Articles by Marcey Papandrea

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Dark, extreme places: An Interview with John Doe Vigilante star, Jamie Bamber

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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, […]

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Inside the Room: Interview with Disaster Artist author, Greg Sestero

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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 […]

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Toe curler: An interview with Wolf Creek 2 writer, Aaron Sterns

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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.

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A ONE NIGHT STAND WITH ERIC ENGLAND, DIRECTOR OF CONTRACTED

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Hey folks, Marcey in da hizzy, this time with an awesome interview with CONTRACTED writer/director Eric England!

This is one heck of an amazing filum that you definitely don’t want to miss. Lucky for you, not only is it screening at Monster Fest this year, CONTRACTED will also be available on DVD and Blu-Ray on the 19th of January 2014 (pre-order here *cough*)

Hi Eric, first things first, how freaking excited are you to have CONTRACTED playing at this year’s Monster Fest?

EE: So freaking excited! I’ve heard nothing but great things about the festival, as well as […]

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Armageddon 2013 RECAP!

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The Armageddon Expo is over for another year, at least in Melbourne, and it was a blast!

As a veteran of this convention, I have been every year since 2008 and each year they continue to surprise me and keep things fresh. This year the event moved to the Melbourne Showgrounds and the change of venue kept things interesting. On Saturday there was a lot of people around, and it felt very busy.

Monster Pictures were in attendance. In fact, Monster Fest presented the amazing match of KrackerJak vs. Darth Vader! KrackerJak, being a regular contributor to the Monster […]

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CAUSE AND EFFECT: HOW REAL LIFE SERIAL KILLERS HAVE INFLUENCED THE HORROR GENRE

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Films do take their cues from real life, and events that happen throughout history do have an impact on cinema. So what happens when some very terrible events happen? It is reflected in films. As attitudes change, so does that the eyes of a director. I think this became very apparent during the 50s with sci-fi cinema very much reflecting the attitudes and events that were happening. The 80s had films like Miracle Mile reflecting the attitudes of Americans towards the end of the Cold War era.

So what happened with cinema when serial killers, and crimes that were so […]

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HOLY BAFMAN! A HISTORY OF CONTROVERSIAL CASTING CHOICES!

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Batman across the board as always been full of interesting and off the wall casting choices. It seems odd that the internet is so angry about the casting Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight when Batman as a whole has had some very unexpected choices for many roles.

He isn’t the first actor people have complained about with casting, and it generally turns out that the unexpected turns out to be a good choice. The typical casting doesn’t always work very well, so why is it so bad to think outside of the box? Haters gonna hate? Perhaps, but let’s […]

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Robotic Nazi Terror – Interview with Stephen Amis

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The 25th Reich is a World War II film set in outback Australia, where a group of soldier’s is sent out to retrieve two escaped pumas. They are also transporting a strange box. The box is actually a time machine, add in Nazi’s and an alternate future and you’ve got a recipe for a classic! The film is a throwback to the classic B-movies of the 50’s, filled with fantastic imagery and charismatic characters.

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In the interview Marcey and Stephen discuss how the film was made, from the very early days […]

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