Tagged: Monster Fest

It’s time to get kooky and spooky as Dave and Harley present a special Halloween edition of Subculture: The Podcast

Not only do you get all your latest pop culture news but the boys look at how The Lone Gunmen could be brought back and then they cast their own new Resident Evil and Cut movies. 

Oh… and they take a look at what is screening at this year’s Monster Fest.

Check out the latest episode right here:

One of the most interesting films to screen at this year’s Monster Fest is the documentary Leap Of Faith: William Friedkin On The Exorcist.

This week on Subculture we caught up with the documentary’s director Alexandre O. Philippe about the film. You can check out the interview below.

Australia’s premier genre film festival, MONSTER FEST, is excited to welcome the world’s premium genre film streaming service, SHUDDER, onboard as an official sponsor of 2020: MONSTER FEST.

MONSTER FEST is also pleased to reveal that this year’s festival will host the Australian Premieres of two exciting new features from the SHUDDER Original library, ahead of their 2021 release on the platform.

Fresh from its World Premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival where it was met with universal critical acclaim is THE DARK AND THE WICKED. This gravely unsettling and genuinely terrifying feature is the latest work of writer/director Bryan Bertino (THE STRANGERS) and follows two siblings who are at odds with an entity that is determined to end their bloodline.

Heralding from Belgium and having also premiered at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival is HUNTED, an unrelentingly brutal and throughly refreshing take on a classic fairytale. Written and directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Vincent Paronnaud (PERSEPOLIS), this wild reimagining subverts a childhood fable into a game of cat and mouse where the mouse proves to be far more agile and intelligent than the cats may have anticipated.

Once again in partnership with EVENT CINEMAS, MONSTER FEST returns to Sydney, Brisbane, Perth & Adelaide from Thursday 29th of October to Sunday 1st of November for 2020: MONSTER FEST – WELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE.

Having launched in Australian in mid-August, SHUDDER is brought to you by AMC Networks and is an experience unlike any other. SHUDDER has the largest human-curated selection of high-quality, spine-tingling, and provocative films, TV series, and originals– there’s always something new and unexpected for Shudder members to explore.

 

THE DARK AND THE WICKED
Bryan Bertino | United States 2020 | Australian Premiere

On a secluded farm, a man is slowly dying. Bedridden and fighting through his final breaths, his wife is slowly succumbing to overwhelming grief. To help their mother and say goodbye to their father, siblings Louise (Marin Ireland) and Michael (Michael Abbott Jr.) return to their family farm. It doesn’t take long for them to see that something’s wrong with mom, though—something more than her heavy sorrow. Gradually, as their own grief mounts, Louise and Michael begin suffering from a darkness similar to their mother’s, marked by waking nightmares and a growing sense that something evil is taking over their family.

 

 

HUNTED
Vincent Paronnaud | Belgium/France 2020 | Australian Premiere

Eve (Lucie Debay) meets what she thinks is a charming guy in a bar. Yet things go terribly wrong once she realizes she’s come across a psychopath and his puppet accomplice. They engage in a death chase until she decides to fight back. The forest will be her ally.

WHEN:
Thursday 29th of October – Sunday 1st of November, 2020

WHERE:

ADELAIDE: Event Cinemas Marion
BRISBANE:
 Event Cinemas Myer Centre
PERTH: Event Cinemas Innaloo
SYDNEY: Event Cinemas George Street

TICKETS:

VIP Passes (14 films) $224

Event Cinemas Ticketing

VIP Passes are strictly limited, with the initial allocation being 20 per location, with no guarantee of further VIP Passes being available at a later date. The VIP Pass gains all-access to all Monster Fest screenings and events from Thursday 29th of October to Sunday 1st of November.

5 Film Passes & Individual Session Tickets will go on sale upon final program launch.

Website: http://www.monsterfest.com.au

 

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 Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth & Adelaide from Thursday 29th of October to Sunday 1st of November for 2020: MONSTER FEST – WELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE.

Once again in partnership with EVENT CINEMAS and CINEMA NOVA2020: MONSTER FEST will see all five cities play host to four days of diverse and highly imaginative film programming; a celebration of the latest and greatest genre cinema from around the world.

Following its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival where it was met with universal praise, we are pleased to announce that the sci-fi/horror POSSESSOR will be our Opening Night Film of the festival, in its Australian Premiere. Abstract, immersive and unflinchingly brutal, POSSESSOR is the sophomore feature of Brandon Cronenberg (ANTIVIRAL) and is a truly remarkable work of cinema that reaffirms Brandon’s status as a visionary filmmaker. Christopher Abbott (IT COMES AT NIGHT) and Andrea Riseborough (MANDY) give exceptional performances in this sophisticated story of a corporate assassin who may have inhabited the wrong body in which to enact her next mission.

For the first-time in MONSTER FEST history, we are excited to announce that we will host the World Premiere of OCCUPATION: RAINFALL simultaneously across all five festivals. Filmmaker Luke Sparke‘s highly anticipated follow-up to the 2018 Aussie sci-fi blockbuster sees Ken Jeong (THE HANGOVER Trilogy) and Daniel Gillies (THE ORIGINALS) join a returning cast that includes Temuera Morrison (AQUAMAN), Dan Ewing (BEAST NO MORE) and Trystan Go (THE FAMILY LAW). Picking up two years after the events of OCCUPATION, the war for earth rages on, however the alien invaders are no longer our only threat as factions form between survivors and the race to save mankind is on.

