MONSTER FEST VII: THE HOMECOMING
MONSTER FEST, Australia’s premier showcase of cult and genre cinema, is proud to announce a return to its spiritual home, Melbourne’s iconic and much loved Cinema Nova from November 22-25 2018.
Dates and Time
22 Nov 18 - 25 Nov 18, 7:00 pm
$16 - $150BUY NOW
Return to where it all began when MONSTER FEST comes home to Cinema Nova from Thursday November 22nd to Sunday November 25th for MONSTER FEST VII: THE HOMECOMING.
DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE | THURSDAY NOVEMBER 22ND 7PM
S. Craig Zahler | United States 2018 | 154 Minutes | Icon Films | Australian Premiere
A stolid, old guard policeman, Ridgeman (Mel Gibson) and his volatile younger partner, Anthony (Vince Vaughn), find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arming tactics become the media’s special du jour. Low on cash and with no other options, these two embittered soldiers descend into the criminal underworld to gain their due, but instead find far more than they wanted awaiting them in the shadows.
Screens with Short: HERE THERE BE MONSTERS
Drew Macdonald | Australia 2018 | 14 Minutes | World Premiere
To escape incessant bullying on the bus ride home, a young girl falls asleep only to wake up trapped at an empty bus yard, with something lurking outside – something big – and if she wants to make it out alive, this frightened girl will have to unleash a monster of her own.
NIGHTMARE CINEMA | FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23RD 6:30PM
Alejandro Brugués, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Ryûhei Kitamura & David Slade
United States 2018 | 119 Minutes | Cinelou Films | Australian Premiere
Spearheaded by two all-time greats Mick Garris (SLEEPWALKERS) and Joe Dante (PIRANHA), 2018s most anticipated horror-anthology NIGHTMARE CINEMA follows five strangers who meet at a haunted movie theatre owned by the mysterious Projectionist (Mickey Rourke, ANGEL HEART). Once inside, they are forced to endure five gloriously gory screenings that reveal their deepest fears and darkest secrets. Alongside MASTERS OF HORROR Garris and Dante, the talent behind the screen includes David Slade (30 DAYS OF NIGHT), Alejandro Brugues (JUAN OF THE DEAD) and Ryûhei Kitamura (THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN).
Screens with Short: DEVIL WOMAN
Heidi Lee Douglas | Australia 2018 | 12 Minutes
In the wild forests of Tasmania, battle lines are drawn between loggers and environmental activists. Seeking proof of an endangered animal, ambitious science student Eddy goes a step too far and gets bitten. She returns triumphant to the activist camp manned by a skeleton crew of hardcore activist women, and hides her injury. But when loggers attack the camp Eddy’s bite turns nasty and the changes overtaking her body become a threat to all sides.
FIRST LIGHT | FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23RD 7PM
Jason Stone | United States 2018 | 90 Minutes | Oddfellows Entertainment | Australian Premiere
Alex (Stefanie Scott) and Sean (Théodore Pellerin) go on the run after Alex has a close encounter with mysterious orbs of light that leave her with extraordinary powers. As they flee from their families, the police and a covert government agency, Alex and Sean find themselves at the centre of an unprecedented event in human history. First contact. But as her powers grow stronger and more dangerous, Sean must decide whether staying with Alex and discovering the truth behind her transformation is worth dying for.
Screens with Short:: HITCHED
Xavier Nathan | Australia 2018 | 8 Minutes
Two serial killers have a chance encounter and take a chance on each other.
CAM | FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23RD 9:30PM
Daniel Goldhaber | United States 2018 | 94 Minutes | Divide/Conquer | Australian Premiere
A technology-driven psychological thriller set in the world of webcam porn. CAM follows Alice (Madeline Brewer), an ambitious camgirl, who wakes up one day to discover she’s been replaced on her show with an exact replica of herself. As this copy begins to push the boundaries of Alice’s internet identity, the control that Alice has over her life, and the men in it, vanishes. While she struggles to regain what she’s lost, she slowly finds herself drawn back to her show and to the mysterious person who has taken her place.
Screens with Short: BE MY GUEST
David Jermyn | Canada 2018 | 12 Minutes
Tim and Claire have been easing their money problems with help from a cutting-edge (and kinky) mind-transfer service that allows Tim to rent his body out to paying customers. But when Tim goes behind Claire’s back to engage in one last transfer, he learns he’s not the only one keeping secrets.
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (4K RESTORATION) | FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23RD 9:45PM
John Carpenter | United States 1981 | 99 Minutes | StudioCanal | Australian Premiere
It’s 1997 and Manhattan has been turned into a maximum security prison. When the United States president crash lands into the city centre after fleeing a hijacked plane, a ruthless prison warden bribes ex-soldier and criminal Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) to rescue the president, who is being held hostage.
