Movie fans and the industry alike are looking ahead to 2015, for what looks to be a truly astonishing year for the multiplexes. The calendar year is bursting at the seams with releases, all of which have huge mass-market appeal. With the attention on the next Star Wars instalment, Jurassic World and the Avengers sequel, next year’s prospects have seemingly been sidelined.
I do believe 2014 is going to surprise us all however. With the awards season kicking into high gear, the year begins strongly with several weeks of quality drama and life-affirming fare. Comic book movies look set […]
Antisocial, the frankly awesome tale of social networking gone awry, will be making it’s Aussie debut at Monster Fest this year (tickets available here), before being released on glossy Blu-ray and DVD on December 4th. Brutal, shocking and guaranteed to make you think twice about what you post on Facebook, we can’t wait to show it to you.
Technology has always been shitter. For every Manborg out there, there’s some other tech that will inevitably want to bite us on the ass. Just look at the Terminator films – James Cameron was clearly out to […]
Hey Monster Fiends. With the upcoming Monster Fest screen of From Dusk Till Dawn (book your tickets HERE), we’ve decided to take a walking frame assisted stroll down the paths of different films that have one thing generally in common. They stink of Mothballs? No. They all feature a hero, well past their due by date, in conflict with others, their environment or even their own memory. Once I’ve found my glasses and my teeth. Let’s venture forth on this journey of all things well used
Hey horrorphiles! As you have probably already seen Yudai Yamaguchi’s latest film ABDUCTEE will be screening at the (rapidly) upcoming Monster Fest. Simply because he is such a unique filmmaker, I assure you that one is an absolute gem! Working from the horror and comedy genres in Japan, Yamaguchi has created quite a name for himself with flicks that are full of outlandish gore in the most bizarre and humorous ways possible. His films range from horror, to science fiction, to thriller, to comedy, but most often Yamaguchi will mix horror and comedy, creating a harmonious balance of gore […]
Eeeeek! Monster Fest is just around the corner, folks! As we are gearing up for the most shock-worthy film festival of the year, it is time to do a little digging through the programme. Presenting you with some of the wackiest releases straight from Asia, Fantastic Asia will showcase the latest work by the one – the ONLY – Noboru Iguchi. As one of the most stunningly brilliant (and oddball) Japanese filmmakers of the present day, Iguchi’s films deliver most note-worthy and unforgettable entertainment. Working within the adult, horror, and thriller genres, Iguchi’s narratives are all very… Well, […]
New Werewolf film Bad Vibes is due for release soon. Produced by John Landis and Elijah Wood (swiftly becoming a horror-hound himself), Bad Vibes is set in the 60s and chronicles the hair-raising adventures of hippy rock-band, Sunrise Majesty.
To celebrate the return of the werewolf movie – and particularly Landis’ involvement in the sub-genre – Alex Smith would like to present his Top 5 Werewolf Movies.
Let’s begin with the movie which started it all – the original 1941 The Wolf Man, directed by George Waggner. Unlike Frankenstein and Dracula, The Wolf Man and his particular mythology […]
It was announced this week that Matt Smith, Doctor Who star and human Easter Island Statue, will be getting all twinkly-toed and falsetto as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho: The Musical, due to start in London in December 2013. Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, the thought of Patrick doing the soft shoe shuffle whilst taking pot shots at the cheap seats with a nail gun and belting out Whitney Houston songs, certainly brings us cheer of an evening. But whilst the thought of basing a musical on a book which Germany deemed harmful to minors and […]
The only non-Italian film on our list, this film was made by the prolific – and sometimes ‘hit and miss’ – Spanish director, Jesús Franco. Unfortunately, WHITE CANNIBAL QUEEN is one of the occasions where Franco misses and decides to hop on the bandwagon with a much lower budget, and weaker entry. He even admits that it is the worst of the genre. The film is about a guy played by Al Cliver who previously loses his daughter and an arm to cannibals. He goes back to rescue her and discovers that she has become the Queen of the cannibal […]
Everyone loves a good fight, especially movie fights. When watching one-on-one throwdowns on film, you at least expect both combatants to be evenly matched, giving them a chance to show off their moves. Sometimes, however, logic takes a walk and you end up with some pretty bizarre face-offs, which wouldn’t work if it wasn’t for the fact that it is written into the script.
Here are five (and more) fight scenes, which, regardless of the end result, involve fighters so mismatched they’re pretty difficult to take seriously. This is only scratching the surface though – we still haven’t gotten to […]
It’s become commonplace to claim that some of the best genre filmmaking nowadays comes from Asia. But the world is a big place, and there are many other places where one can go for a dose of thrills, chills, and spills. Spain is an excellent place to start.
One need look no further than Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes), or the directing duo of Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, who gave us one of the finest entries in the “found footage shaky cam” genre with Rec and its sequel; and of course, there’s Alex de La Iglesia, whose own particular […]