Monster Fest Returns to Lido
Thursday 23 - Sunday 26 November 2017.

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Monster Fest, Australia’s premier genre film festival, announces its first wave of programming for its annual Melbourne event, to be held from November 23rd to the 26th

The 2017 chapter of Monster Fest, its seventh overall, takes on a very Australian flavour - and at the core of of the this years program  is the inclusion of six brand new Australian feature films, most of which will be enjoying their World Premieres at the festival.

Opening the festival is one of 2018’s most anticipated new horror flicks, Chris Sun’s mind-blowing creature-feature, BOAR. 

Closing Night Film, REVENGE, by French newcomer Coralie Fargeat, follows on in the tradition of last year’s Monster Fest sensation, RAW, as one of a new breed of female directed genre films taking the world by storm and will close the festival on an unforgettably powerful note.

For full details on Monster Fest programs, guests and more see the official website -- http://www.monsterfest.com.au

2017 MONSTER FEST TICKET PACKAGES

Get the most out of the Monster Fest 2017 experience and save with package passes! When you purchase a pass you will be receive a barcode number which shows up in your booking receipt. This can be used online, over the phone or in person to redeem sessions at the festival in advance. To use this code online, just go on the sessions you wish to attend as though buying tickets, and it will give you the option of entering a redemption code. If for any reason you do not receive a code, please contact the Lido at (03) 8658 0000.
 

VIP PASS - $120 

The VIP Pass gets you all-access to Monster Fest screenings and events at the Lido Cinema Nov 23rd to 26th of November. These VIP pass lanyard will be available for pickup at The Lido on Nov 23rd from 5pm onwards, you will need to keep this lanyard on you at all times as pass-holders need to show their pass at the box office to get tickets to the sessions they wish to attend and or festival staff to check against ticket purchases for entry into cinemas.
 
*Please note where sessions run concurrently you will only have the choice of one film in that time slot so please choose 
carefully.

 

5 FILM PASS - $60

Get a 5 film pass eligible for Monster Fest sessions on Friday the 24th, Saturday the 25th or Sunday the 26th for a discounted price! The 5 Day Pass is not valid for Opening Night session  or the All-Night Marathon.

 

Purchase your 2017 Monster Fest pass HERE!

 

WHEN YOU'RE STRANGE SHORTS PROGRAM

 

Saturday 25 November, 2.30pm

Monster Fest's hybrid-genre shorts program featuring stories of the twisted, bizarre and outright deranged.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Full program:

HELMINTH 
Merinda Staubli | Australia | 6.26 mins

Helminth is an exploration of beauty ideals and the innate abject, grotesque nature of the human body. 

FRENCHIES 
Kuan-Fu FT Lin | Taiwan/USA | 12.41 mins

A fantasy satire film about how fear drives a nice guy into a judgemental person against his new neighbours, the Frenchy family.

BREATHE
Daniel Anderson | Australia | 14.59 mins

The lives of two space explorers unravel after a life-threatening accident exposes a secret romance.

PANIC ATTACK!
Eileen O’Meara | USA | 3.00 mins

Do you ever wonder “did I leave the coffee on?” or “am I pregnant with a devil-baby?” This 3-minute short explores anxiety, obsession, and one woman’s slippery hold on reality.

DELICIOUS PERSPECTIVE 
Antonio Padovani | Italy | 10.49 mins

Anna is coming: finally, a night together, a night awaited for so long, but the anticipation now makes her uneasy and scares her. Something is troubling her. The fear of breaking a taboo? Feelings of inadequacy? Her conscience? An undefined sense of guilt? All things that can kill. Literally.

DON’T EVER CHANGE 
Don Swaynos | USA | 9.40 mins 

The reunion between a woman and her estranged daughter is interrupted by a man with an unusual request.

HELL FOLLOWS 
Brian Harrison | USA | 10.55 mins

Betrayed by his clan and murdered for his past evil deeds, a sadistic killer's soul possesses his identical twin's body and sets out onto the road of vengeance for one final crusade of extermination. Everywhere he goes ... HELL FOLLOWS.

SOLVED 
Michael Bartolomeo | USA | 7.45 mins

A lonely young man dreams of one day becoming a Rubik's Cube master, but his obsession soon turns deadly.

DON’T TURN ME OFF 
Sean van Leijenhorst | Czech Republic | 5.30 mins

When a woman terrified of a scary film she was watching decides to turn it off, the horror becomes all too real when a dark presence is unleashed in the house. 

LAST WORDS
Daniel Farmer | Australia | 12.00 mins

After filming carnage for the nightly news a cameraman steps into his own picture for the first time.

PET MONKEY
Eric Maira | USA | 7.57 mins

A date night turns ugly when a persistent boyfriend offers to buy his girlfriend a monkey.

SOL 
Carlos G. Gananian | Brazil | 14.00 mins

Sol only listens to one his voice. The devil's voice.

