MONSTER FEST VII: THE HOMECOMING is just under a month away and we’ve added some last minute films to the already-stellar lineup, just to keep things interesting as you patiently await all the genre madness we’re about to unleash at Cinema Nova!
Replacing LUZ (which has been withdrawn due to unforeseen circumstances), TERMINATOR producer Gale Anne Hurd’s theme-park slasher HELL FEST makes its Australian debut. A masked serial killer turns a halloween-themed amusement park into his own personal slayground, stalking a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show. Director Gregory Plotkin, known for his work on GET OUT and HAPPY DEATH DAY, turns his keen horror eye onto this beautifully designed throwback to classic 80s slashers like HELL NIGHT and THE FUNHOUSE! Packed with visceral kills, celebrating all things horror and Halloween, and boasting the iconic Tony Todd (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, CANDYMAN) in a supporting role, this is one horror hounds are guaranteed to savour!
Also having its Australian premiere at Monster Fest on Saturday night is CATEGORY III: THE UNTOLD STORY OF HONG KONG EXPLOITATION CINEMA! Documentarian and film scholar Calum Waddell’s latest extreme cinema exposé delves deep into evolution of Hong Kong’s once-thriving adult cinema industry, which, post the introduction of the Category III classification in 1988, shocked and enthralled audiences worldwide with its excessive violence, bizarre storylines and sleazy depravity. Featuring interviews with Anthony Wong (THE UNTOLD STORY), Josie Ho (NAKED AMBITION), Godfrey Ho (MEN BEHIND THE SUN 2) and Kwok-Leung Gan (KILLER SNAKES), CATEGORY III is a fascinating look at one of cinemas wildest and most eccentric sub-genres.
HELL FEST | SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24TH 1:30PM
Gregory Plotkin | United States 2018 | 89 Minutes | Rialto Distribution | Australian Premiere
Every year thousands journey to Hell Fest – a sprawling labyrinth of rides, games and mazes – to experience fun and fear at the ghoulish carnival of nightmares. But for one visitor, Hell Fest is not the attraction – it is a hunting ground. An opportunity to slay in plain view of a gawking audience, who think the horrific reality playing out before their eyes is part of the show. As the body count continues to rise, he turns his masked gaze upon Natalie, Brooke and Taylor, three friends who will need fight if they want to survive the night.
Screens with Short: THE GIRL IN THE SNOW
Dennis Ledergerber | Switzerland 2018 | 7 Minutes
A day in the life of a foley artist
CATEGORY III: THE UNTOLD STORY OF HONG KONG EXPLOITATION CINEMA!
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 24TH 10:30PM
Calum Waddell | UK 2018 | 84 Minutes | High Rising Productions | Australian Premiere
A documentary on the rise and fall of Hong Kong’s notorious Category III cinema which reached a peak during the years 1988 and the lead-up to the Handover in 1997.
Screens with Short: CLEAN AS YOU LIKE
Theresa Varga | UK 2018 | 15 Minutes
Best friends (and cleaners in crime) Bertha and Polly are the last two singletons of their friends group, who vow with a pinky swear to always stick together… Until Jock appears and threatens to rock their relationship with unexpected consequences.
HELL FEST and CATEGORY III: THE ULTOLD STORY OF HONG KONG EXPLOITATION CINEMA joins our previously announced programming that includes Opening Night Film DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE and our Closing Night Film LORDS OF CHAOS.
MONSTER FEST VII: THE HOMECOMING runs from Thursday November 22nd to Sunday November 25th at Cinema Nova!
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
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 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.