Articles by Nikki Bee

Lock up your brats, Monster Fest is coming to get ya!

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Horrorphiles and lovers of cult and transgressive cinema are in for a twisted treat come November when Monster Fest 2014 returns to Melbourne.

Now in its fourth year, Monster Fest celebrates ‘the latest, greatest and rarest cult and horror cinema’, with a focus on bringing genre fiends and practitioners together at film screenings and related special events.

Proving more successful year on year, the 2014 festival, kicking off on November 20 and ending November 30, is aiming higher than ever before. Festival director Neil Foley said this is the year Monster Fest transforms from a film festival into “an all-out, […]

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Mick’s outta the cage: An Interview with John Jarratt

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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 [2005], exemplified this by creating its own waves at the Aussie box-office bringing a profit in excess of $25 million worldwide, […]

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Messing with the mind: An Interview with Beckoning the Butcher director, Dale Trott

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Dale Trott knows how to shape a moment; how to subtly bring a scare. It’s what makes his film, Beckoning the Butcher, such a gratifying horror experience. With Butcher, the RMIT graduate has managed something quite remarkable: he’s taken the well-worn concept of the found-footage horror film and given it creepy, face-scratching new life. A host of found-footage devices appear within the film’s tight 70 minutes, but Trott’s refined direction, his attention to detail, and his awareness of how fear manifests in the mind rather than before the eyes separates his film from the glut of Paranormal Activity[…]

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