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Scare Campaign



Beware Australia Scare Campaign is coming to town. Australian horror fans are a supportive bunch, once they got to gloat about the past glory days of the genre as even the likes of Quentin Tarantino talked about the fact that the Ozploitation films of the 1970s and 1980s were huge influences on their careers. Then came the resurgence of  Aussie horror with cult films like Wolf Creek suddenly becoming so popular they were considered mainstream.

One of the films to capitalise on that resurgence was 100 Bloody Acres, an Aussie horror that did so unbelievably well that it even had the most hardened film critics heaping love onto the film. The sheer amount of fans the film generated has now meant that the filmmakers behind the classic, brotherly duo Colin and Cameron Cairnes now have an unprecedented amount of ground swell ahead of the release of their brand new film Scare Campaign.

In the 24 hours prior to the films Australian premiere at Monster Fest 2015 I took time to sit down with the Cairnes Brothers and the interview starts with them in shock and disbelief as I tell them Scare Campaign is trending on every form of social media they could imagine and they are being labelled ‘The Kings Of Oz Horror.’

‘Wait. What are they calling us?” asks Cam. ‘Do we get a crown for that?’ ‘They are going to look really stupid if nobody turns up to our premiere,’ laughs Colin.

He need not have worried, as it turned out Scare Campaign provided Monster Fest with its highest ticket sales for an Opening Night Film in its history. Monster Pictures sold so many tickets to the event that they ended up having to run the film in two cinemas simultaneously. Then just to add to the groundswell Scare Campaign scooped Monster Fest’s award’s night winning Best Feature Screenplay, Best Sound In A Feature, Best Feature Film Director and the coveted Crystal Monster for Best Film.

So for those who haven’t got caught up in this massive amount of ground swell, Cam is quick to explain exactly what the film is all about and how it first came into being. “Well it all came about rather quickly,” he says. “We made 100 Bloody Acres, we released that and then we were keen to make something else as quickly as possible so we sat down with our producer and pitched a whole lot of ideas that we had to him and the idea for Scare Campaign came out and seemed pretty cool and we were all pretty excited about it. We thought it would be something we get going quickly as it seemed easy to pitch, and within a year of coming up with the idea we were shooting the film. Of course we went through four or five drafts of script first but everyone we spoke to about this film got really excited about… even distributors.

Part of what has people so excited about Scare Campaign is the names that feature on the cast list for the film – names ranging from Aussie screen legend Sigrid Thornton through to Aussie-on-the-rise Olivia DeJonge who just appeared in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit. Colin explains that this time around they went about the casting process a little differently than in the past “On 100 Bloody Acres we went through casting books this time we went director to the actor, straight up and the actors were like ‘wait have I got the job?’ they were surprised that they were just being offered a job out of the blue. They get so used to having doing auditions and screen tests that when we called them up they were surprised. Some we didn’t even know, we had just seen their work and knew that they were what we wanted. The hardest for us to cast was the ‘baddie.’ We were three weeks out from the shoot and we still didn’t have someone, then this screen test arrived in our Inbox and it was Josh and we just knew. We felt that this was a guy that really understood the character that we were trying to make and he was a horror nut that was great as well. Olivia actually came to us recommended by our DOP, and it turned out she had just worked with M. Night Shyamalan, so yeah she was on her way up and we just managed to nab her at the right time.” Cameron quickly interjects with “With Sigrid though we made her audition seven or eight times… we just weren’t convinced she was right,” he laughs.

Also unique about Scare Campaign is that it was filmed in an actual disused asylum in country Victoria, but what many people don’t realise is that the cast and crew stayed in the asylum during the shoot which turned out to be a great bonding experience. “The thing with any shoot is that you tend to see the cast and crew become family,” says Cam.  “Every more so on this one because we were all staying in Beechworth, which is about 3-4 hours out of Melbourne,  so yeah we spent nights at the pub with each other, the Art Department had a particularly fun time stalking through the asylum after hours spooking themselves. It was a fun atmosphere but there was also work to be done of course. Funnily enough the guy doing security for us had actually previously worked at that asylum as a psych nurse so he would take the cast and crew through the asylum on these ghost tours after midnight. Places you probably shouldn’t go.”

