Monster Takes Australia! Fangoria x Monster Fest 2019 Announces First Wave [-NEWS-]

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Fangoria x Monster Fest 2019…

Since 2011, MONSTER FEST has grown to become Australia’s premier horror and genre film festival, having steadily gained prestige, it is now regarded as one of the most important names in the international film festival world.

Having partnered in 2017 with EVENT CINEMAS, Australia’s largest cinema chain, the festival has gone on to see significant growth with nationwide expansion. Now this new partnership with FANGORIA will see 2019 as their biggest and best year yet.

“FANGORIA and MONSTER FEST have come together in unholy matrimony to create one of the world’s most insanely bloody events of all time – a film festival so terrifying that you will only die from fear of missing out!” – Dallas Sonnier CEO, FANGORIA

FANGORIA x MONSTER FEST 2019: MONSTER TAKES AUSTRALIA will run simultaneously around the country at five of Australia’s highest profile EVENT CINEMAS locations from Thursday October 31st to Sunday November 3rd in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Sydney.

Each festival is a four-day weekend featuring screenings, special events and filmmaker Q&As, all built around a program of diverse and highly imaginative genre films; a celebration of the latest and greatest cinema from around the world.

FANGORIA is an iconic horror magazine, trusted by die-hard fans for forty years. In 2018, FANGORIA was acquired by CINESTATE, the Texas-based entertainment studio run by producer Dallas Sonnier, relaunching the magazine and extending the brand into movies (beginning with PUPPET MASTER: THE LITTLEST REICH, Monster Fest 2018), podcasts and books. FANGORIA’s latest, SATANIC PANIC, is currently on the international festival circuit and the studio recently wrapped production on the Joe Begos helmed feature V.F.W., both of which will make their Australian debuts at FANGORIA x MONSTER FEST 2019: MONSTER TAKES AUSTRALIA.

FANGORIA x MONSTER FEST 2019: MONSTER TAKES AUSTRALIA is excited to reveal its first wave of programming that comprises of twelve of the freshest and fearless features from around the globe.

Joe Begos’ intense, claustrophobic and gore-drenched dystopian actioner V.F.W. sees a group of war veterans defend their local post from a relentless assault by a maniacal drug dealer and his heinous gang of crazed criminals.

Gore galore and laughs abound in Chelsea Stardust’s feature debut, SATANIC PANIC, that follows a pizza delivery girl’s fight for life as her last order lands her in the midst of a satanic ritual.

A young couple’s dream of owning their own home quickly turns into a living nightmare in Lorcan Finnegan’s unsettling and expertly crafted VIVARIUM, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots.

Keola Racela’s PORNO is a glorious throwback to the gross-out horror-comedies of the 80s/90s that sees five teenagers do battle with an alluring succubus after unwittingly unleashing her from a mysterious 35mm film print.

A revolutionary medical treatment transforms a hideously disfigured woman into something that is as beautiful as it is deadly in RABID, the Twisted Twins Jen & Sylvia Soska’s bold reimagining of the David Cronenberg classic.

Abstract auteur Quentin Dupieux’s DEERSKIN is a wonderfully weird and hilarious tale of obsession as a man posing as a filmmaker turns to a life crime in his quest to be the only one in the world to wear a jacket…that’s right a jacket!

MONSTER FEST doubles down on Joe Begos with his second feature in the very same program with BLISS, a hallucinatory, carnage-laden horror that follows a brilliant young painter suffering from artist’s block as she traverses the sleazy underbelly of Los Angeles in search of curious stimuli.

Tony D’Aquino’s THE FURIES subverts the classic tale of THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME into a slick and savage slasher film that finds an innocent woman an unwilling participant in a game of survive or die with a gang of masked killers.

A widower mends his broken heart with a dominatrix seeking her own like-minded connection in J.-P. Valkeapää’s DOGS DON’T WEAR PANTS, a darkly funny and surprisingly sweet take on grief, emotional redemption and the recuperative qualities of a golden shower.

XX filmmaker Jovanka Vuckovic makes her feature directorial debut with RIOT GIRLS, a dystopian vision of 1995 whereby a virus has wiped out the adult population, leaving kids to fend for themselves and against one another.

Special effects maverick Justin Dix steps back into the director’s chair for his sophomore feature, BLOOD VESSEL, a harrowing high seas horror that pits a motley crew of shipwreck survivors against an ancient evil aboard an abandoned Nazi warship.

Jesse O’Brien’s hilariously macabre and delightfully irreverent TWO HEADS CREEK sees a pair of British siblings stranded in a rural town where the ghoulish locals have a sinister means of dealing with immigration.

For film info, session times and ticketing, visit:

Thursday October 31st – Sunday November 3rd, 2019

ADELAIDE: GU Filmhouse Adelaide
BRISBANE: Event Cinemas Myer Centre
CANBERRA: Capital Cinemas Manuka
PERTH: Event Cinemas Innaloo
SYDNEY: Event Cinemas George Street


Single Session Tickets
Adult – $21
Concession – $17.50

Get the most out of the Monster Fest experience and save with these festival passes:

VIP Passes (15 films) $180
The VIP Pass gets you all-access to all Monster Fest screenings and events from Thursday October 31st to Sunday November 3rd and includes Candy Bar discounts.

Mini-Pass (5 Films) $75
The Mini-Pass may be used for any 5 Monster Fest film sessions from Thursday October 31st to Sunday November 3rd (includes Opening & Closing Night films).


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