Tagged: Cult Girls

 

One of the best films to screen at last year’s Monster Fest was Australian director Mark Bakaitis’ film Cult Girls. Starring one of Australia’s most underrated actresses Saara Lamberg (Innuendo) alongside a cast that includes Jane Badler (V) and Dean Kirkwright (Charlie’s Farm). As an added bonus for heavy metal fans the film also features a very special performance from Swedish death metal band Tribulation.

“Originally we were looking to do a documentary about this Australian cult called the family,” says Bakaitis when we sit down to talk to him about the film’s home entertainment release. “We started to do some research into that and we realised that it was going to be pretty heavy doing interviews with victims and survivors and I don’t think we had the temperament to approach that subject really. So with the research I started to think that perhaps we could do something more fictional.”

Something more fictional is exactly what Bakaitis and his team did and the result was something phenomenal. A film that looks at home in an artistic cinema but contains the suspense normally reserved for a Hollywood blockbuster.

“We then had the opportunity to travel to Europe and go to Lithuania,” says Bakaitis as we begin to chat about how the film further developed after it was decided to go with the fictional angle. “We spent a few days in Germany and i was really inspired by the folk horror films of the late 1960s and the 1970s. I was inspired by films like Blood On Satan’s Claw and those classic folk horror films. I managed to weave that in some of the Lithuanian mythology that had been in my blood and came up in the film.. and we threw a little bit of black metal in there as well.”

You can listen to the full interview in our audio interview above.

Cult Girls is available on DVD now through Umbrella Entertainment.

 

Australia’s premier genre film festival, MONSTER FEST, returns to Cinema Nova from Thursday October 10th to Sunday October 13th for MONSTER FEST PART VIII: MONSTER TAKES MELBOURNE.

Following on from our most successful festival to date in 2018 with a record attendance of over 2,800 patrons, we are pleased to reveal that our eighth chapter is guaranteed to be our best yet! Our diverse range of international programming consists exclusively of World & Australian Premieres, accompanied by filmmaker Q&As, panels, lectures, pop-up events and more!

Our first wave line-up announcement comprises of seven imaginative and bold new Australian features, five of which will be celebrating their World Premieres.

Special effects maverick Justin Dix steps back into the director’s chair for his sophomore feature, BLOOD VESSEL, a harrowing high seas horror that pits a motley crew of shipwreck survivors against an ancient evil aboard an abandoned Nazi warship.

CULT GIRLS, the nightmarish and hypnotic horror from writer/director Mark Bakaitis, concerns a young woman whose search for her two missing sisters leads to her spiralling descent into hell.

Award-winning shorts filmmaker Mike Green makes his feature debut with OUTBACK, an immersive and gruelling survival thriller that witnesses two Americans at odds with the harsh and unforgiving Australian outback.

Jesse O’Brien‘s hilariously macabre and delightfully irreverent TWO HEADS CREEK also plays upon the fish out of water scenario, only this time with a pair of British siblings stranded in a rural town where the ghoulish locals have a sinister means of dealing with immigration.

More crazed locals abound in James Di Martino‘s debut feature THE FACELESS MAN, an insane tale of a group of friends whose party weekend getaway in the country turns to bloodshed when they are met with both the town’s strict no drug policy and the menace of the titular character.

Filmmaker Sandra Sciberras‘s THE DUST WALKER offers up both thrilling sci-fi action and intense viral horror as a small outback town bands together to face off against a parasitical alien threat.

Monster Fest alumni Matthew Victor Pastor returns this year with A BIGGER JAIL, a psychosexual thriller that sees a young married couple’s encounter with a recently paroled criminal lead to devastating consequences.

We are also excited to reveal our MONSTER FEST PART VIII: MONSTER TAKES MELBOURNE artwork.

WHEN:
Thursday October 10th – Sunday October 13th, 2019

WHERE:

Cinema Nova
380 Lygon St
Carlton VIC

TICKETS:

Single Session Tickets
Adult – $20.50
Concession – $16

Get the most out of the Monster Fest experience and save with these festival passes:

VIP Passes (15 films) $199 [Early Bird Offer, first 50 VIP Passes at $169 each]

The VIP Pass gets you all-access to all Monster Fest screenings, events and panels from Thursday October 10th to Sunday the 13th.

Mini-Pass (5 Films) $70

The Mini-Pass may be used for any 5 Monster Fest film sessions from Friday October 11th to Sunday the 13th (EXCLUDES Opening Night).