Screens with Short: CHOWBOYS
Astron-6 | Canada 2018 | 9 Minutes
Three hungry idiots are lost in the woods on the coldest night of the year without anything to eat.
JOHN CARPEN-TRIVIA | SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24TH 12:30PM
Limited Availability: On Sale Saturday November 24th 11:30am at Cinema Nova Bar
Finally we are psyched to announce that we’re bringing Trivia back to Monster Fest as we invite you to worship at the alter of our lord and saviour JC with JOHN CARPEN-TRIVIA! Presented by Rocket Australia, prizes include limited edition vinyl, posters and much more but be warned this won’t be no stroll through Haddonfield, we’re going deep so you’ll need study up and know your Hobb’s End from your Bottin.
LUZ | SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24TH 1:30PM
Tilman Singer | Germany 2018 | 70 Minutes | Yellow Veil Pictures | Victorian Premiere
Currently positioned at 100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, LUZ began life as writer/director Tilman Singer’s graduating thesis film, but proved such a work of lurid genius that it escaped into the real world and onto cinema screens. This dazzling debut follows young cabdriver Luz, as she drag herself into the brightly lit entrance of a run-down police precinct. A demonic entity follows Luz into the apparent safety of the station, randomly possessing those around her, determined to stay close to the object of its obsession and inject itself into her heart… one way or another. Be warned – this sparse description won’t prepare you for the unapologetically strange, striking and downright demonic experience that is LUZ, which Matt Donato from SlashFilm describes as “one freak-without-a-leash, non-conventional horror”.
Screens with Short: THE GIRL IN THE SNOW
Dennis Ledergerber & André Guadagno | Switzerland 2018 | 8 Minutes
A day in the life of a foley artist.
THE FOG (4K RESTORATION) | SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24TH 2:15PM
John Carpenter | United States 1980 | 89 Minutes | StudioCanal | Australian Premiere
Antonio Bay, California has turned a hundred years old and is getting ready to celebrate its centennial year. But as the residents of the small, quaint harbour town begin to prepare for the festivities a mysterious cloud of fog appears upon the shore and begins to make its way across Antonio Bay, leaving a trail of horrifying slaughter which hints to the blood soaked history of the town.
Screens with Short: THE DAUGHTERS OF VIRTUE
Michael Escobedo | United States 2018 | 12 Minutes
Alice, a lonely, bored housewife and mother, hosts a local women’s prayer group to help suppress her feelings of isolation. What begins as a routine meeting soon morphs into a fanatical intervention when the group confronts Alice over a dark secret she is hiding. When Betty, the group’s zealous leader, receives a vision from God that Alice is more than what she seems, the women become convinced a malevolent force is corrupting Alice and set out to rid her soul of evil.
30 MILES FROM NOWHERE | SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24TH 12:30PM
Caitlin Koller | Australia/United States 2018 | 83 Minutes | Film Camp Productions | World Premiere
w/ Q&A by director Caitlin Koller
After the untimely death of their old college pal, five friends (and one new girlfriend) descend upon the Wisconsin summer home they frequented in their 20s. The creep factor at the cabin is high, with a thumping in the crawl space, blood spurting from the pipes, and a cockroach infestation in the guest bedroom. When a storm moves in, trapping them in the woods, they find themselves faced with the ultimate human dilemma, to kill or be killed, in order to make it to morning. 30 MILES FROM NOWHERE is a thriller about what fear does to the human brain, and how an ordinary citizen becomes an unwitting soldier.
Screens with Short: THEY CAN’T HEAR YOU
Luke Creely | Australia 2018 | 6 Minutes | World Premiere
A young woman is held captive, bound, and given an ultimatum by her captor – find a way to escape in only a few minutes, or be killed.
BURNING KISS | SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24TH 3PM
Robbie Studsor | Australia 2018 | 81 Minutes | Caltiki Pictures | Victorian Premiere
w/ Q&A by director Robbie Studsor
It’s been 6 long years since the hit and run accident that put disgraced former detective Edmond Bloom in a wheelchair and killed his wife Juliette. With the killer never identified, Edmond spends his days pouring over clues under the care of his submissive 20-year-old daughter Charlotte whom he indirectly blames for the tragedy. On a hot summer’s day, a broken and remorseful stranger appears claiming to be the driver of the car the night of the accident and begs Edmond for either forgiveness or punishment. With the killer now revealed, Edmond can finally get closure on what happened. The problem is, Edmond didn’t catch him and there’s no way he will let 6 years of hard detective work go to waste. Instead of seeking retribution for the past, he concocts a selfish and dangerous plan involving himself, the stranger and his daughter. Guilt, desire and resentment surface as the plan spirals out of control.
