Monster Fest, Australia’s premiere genre-film festival, is hitting the road again with its Travelling Sideshow bound for Sydney’s Event Cinemas George Street from March 9 – 11, 2018.
Those who’ve attended the annual Melbourne-based event will already know that Monster Fest is where you can eyeball all the newest and wildest in genre cinema, including Australian and international offerings. And the line-up of films curated for the Sydney Travelling Sideshow is particularly strong.
Making its Australian premiere is The Strangers: Prey by Night, the belated sequel to the 2008 home invasion thriller The Strangers, starring Liv Tyler. This time round it’s Christina Hendricks and family who are terrorised by the mysterious masked psychopaths.
Australian feature Living Space – in which a couple’s romantic holiday in Germany turns into a supernatural nightmare involving an isolated farmhouse and an undead Nazi general – makes its World Premiere at the Fest, with a filmmaker Q&A featuring writer-director Steven Spiel, producer Natalie Forward, cinematographer Branco Grabovac and actress Emma Leonard to follow the screening.
Other local entries include Luke Shanahan’s twin dilemma Rabbit and Daniel Armstrong’s crazy cabin in the woods flick Tarnation, as well as a ‘Mystery Movie’ session promising a new Aussie creature feature.
Sydneysiders will also get their first look at slow burn occult shocker Pyewacket, as well as Baskin director Can Evrenol’s latest, Housewife, and Stefan Ruzowitzky’s serial killer thriller Cold Hell.
And it wouldn’t be Monster Fest without a couple of classics back up on the big screen. George A. Romero’s zombie masterpiece Night of the Living Dead turns 50 this October but the anniversary celebrations are kicking off early, with the Australian premiere of the film’s new 4K restoration a must-see. Fred Dekker’s 1987 cult favourite The Monster Squad is the other retro treat, and required viewing if you’ve never seen it.