29th Nov2016

Monster Fest announces 2016 award winners

by Phil Wheat

Australia’s premier genre film festival Monster Fest wrapped its most successful edition to date last night in Melbourne with official closing film The Greasy Strangler (with actors Sky Elobar and Elizabeth De Razzo in person) followed by its annual awards ceremony acknowledging the best of this year’s impressive lineup. The features jury, consisting of Fantastic […]

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17th Nov2016

Monster Fest announces final films for 2016 festival

by Phil Wheat

Australia’s premier genre festival – Monster Fest – has unveiled its final wave of films for the 2016 festival, which is set to take place November 24-27 at the Lido Cinemas in Melbourne. The team of features programmers – which includes festival director Kier-La Janisse, Monster Pictures co-founder Neil Foley, Boston Underground Film Festival Director […]

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09th Feb2016

Monster Fest announces appointment of Kier-La Janisse as Festival Director

by Phil Wheat

Australia’s premier festival of cult, horror and the fantastic, Monster Fest have announced the appointment of its new Festival Director, renowned Canadian film programmer and author Kier-La Janisse (pictured above). Acclaimed author of the autobiographical House of Psychotic Women, Janisse arrives at Monster Fest after nearly two decades of experience on the genre festival circuit, […]

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11th Dec2014

MonsterFest 2014: ‘Pernicious’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Ciara Hanna, Emily O’Brien, Jackie Moore, Russell Geoffrey Banks, Byron Gibson, Jared Cohn, Wallop Terathong, Sara Malakul Lane, Irada Hoyos | Written by James Cullen Bressack, Taryn Hillin | Directed by James Cullen Bressack Pernicious (adjective), definition: causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous; injurious; hurtful: pernicious teachings; a pernicious lie. deadly; fatal: a pernicious […]

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28th Nov2014

MonsterFest 2014: ‘How To Save Us’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Jason Trost, Kate Avery, Ryan Gibson, Coy Jandreau, Tallay Wickham, Michael Gupta | Written and Directed by Jason Trost There are very few film makers working today who have the same filmic sensibilities as me, whose work resonates with me the most – be it because I can see influences in their work that […]

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23rd Nov2014

MonsterFest 2014: ‘Under a Kaleidoscope’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Kenji Shimada, Kristen Condon, Aston Elliot, Damien Vennell, Tim Jason Wicks, Glenn Maynard | Written and Directed by Addison Heath Addison Heath, writer of the recently released Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla, re-teams with some of the cast from that film – including Kristen Condon, Aston Elliot and a scene-stealing Glenn Maynard (as a crazy TV […]

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20th Nov2014

MonsterFest 2014: ‘There’s Something in the Pilliga’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Brendan Byrne, Leoni Leaver, Rebecca Callander, Bob Clark | Written and Directed by Dane Millerd There’s not a more overwrought and overused genre trope as the found footage format, at least in terms of direct to DVD movies, with many film makers using the format in place of having a decent story. Which means […]

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25th Sep2014

Chris Sun’s ‘Charlie’s Farm’ to debut at Monster Fest 2014

by Phil Wheat

Monster Fest, Australia’s foremost celebration of cult cinema, kicks off on November 20th with the Melbourne premiere of the eagerly awaited Australian slasher film, Charlie’s Farm at Cinema Nova, Carlton. Helmed by Chris Sun, who also directed the superb Daddy’s Little Girl (review), the film tells the story of Charlie Wilson, played by the Mad Max: […]

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