To finish off the interview I ask Colin to describe what kind of horror Scare Campaign is. “Look it’s a lot of different things really, but really it’s a psychopathic Hitchcockian murder rampage… it’s a celebration of horror. It’s all things horror,” he says with a laugh.


Scare Campaign is out now on DVD through Madman Entertainment.

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Crushed,’ ‘Zoolander 2,’ ‘Brooklyn,’ ‘Deadpool’  and ‘Scare Campaign’. This episode also contains interviews with Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Saorise Ronin, Domnhall Gleeson, Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ian Medows, Josh Quong Tart, Colin Cairnes, Cameron Cairnes, Megan Riakos,Chris Earl (Scots Day Out) and Martin Lych (The Commitments Screening).

Also listen for your chance to win tickets to a special premiere screening of Triple 9 thanks to our good friends at Roadshow. Listen for the question that Dave G asks and then private message us the answer on either our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Triple 9 will be released on March 3 and stars Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Norman Reedus, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejifor, Gal Gadot, Teresa Palmer and Anthony Mackie.

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With Scare Campaign about to hit cinemas in the next couple of weeks Subculture Entertainment’s Dave G decided it was time to sit down and deliver his Cairnes Brothers interview. Colin and Cameron chat on a range of topics including some of the stories from the set of Scare Campaign and how much pressure they felt after the success of their last film 100 Bloody Acres.

You can listen to or download our Cairnes Brothers interview right here.

Scare Campaign

The full trailer has been released for SCARE CAMPAIGN, the upcoming horror feature film from writers and directors Colin and Cameron Cairnes (100 Bloody Acres) and producer Julie Ryan (Red Dog), to coincide with the news that the film will be officially released in late March through an innovative event-style cinema release.

SCARE CAMPAIGN, which recently scooped the awards at Melbourne’s Monster Fest, including ‘Best Film’ and ‘Best Direction’, will initially host themed preview screenings in February and March. These include anti-Valentines showings at Dendy Newtown and Dendy Canberra, and then a special screening at Beechworth Lunatic Aslyum, the abandoned facility that provided the ominous backdrop for the film. Following this, SCARE CAMPAIGN will kick off a series of event screenings around Australia from late March 2016.

“We’re really looking forward to hitting the road with these special event screenings” remarked co-director Colin Cairnes on SCARE CAMPAIGN’s innovative release plans. “Watching the film with a raucous sell-out crowd at Monster Fest reminded us why we got into this caper in the first place, this is about getting a large group of people together in a darkened room and making them scream, wince and laugh!” continues Cairnes.

Producer Julie Ryan, who also worked with the Cairnes Brothers on 100 Bloody Acres, was equally buoyed by the Monster Fest experience, “Feedback from its first public was overwhelmingly positive and I’m sure our fan-base will be both surprised and entertained by it. It’s a great date film and perfect for Dendy’s anti-Valentines Day screenings.” Ryan continued, “Our distributor Bonsai Films has come up with a unique theatrical release plan which targets our fans directly and will keep the film in the public eye until the lead up to the home entertainment release by Madman in the second half of this year.”

SCARE CAMPAIGN charts the increasingly extreme attempts of a horror-themed TV “prank” show to stay one step ahead of its brutal online rivals and the Cairnes brothers can’t wait to share it with cinema-going audiences, “Scare Campaign’s got all the ingredients for a great night at the movies; a brilliant cast, incredible special effects, and a story that keeps you guessing till the very end!” comments Colin Cairnes.

SCARE CAMPAIGN stars Olivia DeJonge (The Visit, Hiding), Meegan Warner (Turn, The Veil), Ian Meadows (The Moodys, The Pacific) and Josh Quong Tart (Underbelly). The film features an ensemble cast including horror fan favourites Cassandra McGrath (Wolf Creek) and John Brumpton (The Loved Ones) plus Patrick Harvey (Utopia), Steve Mouzakis (The Suicide Theory), and Jason Geary (Oddball). Legendary Australian actor Sigrid Thornton also appears (Sea Change).



