Australia’s premier genre event, Monster Fest, returns to Melbourne’s Lido Cinemas on 23rd November for four days of madness and mayhem comprising world premieres, short films, homegrown horrors, and special guests.

Now in its seventh year, Monster Fest is going the whole hog in 2017, opening with the Aussie creature feature Boar. This outback horror flick about a giant, rampaging feral pig captures the swinish spirit of Russell Mulcahy’s Razorback (1984) and features a fair dinkum Aussie cast including John Jarratt, Ernie Dingo, Chris Haywood, Simone Buchanan, Nathan Jones, Steve Bisley and Roger Ward.

“We’re delighted to be returning to Melbourne with this film. Boar is everything I love about horror cinema in one big, nasty, brutal package – it’s got everything you could possibly want in an Aussie horror film… thrills, spills, chills, shocks, and a massive, dirty, vicious one-tonne blood crazed hog! Watch out Monster Fest – Boar is coming to get ya!” said director Chris Sun of the film’s local premiere.

Other Australian entries include Mark Savage’s Purgatory Road, in which a psychotic priest and his brother embark on a crusade to punish sinners, as well Leigh Ormsby’s cannibal virus shocker Last Hope.

One of the highlights of the festival is sure to be King Cohen – a documentary on legendary auteur Larry Cohen, who gave us cult classics like It’s Alive, God Told Me To, Q the Winged Serpent, and The Stuff. Screening on 25th November, the Australian premiere of King Cohen will be followed by a midnight to dawn marathon of five Cohen films – but you’ll have to be there to discover which ones.

And it wouldn’t be Monster Fest without a female revenge thriller – the festival will close on 26th November with the Australian premiere of French director Coralie Fargeit’s self-explanatory shocker, Revenge.

For the full line-up of features and short films, visit monsterfest.com.au/events/monster-fest-2017/