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Only three weeks to the day before MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW rolls into GU Film House Adelaide for a fright-filled weekend of horror-centric highlights from around the globe!
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MONSTER FEST TRAVELLING SIDESHOW runs from July 21-23rd at the GU Film House Adelaide, kicking off with the Adelaide premiere of the definitive Radio Birdman documentary, DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTROM features interviews with all surviving members of the band and is crammed full of Radio Birdman music and rare archival footage and photos, some not seen for over 40 years!
The weekend will also include the Australian Premiere of Colin Minihan’s zombie apocalypse game-changer IT STAINS THE SAND RED, the Australian Premiere of Johannes Roberts’ experiment in underwater terror 47 METRES DOWN and the Australian Premiere of an all-new 4K restoration of David Lynch’s TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME.
Another 4K restoration making it’s Adelaide debut is Italian horror maestro Dario Argento’s 1977 masterpiece SUSPIRIA, along with THE EVIL WITHIN, made by millionaire meth addict, Andrew Getty, heir the Getty oil fortune who reportedly sunk $6 million dollars of his own fortune into the film, only to die before he could finish it.
Fresh out of Sundance is 78-52, a documentary that takes an unprecedented look at the ‘shower scene from PSYCHO’, the screen murder that profoundly changed the course of world cinema. It features interviews with film buffs and filmmakers alike—including Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Elijah Wood, Eli Roth, and Peter Bogdanovich amongst many others.
After making waves internationally with its recent acquisition by Lionsgate in the US, Aussie found footage creature-feature CAGE DIVE will rear its fins for an Adelaide premiere. Also having its Adelaide premiere is Damien Power’s Aussie breakout Sundance hit, KILLING GROUND.
Closing the festival will be the Australian premiere of Ana Lily Amirpour’s brutal yet stunning dystopian feature, THE BAD BATCH staring Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Giovanni Ribisi, Keanu Reeves & Jim Carrey among others.
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DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTROM – FRIDAY 21ST OF JULY 7PM
With Q&A by Writer/Producer/Director Jonathan Sequeira hosted by TRASHARAMA’s Dick Dale
Jonathan Sequeira | Australia 2017 | 110 Minutes | Umbrella Films | Adelaide Premiere
Sydney, Australia. 1974. A group of outsiders band together with a mission. In world of satin jumpsuits and screaming teens on Countdown, they form the high energy rock’n’roll band RADIO BIRDMAN, forever determined to keep compromise from their art. Switched off, shut down and booted out of venue after venue they stay determined to do things their own way, and they slowly accumulate a cult-like following of youth, a ‘New Race’ of disaffected youth who rally around the band. DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTROM is the true story of Radio Birdman, from their original formation to the present. Like the band itself, it’s an independent production, made from outside the industry. It shows what the band meant to the fans, and how they changed Australia, by inspiring a golden age of indie music from Cold Chisel to Midnight Oil. DESCENT INTO THE MAELSTROM features interviews with all surviving members of the band and doesn’t shy away from the internal conflict which sometimes fuelled the band’s performances. It’s already been called the greatest Australian music documentary ever made and is crammed full of Radio Birdman music and rare archival footage and photos, some not seen for over 40 years!
KILLING GROUND – FRIDAY 21ST OF JULY 9PM
Damien Power | Australia 2016 | 85 Minutes | Mushroom Pictures | Adelaide Premiere
When young urbanites Ian and Sam decide to go camping, they arrive at their isolated destination to discover another tent already set up, but no sign of its owners. With the other campers at large, Ian and Sam’s discovery of a child wandering alone sets off a terrifying chain of events that will push them to their limits – and beyond.
78 / 52 – SATURDAY 22ND OF JULY 2:15PM
Alexandre O Philippe | USA 2017 | 91 Minutes | Monster Pictures | Adelaide Premiere
In 78 setups and 52 cuts, the deliriously choreographed two-minute shower sequence in Psycho ripped apart cinema’s definition of horror. With a shocking combination of exploitation and high art, Alfred Hitchcock upended his own acclaimed narrative structure by violently killing off a heroine a third of the way through his film, without explanation, justification, or higher purpose. Psycho played out like a horrific prank, forcing audiences to recognize that even the most banal domestic spaces were now fair game for unspeakable mayhem. With black-and-white film-geek reverence, director Alexandre O. Philippe breaks down this most notorious and essential scene shot for shot, enlisting the help of film buffs and filmmakers alike—including Guillermo del Toro, Bret Easton Ellis, Karyn Kusama, Eli Roth, and Peter Bogdanovich. 78/52 examines Janet Leigh’s terrified facial expressions and the blink-and-you-miss-it camera work, not just within the context of the film but also with an eye toward America’s changing social mores—revealing how one bloody, chaotic on-screen death killed off chaste cinema and eerily predicted a decade of unprecedented violence and upheaval.
