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The first teaser trailer for the new Australian feature film thriller Landfall has debuted.

Landfall is about a young couple who are trapped in their beach house during a tropical cyclone when three desperate fugitives carrying a mysterious icebox invade their home following a heist. The ensemble cast includes Melbourne actors Rob Stanfield and Kristen Condon (both from Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla) and veteran actor Vernon Wells (Mad Max 2: The Road WarriorCommando).

Landfall is the third feature film from Cairns-based writer/director Travis Bain, whose most recent project, award-winning monster movie Throwback (also starring Wells), had a successful international film festival run in 2014 and is now available on DVD and Blu-ray worldwide.

Bain and his team filmed half of Landfall in July and have launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to help raise finishing funds. Bain describes Landfall as “part neo-noir, part disaster movie” and says he looks forward to completing production within the coming months.

“We’ve got half a taut little thriller in the can,” says Bain, “and hopefully when people see the teaser they’ll get pumpedand help us finish the project with a pledge of a few dollars.” Anybody who wishes to get involved with funding Landfall can do so at http://igg.me/at/landfallfilm

Landfall will be submitted to film festivals in 2017 and is expected to receive a multi-platform global release in 2018.

You can view the Landfall teaser trailer below.


Travis Bain

We always love to get behind Aussie filmmakers trying to make their filmmaking dreams come true and yes if you remember correctly we loved Travis Bain’s brilliant film Throwback. So when Dave G heard that Travis is trying to crowdfund his brand new film Landfall he decided that it was time to sit Travis down for a chat to see how you can all be involved.

You can listen to or download our Travis Bain interview right here.

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Midnight Special,’ ‘Eddie The Eagle,’ ‘Marguerite,’ and ‘Pawno’. This episode also contains interviews with Michael Shannon, Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Paul Ireland, Travis Bain (Landfall), Omrane Khuder (short film screening), Robert Englund (The Last Showing) and Darren Downs (Flats).

Also make sure you are listening this week for your chance to win a The Man Who Knew Infinity  pack thanks to our good friends from Icon. The pack contains a double pass for you to go and see The Man Who Knew Infinity and copies of Slumdog Millionaire, The World’s Fastest Indian, The Motorcycle Diaries, Nowhere Boy, Love & Mercy and I’m Not There on DVD. The pack is worth $140. To win just listen to this week’s episode of The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show, and tell us how many stars Dave gives Midnight Special and then private message us your answers on either our Facebook or Twitter pages.

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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 ‘Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief,’ ‘Inside Out’ ‘The Nightingale’ and ‘Hot Pursuit′ . This episode also contains interviews with Pete Docter, Mindy Kaling, Sofia Vergara, Shahin Shafaei (Two Refgees And A Blonde), Travis Bain (Throwback/Starspawn), Ted Matkowski (Polish Film Festival), Jack Sargeant (Revelation Film Festival) and Malcolm Turner (Melbourne Animation Film Festival).

Plus we launch two great new competitions this week. First up thanks to eOne Entertainment you have a chance to win a copy of Song One starring Anne Hathaway on DVD.

Then seconadly you get a chance to win passes to see Love & Mercy, starring Paul Dano and John Cusack, in cinemas on June 25 thanks to Icon.  Five lucky people will also win The Beach Boys’ Greatest Hits album to go with their passes.

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Hot on the heels of the succsess of Throwback director Travis Bain joins us to talk about his new project – Starspawn a project that you can all become involved with thanks to a recently launched Kickstarter campaign.

The Starspawn Kickstarter campaign will conclude on 19 July 2015. For more information, please visit the Starspawn Kickstarter Page.

Also don’t forget to grab your copy of Throwback from Sanity, JB Hi-Fi or Amazon.

You can listen to or download our Starspawn Travis Bain interview right here.


The makers of recent Australian horror feature Throwback have launched a Kickstarter campaign for their new feature Starspawn. The sci-fi/horror thriller from Queensland writer/producer/director Travis Bain is about a TV current affairs journalist who uncovers evidence of an imminent alien invasion whilst on assignment to interview some Outback survivalists. The 40-day crowdfunding campaign is aimed at raising $30,000 to allow the filmmakers to commission alien puppets and costumes and shoot a proof-of-concept excerpt from the full feature in Northwestern Queensland. Vernon Wells from Mad Max 2, Commando and Bain’s previous feature Throwback has signed on to play a key role, and other name actors are said to be “circling” the project.

Cairns-based filmmaker Travis Bain says he drew inspiration for Starspawn from the films of John Carpenter and the works of cult horror author H.P. Lovecraft.

“I’ve been a huge Lovecraft fan since I was a teenager in the ’80s,” Bain says, “but I’ve always found it hard to find satisfying film versions adapted from—or inspired by—his mythos, so I decided to try to make one myself. Starspawn will be a film made by Lovecraft fans for Lovecraft fans, and we’re hoping to put some of his most iconic monsters on screen in a way they’ve never been seen before, using old-school practical effects.”

Bain adds that the campaign has a stretch goal of $100,000, which, if reached, will allow him and his team to produce the entire feature rather than just a proof-of-concept excerpt.

Bain’s previous feature Throwback was released on DVD in Australia, the UK, New Zealand and Turkey earlier this year and is due for DVD release in the US on June 23rd. A third and final trailer for the film has been unveiled to support the US release: http://youtu.be/irRi0CZSSQo

The Starspawn Kickstarter campaign will conclude on 19 July 2015. For more information, please visit the Starspawn Kickstarter Page.


