Tagged: Monster Fest

 

FANGORIA x MONSTER FEST in association with Rialto Distribution will host a Double Feature that harks back to the classic era of Aussie Drive-In programming with THE WRETCHED + IT FOLLOWS at Queensland’s historic Yatala Drive-In on Saturday 6th of June.

Fresh from US theatrical release where its just spent a fourth week as the No.1 film at the box office, The Butcher Brothers‘ rural horror meets nightmarish fairytale THE WRETCHED! After an incident in school sees him shipped off to a small coastal town to work in his father’s dockside custodial business, a defiant teenage boy, Ben (John-Paul Howard) faces off against a child-eating swamp witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman next door.

For the first-time on the Drive-In screen, David Robert Mitchell’s 2014 cult classic and artful psychosexual horror IT FOLLOWS. For 19-year–old Jay (Maika Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.

 

WHEN
Saturday 6th of June 8:30pm

WHERE

YATALA DRIVE-IN
100 Stapylton Jacobs Well Rd
Stapylton QLD

TICKETS

https://fivestarcinemas.com.au/drive-in/movie/the-wretched–it-follows

 

Way back in 1988, yes that year that Australia ended up calling the Bi-Centennial, a piece of Australian cinematic history was about to arrive. Out of Melbourne came a low budget film that became a cult classic – a comedy set during nuclear destruction – Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em. The film re-surfaced a few years ago when it was shown at Australia’s leading cult film festival Monster Fest and tonight it will be shown to an even wider audience as it becomes part of the Friday Fright Night live stream.

To find out a little bit more about this cult classic today I had the pleasure of chatting to the film’s screenwriter/director Ray Boseley who since then has gone on to work on successful television shows including Acropolis Now and Round The Twist.

“I’m just over the moon,” says Boseley when I ask him how he feels about his film being screened right around the world as part of Friday Fright Night. “I put everything I had into making the film some thirty odd years ago and now it is just a joy that it has found this opportunity to be seen by other people and perhaps some people that didn’t have that chance all those years ago to check it out.”

“I was studying film and television at Swinburne, I was in the graduating class of 1984,” explains Boseley as we start to talk about the very beginnings of Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em. “We had to do a major production in Year Three and that is when the idea of Smoke ‘Em first came to me. I sort of pitched that as what i wanted to make for my film and fortunately the lecturers there were a lot smarter than me and they immediately told me that it was not realistic to try and achieve it as a student film. So they said no and I had to come up with something else.”

“Then a few years later after working in the industry for awhile Film Victoria had a grant program and I put Smoke ‘Em in,” he says continuing. “By then I had it fully written. It had kind of just been sitting there waiting to record and that was the first chance I had to do it. They actually gave me more money than I thought I needed but it was still quite a tight budget and quite a tight schedule… it was pretty hard work getting Smoke ‘Em onto the screen.”

That hard work included one of the toughest shoots that Boseley has ever experienced in his career. “It is probably the second hardest thing I have ever done in my life,” he says with a laugh. “It was a really big script. It was really ambitious challenge to create the bomb shelter itself and then a separate challenge was the scenes outside in a devastated nuclear wasteland.”

“The there was a large cast and a lot of tricky things to film,” he says continuing. “There was a few little stunts, there was a fight scene that turned into a brawl at the party. It was basically a list of all the trickiest things that you could possibly write to push a crew to their limit on a fairly limited shoot. I think it was about two and a half weeks for the entire shoot and every shot was just complicated – most shots had a couple of dozen people in the frame. All of that makes it very difficult. Then there were some degrees of special make-up and all the costuming, it had to be lit properly and it led to some very tricky stuff.”

Despite all that Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em did all come together and you can watch it tonight on Friday Fright Night… details below.

 

 

 

 

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).

As part of Monster Fest and Event Cinemas continuing partnership and in a further national expansion of the Monster Fest brand, both companies are excited to announce a new festival for 2019 at five of the highest profile Event Cinemas locations across Australia.

This festival will be under the banner Monster Fest Australia 2019 and will run simultaneously at each location from Thursday October 31st to Sunday November 3rdin AdelaideBrisbaneCanberraPerth and Sydney.

Each location will feature highlights from the Melbourne program, plus screenings and special events unique to each city and as befits something this monumental, opening night takes place on Halloween; so they are planning something “very special” to kick off the festival.

Monster Fest director, Grant Hardie says “whilst this festival will initially have a more refined program than their Melbourne counterpart, they are the first step in bringing the full Monster Fest experience to these cities in the near future and we are committed to making this festival the best experience possible for fans.

Monster Fest Australia 2019 is a “4-day weekend” event featuring the latest films, special guests and filmmaker Q&As, all built around a diverse collection of highly imaginative feature films and short film programs from around the world.

General Manager of Content at Event Cinemas Claire Gandy says: “the Event Cinemas team is extremely excited to be working with Monster Fest on this expansion and we are fully committed to position Monster Fest as the premier theatrical genre brand in the country.

First wave line up and ticketing announcements for all locations will be made this June.

 

WHEN:
Thursday October 31st – Sunday November 3rd, 2019

WHERE:

ACT
Event Cinemas Manuka

NSW
Event Cinemas George St

QLD
Event Cinemas Brisbane Myer Centre

SA
GU Film House Adelaide

WA
Event Cinemas Innaloo

TICKETS:
On Sale June

Website: http://www.monsterfest.com.au/events/monsterfestau-2019/

MONSTER FEST returns to CINEMA NOVA in 2019 with new dates and plans for continued expansion nationally in partnership with Australia’s largest cinema chain EVENT CINEMAS.

MONSTER FEST is Australia’s premier genre film festival and has run annually in Melbourne every November since 2011. This year they have decided to bring the dates of the festival forward, MONSTER FEST 2019 will run from Thursday October 10th to Sunday October 13th for its 8th edition; a full five weeks ahead of previous years’ festivals to accommodate an exciting new development.

Since 2017, in partnership with EVENT CINEMAS, MONSTER FEST has rolled out their satellite festival, MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW across Australia. Following its success, MONSTER FEST are now collaborating on plans to take the Melbourne experience to the rest of Australia in select cities in November 2019. Stay tuned for further announcements in the coming weeks.

“Having seen the continued growth of Monster Fest Melbourne in the last few years, we at Event wanted to bring that experience to some of our major sites around the country and we are very excited to see how we can work together to make that a reality”
Claire Gandy – General Manager Content
Event Cinemas Australia

“Since we started the festival our plan has always been to take it nationally and make it the largest and best known genre festival in this part of the world, this continued partnership with Event Cinemas in 2019 makes this a reality”
Grant Hardie – Festival Director
Monster Fest

 

MONSTER FEST is a mix of Premieres, international festival favourites, new discoveries with renowned international guests and a special emphasis on supporting emerging Australian genre talent. For information on last year’s festival visit here.
MONSTER FEST 2019 SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN
Submissions are now open for features, short films and expanded cinema projects.

In 2018 submissions increased by over 100%, and we had the strongest shorts program since the festival began. The interest internationally for MONSTER FEST is beyond our wildest dreams and 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!
Grant Hardie – Monster Fest Festival Director

What: MONSTER FEST (VIII) 2019
Website Event – http://www.monsterfest.com.au
Where: Cinema Nova
380 Lygon St, Carlton VIC (03) 9347 5331
When: Thursday October 10th to Sunday October 13th

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.

Grab Your Tickets Here

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