2017 Monster Fest Recap

Hey, everyone! Welcome to my recap of Monster Fest 2017, which I rundown all the films that I saw the festival this year. For all you out there who don’t know what Monster Fest is, its an annual horror and genre themed Australian film festival that has been held in my adoptive home city of Melbourne since 2011. Every year many genre themed feature-length/short films from both here in Australia and all over the world are showcased at the festival over the course of four days in November (which was held between the 23rd to the 26th).

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Horror Down Under: BOYS IN THE TREES (2016)

Welcome to the 6th edition of Horror Down Under, a column series in which I review horror films from my home country of Australia. The purpose of this column will be that it will act as a showcase for various horror related film projects that have been made Australia in hopes that it will get you interested in checking them out for yourself. I’ll be reviewing a wide range of Aussie horror films of various quality from the excellent to the terrible, the all time classics to the latest releases to the completely forgotten, etc. For this 6th edition, I take a look at the ’90s set Halloween themed fantasy horror/drama BOYS IN THE TREES…

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THELMA: Under and Beyond the Skin

There’s a specific kind of loneliness a child who was raised in a religious family feels when they leave home to enter the “secular” world. Time that used to be marked with prayer, church and bible study is now taken up by classes and social situations that test every single thing they’ve been taught. What was memorized from pages doesn’t bend and move for real situations with living people, and it’s not difficult for anyone, especially a young, introverted girl, to feel completely lost at sea.

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Horror Down Under: LAKE MUNGO (2008)

Welcome to the 5th edition of Horror Down Under, a column series in which I review horror films from my home country of Australia. The purpose of this column will be that it will act as a showcase for various horror related film projects that have been made Australia in hopes that it will get you interested in checking them out for yourself. I’ll be reviewing a wide range of Aussie horror films of various quality from the excellent to the terrible, the all time classics to the latest releases to the completely forgotten, etc. For this 5th edition I delve into the independently made 2008 supernatural mockumentary LAKE MUNGO…

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Exploiting the Vault: Night Train to the Alien Zone

Digging around Exploitation.TV is fun and intriguing on its own thanks to its egalitarian treatment of sub-genres ranging from horror, smut, comedy, art-house and… other. It was also fun figuring out what would pair well together among the many varied flavors of exploitation cinema, kind of like putting together a puzzle with body parts from all sorts of unusual places.

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2017 Melbourne International Film Festival Recap: Week 2

Welcome back to the 2nd and final edition of a two part article series in which I’ll be doing mini-reviews for some of the films that I saw recently at the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival (or MIFF for short as it is also goes by). After a massive first week of MIFF where I watched a total of 29 films (you can check my mini-reviews of 7 of those films in part 1 of my coverage right here), the second and final week of the festival was definitely at least a little bit more easy-going by comparison since I was only saw about 17 films that week. As great of a week as the first one was, it was actually week 2 of MIFF that I was really the most excited for since nearly all of my most anticipated titles of the festival were scheduled to be screened during that time. Some of which just happened to be genre-related films. Just like I did in part one of my MIFF coverage, I thought I’d share with you my brief thoughts on all of those titles. So without further ado, here’s my complete recap of the second batch of genre films that I watched in the second week of MIFF 2017…

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2017 Melbourne International Film Festival Recap: Week 1

Welcome to the 1st edition of a two part article series in which I’ll be doing mini-reviews for some of the films that I saw recently at the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival (or MIFF for short as it is also goes by). For those out there who don’t know what it is, MIFF is one of Australia’s biggest and most prestigious film festivals that my adoptive home town of Melbourne celebrates every year. Over the course of 18 days (the festival was held between from August 3rd to the 20th this year) MIFF showcased over 358 films of all different types ranging from many countries from around the world. This year was my 6th time attending the festival and it was without a doubt my biggest one so far.

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Horror Down Under: THIRST (1979)

When I think of the most common sub-genres that most Australian filmmakers seem to tackle when they make a horror film, the main ones that I’ve noticed always seems to be either of the following: serial killers, supernatural, slashers, zombies, psychological and monsters. However did you notice which one was missing from that list? Vampires.

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