 Dendy Cinemas, Newtown – 14th February (anti-Valentines showing)

Dendy Cinemas, Canberra – 14th February (anti-Valentines showing)

Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum, Beechworth – 12th March

Adelaide Gaol, Adelaide – 17th March

Gold Coast Film Festival, Gold Coast – early April

Further screenings to be announced soon.

You can view the Scare Campaign trailer below.

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Monster Fest 2015 is pleased to announce the winners of its second annual awards ceremony.

Having concluded at its new home in Lido Cinemas, this year’s ghoulish event was bigger and better than ever, with international guests Dee Wallace, Butch Patrick and Fred “The Hammer” Williamson giving fans more than their money’s worth, with up close and personal experiences over three days.

Opening last Thursday night with the World Premiere of SCARE CAMPAIGN, the new offering by renowned Melbourne-based filmmaking duo, Colin and Cameron Cairnes, Monster Fest culminated in its second annual awards ceremony, acknowledging the best of this year’s impressive line-up.

The winners of Monster Fest 2015 Awards are:

Best Short Screenplay

Best International Short Film
BEYOND FEROX – Thomas Yagodinski

Best Short Film Director
Shant Hamassian – NIGHT OF THE SLASHER

Best Victorian Short
THE PRIEST – Goran Spoljaric

Best Feature Screenplay
Colin and Cameron Cairnes – SCARE CAMPAIGN

Best Feature Film Special Effects

Best Sound in a Feature

Best Female Lead
Elma Begovic – BITE

Best Male Lead

Monster Jury Award

Best Feature Film Director
Colin and Cameron Cairnes – SCARE CAMPAIGN

Best Australian Feature Film
CAT SICK BLUES – Dir. David Jackson Prod. Harley Hoshi, David Jackson, Matthew C. Vaughan

Crystal Monster for Best Film
SCARE CAMPAIGN – Dir. Colin and Cameron Cairnes, Prod. Julie Ryan

Monster Fest director, Neil Foley said, “Congratulations to all the winners, especially the Scare Campaign team, who collected four awards. “The calibre of films in this year’s Monster Fest really raised the bar and I’m excited about next year’s potential already, especially at our new home, Lido Cinemas, which provided the perfect atmosphere for fans and Festival guests.”

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Creed,’ ‘Absolutely Everything,’ ‘Love The Coopers,’ The Program, and ‘By The Sea’. This episode also contains interviews with Ryan Coogler, Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, David Walsh Louise Wadley (All About E), Butch Patrick (Monster Fest), George Moise (Counter Clockwise), Megan Riakos (Crushed), Dee Wallace (Monster Fest), Fred Williamson (Monster Fest), Ian Meadows (Scare Campaign), John Quong Tart (Scare Campaign), Ursula Dabrowsky (Inner Demon), Jason M. Koch (Pig Pen), Richard Wolstencroft (The Second Coming) and there’s a chat with the co-curator of the Retro Hollywood Film Festival.

Also  take a listen as the boys launch a brand new giveaway thanks to Ursula Dabrowsky. Take a listen to our interview with Ursula to see how you could win a signed copy of her new film Inner Demon.

To listen to the show or can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here.

Scare Campaign

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show’s Dave Griffiths this afternoon sat down with the cast + crew of brand new Aussie horror Scare Campaign. Take a listen as Dave chats to Colin Cairnes, Cameron Cairnes, Ian Meadows and Josh Quong Tart.

You can listen to or download our Scare Campaign interviews right here.

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Spectre,’ ‘The Crow’s Egg,’ ‘5 To 7,’ 99 Homes,’ ‘Secret In Their Eyes,’ ‘Now Add Honey’ and ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’. This episode also contains interviews with Daniel Craig, Monica Bellucci, Lea Seydoux, Andrew Garfield, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth Dave Jackson (Cat Sick Blues), Dee Wallace (Monster Fest), Ivan Malekin (Made In Melbourne Film Festival), Cameron Cairnes (Scare Campaign), Colin Cairnes (Scare Campaign), Ursula Dabrowsky (Inner Demon), Joe Bauer (Australiens) and Rita Artmann (Australiens).

Also  take a listen as the boys launch a brand new giveaway thanks to Ursula Dabrowsky. Take a listen to our interview with Ursula to see how you could win a signed copy of her new film Inner Demon.

To listen to the show or can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here.

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.