Happy New Year Creeps and welcome to another dead raising edition of our Top 13 films of last year (2018). We have all the usual suspects...
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016
This eerily seductive mind-bender is a dark, dreamlike descent into the depths of the unknown. Ten-year-old Nicolas (Max Brebant) lives in a remote seaside village populated only by boys his age and adult women. But when he makes a disturbing discovery beneath the ocean waves – a dead boy with a red starfish on his stomach – Nicolas begins to question everything about his existence. What are the half-remembered images he recalls, as if from another life? If the woman he lives with is not his mother, then who is she? And what awaits the boys when they are all suddenly confined to a hospital? The highly anticipated new film from the acclaimed director of Innocence is awash in the haunting, otherworldly images of a nightmare.
Monday, November 28, 2016
$12Instructor: Michael GingoldFor decades, the provinces of screen horror were European castles and villages, and Southwest/California towns and deserts—until 1968's ROSEMARY'S BABY, when terror moved into the Big Apple and never left. This class will chronicle the history of Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs in genre cinema, addressing many specific titles—from expensive studio fare to down-and-dirty independents—lensed on and under its streets, classic and recurring locations, and how the many sides of the city were explored and exploited by filmmakers. Resident auteurs such as Larry Cohen, Abel Ferrara, Frank Henenlotter and William Lustig will be addressed, as will the ways in which New York City-set scare flicks reflected the changes in the city itself over the years.About the Instructor:Michael Gingold has been covering the world of horror cinema since high school, when he started publishing the fanzine SCAREAPHANALIA. He spent 28 years as part of the staff of FANGORIA magazine and its website—beginning as a writer in 1988, and serving as associate editor, then managing editor and finally editor-in-chief. He is currently an editor and/or writer for RUE MORGUE, SCREAM, BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, DELIRIUM andBlumhouse.com. Michael has done liner notes for a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases, appeared in numerous documentaries and disc featurettes, and taken part in several DVD/Blu-ray audio commentaries. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT (Fever Dreams), LEECHES! (Rapid Heart Pictures) and the upcoming THE DOLL for director Dante Tomaselli. He currently hosts monthly Prints of Darkness screenings of classic horror films on 35mm at the Greater NY Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.
Sunday, November 27, 2016
What's a 'Final Girl' you might ask? She's the last woman standing at the end of a horror film. Usually the one who defeats the killer. In this list, I'll give you my top 13 'Final Girls' in horror of all time. Without furtur ado....
#1: Sidney Prescott from 'Scream' played by Neve Campbell
She may be a controversial choice, but Sidney Prescott has always seemed to be the epitome of the "Final Girl". She starts out as a normal teenager who is thrust into a situation she can't control and has to grow up quickly, in order to save her own life. We then proceed to follow her life as she grows up in the shadow of being the victim over and over again. In the end, Sidney always walks away with her life, but she never walks away without the scars of being a survivor. That is why she's my choice for the ultimate "Final Girl".