Total duration: 113 minutes

HOME IS WHERE THE HORROR IS SHORTS PROGRAM

 

Friday 24 November, 7pm

Kids, teens, housemates and families; no one is safe from Monster Fest’s domestically themed program of terrifying horror shorts. You might want to bring your mum!

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

THE WELCOMING 
Russ Gomm | UK | 7 mins

A little girls goes wandering in the woods, but some who wander might find themselves lost in darker places.
 

GENE
Nick Padley | UK | 10.22 mins

A recently widowed mother who has to take drastic action when she discovers her 11 year old son might be a psychopath in the making.

IT BEGAN WITHOUT WARNING 
Jessica Curtright, Santiago C. Tapia | USA | 5.35 mins

The time has come,' the Walrus said. And all the little Oysters stood and waited in a row.

THE DUWENDE 
Odin B. Fernandez | Australia | 10.30 mins

In rural Philippines, a local man searches for his missing daughter while his wife believes she was taken by the mythical duwende.

IN THE DARK DARK WOODS
Jason Bognacki | USA | 4.30 mins

The woods hold a dark secret.

THE LAST LIGHT 
Angelita Mendoza | USA | 11.17 mins

A young girl, Izabella, finds a little boy tied up in an abandoned house on her family's land, she questions the boy to find out who he is and why he's been left there. Is he being mistreated or has he done something wrong?

TICKLE MONSTER 
Remi Weekes | UK | 3.57 mins

When Natalie learns that Elliott is ticklish, things get bad. And then they get worse. 
  

PIGSKIN
Jake Hammond | USA | 13.24 mins

A high school cheerleader faces a grisly manifestation of her self-deprecating inner demons.
 

PIZZA FACE 
Jamie Dwyer | USA | 10.00 mins

A self-absorbed pizza waitress unleashes devastating horror after downloading a sinister mobile app.

THE VEILED
Josh Long | Australia | 12.45 mins

The elderly father is trapped behind the veil of dementia and his daughter
trapped as his caregiver. The grind of day to day life of the forgotten daughtertrying to give her forgotten father dignity in a world that has passed both of them by. A sacrificed life to do what’s right. But as cracks start to appear in the veil she must answer one ghastly question. Was it worth it?

YOUR DATE IS HERE 
Todd Spence | USA | 6.12 mins

After dusting off an old Mystery-Date style board game, a mother and daughter realize the game holds more evil than amusement.

NOTHING A LITTLE SOAP AND WATER CAN’T FIX 
Jen Proctor | USA | 9.15 mins

Using appropriated movies, this experimental found footage work deconstructs the representations of women in this domestic space as historically framed in popular film.

TEDDY BEARS PICNIC 
Tom Hodge | UK | 5.26 mins
A mother and daughter are playing games in the forest. Somebody’s watching. Somebody’s waiting. If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a grim surprise.

Total duration: 108 mins

AFTER SCHOOL SPECIALSHORTS PROGRAM

Sunday 26 November, 12.30pm

Monster Fest's showcase of student shorts from some of the best film schools in the county, featuring the work of current students and 2016 graduates.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Full program:

WELCOME AND CONGRATULATIONS
Mickey Mason | Flinders University | 6.58 mins

The way to happiness. A “how to” video guide for better living in a dystopian society.

ONE SMALL STEP
Sarah Rackemann | Queensland University of Technology | 2.17 mins

One of humankind’s greatest achievements has been to walk on the moon. It was marked in history as a phenomenal success. What if that first step had turned out a little differently?

THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN
Jason Hooker | Swinburne University | 11.57 mins

The owners of a foster care home venture out to search for the orphan girl in their care who has disappeared into the nearby woods - unaware of the impending threat to their existence.

MAN IN THE MOON
Monique Mulcahy | Victorian College of the Arts | 13.17 mins

When an under appreciated single mother intercepts a strange transmission on her pocket radio she suspects that it may be linked to her teenage sons mysterious homemade gaming headset.

ENID
Maria Severin | Deakin University | 8.00 mins

Joseph is a young male traveler injured in an animal trap accident, he stumbles upon the cabin of a lone woman. She takes him in and heals him. After witnessing some strange behavior, he bravely snoops around for more answers. But this won’t do for the woman, and the young traveler becomes the victim of a dangerous ritual.

PETREL
Charles Broad | Sydney Film School | 12.08 mins

In the middle of rural Australia a man is running away from his past. He soon becomes stuck inside an empty petrol station, hoping to escape. But the station is more certain of his chances than he is….

THE ONLOOKERS
Jason Albury | Victorian College of the Arts | 10.55 mins

In our world time has become fragmented and time holes are appearing anywhere and at any time, revealing either the past or the future in that very location. When George and his apprentice stumble across a timehole revealing their inevitable fate they must now decide what they must do with the life changing information.