Steven Kostanski, formerly of Canadian film collective Astron-6, follows up his acclaimed 2016 Lovecraftian love letter THE VOID with the light-hearted and ultra-violent slice of cosmic comedy/adventure, PSYCHO GOREMAN, making its Australian Premiere. This small-town tale of intergalactic proportions follows two kids who are in possession of a highly coveted magical amulet that allows them the ability to control an ancient alien overlord.

Modern takes on the works of William Shakespeare were all the rage in the nineties with films such as Baz Luhrmann’s highly-stylised ROMEO & JULIET, the Heath Ledger breakout hit 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU and of course the dirty granddaddy of them all Lloyd Kaufman‘s TROMEO & JULIET. If you thought that TROMEO & JULIET was the greatest Shakespearean adaptation ever committed to celluloid (yes, even above Kenneth Branagh), prepare yourself for #SHAKESPEARESSHITSTORM, as Lloyd and the Troma team go back to the Bard for their latest outing. #SHAKESPEARESSHITSTORM is a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST but with the drier aspects removed and/or improved upon by the inclusion of excess bodily fluids, hyper-violence, gore and in fact anything that could potentially be deemed offensive, in fact we’ll be surprised if this film isn’t #cancelled before its Australian Premiere at MONSTER FEST.

Following up an instant cult classic like ROBOCOP is no mean feat but filmmaker Paul Verhoeven is no ordinary filmmaker, not only did he rise to the challenge, he crushed it with his fearless, subversive and visionary take on legendary author Phillip K. Dick’s classic tale of caveat emptor. Join Arnie and the gang as we go a vicarious vacay to Mars to celebrate Quaid’s divorce and of course the 30th Anniversary of this sci-fi/action classic with the Australian Premiere of an all-new 4K Restoration of TOTAL RECALL.

 

POSSESSOR
Brandon Cronenberg | Canada / UK  2020 | Australian Premiere

From the mind of writer/director Brandon Cronenberg, POSSESSOR is an arresting sci-fi/horror about elite, corporate assassin Tasya Vos (Andrea Riseborough). Using brain-implant technology, Vos takes control of other people’s bodies to execute high profile targets. As she sinks deeper into her latest assignment Vos becomes trapped inside a mind (Christopher Abbott) that threatens to obliterate her.

 

OCCUPATION: RAINFALL
Luke Sparke | Australia 2020 | World Premiere

OCCUPATION: RAINFALL occurs two years into an intergalactic invasion of earth, while survivors fight back in a desperate ground war. As casualties mount by the day, the resistance and their unexpected allies uncover a plot that could see the war come to a decisive end. With the alien invaders hell-bent on making Earth their new home, the race is on to save mankind.

 

PSYCHO GOREMAN
Steven Kostanski | Canada 2020 | Australian Premiere

Siblings Mimi (Nita-Josee Hanna) and Luke (Owen Myre) unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord (Matthew Ninaber). Using a magical amulet, they force the monster to obey their childish whims, and accidentally attract a rogues’ gallery of intergalactic assassins to small-town suburbia.

 

#SHAKESPEARESSHITSTORM
Lloyd Kaufman | United States 2020 | Australian Premiere

Prospero (played by director/co-writer Lloyd Kaufman), a brilliant and generous pharma-scientist, has had his life and career ruined by blind, greedy, perverted pharmaceutical execs, causing him and his very hot daughter Miranda to flee from NYC to Tromaville, New Jersey. When the evil execs and their elite guests take a celebratory luxury cruise to North Korea, Prospero uses his science, magic, and a load of whale laxative to create the titular Shitstorm, wrecking the cruise ship and causing its execs to wash up on the shores of Tromaville. Prospero’s planned a brutal revenge – with all the sex, mutations, musical numbers, and violence that Shakespeare always wanted but never had!

 

TOTAL RECALL – 4K RESTORATION
Paul Verhoeven | United States 1990 | Australian Premiere

Haunted by recurring dreams of another life on Mars, Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is drawn to Rekall Incorporate to implant virtual vacation memories of Mars, using a special program with the identity of a secret agent. Something goes wrong and the procedure is interrupted. The life of Douglas turns upside down, and he travels to the red planet trying to discover who he is.

WHEN:
Thursday 29th of October – Sunday 1st of November, 2020

WHERE:ADELAIDE: Event Cinemas Marion
BRISBANE:
 Event Cinemas Myer Centre
MELBOURNE: Cinema Nova 
PERTH: Event Cinemas Innaloo
SYDNEY: Event Cinemas George Street

TICKETS:

VIP Passes (14 films) $220 – $224

Cinema Nova Ticketing
Event Cinemas Ticketing

VIP Passes are strictly limited, with the initial allocation being 20 per location, with no guarantee of further VIP Passes being available at a later date. The VIP Pass gains all-access to all Monster Fest screenings and events from Thursday 29th of October to Sunday 1st of November.

5 Film Passes & Individual Session Tickets will go on sale upon final program launch.

 

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.