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Friday, November 25, 2016
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Just saw the much-maligned new Ghostbusters reboot film. First, as many had feared would happen upon seeing it, my childhood was actually NOT ruined. Second, it was quite good. Not as good as the original, not even close, but I will risk my reputation as a film fan and say it was better than 1989's Ghostbusters II, which I never cared for. Even as a child I remember being disappointed by it's in unoriginality. I just went into the new film with no expectations and found myself laughing out loud more than expected and even creeped out a few times. A hell of a lot more fun than the doubters are willing to give it credit. Also, Kate McKinnon is a national treasure.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
In a fitting complement to this most sinister season, Australia’s premier genre festival Monster Fest has unveiled its final wave of films for the 2016 festival, which is set to take place 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 of Programming Nicole McControversy and writer/programmer/punk legend Chris D. – vetted over 600 features in selecting the 2016 Monster Fest lineup, which includes new crime films DOG EAT DOG and THE HOLLOW POINT from Paul Schrader and Gonzalo López-Gallego respectively, gory slasher throwback THE WINDMILL MASSACRE, the hometown premiere of epic period western THE LEGEND OF BEN HALL with cast in person and acclaimed TIFF selections PREVENGE and INTERCHANGE alongside Fantastic Fest faves such as the Aussie-made yuletide thriller SAFE NEIGHBOURHOOD and the devastating – and polarizing – PLAYGROUND. Brief descriptions of all films in the final wave follow below.Select panels for the Swinburne University Media and Communication Monster Academy - Monster Fest’s two-day industry component running + 24 - have also been announced, including a panel with director Geoffrey Wright and producer Daniel Scharf about the making of Aussie cult sensation ROMPER STOMPER, a panel on the Golden Age of Ozploitation featuring producer Antony I. Ginnane (PATRICK, TURKEY SHOOT) and cinematographer Vincent Monton (ROAD GAMES, LONG WEEKEND), a case study panel on ‘The Westbury Faery’ as an example of international multi-platform storytelling, panels on festival strategy, the opportunities and obstacles facing women working in the genre space, and more to be added. The full lineup for Monster Academy will be announced in the coming weeks.See the Final Wave of Monster Fest 2016 Films listed below:
A DARK SONGDirector: Liam Gavin | Ireland 2016 | 100 mins | Australian PremiereDriven by an all-consuming desire to make contact with her murdered child, Sophia hires an occultist named Solomon (Steve Oram) to conduct a black magic ritual that would grant her wish. As they delve deeper into the tedious, trying ritual, Sophia and Solomon find their bond of trust and sense of sanity pushed to the very limit as a sinister presence makes itself known.AUTOHEADDirector: Rohit Mittal | India 2016 | 97 mins | Australian PremiereThis Man Bites Dog take on a Mumbai Taxi Driver follows a documentary crew as they shadow an auto-rickshaw driver named Narayan. The slice of life angle soon skews into dodgy voyeuristic complicity as the film crew documents the unraveling of a man’s humanity, culminating in a chilling, bloody climax.DOG EAT DOGPaul Schrader | USA 2016 | 93 mins | Australian PremiereBased on a 1995 novel by acclaimed crime writer and ex-con Edward Bunker, the latest from the writer of TAXI DRIVER and ROLLING THUNDER and director of MISHIMA, HARDCORE, CAT PEOPLE and so many other now-canonized films, is a pitch black, uncompromisingly brutal and at times highly theatrical crime thriller about three ex-cons (Nicholas Cage, Willem Dafoe and Christopher Matthew Cook) who team up for that fateful ‘one last job’ only to have everything go horribly - and hilariously - awry.GUYANA: CULT OF THE DAMNEDDirector: René Cardona Jr. | Mexico 1979 | 90minsWhen over 900 Americans were made to commit mass suicide by drinking cyanide-laced Kool Aid in the middle of the steamy Guyana jungle, exploitation filmmakers couldn’t wait to cash-in on the tragedy, and Mexican filmmaker René Cardona Jr (TINTORERA: TIGER SHARK) was the first on the scene. Hypnotically sleazy and enjoyably lurid as only Cardona Jr. could make them. Co-presented by the Morbido Film Festival.THE HOLLOW POINTDirector: Gonzalo López-Gallego | USA 2016 | 97 mins | Australian PremierePatrick Wilson stars as Wallace, the new sheriff of a small town in Gonzalo López-Gallego's