement of its official dates – Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th of November.

The submissions process for MONSTER FEST commenced in 2015, when we also introduced the ‘Monster Awards’. In 2017, we saw submissions increase by over 200%, including shorts and features from all over the world. The interest in being considered for MONSTER FEST is beyond our wildest dreams. Our advice to filmmakers is; if you’ve got a film or are planning to make one in the near future, don’t be afraid to put it in the MONSTER FEST mix!”, said MONSTER FEST’s Grant Hardie.

Filmmakers can submit their films via:

Film Freeway

Withoutabox

What: Monster Fest 2018
When: Thursday November 22-25 2018
Where:
Cinema Nova
380 Lygon St
Carlton VIC

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

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.

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Monster Fest 2015 is pleased to announce the winners of its second annual awards ceremony.

Having concluded at its new home in Lido Cinemas, this year’s ghoulish event was bigger and better than ever, with international guests Dee Wallace, Butch Patrick and Fred “The Hammer” Williamson giving fans more than their money’s worth, with up close and personal experiences over three days.

Opening last Thursday night with the World Premiere of SCARE CAMPAIGN, the new offering by renowned Melbourne-based filmmaking duo, Colin and Cameron Cairnes, Monster Fest culminated in its second annual awards ceremony, acknowledging the best of this year’s impressive line-up.

The winners of Monster Fest 2015 Awards are:

Best Short Screenplay
Izzy Lee – INNSMOUTH

Best International Short Film
BEYOND FEROX – Thomas Yagodinski

Best Short Film Director
Shant Hamassian – NIGHT OF THE SLASHER

Best Victorian Short
THE PRIEST – Goran Spoljaric

Best Feature Screenplay
Colin and Cameron Cairnes – SCARE CAMPAIGN

Best Feature Film Special Effects
BITE

Best Sound in a Feature
SCARE CAMPAIGN

Best Female Lead
Elma Begovic – BITE

Best Male Lead
Sterling Knight – LANDMINE GOES CLICK

Monster Jury Award
VELVET VIXEN’S ZOMBIE MASSACRE

Best Feature Film Director
Colin and Cameron Cairnes – SCARE CAMPAIGN

Best Australian Feature Film
CAT SICK BLUES – Dir. David Jackson Prod. Harley Hoshi, David Jackson, Matthew C. Vaughan

Crystal Monster for Best Film
SCARE CAMPAIGN – Dir. Colin and Cameron Cairnes, Prod. Julie Ryan

Monster Fest director, Neil Foley said, “Congratulations to all the winners, especially the Scare Campaign team, who collected four awards. “The calibre of films in this year’s Monster Fest really raised the bar and I’m excited about next year’s potential already, especially at our new home, Lido Cinemas, which provided the perfect atmosphere for fans and Festival guests.”

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Creed,’ ‘Absolutely Everything,’ ‘Love The Coopers,’ The Program, and ‘By The Sea’. This episode also contains interviews with Ryan Coogler, Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, David Walsh Louise Wadley (All About E), Butch Patrick (Monster Fest), George Moise (Counter Clockwise), Megan Riakos (Crushed), Dee Wallace (Monster Fest), Fred Williamson (Monster Fest), Ian Meadows (Scare Campaign), John Quong Tart (Scare Campaign), Ursula Dabrowsky (Inner Demon), Jason M. Koch (Pig Pen), Richard Wolstencroft (The Second Coming) and there’s a chat with the co-curator of the Retro Hollywood Film Festival.

Also  take a listen as the boys launch a brand new giveaway thanks to Ursula Dabrowsky. Take a listen to our interview with Ursula to see how you could win a signed copy of her new film Inner Demon.

To listen to the show or can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here.