MONSTERFEST IN MELBOURNE!
October 8th 2012 04:23
It’s mostly horror, but there’s some solid exploitation, and a splash of the Asian extreme (Monster Fest is the mutant born from Monster Pictures’ Fantastic Asia festival of the previous year). There’s also a Gorelesque show, a search for a Monster Queen, the book launch of Michael Helms’ Fatal Visions: The Wonder Years, and several very special international guests including B-movie legend Larry Cohen, vamp legend Elvira, and up’n’coming deep trash vamps Jen & Sylvia Soska whose new movie American Mary (2012) is the festival’s Closing Nighter.
There’s The ABCs of Death (2012) an anthology of twenty-six of the most outrageous short films, retro screenings of Larry Cohen’s notorious The Stuff (1985) and Maniac Cop (1988), plus an Ozploitation classic Salt, Saliva, Sperm & Sweat (1987), and the highly anticipated remake of William Lustig’s Maniac (1980), with Elijah Wood as the scalp fetishist serial killer.
There’s UK shockers The Inside (2011) and Inbred (2011), from the States there’s Excision (which I saw at this year’s SFF and it’s not to be missed!) and the savage satire God Bless America (2011), and from the J-horror bin Zomvideo (2011), The Big Gun (2012), and Dead Sushi (2012).
Canada’s Astron 6 lads present Manborg (2012) and their delightfully offensive Father’s Day (2012), one of the highlights from this year’s Fantastic Planet Film Festival. And from Spain comes the third part of the [REC] series: Genesis (2012), with tongue squirming in cheek.
And last, but not least, several new Aussie features; The Caretaker (2012), Muirhouse (2012), 10 Metres (2012), Redd Inc. (2012), and The 25th Reich (2011).
Monster Fest kicks off on All Hallow’s Eve: Wednesday, October 31st and plays through ‘til Friday November 9th with an American Mary Party that will no doubt bring the charnel house down.
Tickets can be bought individually, but there is a special Festival pass that includes all kinds of goodies. For complete details of movies and ticketing visit the Monsterfest page, or Cinema Nova website.
Here’s the Monsterfest trailer:
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