Summary: Jack (Shawn Brack) and Kent (Anthony Ring) are just two regular Aussie guys. They work together and dream of becoming rich, a plan that they feel is very close to being achieved when they find out a little more about the supposed riches of Thunderclap Newman (Andy Bramble) an outlaw who made the Australian bush his home during the pioneer days.

As Jack and Kent search for the loot though they soon find out that their friendship may not have ever been what they thought it was and with tensions at a high they suddenly find themselves faced with another enemy… the notorious Yowie that many feel is just an urban myth. Jack, Kent, local Park Ranger Rhiannon (Melanie Serafin) and local copper Detective McNab (Vernon Wells) now find themselves in a dangerous game of survival with this bloodthirsty beast.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: TBA

Australian DVD Release Date: February, 2015

Country: Australia

Director: Travis Bain

Screenwriter: Tavis Bain

Cast: Shawn Brack (Jack), Andy Bramble (Thunderclap Newman), Warren Clements (The Yowie), Anthony Ring (Kent), Melanie Serafin (Rhiannon), Vernon Wells (Detective McNab)

Runtime: 93 mins

Classification: TBC




David Griffiths:

The best thing to come out of Monster Fest 2014 was just how many good genre filmmakers Australia still has. One person that needs to be added to that list is director/screenwriter Travis Bain who has delivered the exceptional Throwback, a creature feature made on such a small budget it wouldn’t even cover the catering budget for one day on most feature film shoots.

Now sometimes a low budget on a genre flick can be a bad thing. No money results in some pretty average special effects and a normally a creature that looks like it may have been borrowed from a Primary School theatre department. But that certainly isn’t the case with Throwback, a fantastic genre flick that deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as classics such as Razorback.

As a director Bain needs to be thrown a lot of praise. Throwback is a film that looks a million dollars and the fact that he chose an almost guerrilla style of filmmaking has meant that the Aussie bush has never looked more menacing. Bain also knows how to create tension throughout the film and for the most part of Throwback the audience sits there in complete silence and awe knowing that at any moment any character may meet their fate, either at the hands of another greedy human and thanks to the Yowie himself. The fact that ‘some’ of the characters are set-up as likable also means that the audience has a vested interest in wanting to see them pull through… now that isn’t something that happens in all horror flicks these days.

But of course the big test for a ‘creature feature’ is always how does the creature look and do the special effects look plausible. To Bain’s credit he gets a big tick in all the boxes. The Yowie (played by Warren Clements) looks so realistic that you may wonder whether or not going for a casual walk through the Aussie bush is such a great idea. The believability of the Yowie goes a long way in making this film work because it adds to the tension of scenes throughout the film instead of having the audience sniggering whenever the beast appears. The minimal special effects used also look pretty good and again adds to the film’s atmosphere.

Credit must also be paid to the cast of Throwback many of which were involved in this film for years. Shawn Brack, Anthony Ring and Melanie Serafin all put in great performances and as a cinema fan you can only hope that their performances here will lead to successful acting careers because they truly deserve it. Anthony Ring morphs into the ‘bad guy’ brilliantly well while Brack and Serafin’s natural performances make them instantly likable… believe it or not an important element when you are supposed to give a damn over whether they live or die.

Of course cult film fans are also in for a treat when it comes to the casting in Throwback because in a well scripted cameo the legendary Vernon Wells (who many would know from Mad Max 2 and opposite Arnold Schwarznegger in Commando) pops up in a strong performance as Detective McNab… a man desperate to solve the spate of murders that have been occurring in the area.

Ironically Throwback is a throwback to the legendary Aussie cult films that used to have a young Quentin Tarantino so excited. Edgy, suspenseful and nasty Throwback is a gem of a film that also reminds filmmakers and audiences out there that it is more than okay to throw in a good story line and well developed characters when you are making a creature feature. Throwback is the kind of film where you are literally on the edge of your seat throughout and it announces Travis Bain as one of Australia’s most promising directors… he is someone to add to your ‘watch where his career goes’ list. Throwback is a gem of a film that is a must see for horror fans everywhere.




Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(3)


IMDB Rating: Throwback (2013) on IMDb


Other Subculture Entertainment Throwback reviews: For our full Throwback review make sure you check out The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep #109.


The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show LogoThis week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Turkey Shoot’, ‘Paddington,’ ‘Particle Fever,’ ‘Folies Bergere,’ ‘Horrible Bosses 2,’  and ‘The Green Prince′ . This episode also contains an interviews with Mark Levinson, Jennifer Aniston, Marc Fitoussi, and Nalan Cebeci who chats to us about the Turkish Film Festival. To listen to the Monsterfest interviews that Dave and Adam talked about in the show you can check them all out with these links – Jessica Cameron, Tristan Risk, The Soska Twins, Dane Millerd, Jason Trost and Travis Bain.

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The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show LogoThis week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Fat Pizza vs Housos’, ‘Stonehearst Asylum,’ ‘Men, Women & Children,’ ‘Nightcrawler,’ ‘A Thousand Times Goodnight’  and ‘When The Queen Comes To Town′ . This episode also contains an interviews with Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Riz Ahmed, Angus Sampson, Paul Fench, Jason Trost, Jessica Cameron, Matthew Kennedy, Conor Sweeney, Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska, Dane Millerd, Travis Bain, Tristan Risk and Maurice Murphy.

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