Australia's Monster Fest Announces Final Wave of the 2016 Festival Lineup!

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 November 24-27 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 Lopez-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 NEIGHBURHOOD and the devastating - and polarizing - PLAYGROUND.  Brief description of all films int he final wave follow below. 

Select panels for the Swinburne University Media and Communication Monster Academy - Monster Fest's two-day industry component running Nov 23 + 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 int he genre space, and more to be added.  The full lineup for Monster Academy will be announced in the coming weeks. 

DARK SONG
Director: Liam Gavin | Ireland 2016 | 100 mins | Australian Premiere

Driven 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. 

AUTOHEAD
Director: Rohit Mittal | India 2016 | 97 mins | Australian Premiere

This 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 DOG
Paul Schrader | USA 2016 | 93 mins | Australian Premiere

Based 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 DAMNED
Director: René Cardona Jr. | Mexico 1979 | 90mins

When 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 Rene 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 POINT
Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego | USA 2016 | 97 mins | Australian Premiere

Patrick Wilson stars as Wallace, the new sheriff of a small town in Gonzalo Lopez-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. 

INTERCHANGE
Dain Said | Malaysia  2016 | 102 minutes | Australian Premiere

In this Malaysian ritual thriller and TIFF Midnight 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 HALL
Matthew Holmes | Australia 2016 | 134 mins | Victorian Premiere

In 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 Gillbert. 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 THEATRE

From 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 DIE
Sean Brosnan |  USA 2016 | 102 minutes | Australian Premiere

The 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. 

PLAYGROUND
Bartosz M. Kowalski | Poland 2016 | 81 mins | Australian Premiere

Certain 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.

PREVENGE
Alice Lowe | UK 2016 | 88 mins. | Australian Premiere

This 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 CHILDREN
Director: Alberto Vázquez, Pedro Rivero | Spain 2015 | 80 mins | Victorian Premiere
 
Based 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 NEIGHBOURHOOD
Chris 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 MASSACRE
Nick 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 at www.monsterfest.com.au/2016

All-access Passes, Day Passes and tickets to Monster Fest 2016 are on sale now here: https://www.lidocinemas.com.au/Promotion/Monster-Fest-2016-At-Lido

All-access passes for Monster Academy are now on sale here: https://www.trybooking.com/Booking/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.