Six Australian film premieres to gorge on at Monster Fest 2017

The Last Hope.

Chris Sun’s long-awaited Ozploitation horror film, Boar, will have its Australian premiere at this year’s Monster Fest.

Boar is one of six Australian films announced as the first wave of programming announced for Australia’s premier cult festival

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

The 2017 chapter of Monster Fest, its seventh overall, takes on a very Australian flavour – and at the core of today’s announcement is the inclusion of six brand new Australian feature films, most of which will be enjoying their world premieres at the festival.

Sun, whose film Charlie’s Farm opened the festival in 2014, returns to Monster Fest with an epic that will have horror pundits celebrating Australia’s glorious return to the world of pure, unadulterated, creature feature madness!

Carved from the darkest recesses of Sun’s twisted imagination, Boar is an outback-set horror about a giant, brutal, blood crazed pig – a beast that is sure to go down as one of the most terrifying creations in Australian cinema history!

Powerhouse Aussie man-mountain Nathan Jones (Mad Max Fury Road) and US horror legend Bill Moseley (House of 1000 Corpses) lead an incredible cast that reads like a veritable who’s who of Australian cinema, including the likes of John Jarratt, Ernie Dingo, Chris Haywood, Simone Buchanan, Melissa Tkautz, Steve Bisley, Rodger Ward and more.

“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 Boar’s Monster Fest premiere.

Boar will be released theatrically by Rialto Distribution, and Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Australia will be handling the home entertainment release.

Boar opens the festival and paves the way for an onslaught of brilliant new Aussie genre cinema, the likes of which have rarely been seen in the one location before.

First up, there’s the Melbourne made, zombie epic The Last Hope from local director Leigh Ormsby. Following on is the return of Melbourne genre stalwart Daniel Armstrong, whose Murderdrome opened the festival to raptures in 2013, and whose new feature Tarnation promises to be bigger, better, bloodier and more brutal than ever before! Another incredible Melbourne based director, Donna McRea makes her Monster Fest debut with the World Premiere of her sublime Lost Gully Road, followed by Monster Fest regular Addison Heath with his amazing Japanese shot and set, The Viper’s Hex. Next up is the debut feature from the magnificently warped mind of Michael Cusack, the creator of YouTube sensation Damo & Darren, whose live action comedy All Night Gaming rounds out the Aussie features in the first wave announcement.

Other highlights of the first wave include the return of Adelaide’s legendary punk cinema icon Dick Dale, with his much-loved trash feast, Trasharama. Part One kicks off with an inglorious selection of all-new trash gems from every corner of the globe. In Part Two, Dale has curated a ‘best-of’ program that will feature highlights of his twenty years showing the trashiest short films on the planet, aptly titled ‘Trasharama: 20 Years of Hell’.

A locally produced short film will accompany each session.

Monster Fest 2017 takes place from Thursday November 23rd until Sunday the 26th at the Lido Cinemas in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn. Tickets for the first wave go on sale immediately. Further announcements of guests and the full program will be made in the coming weeks.

You can find out more about the festival here.

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