full blooded take on the western genre. Building on the best of B-movie westerns and not skimping out on the gore, Gallego crafts a tale of one man investigating the aftermath of a drug cartel deal gone wrong - cleverly filling all the roles with terrific actors including Ian McShane, John Leguziamo, Jim Belushi and more.INTERCHANGEDain Said | Malaysia 2016 | 102 minutes | Australian PremiereIn this Malaysian ritual thriller and TIFF Madness selection, a forensics photographer is lured into a world of shamans and mystic creatures while helping his detective friend investigate a series of macabre murders.THE LEGEND OF BEN HALLMatthew Holmes | Australia 2016 | 134 mins | Victorian PremiereIn this epic period western based on the true story of one of Australia’s most famous outlaws, Ben Hall is drawn back into bushranging by the reappearance of his old friend John Gilbert. Reforming the gang, they soon become the most wanted men in Australian history.MAXIE DIABLO AND THE FUNKY FUNKY SEX MURDERS: A LIVE RADIO PLAY BY MYSTERY RADIO THEATREFrom the makers of Man Bites God and the Theatre of the World podcast, Mystery Radio Theatre is a comedy/murder mystery performed in the style of old-timey radio theatre. There will be sound effects. There will be silly voices. There will be live ad-reads. There will be a special musical guest. And there will be blood.MY FATHER DIESean Brosnan | USA 2016 | 102 minutes | Australian PremiereThe debut feature from Sean Brosnan (son of Pierce) about the vengeful path of a man left mute since childhood following a family tragedy straddles the border of nihilistic revenge tale and brutalist Southern Gothic redemption with a poetic, even romantic sensibility, recalling at times sleeper hits WINTER’S BONE and COLD IN JULY.PLAYGROUNDBartosz M. Kowalski | Poland 2016 | 81 mins | Australian PremiereCertain to be the most controversial film of the festival, acclaimed documentary director Bartosz Kowalski issues his first narrative feature, the stark tale of two pre-teen budding sociopaths and what they do on the last day of school. A devastating film in the vein of NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN and THE TRIBE.PREVENGEAlice Lowe | UK 2016 | 88 mins. | Australian PremiereThis brilliant first feature from actress/director/writer Alice Lowe (SIGHTSEERS, GARTH MARENGHI’S DARKPLACE) channels Lowe’s comedy background to create a completely unique horror comedy about a woman who is seven months pregnant and full of homicidal fury.PSYCHONAUTS, THE FORGOTTEN CHILDRENDirector: Alberto Vázquez, Pedro Rivero | Spain 2015 | 80 mins | Victorian PremiereBased on the graphic novel of the same name, PSYCHONAUTS is a gorgeous, haunting animated allegory that follows rebellious teen Dinky and the silent, drug-addicted outcast Birdboy as they attempt to escape life as they know it from an island ravaged by an industrial accident.
SAFE NEIGHBOURHOODChris Peckover | Australia/USA 2016 | 85 mins | Australian Premiere
On a quiet suburban street tucked within a 'safe neighborhood', a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old boy from strangers breaking into the house, only to discover that this is far from a normal home invasion. A great new yuletide terror film from the director of UNDOCUMENTED (2010).
THE WINDMILL MASSACRENick Jongerius | Netherlands 2016 | 85 mins | Australian Premiere
Windmills, they’re those things you see in storybooks surrounded by daffodils right? Think again! THE WINDMILL MASSACRE is a freakishly ferocious slasher reboot about unsuspecting tourists who awaken a mysterious evil in the Dutch countryside after their tour bus breaks down, stranding them at an abandoned barn beside a sinister windmill where a miller used to grind the bones of locals.++++For the full 2016 lineup, including all previously-announced films, go direct to our 2016 Festival Site atwww.monsterfest.com.au/2016All-access Passes, Day Passes and tickets to Monster Fest 2016 are on sale now here: https://www.lidocinemas.com.au
/Promotion/Monster-Fest-2016-A t-LidoAll-access passes for Monster Academy are now on sale here: https://www.trybooking.com/Boo king/BookingEventSummary.aspx? eid=241013++++About Monster Fest:Founded in 2011, Monster Fest is a mix of Premieres, international festival favourites, challenging new discoveries and curated repertory sidebars alongside industry-focused events such as panels and masterclasses with renowned international guests, and a special emphasis on supporting emerging Australian genre film talent through the festival and beyond. Monster Fest is mounted with the support of Screen Australia and Film Victoria.