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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




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.



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.


Knock Knock Monster Pictures

After the first wave of announcements last week saw the release of the official Monster Fest 2015 poster, that SCARE CAMPAIGN would be the opening night film, plus the announcement that this year’s special guests will include the likes of Butch Patrick (The MUNSTERS), Fred Williamson (FROM DUSK TO DAWN) and Dee Wallace (E.T.), Monster Fest, Australia’s premier cult and horror film festival, is proud to announce the second stage of programming and ticket sales for Monster Fest 2015 – 26th to 29th of November at Australia’s newest home of cult cinema, The Lido Cinema in Hawthorn, Melbourne.


Over the coming weeks, the FULL PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT will include details of over 40 feature films – ‘Official Selection’ and retro gems, two short film programs – ‘Trasharama’ and ‘Monster Shorts’, more guests, bands, Monster Market, Munstapalooza horror hot rods, and more.


Meanwhile, here’s a fresh sack of treats for Monster Fest fans:



It’s been 10 years since Australian actor John Jarratt first morphed into the now legendary horror ‘baddie’ Mick Taylor and began menacing (and murdering) backpackers in the harsh Australian wilderness.


To celebrate Mick’s reign of bloody terror, MONSTER FEST is proud to announce that this year’s program will include a special 10th Anniversary Screening of director Greg McLean’s Aussie horror masterpiece, WOLF CREEK. Aside from John Jarratt (DJANGO UNCHAINED) WOLF CREEK also stars Cassandra Macgrath (SCARE CAMPAIGN), Kestie Morassi (TV’S SATISFACTION) and Nathan Phillips (THESE FINAL HOURS).


In 1988 Melbourne director Ray Boseley created one of the greatest cult movies ever produced in this country, SMOKE ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM.  Released only on VHS back in the day, the film has built a dedicated fan base over the years, who have yearned to see it once again in all its big screen glory.


Cast and Crew from both films, including John Jarratt, Greg McLean, Ray Boseley and Clayton Jacobson will be attending and presenting Q&A sessions post screening.



Remember that special feeling you felt when you first heard the adorable alien E.T. utter the words ‘ET phone home’ in Steven Spielberg’s 1982 Academy Award winning film E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL?

Now fans (and newbies) of all ages can re-fall in love with E.T. as MONSTER FEST is proud to announce a special breakfast screening of E.T. THE EXTRA TERRISTRIAL during which fans will be able to meet actress Dee Wallace who plays Mary (the mother) in the family classic.




MONSTER FEST 2015 will see the World Premiere of a number of Australian films and we are proud to announce two of these today – BULLETS FOR THE DEAD and CAT SICK BLUES.

BULLETS FOR THE DEAD is directed by first time feature director Michael Du-Shane and tells the story of a hardened bounty hunter, a gang of outlaws in his trust and a preacher who are forced to work together and battle their way across the Wild West during the outbreak of a zombie apocalypse! The film stars Christopher Sommers (THE WATER DIVINER), Vanessa Moltzen (I AM EVANGELINE) , Hugh Parker (MY MISTRESS), Troy Mackinder (SANCTUM) and Emma Randall (DAYBREAKERS).

CAT SICK BLUES is an Aussie horror directed by another first timer, Melbourne filmmaker, Dave Jackson. CAT SICK BLUES tells the story of Ted Henson (Matthew C. Vaughan) whose beloved cat dies, triggering a total mental breakdown and prompting him to attempt to reanimate his feline friend – all he needs is nine human lives! This hilariously twisted and unique new film stars Shian Denovan (SAWNY: FLESH OF MAN) and Noah Moon (I’M YOU DICKHEAD).



MONSTER FEST is proud to announce that the Official 2015 Closing Night Film will be director Eli Roth’s (HOSTEL, CABIN FEVER, THE GREEN INFERNO) latest film KNOCK KNOCK – a remake of the 1977 psychological thriller DEATH GAME. KNOCK KNOCK tells the twisted tale of a devoted husband and father who tries to do the right thing when 2 young women come knocking on his door looking for help. KNOCK KNOCK stars award-winning actor Keanu Reeves (THE MATRIX, SPEED, JOHN WICK), Lorenza Izzo (THE STRANGER, THE GREEN INFERNO) and Ana de Armas (OVERDRIVE, DAUGHTER OF GOD).


A Closing Night Awards Party, hosted by Melbourne’s ‘Queen of the Crypt’, Cherry Bites, follows the screening and will have festival goers rocking into the wee hours with a performance from much loved Melbourne rockers, ‘The Tarantino’s’!


For Monster Fest 2015 the tickets are easier and cheaper than ever before. All tickets, excluding Opening Night Gala and Party, will be available as individual session tickets, but with so much on, and with an All-day pass so damn cheap, and available now, why stop at one session?

$30 Opening Night Film & Party: The Australian Premiere of The Cairnes Brothers’ SCARE CAMPAIGN followed by a themed party. ON SALE NOW

$20 Single session ticket: All Monster Fest films and events will be available as single session tickets when the full program is announced, but why would you want a single session ticket when day passes are such incredible value, and available now? SINGLE SESSION TICKETS ON SALE SOON

$20 KOOKS & SPOOKS Trivia Extravaganza: Must be purchased as an individual session ticket – is not available with a day pass. ON SALE NOW

$40 Friday All-day pass:  Starts 11am Friday, Includes all Friday sessions, including ATOMIC EDEN and Blaxploitation marathon. Expires 11am Saturday morning.

$40 Saturday All-day pass: Starts 11am Saturday, incudes all Saturday sessions, including THE HOWLING, Dee Wallace ‘Clip n Tell’ and midnight screening of THE HOWLING presented by Cinemaniacs and Dee Wallace

$40 Sunday All-day pass:  Starts 11am Sunday, includes all Sunday sessions, including ‘I Was a Pre-Teen Werewolf’, Closing Night Film KNOCK KNOCK, closing ‘Monster Awards’ party, but excludes Munsterpalooza on the rooftop. Expires midnight Sunday.

These tickets represent incredible value, EVERY film or session (excluding Trivia), for the price of 2 individual sessions – is there a better value festival ticket in this country? Probably not! ON SALE NOW

$50 Munsterpalooza (Sunday only): All the value of the Sunday All-day pass but with the extra value of exclusive access to the Lido rooftop for an afternoon of BBQ, Bands and Beer. Only 80 tickets available. ON SALE NOW

$60 Swinburne Mega Pass: Exclusive to current Swinburne University student cardholders. This ticket will get students into EVERY SESSION at Lido on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, excluding Kooks and Spooks Trivia.

* Does not include Dee Wallace Masterclass or Munstapalooza on the rooftop.

$150 Dee Wallace Acting Masterclass: 5 hour acting masterclass with a cinema icon at Swinburne University. ON SALE NOW
$300 VIP PREMIUM PASS – The Big Daddy of the Monster Fest tickets – This ticket offers unrestricted, fully reserved priority access to EVERY SESSION at the Lido – Opening & Closing films and parties, special events, screenings, Munstapalooza on the rooftop etc, PLUS exclusive merchandise packs, private Special Guests meet a’ greet and much more. ON SALE NOW.