CAGE DIVE – SATURDAY 22ND OF JULY 4:30PM
Gerald Rascionato | Australia 2017 | 80 Minutes | Odin’s Eye | Adelaide Premiere
Three American college students head down under to capture Great White Sharks on film. But when a freak wave capsizes their boat mid cage dive they are left fighting for and against each other in the world’s most dangerous Shark infested waters.
47 METERS DOWN – SATURDAY 22ND OF JULY 6:30PM
Johannes Roberts | United States 2017 | 89 Minutes | Vendetta Films | Australian Premiere
On the rebound after a devastating break-up,Lisa (Mandy Moore) is ready for adventure while on vacation in Mexico. Even still, she needs a little extra persuasion when her daring sister Kate (Claire Holt) suggests they go shark diving with some locals. Once underwater in a protective cage, Lisa and Kate catch a once in a lifetime, face-to-face look at majestic Great Whites. But when their worst fears are realized and the cage breaks away from their boat, they find themselves plummeting to the bottom of the seabed, too deep to radio for help without making themselves vulnerable to the savage sharks, their oxygen supplies rapidly dwindling. 47 METERS DOWN is a terrifying tale of survival set in the domain of the ocean’s fiercest creatures.
IT STAINS THE SAND RED – SATURDAY 22ND OF JULY 8:45PM
Colin Minihan | United States 2016 | 92 Minutes | Australian Premiere
In the throes of a zombie apocalypse, Molly (JIGSAW’s Brittany Allen) – a troubled woman from Las Vegas with a dark past – finds herself stranded in the desert with a lone ravenous Zombie (Netflix’ NARCOS, Juan Riedinger) on her tail. At first, she’s easily able to out pace her un-dead pursuer, but things quickly become a nightmare when she realizes the zombie doesn’t need to ever stop and rest. Running low on supplies and beat down by the harsh environment, Molly will have to summon the strength she never knew she had to ultimately face the zombie, and the demons that have chased her all her life.
THE EVIL WITHIN – SUNDAY 23RD OF JULY 2:15PM
Andrew Getty | USA 2017 | 98 Minutes | Bounty Films | Adelaide Premiere
The sadistic tale of a lonely, mentally handicapped boy who befriends his reflection in an antique mirror. This demonic creature orders him to go on a murderous rampage to kill the people he loves most.
SUSPIRIA 40th Anniversary 4K Restoration – SUNDAY 23RD OF JULY 4:30PM
Dario Argento | Italy 1977 | 95 Minutes | Umbrella Entertainment | Adelaide Premiere
Dario Argento’s undisputed horror masterpiece is widely considered to be the most shocking and hallucinatory horror movie in history and is described by Argento himself as “an escalating experimental nightmare”. SUSPIRIA stars Jessica Harper as a young American ballet student who arrives at a prestigious European dance academy and is confronted by a series of bizarre and horrific deaths. Packed with ultra gory effects and dazzling cinematic set pieces, SUSPIRIA is a gruesomely gothic masterpiece of the macabre. A freshly restored Director-approved 4K presentation will screen to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its original release.
TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME – SUNDAY 23RD OF JULY 6:45PM
David Lynch | United States 1992 | 135 Minutes | Australian Premiere
A little quiet town tucked in a valley. Population : 51, 201. A mysterious death and an inquiry like a charade. A diary kept secret, a pact, a malevolent other-self and a ring. Dreams, hallucinations, forebodings. Short-lived love stories, a singer distilling souvenirs of a by-gone time. A red room, white lines, and a bobby-soxer who finishes burning her life away? This is the world of TWIN PEAKS : FIRE WALK WITH ME.
THE BATCH BATCH – SUNDAY 23RD OF JULY 9:30PM
Ana Lily Amirpour | United States 2016 | 118 Minutes | Australian Premiere
Arlen (Waterhouse), after she’s left in a Texas wasteland fenced off from civilization. While trying to navigate the unforgiving landscape, Arlen is captured by a savage band of cannibals led by the mysterious Miami Man (Momoa). With her life on the line, she makes her way to The Dream (Reeves). As she adjusts to life in ‘the bad batch’ Arlen discovers that being good or bad mostly depends on who’s standing next to you.