If white knuckles and jangled nerves are your idea of a good time, you might want to nab a festival pass for Monster Fest VIII: Monster Takes Melbourne at Cinema Nova this October.
The cult film festival is returning to the Carlton cinema where it all began circa 2012, having grown into Australia’s premier genre festival, which now includes satellite screenings of Australian and world premieres at cinemas across the country.
Whether you’re a schlock-horror fan, sci-fi nerd or a sucker for a twisted outback thriller, you’re sure to find something to your tastes on the 2019 line-up.
Special effects maverick Justin Dix, who worked on the Star Wars franchise, steps into the director’s chair for his second feature, Blood Vessel. It’s a high-seas horror that pits a motley crew of shipwreck survivors against an ancient evil force aboard an abandoned Nazi warship.
Also screening is Cult Girls, the nightmarish horror from writer/director Mark Bakaitsis about a young woman’s search for her sisters; the macabre Two Heads Creek by Jesse O’Brien, about two British siblings in a rural town that takes a sinister approach to immigration; and a gruelling, feature-length survival thriller by award-winning shorts filmmaker Mike Green.
In Sandra Sciberras’s The Dust Walker thrilling sci-fi and intense horror collide as outback towns band together to fight a parasitical alien threat.
An all-access VIP pass will set you back $169 or a five-film pass is $70. Tickets to individual sessions are also available. As well as the screenings there’ll be filmmaker Q&As, panels, lectures, pop-up events more.