MONSTER FEST IS HERE!
Melbourne's Monster Fest, the wild and wicked horror, exploitation, and cult film festival mutant baby of Monster Pictures, has begun! November 21st through 'til Sunday, December 1, at Cinema Nova.
It's gonna be a rip-snorter, gut-cruncher, ball-crusher, tit-tearer of a fest.
Linda Blair, star of The Exorcist (1973) and one of my favourite slashers, Hell Night (1981), is the festival's very special guest and on Thursday 21st will be attending an exclusive meet & greet, then she will present 40th anniversary screenings of William Friedkin's modern horror masterpiece including a Q&A.
Later in the festival on Wednesday 27th, 7pm, special effects legend Tom Savini will be doing a Q&A via Skype to accompany a special cult screening of From Dusk 'Til Dawn, where Savini, cocked with pistols, is amidst the on-screen mayhem! Did I say "mayhem"? Yup, this is also the movie that features Salma Hayek as Santanico Pandamonium. 'Nuff said.
Other festival highlights:
The world premiere of Australian terrormeister Andrew Traucki's latest, The Jungle, on Saturday 23rd, 7:30pm. First Black Water, then The Reef ... now a different set of jaws.
There is the Grand Final of Monster Pictures' inaugural Monster Micro-Nasties Challenge: The Cannibal Project on Sunday 24th, 12:45pm. A buddy of mine, the very talented, psychotronic fiend Jack Sargeant, is one of the Cannibal Project finalists! If you live in Melbourne, get involved - vote for Eaters!
Also Sunday, 3:30pm, is the return of short films program Trasharama; some of the "nastiest, crudest, cheapest, filfthiest, smelliest, most revolting shorts made in Australia." Host Dick Dale is proud to present thirteen "disasterpieces" for your fiendish (dis)pleasure.
Following Trasharama at 6:30pm is the world premiere of another Aussie feature, the mud-black comedy Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla. Glenn Maynard is brilliant as the Travis Bickle of our time. A Q&A with director and cast will follow the screening.
Monday is the Fantastic Asia section of the festival with three features guaranteed to blow chunks.
Tuesday, 7:45pm, is the Australian premiere of Dario Argento's Dracula 3D, starring his daughter, cult fave Asia Argento!
Wednesday, 9:30pm, is a "Mystery Screening" ... My breath is bated.
Thursday, 6:15pm, is one of my favourite's of the festival, Contracted, a ripe new perspective on a modern horror genre staple.
Friday night, from 11:30pm, is A Nightmare on Lygon St - A Freddy Krueger Marathon. That's right, all six features screened one after another. It's a lock in at Cinema Nova! Whatever you do, don't fall asleep!
Saturday from 11am is the VHS Swapmeet, including a secret screening and a Video Nasties documentary. This is definitely one for the die-hard geekoids and uber-fiendish collectors.
Also on Saturday, 5pm, is The Banshee Chapter in 3D, one of the creepiest psychotropic supernatural flicks of recent years.
Sunday December 1st sees the renowned female perspective festival Stranger With My Face sidebar which includes a Mary Shelley Symposium at 11am, a shorts program at 2:30pm, and American author Kier-La Janisse presenting a special screening of 70s cult frightener Let's Scare Jessica to Death at 5pm.
Monster Fest wraps up that night with Kiss of the Damned, a vampire flick with seriously cool bite.
What more temptation do you need?! Buy tickets and enjoy some of the best new independent horror, exploitation, and (instant) cult classics from around the world.
For more information and complete details of the programme check out the official page Monster Fest.