Screens with Short: COCKY
Aaron McLoughlin | Australia 2018 | 14 Minutes
A pet cockatoo hatches a plan to end the mundane conversations in his life.
THE FOAMING NODE | SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24TH 5:45PM
Ian Haig | Australia 2018 | 65 Minutes | Ian Haig | Victorian Premiere
w/ Q&A by director Ian Haig
The Foaming Node essays the discovery and emergence of new bodily organs in meticulous and captivating detail. We follow the last remaining observers, members of a cult of sorts, who have experienced both the transmissions of The Foaming Node, and their own personal and strange bodily transformations. They discuss exactly how the changes associated with The Foaming Node have affected them, telling fascinating, visceral, detailed tales that reach beyond science, alternative medicine, and corporeality.
Screens with Short: THALAMOS
Andrew Jaksch | Australia 2018 | 23 Minutes
A team of astronauts make an ill-fated journey to a deserted space station.
BAD BOY BUBBY | SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24TH 4:15PM
Rolf de Heer | Australia 1993 | 112 Minutes | Roadshow Films | 25th Anniversary Screening
w/Q&A by actor Nicholas Hope & actress Natalie Carr
Confined to a two-room slum for his whole life, Bubby (Nicholas Hope) knows only of the existence of himself and his mother, a religious freak who shares the bath, and her bed, with her son. But when Bubby’s long-lost father (an alcoholic priest) returns home, and to his wife’s bed, the jealous Bubby is driven to head out into the world. Abused and exploited by everyone from feminists to prison inmates, a policeman, animal lovers and the Salvation Army, Bubby, armed only with the few phrases he’s learnt from his mother, has a tough entry into an inhospitable world. But others soon warm to this innocent idiot savant, and Bubby starts to find a place in the poisoned world from which he was confined.
Screens with Short: ENTROPIA
Marinah Janello | United States 2018 | 15 Minutes
An aging woman attempts to regain her youth through her taxidermy and spell books.
AFTER SCHOOL SPECIAL – Student Shorts Program | SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24TH 4:30PM
MONSTER FEST’s showcase of student shorts from some of the best film schools around the country, featuring the work of current students and 2017 graduates.
Kate Murray | Australia | 9.10 mins
Abby Iverson | Australia | 8.06 mins
Ryan Kendall | Australia | 10.24 mins
Caleb Turland | Australia | 13.56 mins
Giuliame Crisologo | Australia | 6.45 mins
THE GOOD BOY
Matthew Clarke | Australia | 11 mins
Jordan Avery | Australia | 2.27 mins
Catherine Bonny | Australia | 15 mins
Samantha Weston | Australia | 11 mins
Ben Munkacsi | Australia | 9.40 mins
THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT | SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24TH 7:15PM
Lars von Trier | Denmark/Sweden/Germany/France 2018 | 155 Minutes | Trustnordisk | Victorian Premiere
Lars von Trier’s disturbing drama follows the highly intelligent Jack (Matt Dillon) over a span of 12 years and introduces the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer. Taking place from Jack’s point of view as he postulates each murder as an artwork in itself. Inevitably as police intervention draws near, he takes greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate masterwork.
Screens with Short: MOTHER FUCKER
Nicholas Santos | United States 2018 | 6 Minutes
Charles is deeply in debt and desperate to save his kidnapped dog. In a last-ditch effort to secure the ransom, Charles returns home to ask his wealthy, widowed mother for help. An unimaginable bargain is struck.
FINAL GIRLS – Shorts Program | SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24TH 7:30PM
Girls to the Front! Join our crew of Final Girls as they battle monsters, pervs and gender misconceptions in MONSTER FEST’S female led program of horror shorts.
Joe Savage | United Kingdom | 6 mins
WHAT METAL GIRLS ARE INTO
Laurel Vail | United States | 15 mins
Brodie May Rowlands | Australia | 9 mins
HELSINKI MANSPLAINING MASSACRE
Ilja Rautsi | Finland | 14 mins
Adria Tennor | United States | 11 mins
MY FIRST TIME
Asaf Livni | Israel | 9 mins
Ida Joglar | United States | 14 mins
Benjamin Swicker | United States | 8 mins
PIMPED | SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24TH 8PM
David Barker | Australia 2018 | 90 Minutes | Bonsai Films | Australian Premiere
w/ Q&A by writer/director David Barker & actress Ella Scott Lynch
Sarah Montrose (Ella Scott Lynch) is a conflicted, mysterious woman who meets the philosophical, smooth-talking Lewis Blake. Handsome and captivating, Lewis is the bait in a sick and twisted game conjured up with his low-life-rich-kid housemate, Kenneth. When the men’s sexual game backfires with wild abandon, Sarah is forced into an unlikely and bloodied alliance. And when her fragile psyche is threatened by a monster, she calls on all her strength and cunning to do battle with a psychopath, and her own inner demon.
