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MONSTER FEST PART VIII: MONSTER TAKES MELBOURNE Second Wave Announcement!

Tuesday, 23rd July

MONSTER FEST PART VIII: MONSTER TAKES MELBOURNE returns to Cinema Nova from Thursday October 10th to Sunday October 13th and with over two months to go, we’re excited to reveal our Second Wave of Programming!

A revolutionary medical treatment transforms a hideously disfigured woman into something that is as beautiful as it is deadly in the Twisted Twins Jen & Sylvia Soska‘s bold reimagining of David Cronenberg’s RABID.

Keola Racela‘s PORNO is glorious throwback to the gross-out horror-comedies of the 80s/90s that sees five teenagers do battle with an alluring succubus after unwittingly unleashing her from a mysterious 35mm film print.

BLISS is a hallucinatory, carnage-laden horror from writer/director Joe Begos that follows a brilliant young painter suffering from artist’s block as she traverses the sleazy underbelly of Los Angeles in search of curious stimuli.

A widower mends his broken heart with a dominatrix seeking her own like-minded connection in J.-P. Valkeapää‘s DOGS DON’T WEAR PANTS, a darkly funny and surprisingly sweet take on grief, emotional redemption and the recuperative qualities of a golden shower.

Adam Egypt Mortimer‘s mind-bending psychological horror DANIEL ISN’T REAL follows a troubled teen who in an effort to overcome a devastating trauma, reawakens his childhood imaginary friend with dire consequences.

Stranded on a yacht, three best friends turn on one another as their deep-seated secrets, lies and desires are laid-bare at sea in writer/director Rob Grant‘s pitch-black comedy HARPOON.

XX filmmaker Jovanka Vuckovic makes her feature directorial debut with RIOT GIRLS, a dystopian vision of 1995 whereby a virus has wiped out the adult population, leaving kids to fend for themselves and against one another.

Murderous schoolgirls, geriatric sex and possessed faecal matter abound in Fabricio Berrata‘s GHOST KILLERS VS. BLOODY MARY, a Ghostbusters-inspired horror/comedy about four paranormal detective vloggers who are called in to investigate a haunted school bathroom.

Søren Juul Petersen‘s Danish horror FINALE is a voyeuristic and breathlessly vicious tale of two woman who are unwilling participants in a sadistic online game show that has them fighting for their lives against the twisted Ringmaster.


PORNO | FRIDAY OCTOBER 11TH 7:15PM
Keola Racela | United States 2019 | 98 Minutes | Australian Premiere

When five teen employees at the local movie theatre in a small Christian town discover a mysterious old film hidden in its basement, they unleash an alluring succubus who gives them a sex education…written in blood.
BLISS | FRIDAY OCTOBER 11TH 9:30PM
Joe Begos | United States 2019 | 80 Minutes | Australian Premiere

Struggling through a seemingly endless creative rut, hard-partying and Los-Angeles-based artist Dezzy Donahue (Dora Madison) can’t stop the resulting bad streak of problems, including unpaid rent and professional stagnation. In an effort to combat her tough luck, Dezzy throws caution to the wind, indulges in heavy drugs and rages her nights away. Gradually, though, the party starts to end, and in its place, Dezzy finds herself thirsting for blood and suffering from terrifying visions.
HARPOON | SATURDAY OCTOBER 12TH 2:45PM
Rob Grant | United States 2019 | 83 Minutes | Australian Premiere

Rivalries, dark secrets, and sexual tension emerge when three best friends find themselves stranded on a yacht in the middle of the ocean under suspicious circumstances.
RABID | SATURDAY OCTOBER 12TH 5:15PM
Jen & Sylvia Soska | Canada 2019 | 107 Minutes | Australian Premiere

What happens when you realise that to achieve your dreams you have to live a nightmare? Rose (Laura Vandervoort) is a quiet, demure, unassuming woman in her looks and actions. Her dream is to become a famous designer in the fashion world, but a terrible accident leaves Rose scarred beyond recognition. She seeks out a radical untested stem cell treatment. The treatment is nothing short of a miracle and wallflower Rose turns into the belle of the ball. It all seems to good to be true. She is now everything she wanted to be. But everything in life comes at a price and this new found perfect life is no exception.
DANIEL ISN’T REAL | SATURDAY OCTOBER 12TH 7:30PM
Adam Egypt Mortimer | United States 2019 | 96 Minutes | Victorian Premiere