THE LEAVING
Michael Smith | Flinders University | 13.10 mins

Ariel is treating herself to a relaxing night with a bath and wine. Upon getting ready to turn in for the night, Ariel realises that she is being hunted by a violent intruder, forcing her to go to any lengths to stay alive.

HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE
Erika Wu | JMC Academy | 3.53 mins

In the middle of the night, Lissy is awoken by something strange lurking behind her closet door. Is it a monster? A ghost? A new friend?

Total duration: 80 mins

TRASHARAMA  SHORTS PROGRAM

Sunday 26 November, from 2pm

This year marks the 20th anniversary that Adelaide’s #1 purveyor of trash Dick Dale has been sickening us all with his notorious selection of onscreen abominations. This year to celebrate this milestone, as well as the latest and greatest filth and utter sickness from around the globe, Dick will be hand selecting his personal favourite Aussie shorts from those 20 years and featuring these in the program.  

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Full program:

GLORY
Mike Frazier | USA | 7.06 mins
A meat-packing motorcyclist gets more than he bargained for when he stops at a licentious late night shop in the middle of nowhere.

IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD
Greg Jeffs| Canada | 5.55 mins
A bedtime story about the monster in the closet.

THE BIRTH OF A PIGMAN
Andrew McPherson | Australia | 6.45 mins
A demonic pig is disturbed from an ancient slumber to wreak havoc on earth.

FLESHBOXXX 5000
Alex Machin | Australia | 3.30 mins
A crazed meth head with an insatiable sexual appetite finds it increasingly frustrating to get his rocks off. On one of his daily jaunts to the alleyway to buy drugs he finds a mysterious used sex toy in the garbage bin, the Flesh Boxxx 5000.

ENCOSTO
Joel Caetana | Brazil | 7.00 mins
After performing a macumba (Brazilian black magic), a man discovers that the price of your desires may be too high!

CLEAN HIT
Juan Poveda | Spain | 4.05 mins
A normal housewife finds herself cleaning the crime scenes of a psychopath.

THE CONSEQUENCE
Chrzu Lindström | Finland | 6.35 mins
In this post- truth era shockumentary actress Carlotta Moore’s life spirals out of control, because of the success of her silver screen debut The Contract. This is the fall of a sexy star reenacted.

FRIED BARRY
Ryan Kruger | South Africa | 3.25 mins
Fried Barry is heroin junkie, that spends his days in a abandoned building walking around tripping from his latest hit, going through his ups and downs and reliving his old memories.

ZOE
Leigh Madden, Nick Crownhurst | Australia | 6.30 mins
In the midst of a Zombie outbreak, Jodie and her husband, Paul search for their missing daughter, Zoe. However, following an attack, Paul is killed and Jodie has been bitten. Alone, scared and slowly turning into a Zombie with every passing minute, Jodie must find Zoe and get her to safety on her own before she becomes one of the creatures she is running from.

SLEAZY PETE
Frank Appache | Canada | 11.25 mins
A proto-apocalyptic tale where crime, sleaze and violence are king. We spend a night with Sleazy Pete, and his new sidekick.

VICIOUS MINK
Timothy Spanos, Dean Keep | Australia | 15.00 mins
A twisted trash comedy centred around the exploits of two vicious transvestites; Danielle The Mink, a crass dancer who has a penchant for chiko rolls and Lollice, a leopard print attired hooker who has a pimp called Daddy Mollasses. Competing for power, control and domination they must survive the brutal and savage world of prostitution, crime and showbiz!

SICKIE
Stuart Simpson | Australia | 5.00 mins
Follows one woman’s quest to get to work despite numerous obstacles that stand in her way

HANGING AT PICNIC ROCK
Clint Cure | Australia |12.00 mins
A women’s prison gang battle for their lives against demon possessed, private school girls.

MR. BONES
Jarret Gahan | Australia | 2.09 mins
He’s a lover, he’s a poet and he’s a door-to-door butcher, the only mystery behind Mr. Bones is where he gets the meat.

PELICAN BOY
Dick Dale | Australia | 4.40 mins
In this remake of Colin Thiele’s classic, Storm Boy, we see the pelican come back from the grave as a zombie bent on revenge to deal with the evil Nazi pirates who killed him. Novelty deaths abound in this faux-trailer style short.

ON THE BEAT
Drew Thompson | Australia | 5.30 mins
Follows the exploits of crooked coppers, Brazzel and Hamilton on the beat.

MYSTERY FRANK DAFT SHORT
Frank Daft | Australia | ?
No TRASHARAMA retrospective program would be complete without a film from the warped mind of notorious filth-pest Frank Daft. His initial inclusion FINAL FAECES has been deemed too offensive by the MONSTER FEST team for todays’ sensibilities, we are currently looking at a replacement, it’s not easy, he’s disgusting!!

Features Q&As with cast/crew.
Total duration: 104 mins