Screens with Short: BLACKWOOD
Andrew Montague | Australia 2018 | 11 Minutes
A sound recordist follows a strange and disturbing noise while wandering in the forest.
PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH | SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24TH 10:15PM
Sonny Laguna & Tommy Wiklund | United States 2018 | 84 Minutes | Monster Pictures | Victorian Premiere
Recently divorced and reeling, Edgar returns to his childhood home to regroup his life. When Edgar finds a nefarious looking puppet in his deceased brother’s room, he decides to sell the doll for some quick cash. Girl-next-door Ashley and and comic book pal Markowitz join Edgar for a doomed road trip to an auction at a convention celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that’s motivated by an evil as old as time.
Screens with Short: BAGHEAD
Alberto Corredor Marina | UK 2018 | 16 Minutes
Kevin is haunted by grief and has questions that only the recently deceased can answer. His search takes him to the most unremarkable of locations, a grotty storage room at the back of a rundown pub. However, what he finds there is anything but unremarkable. He is introduced to Baghead, a witch who can channel the dead in a most unusual manner and maybe provide Kevin with the answers he seeks.
MAGANDA! PINOY BOY VS MILKMAN | SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24TH 10:30PM
Matthew Victor Pastor | Australia 2018 | 100 Minutes | MVP | World Premiere
w/ Q&A by writer/director Matthew Victor Pastor
The Milk Man, a psychopathic murderer who preys upon women. Pinoy Boy, the world’s deadliest Filipino who is tasked with tracking him down. Angelo, the filmmaker who created them and is struggling to find an ending as the lines between his reality and the film blur.
Screens with Short: THE NEW JERUSALEM ’98
Kiefer Findlow | Australia 2018 | 12 Minutes | World Premiere
In November 1998, Journalist Louis Meriwether is kidnapped while investigating The Church of The New Jerusalem. In preparation for their rapture they force him to film their final testament. This is the tape that contains their last gospel.
THE ALL-NIGHT MARATHON | SATURDAY NIGHT NOVEMBER 24TH
Continuing the tradition of our world-famous ALL-NIGHT MARATHON, this year we bring you THE NIGHTMARE CINEMA THAT BROUGHT YOU NIGHTMARE CINEMA, with a selection of features by the filmmakers responsible for NIGHTMARE CINEMA and as with our previous all-nighters, the line-up will not be revealed until the marathon unfolds on the night/morning.
EVIL DEAD 2: DEAD BY DAWN (4K RESTORATION) | SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25TH 12:30PM
Sam Raimi | United States 1987 | 79 Minutes | StudioCanal | Victorian Premiere
Ever thought of taking your girlfriend away for the weekend? Maybe to some secluded spot in the country so you can spend some quality time together, but then ended up hacking her to pieces with a chainsaw after she’s become possessed by a grotesque, flesh-eating demon resurrected by spells from The Book Of The Dead? Ash Williams has. Trapped in a dark world of flying eyeballs and deadly severed limbs, axe wielding Ash Williams will be pushed to the edgeof his sanity as he fights to survive against the unspeakable, supernatural forces intent on having him dead by dawn.
Screens with Short: SHE CAME FROM THE WOODS
The Bloomquist Brothers | United States 2018 | 12 Minutes
A campfire story comes to life for a group of counselors on the last day of the summer of 1987 at Camp Briarbrook.
THE MONSTER SQUAD | SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25TH 2:15PM
Fred Dekker | United States 1987 | 80 Minutes | Paramount Pictures | Retrospective Screening
You know whom to call when you have ghosts. But who do you call when you have monsters? The Monster Squad – A group of young kids devoted to protecting their suburban neighbourhood from monsters and ghouls. Count Dracula escapes Van Helsing and adjourns modern day Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy and the Black Lagoon’s Gillman. The ghouls are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. Standing in their way – THE MONSTER SQUAD!
Screens with Short: LUCY’S TALE
Chelsea Lupkin | United States 2018 | 17 Minutes
Between mean girls, her first romance, and budding hormones, Lucy begins to realize that she’s not quite like the other teenagers in her class in this coming-of-age horror.
