Killer lineup of Australian films announced for Monster Fest

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Monster Fest will return to Melbourne’s Cinema Nova from December 2 – 12 to celebrate the popular festivals 10th Anniversary with ten days of the latest and greatest genre and cult cinema programming from around the world along with Filmmaker Q&As, Panel Discussions and Special Events.

We’ve put together your complete list of Australian feature films and documentaries screening during the festival.

These sessions are selling fast, so if you’re thinking of heading along, we recommend you get your tickets now.

For tickets and details visit http://www.monsterfest.com.au

Apparitions

Perri Cummings‘ and Paul Anthony Nelson’s Apparitions is a multi-layered suspense-driven modern horror tale that begins like a gothic ghost story… and ends with a deadly cat and mouse game through the Australian bush. With only nightmares for childhood memories, Lily Stone returns to her family home to find out what happened to her parents. Despite the locals’ warnings about an evil presence cursing the house, Lily crosses the threshold and discovers not all the ghosts that haunt us are dead. Apparitions is an exploration of fear, family and identity.

Crow Valley

Mountain biker Benny Jones sets off on a weekend ride to remote Crow Valley but is knocked off his bike in a brutal hit and run. He wakes badly injured in an abandoned cabin where he meets young hiker Greta. When her lies and sanity start to unravel he finds himself in a desperate fight for survival.

Crow Valley

The Dunes

Nicholas Rice, a renowned journalist for the Los Angeles Times, returns to his hometown of The Dunes to investigate the disappearance of the tenant in his childhood home. Whilst there, a mysterious figure from his past re-emerges and threatens his entire existence.

The Dunes

The Lonesome Room

Zeke Dixon-Kitt‘s debut feature is a single-location thriller that follows an author suffering writer’s block who finds herself trapped in a scenario not too dissimilar to one from her novels. A fairly prolific young writer struggling for her next story is drugged and wakes up tied to a chair in a room ripped right out of one of her more horrifying books, with no foreseeable way out.

The Lonesome Room

Mutt

Set in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Mutt follows Odette Harker as she comes to terms with her first pregnancy. She had a rough upbringing, and she now looks to her conservative in-laws for guidance on parenting. But when a robbery occurs at the family’s building company, the couple’s dog Barney goes missing as well. Dog fighting is prominent in the area, so Odette secretly goes against the families wishes, to infiltrate the dangerous underground world to save her dog from a torturous death.

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Nova Star

Set in an 80s retro futureworld Mack, and her robot co-worker Spanners, clean toilets aboard the majestic spaceship Nova Queen. When an ancient star fragment is embedded in Mack’s skull by a dying space princess the space sh*t hits the space fan. Mack and Spanners are chased across the galaxy by Kill-Bots, Space Pirates, Bounty Hunters and an evil Space Queen who plans to use the Star to flush the entire cosmos out of reality through a black hole. Using everything she knows from a life working in sanitation it’s up to Mack to save the star, and save the galaxy!

Nova Star

Scam

Kim, a small-time scam artist, is desperate to move up the ranks of Melbourne’s seedy criminal underworld but faces stiff competion from Ben, her crimeboss father’s newly annointed apprentice. Thought lost for 20 years after a house fire destroyed a large chunk of footage, Cameron McCulloch’s debut has, like a filmmaking phoenix, been ressurected from the ashes thanks to long months spent in lockdown. A veritable COVID miracle, Scam is a loving ode to the new wave of crime films that were spawned after Quentin Tarantino burst onto the scene in 1992 with Reservoir Dogs but made with $5000 budget and a cast of unknowns (including Kesti Morassi in her feature debut). Interspaced with hilarious one-liners, a masturbating clown and a horde of pop-culture references that will bring a tear to the eye of anyone who grew up in the 90s / early 2000s, Scam is funny, fast-paced crime adventure for all those who wished they had made a feature film in their 20s but never did.

The Tunnel

An investigation into a government cover-up leads to a network of abandoned train tunnels deep beneath the heart of Sydney. As a journalist and her crew hunt for the story it quickly becomes clear the story is hunting them.

The Tunnel: The Other Side Of Darkness

Australia has had its fair share of entries to found footage sub-genre but to date none have equaled the sheer scale and genuine scares of 2011’s critically acclaimed The Tunnel. Now ten years on, go behind-the-scenes of the film that helped redefine a sub-genre globally and discover not only how the film was made but the impact its had since its release.

Wyrmwood: Apocalypse

In a zombie-infested Australian wasteland, soldier Rhys has dedicated his life to tracking and capturing survivors for the Surgeon General in hopes of finding a cure.

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