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Monster Fest 2015

We’ve teased you a lot about our opening night film Scare Campaign and you’ve probably googled it and found out there is nothin’ freakin’ out there because it is so bloody new. Well rest assured dear Monster fiends because the Monster Fest Official Podcast can bring you the first Scare Campaign interview with those famous Cairnes Brothers opening up about their new pride and joy.

You can listen to or download the Monster Fest Official Podcast right here.

Monster Fest 2015

 

Summary: The world is stunned when aliens attack Earth but only seem to focus on one country – Australia. One person isn’t surprised though and that is wannabe rock star Andi (Rita Artmann) who has been telling people for years that the aliens who gave her ‘powers’ years before would return one day for her.

Well now the attack has happened and Andi’s mother has been abducted. Soon Andi, her documentary film-making friend Cam (Tamara McLaughlin), her hypochondria brother Elliott (Doug Hatch) and her once-nearly-was-famous boxer cousin Keith (Lawrence Silver) find themselves trying to not only find her mother, but stay alive as it soon becomes apparent the aliens are willing to kill anyway that gets in their way.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: TBA

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: Australia

Director: Joe Bauer

Screenwriter: Rita Artmann (sotry), Joe Bauer

Cast: Paul Adams (Dennis), Rita Artmann (Andi), Joe Bauer (John), Natasha Baynham (Young Andi), Caroline Bell (Kylie), Cameron Caulfield (Young Elliot), Robert Griffiths (Roy), Doug Hatch (Elliot), Rob Jenkins (Crowe), Kyle McCallion (Stix), Tamara McLaughlin (Cam), Emma Randall (Alien Commander), Lawrence Silver (Keith), Gareth Ward (Young Keith), Tamika Wood (Naomi)

Runtime: 112 mins

Classification: TBC

 

OUR AUSTRALIENS REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

David Griffiths:

When a film lover hears the words cult film spoof they are right to be worried, very worried. Aside from the first two Scary Movie films and perhaps Shaun Of The Dead (if you really want to call it a spoof) movies that generally try to parody horror or sci-fi normally fail pretty badly. In fact they normally suck so badly they are a shoe-in to win a few Golden Razzies and make Worst Film Of The Year nominations right across the globe. That plus the fact that Australia rarely makes a good comedy is enough to have alarm bells ringing about new film Australiens. But everybody needs to just take a good deep breath, because this film turns out to be a little gem.

If anything Australiens really shows how creative ideas and talent will always outweigh money when it comes to movies. Director Joe Bauer really was pushing up-hill with this film but he never took a step backwards. Yes some of the special effects don’t look like a Spielberg production but there are plenty of times throughout the film where things look very good indeed. The actually aliens look pretty awesome while the alien robots actually do look like they were pulled straight out of a multi-million dollar production.

Special effects aside though what lifts Australiens up and makes it enjoyable watch is the humor. So often these spoof movies just aren’t funny, that certainly isn’t the case here. There are the odd groan-worthy joke that makes it way through to the final edit of the film but for the most part the comedy works. There are sizzling one liners that will have the audience laughing while the more elaborate jokes such as one of the group becoming obviously infected while nobody notices works efficiently for most of the film. Yes some of the storylines, especially around Andi’s Dad, are implausible but they certainly turn the comedy effect up to the extreme.

One of the other refreshing things about Australiens is the fact that this comes from a fresh cast. There are no seasoned Aussie actors or international blow-ins performing in this film. Instead it is a young cast that certainly has talent that delivers the goods. Led by Rita Artmann who really delivers some comedy gold she is well backed up by Doug Hatch who plays a great lovable loser but it is Joe Bauer who steals the limelight as the ‘infected’ John.

Refreshingly funny Australiens shows that it is possible to make a funny cult spoof film even on a low budget. This movie is enough to show that Joe Bauer and Rita Artmann are a creative team to watch in the future.
Stars(3)

 

 

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)

 

IMDB Rating:
Australiens (2014) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Australiens reviews: You can also read our Australiens  review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.

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Monster Fest 2015

Yesterday we looked at Trasharama today we look at Monster Fest’s other short film program. In order to get a full view of all the short films screening at Monster Fest this year, and what goes in to picking them, we chat to one of the short film curators of this year’s Monster Fest – Hussein Khoder.

You can listen to this latest episode of the Monster Fest Official Podcast right here.

Monster Fest 2015

One of the sessions that is selling so fast for Monster Fest this year is the popular Trasharama shorts program. This always fills up really quickly so we decided to chat to the curator of that section of Monster Fest, Dick Dale.

So on this edition of the Monster Fest Official Podcast Dick tells us the history of Trasharama and what we have to look forward to with this year’s serving of short films.

You can listen to the Monster Fest Offiical Podcast right here.

Absolutely Anything

Thanks to our friends at Icon Distribution Subculture Entertainment is proud to be able to giveaway 10 double passes to see Absolutely Anything starring Simon Pegg and Kate Beckinsale which releases in Australian cinemas on November 19th.

In order to enter our Absolutely Anything giveaway make sure you listen to this week’s episode of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show and answer the simple question that Dave G asks over at our Facebook page.