Troubled college freshman Luke (Miles Robbins) suffers a violent family trauma and resurrects his childhood imaginary friend Daniel (Patrick Schwarzenegger) to help him cope. Charismatic and full of manic energy, Daniel helps Luke to achieve his dreams, before pushing him to the very edge of sanity and into a desperate struggle for control of his mind — and his soul.

DOGS DON’T WEAR PANTS | SATURDAY OCTOBER 12TH 9:30PM
J-P Valkeapää | Finland/Latvia 2019 | 105 Minutes | Australian Premiere

Juha (Pekka Strang) develops an unexpected but powerful connection with a dominatrix named Mona (Krista Kosonen), following a tragic event in his life that has left him emotionally paralysed. His dangerous addiction to suffocation is reciprocated by Mona leading them both down a wild and crazy path towards emotional enlightenment.GHOST KILLERS VS. BLOODY MARY | SATURDAY OCTOBER 12TH 11:30PM
Fabrício Bittar | Brazil 2019 | 109 Minutes | Australian Premiere

Four YouTubers with expertise in supernatural events attempt to repair their damaged reputations and haemorrhaging subscriber base whilst solving the urban legend of Bloody Mary, a spirit that haunts a Brazilian high school’s bathroom.

FINALE | SUNDAY OCTOBER 13TH 12:30PM
Søren Juul Petersen | Denmark 2018 | 99 Minutes | Australian Premiere

It is quiet throughout the country. Everybody is glued to the TV watching the finals. Not a single soul is seen in the streets. On the outskirts of Denmark however, a small gas station still needs to be manned. And on this particular evening, two very different young women are on duty. Agnes, a snobbish college student, is trying to work on her thesis, while naïve Belinda is texting away trying to get the attention of her boyfriend. Unfortunately, the shift is not going to be as uneventful as they think, because no customers also means no witnesses.
RIOT GIRLS | SUNDAY OCTOBER 13TH 2:30PM
Jovanka Vuckovic | Canada 2019 | 82 Minutes | Australian Premiere

After all the adults are wiped out from a mysterious disease, the surviving kids split into two groups: the have not Eastsiders vs. the tyrannical Westside Titans. When one of their own is captured by the Titans, it’s up to punk rockers and best friends Nat and Scratch to lead the East side teens on a deadly, high-octane mission that forever alters the future of Potter’s Bluff.


MONSTER FEST PART VIII: MONSTER TAKES MELBOURNE runs from Thursday October 10th to Sunday October 13th at Cinema Nova!

TICKETS

Single Session Tickets
Adult – $20.50
Concession – $16.00

Get the most out of the Monster Fest experience and save with these festival passes:

VIP Passes (15 films) $199
[Early Bird Offer, first 50 VIP Passes at $169 each]

The VIP Pass gets you all-access to all Monster Fest screenings, events and panels from Thursday October 10th to Sunday the 13th.

Mini-Pass (5 Films) $70 

The Mini-Pass may be used for any 5 Monster Fest film sessions from Friday October 11th to Sunday the 13th (EXCLUDES Opening Night).

How To Use Your Pass:
When you purchase a pass you will receive a barcode number which shows up on your booking receipt. This number can be used online or in person to book sessions in advance or during the festival. If for any reason you do not receive a number/barcode, please contact (03) 9347 5331.

Online Redemption
To use this code online, select the sessions you wish to attend as though buying tickets, and it will give you the option of entering the redemption code.

Box Office Redemption
Present barcode at the box office and let staff know which sessions you want to attend.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Passes do not allow you to book multiple tickets for a single session or for sessions that run concurrently as they are issued for use by single customers only. Valid at Cinema Nova only. Only valid for Monster Fest sessions. This voucher must be taken as offered and is not exchangeable, for sale, transferable or redeemable for cash.

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