Articles by John Noonan

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Does not Compute: 5 Films That Show Technology is Not to Be Trusted

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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 […]

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Won’t Somebody Think of the Children!!! – Cinema’s Creepiest Kids!

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We’re all getting a bit excited as we draw closer and closer to the wonderful Linda Blair coming over here for the 40th anniversary showing of The Exorcist. Her legendary performance as Reagan got us thinking about children in films. An English proverb says that ‘the soul is healed by being with children’; but then whoever said that obviously never had to contend with some of the under-16s John Noonan writes about in this list of five killer kid films.

 

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Ah, Christmas. According to many, it’s the most wonderful time of […]

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Monster Pictures Guide to the Arts: Musicals

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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 […]

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Who’s Your Daddy? 8 of the best and worst in fatherhood.

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It’s that time of year again, when we bust out the socks, aftershaves and Inspector Morse boxsets and celebrate the ideology of The Father. The movie world has given us some brilliant examples of patriarchal leadership. Some horrendous, some shining examples or virtue. Let’s kick back, pour ourselves a glass of bourbon, light a pipe and take a look at 8 examples of the best and worst fathers out there on celluloid. Oh, in the words of Hooper X, ‘Always some white boy gotta invoke the holy trilogy.’ If you’re one of them, then prepare to be pleasantly surprised by […]

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Movies you didn’t know were based on comic books.

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Bruce Willis’ latest, RED 2, has just been released in Australia. The original RED – a tale about a team of former Black Ops, now in middle age and finding themselves under attack – was based, in part, on the comic book series of the same name written by Warren Ellis. Monster Pictures decided to flick through our comic collection to see what other films you didn’t realize were based on comics.

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You could be forgiven for not knowing that David Cronenbourg’s crime thriller was based on a comic book as it only loosely follows the story of John Wagner’s […]

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TOP FIVE FILMS WITHIN FILMS.

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What’s better than watching one good film? Obviously it’s watching an equally great film within the context of that one. Like those TVs you used to get in the 80s that had a screen within a screen, placing one narrative within another, is a win/win situation all the way. John Noonan takes a look at five of his favourites… Warning: Spoilers ahead!

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In Peter Strickland’s giallo inspired arthouse flick, Berberian Sound Studio, Toby Jones plays Gilderoy, a foley artist seconded to Italy to work on the latest sexploitation horror pic, The Equestrian Vortex. We never get to see […]

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ZINDA: THE INDIAN OLD BOY

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WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the movie Oldboy

So presumably by now, everyone has seen the trailer for the remake of Oldboy, the latest Spike Lee joint? If you have, you’ll be certain of two things – 1) 56 year old Lee still calling his films ‘joints’ is like the whole My Little Pony cult of Bronies. It’s embarrassing and needs to be stopped for the very good of mankind. 2) The fabric of the internet is being put under colossal strain by so many fans of the original Oldboy crying out that Hollywood has become a utopia […]

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Antony Ginnane on Patrick.

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Unless you’ve been strapped to a hospital bed unable to communicate to the outside world, it will hardly have escaped your attention that the Melbourne International Film Festival kicks off this weekend. Showcasing the best in national and international cinema, it also boasts Night Shift; a series of films for those with a penchant for bloodshed and brutality. Top of our checklist of celluloid-to-see is the remake of the 1978 cult classic Patrick, starring Charles Dance.

For those shameful few who’ve never seen this Ozploitation classic, Patrick is the tale of a comatose patient with telekinetic powers who develops […]

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The Fallow Field – An Interview with Leigh Dovey and Colin Arnold

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At Monster Pictures we spend our lives searching the globe for the nastiest, most original new horror – sometimes they’re big, sometimes they’re small, always they’re quality and July’s release is a primo example of why the Brits can hold their heads high as producers of fine, demented horror.

John Noonan  met up with director/writer, Leigh Dovey and producer, Colin Arnold, to talk about what they happily describe as a “backwards headfuck”.

‘The Fallow Fields’ is available from July 18 at JB HI-FI and all good retailers and rental chains across the land – read on my troubled friends…

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