Monster Fest, Australia’s premiere genre-film festival, is Brisbane-bound with the Travelling Sideshow hitting Event Cinemas Myer Centre from May 25 – 27, 2018.
The Fest opens with the new film from Red Billabong writer-director Luke Sparke, Occupation, in which the residents of an Australian country town take a stand against extra-terrestrial invaders. Think Tomorrow, When the War Began meets War of the Worlds. This sci-fi action flick boasts a strong ensemble cast including Red Billabong and Home and Away star Dan Ewing, Temuera Morrison (Once Were Warriors), Jacqueline McKenzie (Romper Stomper) and Bruce Spence (Mad Max 2). The screening will be followed by a Q&A with cast and crew.
Horror fans will have the opportunity to catch an early screening of Hereditary, following the positive buzz from the international festival circuit. Toni Collette headlines this nightmarish tale of domestic breakdown from first time writer-director Ari Aster.
Making its Australian premiere at the Brisbane Fest is Terminal, directed by Vaughn Stein and starring Margot Robbie as a femme fatale, Simon Pegg, and the elusive Mike Myers. The trailer promises a kinetic crime thriller in the spirit of Ben Wheatley and Matthew Vaughn, which should be recommendation enough.
Other Australian premieres include What the Waters Left Behind, a down and dirty looking backwoods horror from Argentina and the sort of film Monster Fest specialises in; the new film from Martyrs director Pascal Lugier, Ghostland; and The Ranger, a cabin in the woods/survivalist horror.
Queenslanders can also check out Chris Sun’s killer pig flick Boar, and Luke Shanahan’s identical twin thriller Rabbit.
And on the retro front, Fred Dekker’s 1987 cult classic The Monster Squad is back on the big screen, together with Wolfman’s Got Nads: A Documentary, which explores the enduring love for this film and its impact on fans and the filmmakers.