To celebrate the formation of Monster Pictures new ‘MONSTER MASTERS’ label, we’ve joined together with the fine folks at The LuWow (62 – 70 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, Victoria 3065) to launch our first release, Ray Boseley’s 1988 Melbourne-made ‘Nuke and Puke’ masterpiece, SMOKE ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM as part of the Fitzroy Film Fair on Saturday April 9th. The film fair starts at 12pm and transitions into the full-blown launch at around 5pm.
The launch will include 16mm screenings of SMOKE ‘EM IF YOU GOT ‘EM, and TARZAN’S SOUTH YARRA ADVENTURE , a Q&A with select cast and […]
Hey there Monsterfiends, so you’ve just managed to haul yourself off the mat after the news that Butch ‘Eddie Munster’ Patrick, Fred ‘The Hammer’ Williamson and Dee ‘The Howling’ Wallace were on their way to Melbourne for Monster Fest, well dear friends, it gives us great pleasure to tell you that you ‘aint heard nothing yet – read on and weep…!
First off its time to get your Eli Roth slashy-groove-like thing on with our Official Closing Night Film… none other than KNOCK KNOCK starring Keanu (don’t stop the bus) Reeves! Eli Roth has pretty much stamped himself as the […]
“We make movies” says World Wrestling Entertainment chairman Vince McMahon in the 1999 wrestling documentary, Beyond the Mat.
The WWE didn’t actually make movies then, they only made wrestling. That fact, combined with Vince’s trademark “I am a crazy man” delivery, prompted lots of chuckles at the screening but he had a point.
There are many parallels between professional wrestling and cinema. I’ve been wrestling for 15 horrendously painful years now and it continues to astound me when people who love the fiction of cinema are unable to reconcile that same love with the fiction of wrestling.
“It’s a dream. We live inside a dream.”
– Agent Philip Jeffries, Fire Walk With Me
I’m one of those guys who had Twin Peaks parties back in the 90s. We didn’t dress up as Agent Cooper or Audrey Horne, or carry logs around, or wrap ourselves in plastic, however many, many pies were consumed, along with massive amounts of coffee and donuts. Lots of donuts.
So. Many. Donuts.
For someone like me, the new Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery Blu-Ray box set is a dream come true. Every episode of the series, the original and international versions of the […]
Is vengeance ever justice? Is taking the law into one’s own hands for the apparent betterment of society ever acceptable? Can two wrongs ever make a right? These are among the philosophical questions asked in John Doe: Vigilante, the new Australian film by director Kelly Dolen. In the tradition of Michael Winner’s Death Wish, Neil Jordan’s The Brave One, and TVs Dexter, the film features a confessed vigilante killer who offs the crims who haunt our streets. In this film, the vigilante spends much of his time attempting to explain and justify his actions to authorities, […]
“I was acting but I sure gave it all I felt at the moment. I didn’t need to sink way down deep inside me to give that ending performance.” — Marilyn Burns, Terror Trap
I had planned to next watch The Texas Chain Saw Massacre with a group of friends later this year, in celebration of its 40th anniversary. Not to commemorate the death of one of its stars. Yet here we are.
“Marilyn Burns, star of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Dead at 64,” my Facebook feed informed me this morning, with the picture of her under the […]
Greg Sestero has patience to spare. A fact not surprising considering his involvement in the making of The Room, a film considered one of the best worst films ever made. The film, with cult appeal similar to Troll 2 and the Ed Wood films, has screened regularly at Melbourne’s Cinema Nova. Star of the film, and author of The Disaster Artist (Simon & Schuster), the new book about making The Room, Sestero recently spent two nights entertaining Nova guests with a documentary screening, a Q&A, a rousing screening of Wiseau’s film, and a hell of a lot of […]
“Did you ever see that scene in Scanners where that dude’s head blew up?”
This month sees the release of David Cronenberg’s seminal Scanners on BluRay through Criterion. To celebrate, we’re looking at seven films from the director’s early career –- films that, when viewed back to back, showcase the development of one of cinema’s great visionaries
Canadian-born Cronenberg’s work is often inspired by the inner workings of the human body: its pleasure receptors, its tendency to mutate, and its ongoing war with infection. Cronenberg has been making movies since the 1960s. His films, while challenging, contain a strange, […]
Aaron Sterns is an interesting guy. He co-wrote Wolf Creek 2 with director Greg McLean and was responsible for the very first Wolf Creek prequel novel, Origin: Wolf Creek, Book 1. Both projects take a hard look at Wolf Creek‘s deranged hero, bushman Mick Taylor, and create a causal link between a young jackaroo and the killer he became. In the novel, Sterns builds a figure defined by early-life trauma; in the Wolf Creek 2, Sterns reveals just how that trauma continues to impact Taylor, letting us know that resolution of our hero’s demons is unlikely.
Only John Jarratt could compare the horrors of Mick Taylor’s limb-slicery to the majestic waves of high tide Bondi Beach. It sounds like an impossible metaphor, but hearing it via Jarratt’s surprisingly soft-spoken eloquence, it makes sense. Jarratt suggests rough waves, like the Australian outback, contain as much magnificence as dread. And that there’s something innate in all of us that wants to take a closer look.
We’re drawn, as audiences, to what we fear. Jarratt’s film, Wolf Creek , exemplified this by creating its own waves at the Aussie box-office bringing a profit in excess of $25 million worldwide, […]