DEAD THINGS – Shorts Program | SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25TH 2:30PM
Terrifying, hilarious and brazenly weird, MONSTER FEST’S program of horror and hybrid-genre shorts featuring stories of the dead, the undead and those in between.
POST MORTEM MARY
Joshua Long | Australia | 10 mins
THE BLOODY BALLAD OF SQUIRT REYNOLDS
Anthony Cousins | United States | 8 mins
Louisa Weichmann | Australia | 8 mins
Dave Jackson | Australia/Japan | 15 mins
THE COST OF LIVING
Tom Nicoll | United Kingdom | 4 mins
Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund | Sweden | 11 mins
THE DEAD MAN SPEAKS
Marcos Mereles | Netherlands | 2 mins
WE SUMMONED A DEMON
Chris McInroy | United States | 6 mins
Santiago Menghini | Canada | 10 mins
Samantha Kolesnik | United States | 6 mins
Ryan Cauchi | Australia | 1 min
WHO’S THAT AT THE BACK OF THE BUS
Philip Hardy | United Kingdom | 5 mins
TRASHARAMA | SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25TH 4:30PM
Murder City’s infamous trash peddler, Dick Dale returns to Melbourne to debut another sordid program of the sickest, most twisted and goriest films he could get his grubby mitts on from around the globe. Cinematic atrocities and disasterpieces sure to drive you to the depths of hell and hilarity. When it comes to TRASHARAMA, if it ain’t right, it’s PERFECT!
David Burrowes | Australia | 15 mins
GUARDING OF HELL
Frank Appache | Canada | 4 mins
THE JERRY SHOW
Stephen Stull | USA | 9 mins
VAMPIRE HOOKER HOTEL
Nathan Hill | Australia | 3 mins
Vanessa Gudgeon | Australia | 5 mins
Clint Cure | Australia | 6 mins
THE FIRST DATE
Adam Webber | Australia | 5 mins
Chrzu Lindström | Finland | 15 mins
Kurk Dirt | UK | 3 mins
Kiah Roache-Turner | Australia | 4.41 mins
Alex Noyer | USA | 7 mins
Brian Lonano | USA | 13 mins
WOLFMAN’S GOT NARDS: A DOCUMENTARY | SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25TH 4:45PM
André Gower | United States 2018 | 91 Minutes | The Squad Doc | Victorian Premiere
A feature film exploring THE MONSTER SQUAD’s 30-year impact on film and its fan base from script to cult classic. This heartfelt documentary explores the power of cult film told through the lens of the 1987 classic THE MONSTER SQUAD and the impact it has on fans, cast, crew and the industry.
Screens with Short: STARLETS
LORDS OF CHAOS | SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25TH 7PM
Jonas Åkerlund | United Kingdom/Sweden 2018 | 112 Minutes | Gunpowder & Sky | Australian Premiere
Oslo, 1987. Seventeen year-old Euronymous (Rory Culkin) is determined to escape his idyllic Scandinavian hometown and create “true Norwegian black metal” with his band, MAYHEM. He’s joined by equally fanatical youths – Dead (Jack Kilmer) and Varg (Emory Cohen). Believing that they’re on the cusp of a musical revolution, the group gets even darker driven by the black metal dogma to spread evil. They begin burning down churches throughout the countryside and stealing tombstones for their record store. But when the press catches up with them and Euronymous takes more credit than he’s earned for the group’s violent acts, Varg, fresh out of jail, arranges a dark encounter to settle the score and ultimately determine who the darkest black metal musician is.
Screens with Short: FEAST ON THE YOUNG
Katia Mancuso | Australia 2017 | 13 Minutes | Australian Premiere
A troubled teenager must save her little sister from a bloodthirsty fairy lurking in the forest before it devours them both.
Opening Night Film Ticket (includes complimentary drink on arrival)
Single Session Tickets
Adult – $20.50
Student/Concession/ Health Care Card – $16.00
Senior – $15.50
Pension – $13.00
Under 15 – $13.00
Privilege Club Member – $17.00
Privilege Club Concession – $14.00
MONSTER FEST VII: THE HOMECOMING runs from Thursday November 22nd to Sunday November 25th at Cinema Nova!
Get the most out of the Monster Fest experience and save with these festival passes:
VIP Passes (12 films) $150
The VIP Pass gets you all-access to all Monster Fest screenings and events from Thursday November 22nd to Sunday the 25th.
Mini-Pass (5 Film Passes) $70
The 5 Film Multi-Pass may be used for any Monster Fest film sessions from Friday November 23rd to Sunday the 25th EXCLUDING Opening Night and the All-Night Marathon.
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.
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.