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The MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (MIFF) is now in full swing with a slew of genre treats already having played over the past weekend including THE NEON DEMON, I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, THE EYES OF MY MOTHER, UNDER THE SHADOW, THE LOVE WITCH and THE LURE. This week will see the Australian premiere of Bad Robot’s restoration of Don Coscarelli 1979 classic, PHANTASM: REMASTERED and the world premiere of deranged Australian crime horror, KILLING GROUNDS.

Courtesy of MIFF, we have a double pass to giveaway to each film and all you have to do is tell us in 25 words or less (in the comment field below), what’s been your favourite horror film of 2016 and why?


Legendary horror director Don Coscarelli (John Dies at the End, MIFF 2013) cemented his cult status with this beloved 1979 film. Nearly 40 years on, it is now considered one of the most influential classics of the genre. It even inspired JJ Abrams to name Star Wars villain Captain Phasma after the film’s iconic killer ball. Abrams himself, and his Bad Robot company, headed up the stunning 4K restoration of Phantasm, a new digital print and 5.1 audio soundtrack that makes this icon of B-movie horror look and sound better than it ever has. In the wake of the death earlier this year of the film’s unforgettably terrifying star, Angus Scrimm, this restored version serves as a worthy tribute. Set in a small town plagued by mysterious deaths, the story centres on Mike, a young boy who becomes convinced that a local mortician, the mysterious Tall Man (Scrimm), is responsible, with a floating chrome ball taking out his victims, then reanimating the dead bodies to serve as his minions. But can Mike, with help from his brother Jody and family friend Reggie, stop him?
Fri Aug 5th 11:30PM


When young urbanites Ian and Sam decide to go camping, they arrive at their isolated destination to discover another tent already set up, but no sign of its owners. With the other campers at large, Ian and Sam’s discovery of a child wandering alone sets off a terrifying chain of events that will push them to their limits – and beyond. Inspired by Michael Haneke’s Funny Games and Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs, writer/director Damien Power’s gloriously tense and unsettling feature-film debut Killing Ground showcases a menacingly against-type Aaron Pedersen, in a low-budget survival thriller pulsing with high-stakes scares, piercing intensity and shocking violence that will make you think twice next time you dare to head beyond the bright lights of the city.
Thur Aug 4th 9:00pm
Zak Hepburn will host a Q&A with Damien Power + cast and crew at the session on 4 August.

Competition closes 11:59AEST Wednesday August 3rd. Please state in your entry which movie you would like the double pass for. Winners will be emailed on Wednesday August 3rd and their initials published on this post once confirmed with them.

Winners: R.Taylor & A.Leavold.


  1. Rod Taylor says:

    The Conjuring 2. For a mainstream, big budget horror film James Wan knows how to make the cliched entertaining.

  2. Rylan says:

    The witch.
    Great atmosphere and I’m a huge sucker for rural horror like witch finder general/ blood on satans claw. Good throwback feel.

  3. Braden says:

    10 Cloverfield Lane because of the mystery of not knowing and a great storyline in a confined space.

  4. Cameron says:

    The Witch….original atmospheric…and i felt the witches saved the daughter from the evil that the father allowed due to his religious beliefs.

  5. Andrew Leavold says:

    HIGH RISE. Not a conventional horror but Wheatley’s a latter day Cronenberg reimagining SHIVERS as a spirit animal guide to LORD OF THE FLIES. [PHANTASM REMASTERED please!]

  6. John K says:

    THE NEON DEMON for its graphic delights, powerful narrative, thematic viciousness, kaleidoscopic visuals and authentic performances. This is what the modern genre film looks like! (PHANTASM please)

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